Zhaojin Zeng
Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University

Dr. Zeng specializes in the economic, business, and industrial history of modern China and the world, with a focus on factories and entrepreneurs. He is also interested in historical data analytics and digital business. His current book project, Engineering Modern China: Industrial Factories and the Transformation of the Chinese Economy in the Long Twentieth Century, is the first to analyze the remarkable rise of the Chinese factory economy from the late Qing to post-Mao eras. Dr. Zeng is also the founder of the CFP – Chinese Factory Project (https://chinesefactory.org/), a digital humanities and data analytics initiative that collects and publicizes archival materials and quantitative datasets on China’s industrial development, technological change, and resource utilization. Dr. Zeng holds his Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.Phil. in Social Science from the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Before joining DKU, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian History at the University of Pittsburgh in 2018-2020.

Current Research Interests

Economic, Business, and Industrial History
Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Business Strategies
Historical Data Analytics, Digital Business

Current Appointments & Affiliations

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