Zhang Boshu received a doctoral degree of philosophy from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in 1991 and worked in its Institute of Philosophy for 20 years. His early interest was in the philosophical and anthropological dimensions of market economic behaviors and applying this knowledge to China’s economic reform.
After the June 4th 1989 Tian An Men incident, Zhang Boshu redirected his attention to writing, producing a 6-volume series covering the successes and failures of over a hundred years of transition in the Chinese political system. The first volume of “From May 4th to June 4th” was published in 2008. He has now published over ten books in both Chinese and English, along with over thirty academic articles and many commentaries on governmental controls, civil rights, and issues on Tibet and Xinjiang. He was selected as one of “100 Chinese Public Intellectuals” between 2007 and 2010 by the Mainland China civil organizations and overseas media. He was among the first to sign the Charter 08 for reform and democracy in China.