Johannes Lejeune

Research Fellow at the Professorship for Political Science with the Focus on Area Studies China/East Asia (until 2017)


last updated Jan 2017

Faculty 03 Social Sciences
Institute for Political Science

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Employment history

Feb 2013 – Jan 2017

Research Fellow, interdisciplinary research program Africa's Asian Options (AFRASO) at Goethe University Frankfurt, supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

März 2011 – Jan 2017 Research Fellow at the the Professorship for Political Science with the Focus on Area Studies China/East Asia, Faculty for Social Sciences (Institute for Political Sciences), Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main
Nov 2010 –
Jan 2011
Lecturer at the Institute for Sinology, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
Apr 2009 –
Apr 2010
Student Research Assistant at the Research Team A5: „Nationising the Dynasty“ at the Excellence cluster „Asia and Europe in a Global Context“, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
Jul 2008 –
Okt 2008
Internship at the Research Team Asia, Foundation for Science and Politics (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)
Apr 2008 –
Jul 2008
Tutor at the Centre for East Asian Studies, Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
Jun/Jul 2006 Internship at the Siemens AG in Beijing in the Sales Department

Academic background

2006 – 2010 Study of Modern Sinology, Political Science and Law at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg

Degree: Magister Artium
2005 – 2006 Study of the Chinese language at the Tsinghua-University Beijing
2002 – 2005 Study of Modern Sinology, Political Science and Law at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg 
1988 – 2001 School education in Markgröningen, Baden-Württemberg


Research Focus:
Chinese Foreign Policy (especially ideological aspects and Sino-African relations); Democratization and autocratic persistence in East Asia; China-related policy analysis (especially in the area of IPR)

Dissertation project:
“Ideology and Power in International Relations: China's Influence in Ethiopia and South Africa"


WS 15/16
Introduction to the Politics of East Asia (Master MEAS / Political Science)
OLAT Course:

SS 15
Democratization and the Persistence of Autocracy in East Asia (Master MEAS / Political Science)

WS 14/15:

Introduction to Politics (MEAS)

SS 14
China-Afrika Beziehungen

WS 13/14
Introduction to Politics

SS 13
Democratization in East Asia

WS 12/13
Introduction to Politics

SS 12 
Foreign Relations of the People's Republic of China 

WS 11/12           
Introduction to Politics

SS 11               
Democracy in China, Taiwan and East Asia

WS 10/11        
Democracy in China, Taiwan und Ostasien (at the Institute for Sinology, University Heidelberg)



2015: “Ruling Parties as Communities of Practice and Collective Identity in China-Ethiopia Relations", AFRASO Working Paper;

2014: “Weak Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in China: Integrating Political, Cultural and Structural Explanations", in: Journal of Contemporary China, Vol. 23, No 88 (July 2014);

2012: "Gemeinsame internationale Konferenz des Arbeitskreises Sozialwissenschaftliche Chinaforschung (ASC) in der DGA und des Kompetenznetzes "Regieren in China", Hamburg, 09. - 11.Dezember 2011", in: ASIEN The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, Nr 123 (April 2012), 126 - 129.


2015/03: „That's what friends are for: Identity in the making of China-South Africa relations“, 2nd AFRASO International Conference, Cape Town.

2014/08: „Collective Identity in China-Ethiopia Relations: A Community of Practice Perspective“, WISC Fourth Global International Studies Conference, 6.-9. August 2014, Frankfurt/Main

2012/10: „Ideology in Sino-African Relations“, Talk in the context of the symposium „Sinology and Chinese Studies“, University Frankfurt, Frankfurt.

2012/03: „China und der Schutz geistigen Eigentums: Regieren in einem fragmentierten autoritären Staat“, Talk in the context of „Sinology goes public“, Confucius Institute at the University Heidelberg, Heidelberg.

last updated Jan 2017