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Adrian Zenz, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

Dr. Adrian Zenz is Senior Fellow in China Studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and was most recently a Professor at the European School of Culture and Theology of Korntal, Germany. He researches China’s policy toward ethnic minorities, specifically the Uyghurs and Tibetans. Zenz is a leading researcher of the escalating crackdown on Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang. He is the co-editor of the “Mapping Amdo” series published by the Amdo Tibetan Research Network. His work on China securitization measures have been widely cited in publications including The Washington PostThe New York TimesForeign PolicyChina Quarterly, and China Brief. He received his M.A. from the University of Auckland and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

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