Professor Sun Zhe joined Tsinghua in 2007. Previously he had taught at Fudan University, the East Asian Institute of Columbia University, and the Ramapo College of New Jersey. He is a graduate of Fudan University (1987, 1989) and has a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University in the City of New York (2000) .

Sun Zhe is the author or editor of more than ten books on American government and US-China relations, including New Thinking on Human Rights (1992), The Politics of Dictatorship (1995), Influencing the Future: the Institutional Transformation and Behaviors in Decision Making Process of the US Congress "2001", Congressional Studies (2002, 2003), The US Congress and China: Cases and Analyses "2003", The Politics of Authoritarian Regimes (2004), T he Rise and Expansion: American Domestic Politics and US-China Relations (2004) and The Remaking of the National People's Congress in China , 1979-2000 (2004). His most recent books, American Studies in China : 1979-2005 and The Congressional Politics and American Trade Policies towards China will be published by Shanghai People's Press in 2007.

Sun Zhe has received several academic rewards since 2000. He is now a Shanghai Shuguang (Dawn) Scholar and receives Special Government Subsidies by the State Council.

Sun Zhe has been an adjunct research fellow at the "Center for the Studies of the Cross-Strait Relations" of the Office of Taiwan Affairs at State Council, a board member of the US-China Peoples' Friendship Association, a Member of academic Advisory Committee of the East Asia Institute, Shanghai, and an adjunct professor of the PLA Foreign Language University. He also serves as a consultant to several government departments. He was the spokesperson for the Boao Forum for Asia in 2002, and a column writer for The Economic Observer , the Orient Outlook, and some other Chinese newspapers.

Sun Zhe has lectured widely in both China and in the United States and has appeared often as an expert commentator on CCTV, Shanghai TV, CNN, VOA, the Chinesenewsnet, Jianfang Daily, etc.