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Dr. Tony C. LEE


Dr. Lee has a wide range of research interests, ranging from modern China studies to political psychology. Since 2017, he has been working on his Habilitation (temp. entitled: China's Second Mao?) at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2019, he was awarded a federal funding by the BMWi to launch a scientifically-based Start-up project MindR, in which Dr. Lee and his team attempt to create an AI-based talent assessment service for corporates. He has joined the CCST's lectorate and teaches China's social credit system since October 2019.


2007 - 2012 
PhD., Political Science/China Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France

2005 - 2006 
M.A. Political Economy/Perspective theory, Université Paris 5, France

2001 - 2003 
M.A. Political Science/International Relations, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan


Lecturer, China Center, Technische Universität Berlin

Project leader, funded by EXIST gründerstipendium, Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi), Germany

Project leader, funded by Berliner Startup Stipendium, Berliner University alliance & ESF, Germany

Pursuing habilitation, Institute of Chinese studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Guest researcher, Center for Global Politics, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Head of the unit/Assistant researcher, Office of International Affairs, National Ilan University, Taiwan

Postdoctoral researcher, Dept. of Public Administration, University of Taipei, Taiwan


"When dark leaders rule the world: cross-comparing the Dark Triad of Putin, Trump, and Xi." International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) annual meeting, Lisbon, Portugal

"The Perception of Threat in Europe with regard to China’s Belt and Road Initiative." European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) annual meeting, Hamburg, Germany

"Yuanming Yuan, the Garden of Absolute Clarity, and Transnational Memory Studies in China." Workshop of Transnational Memory Studies held in University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

"The Metamorphosis of Soft-Power: When Soft Power Becomes Hard." European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR) annual meeting, Prague, Czech Republic 

"Same Bed, Different Dreams: Comparing the Narratives of Soft-power between China and the U.S., Conference “Exploring the China Dream,” held by Stockholm University, Sweden.

"Inherited Leadership? Comparative Personality Profiling between Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong At-a-Distance via Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC)." International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) annual meeting, Warsaw, Poland.

"Can the FN Be the Future? Days of the Future Past in 2017." Annual Meeting of the Consortium of European Studies (CES), Sciences Po Paris, France

"Groupthink 2.0: The Application of Groupthink Theory in China." Annual Symposium of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Sino-German Interaction Perceived by the Heads of State, 2005-2014." CRN-Workshop on Regional Integration in Asia and Europe, Guangzhou, China

Selected publications (peer-reviewed)

Book (chapter)

  • Tony C. Lee. “Language, Psychology and the Chinese Leadership: Method and Practice,” in C. Shei (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Chinese Studies. London: Routledge. (Planned in 2021)
  • Tony C. Lee. 2017. La Chine contre l’Occident et le Japon: Une étude psycho-culturelle sur l’origine du conflit, de  1990 à 2010. Paris: L’Hamarttan. ISBN: 978-2-343-13469-7
  • Tony C. Lee. 2017. “When Hard Power Shrinks: The Mid-Life Crisis of Realism,” in R. W. Murray, M. Nurnus and J. R. Avgustin (ed.), Realism in Practice: An Appraisal. Bristol: E-IR, pp. 43-54.

Peer-review journals

  • Tony C. Lee. 2019. “Groupthink, QCA, and the Tiananmen Disaster,” Small Group Research, first on-line.
  • Tony C. Lee. 2018. “Can Xi Jinping Be the Next Mao Zedong? Using the Big-five Model to Study Political Leadership,” Journal of Chinese Political Science 23 (4): 473-497
  • Tony C. Lee. 2017. “Pernicious Tradition? The Culture of Guanxi and Corruption in China,” Crime, Law and Social Change (special issue) 70(3): 349-361
  • Tony C. Lee. 2017. “Cold Case: Re-investigating Group Dynamics of the Chinese Leadership during the 1989 Tiananmen Incident,” American Journal of Chinese Studies 24 (2): 87-103
  • Tony Lee. 2010. “China’s Perception of Europe through the Tibet Incident: Memory, Complex, and Symptoms”, Issues and Studies 46 (1): 123-146

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