Bolun Zhang

Bolun Zhang
  • 9500 Gilman Dr
    Mail Code: 0533
    La Jolla , California 92093

MA: Peking University, Sociology, 2015

BA: Peking University, Arabic and Sociology, 2012


Research Interests: Political Sociology and Economic Sociology

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I am a Ph.D. student in the department of sociology, UCSD. Before coming to the U.S., I got my bachelor (Arabic and Sociology) and master degree (Sociology) in Peking University.

Trained in different traditions and methods, I am constituted by three (or more) selves: a political sociologist self, a political economist self, and finally, a social historian self. With a relatively simple life story, my research is largely driven by my curiosity.

My master thesis explores the labour movement in Egypt during the Liberal Age (1922-1952), answering why workers from different industrial centers in textile industry developed different labour activism. I argue that different conceptions of worker and company forged different relations between skilled workers and unskilled workers, and further closed political opportunity for workers in Mahalla al-Kubra while opened other chances for workers in Shubra al-Khayma.

I am now working on my Ph.D. project on the issue of nationalistic capital and FDI, with an empirical focus on Chinese outward investment.


Advanced Amateur in Arabic and coding.