Sarah K. Kirchberger is an assistant professor of Sinology at the Asia-Africa-Institute (AAI), University of Hamburg, Germany.
After studying Sinology, Political Science and Archaeology at Hamburg, Taipei and Trier as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (1994-2003), she received a PhD in Sinology in 2004.
During 2007 to 2010, Kirchberger served as an analyst with naval shipbuilder Blohm + Voss where she was charged with observing naval developments around the world, working in close cooperation with technical and military experts.
Originally a specialist in Chinese domestic politics and comparative government, her first monograph was an analysis of informal rules in Chinese and Taiwanese politics (in German, 2004). She has published various book chapters and articles on topics such as China’s political system, CCP party history, Chinese domestic politics, foreign policy, and naval modernization.
Sarah Kirchberger’s recent book Assessing China’s Naval Power: Technological Innovation, Economic Constraints, and Strategic Implications (Springer, Berlin & Heidelberg 2015, 318pp. ISBN 978-3-662-47126-5) combines the perspective of practical work experience in the naval shipbuilding industry with academic research in the fields of Modern China Studies and Asia Pacific Security Studies. It analyses China’s quest for naval power comparatively from a wide variety of angles and includes an in-depth analysis of China’s current naval capability profile.