Dr. Anja-Désirée Senz studied political science, sociology, anthropology and Chinese language at the University of Trier (Germany) and the Sun-Yatsen University in Guangzhou (China).
For several years she worked at the Institute of Political Science at the University of Duisburg-Essen and at last as research coordinator at the Faculty of Social Sciences 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 dissertation and different research projects provided her with broad fieldwork experience in Asia, in particular China.
Her research about China focuses on local politics, institutional change, political decision making and Chinese foreign affairs.