Dr. Anja-Désirée Senz studied political science, sociology, anthropology at the University of Trier (Germany) and Chinese language and history at the Sun-Yatsen University in Guangzhou (China).


For several years she worked as Research Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Institute of East Asian Studies and the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen.


Since 2014 she is Professor for Contemporary China at the Centre for Asian and Transcultural Studies, University of Heidelberg. 


Working on her different research projects provided her with broad fieldwork experience in Asia, in particular China and India.


Between 2019 and 2023 she served as Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Teaching at Heidelberg University.


Her research focuses on local politics, institutional change, environmental governance, trade and connectivity in Asia.


She is member of the editorial board of the European Journal of East Asian Studies, as well as member of the advisory board of the Journal Alternative Perspectives and the University Paris Science et Lettre (PSL).