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Primiano, Christopher

Dr. Christopher B. Primiano

Assistant Professor of History and Political Science


Phone: (334) 833-4472
Office: Flowers 311


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University
  • Master of Science, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University
  • Master of Arts, Department of History, Rutgers University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Department of History, Rutgers University


Dr. Christopher (Chris) Primiano joined the Huntingdon faculty in 2023. He has served on the faculty of St. Olaf College, Hunter College, Montclair State University, and Rutgers, and was a teaching fellow for the University of Nottingham in Ningbo, China. He served as director of the China and Central Asia Studies Center for KIMEP University in Kazakhstan, and as assistant professor for KIMEP’s Department of International Relations and Regional Studies.



  • 2020, China, the UN and Human Rights: Implications for World Politics (Routledge)                                                                    

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Forthcoming, Primiano, Christopher B., Dana Rice and Alma Kudebayeva. Perceptions of China in Central Asia: Findings from an Elite University in Bishkek. Asian Journal of Comparative Politics  
  • 2021, Po, Sovinda and Christopher B. Primiano. Explaining China’s Lancang-Mekong cooperation as an institutional balancing strategy: dragon guarding the water. Australian Journal of International Affairs, 75(3), 323-340.
  • 2020, Moore, Gregory and Christopher B. Primiano. Audience Costs and China’s South China Sea Island Building. Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 7/3, 325-348.  
  • 2020, Po, Sovinda and Christopher B. Primiano. It’s All About the Coalition: Why the Cambodian government is aligning with China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the impact it is having. European Journal of East Asian Studies, 19/2, 325-354.
  • 2020, Primiano, Christopher B. and Alma Kudebayeva. What is Democracy and Who Supports It? Findings from a University Survey in Kazakhstan. Central Asian Survey, 39/4, 463-479.
  • 2020, Xi, Jinrui and Christopher B. Primiano. China’s Influence in Asia: How Do Individual Perceptions Matter?  East Asia, 37/3: 181-202.
  • 2020, Po, Sovinda and Christopher B. Primiano. An “Ironclad Friendship”: Explaining Cambodia’s Bandwagoning Policy towards China. Contemporary Southeast Asia, 39/3: 444-464.
  • 2019, Should China Spend on UNPKOs?  Findings from a Survey. China Report, 55/1: 40-56.
  • 2018, China’s Human Rights Statements in the UN: What are the Future Implications?  China: An International Journal, 16/4: 183-198.
  • 2018, Let’s Get Emotional: The Strategic Use of Emotions in China’s Foreign Policy.  East Asia, 35/3: 197-214.
  • 2016, Primiano, Christopher B. and Jun Xiang. Voting in the UN: A Second Image of China’s Human Rights. Journal of Chinese Political Science, 21/3: 301-319.
  • 2015, Xiang, Jun, Christopher B. Primiano, and Wei-hao Huang. Aggressive or Peaceful Rise? An Empirical Assessment of China’s Militarized Conflict, 1979-2010. Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, 21/3: 301-325.
  • 2015, The Impact of International Perception on China’s Approach to Human Rights.  East Asia, 32/4: 401-419.
  • 2015, Assessing the Impact of the 2008 Beijing Games: A View from Taiwan. Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science, 4/1: 67-83.
  • 2013, China under stress: The Xinjiang question. International Politics, 50/3: 455-473.
  • 2012, Participatory Democracy and Competitive Elections as the Way Forward in Xinjiang. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 32/4: 545-556.

Book Chapters

  • 2021, What Explains the Change in China’s Relations with the Philippines Since Duterte? In Navigating Uncertainty in the South China Sea Disputes, (ed.) Nalanda Roy. World Scientific Publishing: London, 53-70
  • 2020. O’Brien, David and Christopher B. Primiano.  Opportunities and Risks along the New Silk Road: Perspectives and Perceptions on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. In International Flows in the Belt and Road Initiative Context: Business, People, History and Geography, (ed.) Hing Kai Chan, Faith Ka Shun Chan, and David O’Brien. Palgrave Macmillan: Singapore, 127-145

In Submission Articles

  • The Salience of Authoritarian versus Liberal Political Views: Findings from a University Survey on How China and its Belt and Road Initiative are Playing in Kazakhstan (with Alma Kudebayeva)
  • Views Toward Education and the Impact of Education in Kazakhstan: What are the salient factors? (with Alma Kudebayeva)
  • The Dragon in Central Asia: Is China’s Increased Economic Involvement Resulting in Security Gains?
  • ‘Bloody January’: An Anatomy of the 2022 crisis and the unstructured political participation of subalterns in Almaty (with Nygmet Ibadildin)
  • Kazakhstan’s Quest for Status: A Secondary State’s Strategy to Shape its International Image (with Daniel O’Neill)
  • What is Kazakhstani Identity? (with Alua Bishekova, Daniil Litosh, and Gauhar Zhumadilda)

In Preparation Articles

  • Chinese Foreign Policy Under Xi Jinping: The Competing Visions of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Other Publications

  • 2021, Rice, Dana, Christopher Primiano, and Alma Kudebayeva. “Kazakh students ditching social media.”  Eurasianet, July 26 
  • 2021, Po, Sovinda and Christopher Primiano. “Lancang-Mekong Cooperation: China’s Institutional Shield.”  The China Story, July 8
  • 2020, Primiano, Christopher and Sovinda Po. Cambodia holds China close despite coronavirus.  East Asia Forum, March 13
  • 2019, How Hong Kong protesters can build on recent victories by learning from Martin Luther King.  South China Morning Post, December 18
  • 2018, The end of China’s term limits and its ‘Peaceful Rise.’ China Policy Institute, April 26
  • 2018, China’s Actions Regarding the Rohingya Crisis. China Policy Institute, January 16
  • 2017                The Risks and Rewards of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. IAPS Dialogue, November 28
  • 2017, The Difference a Leader Makes: A Dramatic Change in China-Philippines Relations. IAPS Dialogue, February 24


  • 2020, Travel Grant, International Studies Association, International Conference (canceled due to COVID-19)
  • 2020, Travel Grant, International Studies Association Annual Convention (canceled due to COVID-19
  • 2019, Travel Grant, Hunter College, CUNY
  • 2016, Graduate Assistant Professional Development Fund, Rutgers University, Newark
  • 2015-2016, Graduate School Dissertation Fellowship, Rutgers University, Newark
  • 2015, Graduate Assistant Professional Development Fund, Rutgers University, Newark
  • 2015, American Association for Chinese Studies Junior Scholar Travel Fund
  • 2014, Publishing Collaboration Grant, Rutgers University, Newark
  • 2013, 2014, Travel Grant, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, Newark
  • 2013, All-Expense Paid Scholarship, National Chengchi University, Taiwan


Academics, History, Political Science

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