Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2014
    Associate Professor in Modern Chinese Society and Politics, University of Oslo

  • 2013 – 2014
    Deputy director of the research group "Politics and International Affairs", Mercator Institute for China Studies (Merics), Berlin

  • 2013
    Postdoctoral fellow, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), Department of Comparative Research on Democracies, University of Bonn

  • 2013
    Ph.D. (Dr. phil.) in China Studies, University of Tuebingen, Germany

  • 2011 – 2012
    Doctoral fellow (grant), Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica (IPSAS), Taipei

  • 2008 – 2013
    Junior lecturer and researcher, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, Greater China Studies, University of Teubingen, Germany

  • 2007 – 2008
    Greater China assistant to the CEO in a strategy consultancy bureau, Frankfurt, Germany

  • 2007
    M.A. in Sinology and Political Science (International Relations), University of Tuebingen, Germany

  • 2006 – 2007
    Hermann Hesse scholarship, Renmin University of China

  • 1998 – 1999
    AFS exchange student in Thailand

Selected publications

  • Ahlers, Anna L. 2014. Rural Policy Implementation in Contemporary China: New Socialist Countryside. London: Routledge.

  • Schubert, Gunter und Anna L. Ahlers. 2012. Participation and Empowerment at the Grassroots: Chinese Village Elections in Perspective. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield.

  • Ahlers, Anna L. und Shen Yongdong. 2017/18. Breathe Easy? Local Nuances of Authoritarian Environmentalism in China’s Battle against Air Pollution. The China Quarterly, Online First:

  • Ahlers, Anna L. und Rudolf Stichweh. 2017. The Bipolarity of Democracy and Authoritarianism: Value Patterns, Inclusion Roles and Forms of Internal Differentiation of Political Systems. FIW Working Paper 9, University of Bonn.

  • Ahlers, Anna L. und Mette Halskov Hansen. 2017. Air Pollution: How Will China Win its Self-Declared War Against it? In: Eva Sternfeld (Hrsg.), Routledge Handbook of Environmental Policy in China. London: Routledge, pp. 83-96.

  • Ahlers, Anna L. 2015. Weaving the Chinese Dream on the Ground? Local Government Approaches to “New-Typed” Rural Urbanization. Journal of Chinese Political Science 20(2), 121-142.

  • Ahlers, Anna L. und Gunter Schubert. 2015. Effective Policy Implementation in China’s Local State. Modern China 41(4), 372- 405.

  • Ahlers, Anna L. 2014. Lokales Regieren und administrative Interessenvermittlung in China. In Hubert Heinelt (Hrsg.), Modernes Regieren in China. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 89-115.

  • Ahlers, Anna L. und Gunter Schubert. 2013. Strategic Modelling: “Building of a New Socialist Countryside” in Three Chinese Counties. The China Quarterly 216, 831-849.

Selected projects

  • Authoritarian Inclusion? The Political Value Patterns and Inclusion Formulas of Modern Authoritarianism

  • Airborne: Pollution, Climate Change, and Visions of Sustainability in China (P.I. Mette H. Hansen), Case Study 2

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Associate editor-in-chief, Journal of Chinese Governance (Routledge/ Taylor & Francis)

Additional qualifications

  • Visiting associate professor ("Wigeland endowment"), University of Chicago, Sept- 2018 – July 2019

  • Member, Junge Akademie – Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (since June 2017)

  • Permanent Visiting Fellow, Forum Internationale Wissenschaft (FIW), University of Bonn

  • Senior Policy Fellow for Chinese Domestic Politics, Mercator Institute for China Studies (Merics)

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Environmental & Energy Policy Center, Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)


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