Jodie Yuzhou Sun is a historian of eastern and southern Africa in the twentieth century, focusing on Kenya and Zambia’s relations with China. Her research interests include China-Africa relations, Cold War history in the global South and global history of socialist ideas. She holds an MSc in African Studies and a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford. She was an Assistant Research Fellow at the School of International Studies, University of Nottingham Ningbo China.

Jodie has a growing publication profile in African history, Cold War history, and global history. She is currently working on her monograph entitled ‘Brotherly Strangers’: A History of Kenya and Zambia’s Relations with China.

Jodie has diverse and substantial teaching experience for the Faculty of History, African Studies Centre, and the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. She has completed The University of Oxford Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programme, which is accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association.



Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘Brotherly Strangers’: A History of Kenya and Zambia’s Relations with China (in preparation).


Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘Viriato da Cruz and his Chinese exile: A biographical approach’, Journal of Southern African Studies, 46 (5) (forthcoming in 2020).

Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘“Now the cry was Communism”: the Cold War and Kenya’s relations with China (1964-1970)’, Cold War History, 20 (1) (2020), 39-58.

Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘Historicizing African socialisms: Kenyan African socialism, Zambian Humanism, and Communist China’s entanglements’, International Journal of African Historical Studies, 52 (3) (2019), 349-374.


Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘Africa and China’, in Africa in Global History: A Handbook, ed. by Toyin Falola and Mohammed Bashir Salau (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, forthcoming).

Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘Lochner Concession’, ‘Lawley Concession’, ‘Lewanika Concession’, in The Encyclopedia of China [中国大百科全书·世界历史卷的非洲史部分], (Beijing: Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, 2019).

Other publications

Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘Wahuriu Itote (General China)’, Key stage resources for GCSE course ‘Migration, Empires and the People’, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, online, September 2017.

Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘“What Then Happened To Our Eden?”: The Long History of Lozi Secessionism, 1890–2013’ [“那时我们的伊甸园发生了什么?”:洛齐分裂主义的漫长历史,1890-2013], translated and edited from Jack Hogan (2014), Oriental Historical Review [东方历史评论], 2016.

Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘The Two Challenges of Writing China-Africa Relations’, Oxford University China Africa Network, online, 3 February 2016.

Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘Walk through Zambia: Experiencing the coexistence of Christianity and local belief system’[行走赞比亚:感受拜上帝和跳大神共存的精神信仰], China Radio International Africa [CRI行走非洲], online, 1 November 2016.

Jodie Yuzhou Sun. ‘Observing the 2016 five-in-one election of Zambia: The historical logic behind a political show’ [围观2016年赞比亚五合一大选:一场政治表演背后的历史逻辑], Historical Research [史学研究], online, 5 September 2016.


  • Beit Scholarship, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 2018-2019
  • China Scholarship Council-Oxford Scholarship, 2015-2018
  • Beit Fund Travel Grant, Arnold, Bryce and Read Fund, Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 2015-2019
  • Keble Association Travel Grant, Mavis Gibson Prize Fund, Graduate Study Support Fund, Keble College, University of Oxford, 2015-2019
  • Small Thematic Research Grant, British Institute in Eastern Africa, 2016
  • Recent Graduate Award/UNNC Alumni of the Year, University of Nottingham, 2017
  • Outstanding College Graduate of Zhejiang Province, Best Student Award Graduation 2013 of School of International Studies, President’s Scholarship, The Best Student of the Year, University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 2009-2013




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