Shubham Karmakar is a PhD student at the School of International Studies, University of Trento (Italy). He holds MAs in Chinese from Jawaharlal Nehru University (India) and in Applied Linguistics from the University of Limerick (Ireland) funded by Government of Ireland Scholarship. He also has a Postgrad Diploma in Sino-American Relations from Johns Hopkins University (Nanjing campus) jointly funded by JHU and NJCG scholarships. He has received awards such as the 'Young Sinologist' award from China’s Ministry of Tourism and Culture (2019) and a Junior Research Fellowship (India). Mr Shubham worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Chinese Studies at Doon University, teaching BA and MA courses on Chinese language and culture. He has also taught Chinese at Marry Immaculate College (Ireland). He has published articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Applied Linguistics to International Relations. His current research focuses on China’s soft power, foreign policy and media discourse.