Hacer Z. Gonul began her doctoral studies in Anthropology at Peking University and has spent over 10 years living in several cities across China. Currently, she remains her PhD in Philosophy and political science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles where she is also serving as a researcher in East Asian Studies (EAst). She holds a MA in Sociology from Central China Normal University in Wuhan and completed a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Economy at Tongji University in Shanghai. Her master research was titled: « Chinese and Turkish Policy on Minorities – A comparative study between Kurdish and Uyghur”. She has also conducted research in the Hui communities of Wuhan and Beijing. Her current research deals with 'Differences in How the People's Republic of China Securitizes Chinese Muslim Minority Groups' . Beyond her special interest in Chinese Islam, her research interests include ethnicity, radicalization and social and cultural transformations in contemporary China with a special focus on Wahhabi Islam among Chinese minority groups.
I was one of the editors of the book: Hui Muslims in China, which was published by Leuven University Press. I have also published articles for a number of think tanks.