Kerry Brown (historian)

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Kerry Brown

Professor Kerry Brown, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House; Author of What's Wrong with Diplomacy?- The Future of Diplomacy and the Case of China and the UK (18490897065).jpg
Brown speaking at Chatham House, 2015
First Secretary of the Embassy of the United Kingdom, Beijing
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTony Blair
AmbassadorChristopher Hum
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge (MA)
Leeds University (PhD)
OccupationProfessor, sinologist, author
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society of Arts (2017)

Kerry Brown FRSA (born 1967) is a British academic, author[1][2] and sinologist specialising in Chinese history, international relations and politics. Brown is a current Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College, London, a Member of the Council of the Kent Archeological Society,[3] and Associate Fellow at Chatham House.[4] From 2012 to 2015, he was a Professor of Chinese Politics and Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and from 1998 to 2005, he worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office as First Secretary of the Embassy of the United Kingdom, Beijing, and then as Head of the Indonesia, Philippine and East Timor Section.[5] From 2011 to 2014, he led the Europe China Research and Advice Network (ECRAN) funded by the European Union.[6] Brown's main interests are around the development of politics and society in China from 1949 onwards, and he has written in particular about the Communist Party of China as a cultural rather than a purely political organisation and about contemporary elite political figures such as Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping, and about China's international relations.[7][8][9] He has also published work academically on the uses of language and its relationship to institutions and power structures in China, and in 2017 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.[10]


Brown holds an M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. in Chinese politics and language from Leeds University. He has a postgraduate diploma in Chinese from the University of West London. [11]

Kerry Brown meets Wen Jiabao, 2009


  • 2020 - China (Polity Histories)
  • 2020 - A Tale of Five Chinese Cities (In English and Chinese)
  • 2019 - The Trouble with Taiwan: the United States and a Rising China
  • 2019 - The Future of UK China Relations: The Search for a New Model
  • 2019 - The World According to Xi: Everything You Need to Know About the New China
  • 2018 – China's Dream: The Culture of Chinese Communism and the Secret Sources of Its Power
  • 2017 – China's World: What Does China Want
  • 2016 – CEO, China: Xi Jinping
  • 2015 – Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, four volumes 2014–2015, online with Oxford Reference
  • 2015 – What's Wrong with Diplomacy: The Case of the UK and China
  • 2014 – The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China
  • 2012 – Hu Jintao: China's Silent Ruler
  • 2011 – China 2020
  • 2009 – Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China
  • 2008 – The Rise of the Dragon – Chinese Investment Flows in the Reform Period
  • 2007 – Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century


  1. ^ "Detail – AgendaPublishing". Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  2. ^ Zhang, Juan (2019-12-17). "Kerry Brown on Brexit, Trade Deal, Hong Kong and Royal Family". US-China Perception Monitor. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  3. ^ "Kerry Brown | Kent Archaeological Society". Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  4. ^ "Kerry Brown – The Diplomat". Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  5. ^ "Professor Kerry Brown". Chatham House. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  6. ^ "Professor Kerry Brown". Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  7. ^ "China's Dream: The Chinese Communist Party's Culture, Resilience and Power". Chatham House. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  8. ^ "The UK and China after Brexit". UK in a changing Europe. 2020-01-25. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  9. ^ "Kerry Brown | Chinese Studies | Chartwell Speakers". Expert Keynote and Motivational Speakers | Chartwell Speakers. Retrieved 2020-04-30.
  10. ^ "Kerry Brown". ResearchGate. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Kerry Brown Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College London".

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