Zhang, Wanfa

Associate Professor
Arts and Communication, School of

Educational Background

PhD: University of Alabama, 2009

MA:  University of Mississippi

MA:  Xi'an International Studies University

BA:  Guizhou University

Current Courses

International Politics, Political Science, International Law and Politics, Geopolitics and World Geography, Western Civilization-II

Professional Experience

Professor Wanfa Zhang is an expert in international politics. Before he joined Florida Tech in 2008, he had taught at the University of Alabama (2003-2008) and China Foreign Affairs University (1993-1999) for more than a decade. The main courses he has been teaching include international relations, comparative politics, political science, American foreign policy, American politics, and Western civilization. He once worked as a research assistant collecting data for the very prestigious Correlates of War (COW) project, which is the most widely used database for quantitative study of international conflict. He has also been invited as a guest speaker to give talks on international and Chinese politics by other colleges or on TV interview in both the US and China.

Additional Duties

Award Granting Committees

  • Member, Best Paper Selection Committee, the 25th annual meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), San Francisco State Univ., CA, Sept. 22-23, 2012
  • Chair, Best Paper Selection Committee, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), Boston, MA, July 31-Aug. 1, 2010

Chair and/or Discussant of Conference Panels

  • Chair of panel “International Politics: Global Issues, IPE, and Human Rights”; chair and discussant of panel “Comparative Politics: Developing Areas” at the 84th annual meeting of Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, Florida, Jan. 3-5, 2013.
  • Chair of Panel SN3: “Chinese Security Issues to the South and the North,” and Discussant of Panel SD3: “China’s Foreign Policy Challenges and Development,” at the 25th annual meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), San Francisco State Univ., CA, Sept. 22-23, 2012.
  • Discussant of Panel SD6: “China, Ethnic Areas, and Borderlands,” at the 24th annual meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), the King’s College, London, United Kingdom, June 17-19, 2011.
  • Panel chair, “Panel 9. China’s Political Economy,” at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), Boston, MA, July 31-Aug. 1, 2010.
  • Panel chair and discussant, “China’s Foreign Policy,” at the 50th Annual Convention of International Studies Association (ISA), New York, February 2009.
  • Discussant, 2006 Alabama Political Science Association Annual Meeting, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, April 2006.
  • Discussant, the 18th annual meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), University of Louisville, Kentucky, March 31—April 1, 2006.

Board Member of Academic Organization

  • Publicity Director, Board of Directors (2012-2014), The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA)
  • Editor, Newsletter of ACPS (2014-2016), The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA)

Media Report/Interview

  • Exclusive TV interview by Xu on “Traditional Chinese Culture and the Big Power Strategy of A Rising China,” July 26, broadcast on Channel 6, Guizhou TV ,China, Tue, Aug. 9, 2016.
  • WFIT radio interview by Terri Wright on “The ‘New’ Conflict in Iraq and Syria: America's Role”, broadcast at 4:13 PM, WED November 5, 2014. (Click on HERE for the radio interview)
  • Exclusive TV interview by Florida Today TV anchor Matthew Reed on “North Korea's New Brinkmanship Policies and Influences on the Security and Stability of Northeast Asia”, April 18, broadcast on WBCC-9, April 24, 2013. (Click on HERE for the TV interview)
  • Florida Today, Transcript of the TV interview was published in the newspaper, April 28, 2013, page 18A. (Click on HERE for the excerpt.)
  • Florida Tech Today, subject of feature story “Wanfa Zhang—the View Finder” by journalist Andy McIlwraith, Spring 2010 issue, pp. 26-27.
  • Exclusive TV interview by anchor Matthew Reed on “China’s Rise and Relationship with U.S.”, March 25, broadcast on WBCC, Brighthouse Channel 5, April 7, 2010.
  • Florida Today, Transcript of the TV interview was published in the newspaper, March 28, 2010, page B and page 3B.

 

Current Research

1) Global Survey of College Students' Knowledge of International Affairs and Perceptions of Great Power Politics. (For details of the research project, please click on HERE)

2) Polarity and War - A Reexmination from a Comparative Approach (For the full text of my dissertation, please click on HERE)

3) Chinese Politics and Diplomacy under the New Leadership of Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang

4) “'Comfucianism': the New Theory of the CCP’s Political Legitimacy in China"

Selected Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

  • Narayanan, Sugu and W. Zhang, "Political Attitudes of China’s and the U.S.’s Future Elites toward Governance and Their Implications for Southeast Asia," in International Journal of Culture and History. Vol. 3, No. 1. 2017, pp. 6-13.
  • Zhang, W. “Has Beijing Started to Bare Its Teeth? China’s Soft Power Tapping Revisited,” in Asian Perspective, October-December 2012, Vol. 36, No. 4, pp. 615-639.
  • Zhang, W and Sun, F. “Resurrection through Adaptation: the Dynamics of China’s ‘Comcapitalism’ Model,” in The Journal of Comparative Asian Development, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2012, pp. 349-378.
  • Zhang, W. “Tapping Soft Power: Managing China's ‘Peaceful Rise’ and the Implications for the World,” in Sujian Guo, ed. New Dimensions of Chinese Foreign Policy, Lexington: Lexington Press, 2007, pp.109-131.
  • Zhang, W. "A Study in John Marshall's Role in Securing the Court's Judicial Review," in China Journal of American History, No. 1, 1998, pp.1-7.
  • Zhang, W. "A Comparison of the Perfect Tenses of Indicatives between English, German, French and Spanish,” in Journal of Foreign Affairs College, No. 4, 1997, pp.82-87, p.95.
  • Zhang. W. "The American Policy Towards China since the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations (1979-1993),” in China Journal of American History, No. 4, 1994, pp.26-27.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • "How China’s Future Elites Perceive World Affairs and the Country’s Growing Role in the Future?" presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), Peking University, Beijing, China, June 5-7, 2015 (co-authored with Narayanan).
  • “'Comfucianism': the New Theory of the CCP’s Political Legitimacy in China," presented at the 84th annual meeting of Southern Political Science Association, Orlando, Florida, Jan. 3-5, 2013.
  • “No Two Tigers on One Mountain? The Rise of China and Its Implications for the Security and Stability of the Asia-Pacific Region in the Next Decade,” presented at the 25th annual meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), San Francisco State Univ., CA, Sept. 22-23, 2012.
  • “Resurrection through Adaptation: the Dynamics of China’s ‘Comcapitalism’ Model,” presented at the 24th annual meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), the King’s College, London, United Kingdom, June 17-19, 2011.
  • “Is China A Satisfied Power? A Discussion of China’s Rise from the Perspective of Power Transition Theory,” presented at the 2011 Meeting of China’s Academic Consortium of Political Science and International Relations, Tsinghua University, Beijing, July 8-10, 2011.
  • “Has Beijing Started to Bare Its Teeth? China’s Soft Power Tapping Revisited.” and “China's Democratic Governance while Maintaining Its Political Continuity and Stability—A Bicameral Congress Possible?” presented at the 23rd annual meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA), Boston, MA, July 31-Aug. 1, 2010.
  • “Polarity and War: A Reexamination of the Relationship Using Modelski’s Typological Criteria to Define Poles, 1885-2002”, presented at the 50th ISA annual convention, New York, February 2009.
  • “Polarity and War—Reexamination from a Comparative Approach,” presented at the 49th ISA annual convention, San Francisco, March 2008.
  • “Do ‘Balanced Multipolarity’ and ‘Unbalanced Multipolarity’ Matter to the Causes of War?” presented at the 65th MPSA annual meeting, Chicago, April 2007.
  • “The Tragedy of Great Power Politics?—An Empirical Test of Mearsheimer’s “Offensive Realism,” presented at the 48th ISA annual convention, Chicago, February 2007.
  • “Soft Power Tapping and Management by China in Its Ascent and Their Implications for Its Relations with Southeast Asian Countries,” presented at the conference “Political China in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities,” the People’s University of China, Beijing, China, June 9-11, 2006.
  • “How Domestic Factors Affect Conflict Behavior of Democratic Countries—A Path Analysis,” presented at the 64th MPSA annual meeting, Chicago, April 2006.
  • “'Soft Power' Tapping and Management by China in Its Ascent and Their Implications for the World,” presented at the 18th annual meeting of The Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA) at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, March 31—April 1, 2006.
  • “China 's 'Peaceful Rise' Policy and the Implications of Its Recent Tsunami Disaster Relief Effort in Southeast Asia,” presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Council of Area Studies Learned Societies, Montréal QC, Canada, April 2005.
  • “Ethnic Diversity and Conflicts in China and Their Implications for Its Democratization,” presented at the Alabama Political Science Association Annual Meeting at Auburn University, April 2004.