Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Luyang Zhou

Luyang Zhou

Postdoctoral Fellow in International and Public Affairs

Biography

Luyang Zhou holds PhD degree in sociology from McGill University at Montreal, and received his BA and MA, both in sociology too, from Renmin University of China at Beijing. Zhou’s research interests are anchored in comparative historical sociology, with specialization on empire and revolution. Zhou’s doctoral dissertation compares the Bolshevik and Chinese communist revolutions, over two leaderships’ national identities, military backgrounds, experiences of repressions, and strategies of controlling armies. Zhou is now expanding his thesis into a book manuscript, which compares the two revolutions’ relationships with nationalism and analyzes communist revolution as a response to the dilemma of the end of empire in the absence of nation-state.