Frank Pieke

Professor of Modern China Studies at the Leiden Asia Centre, Leiden University

Frank N. Pieke (1957) studied Cultural Anthropology and Chinese Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992. After lectureships in Leiden and Oxford, he took up the Chair in Modern China studies at Leiden University in 2010. In Oxford, Pieke set up and directed the University of Oxford’s China Centre. In Leiden, he was co-founder and first executive director of the Leiden Asia Centre. Between 2018 and 2020, he was the director of the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Berlin. Pieke currently a fellow at the Swedish Collegium of Advanced Study in Uppsala.

At the Leiden Asia Centre, Pieke’s most recent projects are China’s Influence on the Chinese Diasporas in the Netherlands for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (2020-2021) and together with Nana de Graaf (Free University Amsterdam) the currently ongoing project Chinese-European Business Elites, Enterprises and the Chinese Communist Party, funded by the China Knowledge Network of the Netherlands.

His own current project is entitled The Rise of China and the Consequences of Superpower, which asks how China’s emerging superpower status will change China. His most recent books are The Good Communist (2009) and Knowing China (2016), both published by Cambridge University Press. He just published the edited volume Global East Asia with the University of California Press (2021, with Koichi Iwabuchi).

Research interests

  • Contemporary Chinese politics and society
  • Relations between China and Europe
  • International migration and the overseas Chinese


New Regulations Further Politicise China’s Cadre Corps (2022)

Chinese Influence and Networks among Firms and Business Elites in the Netherlands (2022)

China’s invloed en de Chinese gemeenschap in Nederland (2021)

Europe and China (2018)

Strengthening Europe-China Collaboration in Higher Education and Research (2017-2018)

Partners under Pressure? The Future of Civil Society in Dutch Human Rights Policy (2017-2018)

The Image of The Netherlands in Chinese Media (2015-2017)

Chinese investments and businesses (2016)

The Effect of the Influx of Chinese Students and Knowledge Workers in the Netherlands (2016)