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Dongxian Jiang


Professor Dongxian Jiang's Profile Photo for the Fordham Modern Languages and Literatures Department.

Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies
Lowenstein Building 925A
[email protected]

Spring 2023 office hours:
T: 2:30-3:30pm (by appt. only) 


B.A. in International Relations and Philosophy, Peking University, 2012
M.A. in Political Science, Duke University, 2014
M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics, Princeton University, 2020


Dongxian Jiang is a political theorist and intellectual historian. His research and teaching interests include comparative political theory, the history of Chinese and Asian political thought, intercultural dialogue, and contemporary normative political theory. His current work intervenes in the “China Model” debate since the 1980s and its implications for liberal democratic theories. He has also written on the history and contemporary relevance of Confucianism, the reception of Western political thought in East Asian contexts, as well as the representation of non-Western societies in Western political thought. His articles have been published in Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture and Comparative Political Theory. At Fordham, Dongxian teaches English and Mandarin Chinese courses on Chinese politics, Chinese political thought, and comparative political theory.

Courses Taught

Modern Chinese Political Thought
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Political Thought in Modern Asia
Confucius and the Analects

Selected Publications

2022. “Universalizing ‘Kingly Way’ Confucianism: A Japanese Legacy and a Chinese Future?” (with Shaun O’Dwyer), in Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan, edited by Shaun O’Dwyer. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 184- 202.

2021. “Defending Constitutional Democracy on Confucian Terms: Progressive Confucianism and Its Debate with Traditionalist Confucianism in Contemporary China.” Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture 35(Feb): 159-191. DOI:10.22916/jcpc.2021..35.159.

2021. “The Place of Confucianism in Pluralistic East Asia.” Comparative Political Theory 1(2021): 126-134.