Hao Chen

Research Fellow, AY2023-2024

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Hao Chen is a political economist specializing in Chinese economic and political development. His research interests include state-business relations, leadership politics, and urban governance. His current research projects explore the role of state capital in the Chinese economy, the rise and fall of China’s private conglomerates, and patterns of purges and survival among political elites in China. He has published in The China Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, Journal of Public Management, among others, and his research has been spotlighted in The Washington Post. He was a distinguished visiting professor at the Schwarzman Scholars Program, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Southern California, and a research fellow at Harvard Business School. Hao received his Ph.D. in political science from Boston University.

Prior to his diplomatic career, Ronen was a journalist and senior correspondent for Israeli and international media, leading in-depth research and reporting on domestic and Middle Eastern political affairs. He graduated from Harvard Kennedy School with a Master’s in Public Administration (class of 2023) and holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations and Asia Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research at the Ash Center focuses on deciphering the determining elements of a major power competition in a bipolar global system and the race for resources and technologies shaping the 21st century.