Frank Pieke

Frank Pieke


Professor Frank Pieke is one of the three academic directors, and the executive director of the LeidenAsiaCentre. At Leiden University, he holds the Chair of Modern China Studies. As Executive Director, Pieke’s ambition for the LeidenAsiaCentre is to reveal the range and reach of China’s contemporary global impact and connections.


Pieke currently directs three projects in two major complementary thematic programmes: China in the Netherlands, and the Netherlands in China. The two projects of the first programme deal with major trends in Chinese investments in the Netherlands, and an assessment of the influx of Chinese students and knowledge workers respectively. The third project, under the umbrella of the research theme ‘the Netherlands in China’ concentrates on the image of the Netherlands in the Chinese media and social media.


Pieke’s main field of interest is the anthropology of the state and socialism in modern Asia, investigating the rule and organization of the Chinese Communist Party in the context of China’s globalization and market reform. A second stand of research revolves around international migration, transnationalism and cultural diversity, including a long-term interest in Chinese migration and ethnicity in Europe and, more recently, the emergence of international immigrant groups in China.

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Professor and Chair, Modern China Studies, Leiden University