Hongmeng Cheng is an assistant professor from the Shanghai Institute of Socialism, where he teaches classes on the religious theory and policy of the Communist Party of China. Cheng was a visiting scholar for the Mormon Studies Program at the University of Virginia during the 2018–19 academic year. While at UVA, he researched the voting records of Latter-day Saints in the U.S. Congress in order to gauge their influence on legislation relating to Sino–U.S. interactions. Cheng previously served as a postdoctoral fellow at Fudan University, where he researched The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Sino-U.S. relations. He received a PhD in religious studies from Renmin University of China.