Dr. Courtney FUNG 馮康雲

 Dr. Courtney J. Fung is an assistant professor of International Relations.  Her research addresses how rising powers, like China and India, address the norms and provisions for a global security order.  She is particularly interested in how status affects these states as they address United Nations peacekeeping, intervention, and the responsibility to protect.  Her forthcoming Oxford University Press book explains China's varied response to intervention at the United Nations Security Council.  Her research has been supported by a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Government Research Fund grant (GRF), a Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme (ECS) award, the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation, and the Scaife Foundation. 

Dr. Fung was most recently a 2016 – 2017 research fellow with the East Asia Institute in their Program on Peace, Governance, and Development in East Asia, and an honorary research fellow at the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney during a semester-long research sabbatical. She was previously a post-doctoral fellow with the now Columbia-Harvard China and the World Program, based at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University. She held pre-doctoral fellowships with the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and with the Global Peace Operations Program at the Center on International Cooperation, New York University. 

Dr. Fung has a PhD in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she was awarded the Peter Ackerman Dissertation Prize for her doctoral thesis. She also holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, and a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Fung is also a graduate of the Middlebury College Chinese Summer Language School, where she was a Kathryn Davis fellow. Additional training includes the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Methods Research, Syracuse University and the Graduate Institute for Teaching, Tufts University.  Dr. Fung is a 2016 recipient of the HKU Early Career Teaching Award.​ She serves as a member of the Fletcher School Board of Advisors.

Select Publications

  • Courtney J. Fung, China and the Dilemma of Intervention at the UN Security Council: Reconciling Status, under contract with Oxford University Press.
  • Courtney J. Fung, "Negotiating the Nuclear and Humanitarian Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: A Simulation and Teaching Guide," PS: Political Science & Politics (2018)
  • Courtney J. Fung, "Separating Intervention From Regime Change? China’s Diplomatic Innovations at the UN Security Council Regarding the Syria Crisis, 2011 - 2017," The China Quarterly ​(2018),​
  • Courtney J. Fung, "China's Troop Contributions to U.N. Peacekeeping," Peace Brief (2016),
  • Courtney J. Fung, "China and the Responsibility to Protect: From Opposition to Advocacy," Peace Brief (2016),
  • Courtney J. Fung, “Explaining China’s Deployment to UN Peacekeeping Operations,” International Relations of the Asia-Pacific (2015), DOI: 10.1093/irap/lcv020.
  • Courtney J. Fung, "Global South Solidarity? China, Regional Organisations and Intervention in the Libyan and Syrian Civil Wars," Third World Quarterly (2015), DOI:
  • Courtney J. Fung, book review of “China and the United Nations: Chinese UN Policy in the Areas of Peace and Development in the Era of Hu Jintao, by Janka Oertel,” The China Quarterly 223 (September 2015): 818 – 820. DOI: 10.1017/S0305741015000910.
  • Courtney J. Richardson, "A Responsible Power? China and the UN Peacekeeping Regime," in Marc Lanteigne and Miwa Hirono (editors), China's Evolving Approach to Peacekeeping (London: Routledge, 2012).
  • Courtney J. Richardson, "Contributors to UN Peacekeeping: The Comparative Case of China," in Zhao Lei (editor), The Cutting-edge Issues of China's Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations (Beijing: Shishi chubanshe, 2011). [in English and Chinese].
  • Courtney J. Richardson, "A Responsible Power? China and the UN Peacekeeping Regime," International Peacekeeping 18, 3 (June 2011): 288 - 299.