dylan loh

Dylan M.H. Loh

Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

I am an Assistant Professor at the Public Policy and Global Affairs programme, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

I received my PhD at the Politics and International Studies Department, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Dr Ayse Zarakol. 

My peer-reviewed articles have been published in International Studies ReviewCooperation and ConflictPacific Review, Journal of Chinese Political Science, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, International Relations of Asia-Pacific and the Australian Journal of International Affairs. I have also peer reviewed for Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Asian Security, Pacific Affairs, European Journal of International Security, Review of International Studies, International Affairs and Journal of Global Security Studies.

I am also the founding editor of ThePolitburo.org, an online magazine dedicated to the politics, policies and international relations of China.

Research Interests

  • Chinese foreign policy
  • Practice theory
  • ASEAN politics
  • Diplomacy


MSc in International Relations

S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU



Research Interests

My work focuses mainly on Chinese foreign policy and, in particular, the politics and practices of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is heavily informed by practice theory..

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Cambridge University                                                                 

I completed doctoral studies at the department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge (2015-2019) under the supervision of Dr Ayse Zarakol, with Dr K.C Lin as my second supervisor. I received funding for my PhD through the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences International PhD Scholarship from Nanyang Technological University under the Ministry of Education’s ‘Singapore Teaching and Academic Research Talent Scheme’.  During my time there, I was also Graduate Research Fellow at the Centre for Rising Powers from 2016 – 2018 and was supervisor for the final year undergraduate course – ‘China in the International Order’.  Additionally, I was a Pre-Doctoral fellow at the University of Copenhagen from Sept 2018 – March 2019. 

RSIS                                                                                rsis

I received my MSc (International Relations) at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. I also spent a summer at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University as a visiting student in 2013. I found RSIS such a welcoming place that I stayed on after my Master’s degree to work as a research analyst with (then-Dean) Ambassador Barry Desker, for almost 2 years.

Nanyang Technological University                                          Nanyang

I completed my Bachelor’s in sociology at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). I was placed on the Dean’s list twice in 2007 and 2008 and was awarded the Kwok Chin Yan book prize, given to top students, in 2007. I was also conferred the ‘NTU President Research Scholar’ title in 2008 for the research paper ‘The Construction of Singapore’s National Identity’ written during a 1 year research course. This foundational academic experience influenced my subsequent academic work, particularly in bringing social theory into my international relations research.

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