Zhang Xin is an Associate Professor at the School of Advanced International and Area Studies, and Deputy Director of Center for Russian Studies, East China Normal University in Shanghai. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from UCLA and has been on the faculty of Reed College, Fudan University, and Higher School of Economics (Moscow and St. Petersburg). His major fields of expertise are comparative political economy, political sociology, critical geopolitics, and Russian and Eurasian politics. His academic and policy researches appear in multiple languages in Review of International Political Economy, Geopolitics, Osteuropa, Russia in Global Affairs, China Journal, and World Economy and Politics, etc. He has written commissioned policy reports for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, China Development Bank, and Valdai Club. He is on the editorial board of the academic journal Russian Studies (Eluosi Yanjiu) and is an Executive Council Member of the Chinese Association of Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies.