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. From 2009 to 2014 she was research fellow at the Institute of East Asia Studies and managing director of the Confucius-Institute Metropolis Ruhr, both at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany). Since 2014 she is Professor for contemporary Chinese economy, politics and society at the University of Heidelberg.


Working on her dissertation and different research projects provided her with broad fieldwork experience in Asia, in particular China. Furthermore she gained extensive workexperience in Hongkong, Nepal, India and Korea.


Her research about China focuses on local politics, institutional change, political decision processes, ethnic minorities and Chinese foreign affairs.


  • PhD thesis awarded as the best dissertation in social sciences of the University of Duisburg-Essen
  • PhD thesis awarded as the best dissertation in the field of humanities by the Institute of Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (University Alliances of Metropolis Ruhr)
  • Continuously research and travel grants from different funding organizations