Chinese Studies

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Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies is a multi- and inter-disciplinary enterprise covering the study of China across all disciplines. It developed mainly from two sources. First, a long-standing tradition of Sinology, still strong in Europe, has used philological and literary tools to study mainly the humanities and pre-modern China. Second, from the Second World War, an “area studies” approach – initially closely linked to US foreign policy needs and remaining predominant in the US, Canada and Australia – has focused on modern China using interdisciplinary (mainly social science) methods. More recently, China’s rapid growth has led to the rapid expansion of the field, while scholars originally from the PRC have led a trend to identify primarily with a discipline rather than an area.

Many China scholars still feel, however, that scholarship on China has had too little influence on the disciplines. The core ideas of most social sciences originate mainly from Western experience and have only sporadically taken China into account. This, however, is changing. For example, Kenneth Pomeranz’s The Great Divergence has made it difficult to discuss early modern economic development without taking account of China.

Studies of China within China are, of course, studies of the self rather than the other. Concepts originating with Chinese scholars have long been central to Western understandings of many issues, such as the emergence of Chinese nationalism. From the 1950s to the 1970s, however, scholarship in China was so dominated by Marxist dogma that its methods and conclusions were of limited interest to scholars elsewhere. This situation has changed dramatically since the 1980s: whole disciplines such as sociology have re-emerged, and modern social science methods have been introduced, often by scholars returning to China after study in the West. The volume of production has increased massively. Although this varies in quality even more than in the West, the best work, especially in disciplines like economics and sociology, is now at the forefront of research.

Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies provides an authoritative guide to the key works across the whole field, pointing researchers and practitioners at all levels to the most important scholarship in European languages as well as in Chinese (and Japanese), and giving scholars working in other fields easier access to scholarship on China. The subjects covered in the initial launch provide broad guidance to major areas of study, while later additions focus more specifically on key issues or topics of debate.

Editor in Chief

Tim Wright is Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. Earlier he spent twenty years in Australia, where he taught Chinese Studies at Murdoch University and was President of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia, 1997-9. His research focuses on modern Chinese economic history, especially economic fluctuations in the 1920s and 1930s, and on China’s contemporary political economy, particularly in relation to the coal industry. His publications include Coal Mining in China’s Economy and Society, 1895–1937 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984), The Chinese Economy in the Early Twentieth Century: Recent Chinese Studies (London: Macmillan, 1992) and The Political Economy of the Chinese Coal Industry: Black Gold and Blood-stained Coal (London: Routledge, 2012). Since returning to the UK in 2000 he has served as President of the British Association for Chinese Studies (2008-11) and Vice-President of the European Association of Chinese Studies (2006-8). He is currently acting as Chair of the China Panel at the British Academy.



Nanyang Technological University
University of Victoria
Charles University
University of Kansas
University of Bristol


Binghamton University
Nanyang Technological University
University of Leeds
University of New South Wales
University of Victoria
Charles University
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Göttingen University
University Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne
University of Chicago
University of California, Davis
University of Bristol


* = recently published

Jeffrey Wasserstrom
University of California Irvine
Yidi Wu
University of California Irvine
Mu-chou Poo
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ann Heirman
Universiteit Gent
Amy McNair
The University of Kansas
Yongnian Zheng
National University of Singapore
Cuifen Weng
University of New South Wales
Ellen Huang
University of San Francisco
Jeremy E. Taylor
University of Nottingham
Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
University of New South Wales
Zitong Qiu
University of New South Wales
David Martínez Robles
Open University of Catalonia
Dong Wang
Turun yliopisto
Amy Zader
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Y.M. Yeung
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jianfa Shen
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gordon Kee
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Nancy S. Steinhardt
University of Pennsylvania
Julian Ward
The University of Edinburgh
Richard King
University of Victoria
Xiaoling Zhang
University of Nottingham
Peter Kornicki
University of Cambridge
Jonathan Stalling
The University of Oklahoma
Charles W. Hayford
Paul Goldin
University of Pennsylvania
Yanrui Wu
University of Western Australia
Amanda Wright
University of South Carolina
Ling Li
University of Vienna
Jean-Pierre Cabestan
Hong Kong Baptist University
Yiching Wu
University of Toronto
Alan K. L. Chan
Nanyang Technological University
Delia Davin
University of Leeds
Hong Xiao
University of Canterbury
Sarah Dauncey
University of Nottingham
Halvor Eifring
The University of Oslo
Jack W. Chen
University of California, Los Angeles
Evan Nicoll-Johnson
University of California, Los Angeles
Ralph W. Huenemann
University of Victoria
Tim Wright
The University of Sheffield
Dwight H. Perkins
Harvard University
Richard Louis Edmonds
The University of Chicago
David Bello
Washington and Lee University
Timothy Cheek
University of British Columbia
Colin Mackerras
Griffith University
William Jankowiak
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Yuezhu Sun
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Victor Mair
University of Pennsylvania
Mark Bender
The Ohio State University
Levi Gibbs
Dartmouth College
Peace Lee
The Ohio State University
Haihong Fu
Sichuan University
John Foster
Kingston University, London
Stanislaus Fung
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Harriet Zurndorfer
Universiteit Leiden
Jane Nolan
University of Aberystwyth
Tracey L-D Lu
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Xinzhi Wu
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xu Xin
Ralph W. Huenemann
University of Victoria
On-cho Ng
Penn State
Li Zhang
University of East Anglia
Jo Smith Finley
Newcastle University
Judy Polumbaum
The University of Iowa
Uta Lauer
Stockholms universitet
Henning Klöter
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Tim Wright
The University of Sheffield
Eirik Lang Harris
City University of Hong Kong
Paula Varsano
University of California, Berkeley
Tze-ki Hon
State University of New York at Geneseo
Mark Henderson
Mills College
Fang Lee Cooke
Monash University
Delia Davin
University of Leeds
Anne Gerritsen
University of Warwick
Edward Q. Wang
Rowan University
Kent G. Deng
London School of Economics and Political Science
Thomas Radice
Southern Connecticut State University
John Chaffee
Binghamton University, State University of New York
Thomas R. Gottschang
College of the Holy Cross
David Robinson
Colgate University
Yenna Wu
University of California, Riverside
Edward M. Gunn
Cornell University
Kirk A. Denton
The Ohio State University
Leigh Jenco
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Carine Defoort
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Tracey L-D Lu
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jonathan P. J. Stock
University College Cork – National University of Ireland
Robert Foster
Berea College
Tracey L-D Lu
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Joshua H. Howard
The University of Mississippi
Joseph Cheng
City University of Hong Kong
Alan Baumler
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Tracey L-D Lu
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Edward L. Shaughnessy
The University of Chicago
Zhongwei Zhao
Australian National University
Thomas Scharping
University of Cologne
Alan Piazza
Johns Hopkins University
Anne McLaren
The University of Melbourne
Cynthia Brokaw
Brown University
Leif Littrup
University of Copenhagen
Tim Wright
The University of Sheffield
Richard King
University of Victoria
Sally Sargeson
The Australian National University, Canberra
Donald Sturgeon
University of Hong Kong
Niv Horesh
University of Nottingham
Jonathan Sullivan
University of Nottingham
Caroline Rose
University of Leeds
Jonathan Sullivan
University of Nottingham
Lukáš Zádrapa
Charles University in Prague
Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard
Copenhagen Business School
Tony Saich
Harvard University
Nancy Hearst
Harvard University
Hong Liu
Nanyang Technological University
Els van Dongen
Nanyang Technological University
Imre Galambos
University of Cambridge
Rui Magone
Universidade de Lisboa
David Pong
University of Delaware
James Tong
University of California, Los Angeles
Lynette Ong
University of Toronto
Felix Wemheuer
The University of Cologne
Jiwei Qian
National University of Singapore
Fei-Ling Wang
Georgia Institute of Technology
Carol H. Shiue
University of Colorado Boulder
Nathan Sivin
University of Pennsylvania
Xiuzhen (Janice) Li
Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum
Yongjin Zhang
University of Bristol
Hong-yi Chen
Soka University
Colin Mackerras
Griffith University
Zhen Hai
National Central University
Geoffrey MacCormack
University of Aberdeen
Ka-Wai Fan
City University of Hong Kong
Olga Lomová
Far Eastern Institute
Marie Bizais-Lillig
Université de Strasbourg
Johannes L. Kurz
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
William H. Nienhauser Jr.
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Kristin Stapleton
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Winnie Sung
Nanyang Technological University
Pauline Keating
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
David Robinson
Colgate University


Assertive Nationalism and China's Core Interests
Wenting (Florence) Yang
University of Denver
Suisheng Zhao
China and Regional and Global Security
Mingjiang Li
Kheng Swe Lim
Emergence of Modern Banks
Linsun Cheng
university of Massachusetts-dartmouth
Film in Taiwan
Daw-Ming Lee
Taipei National University of the Arts
Five Classics
Michael Nylan
Robin Workman
Foreign Trade
Ka Zeng
Human Rights in China
Marina Svensson
Liang Qichao
Limin Bai
Victoria University of Wellington
Manchu Identity
Laura Newby
St Hilda's College
Marco Polo
Paul D Buell
Multinational Companies in China
Hinrich Voss
University of Leeds
Political Dissent
Timothy Cheek
University of British Columbia
Qi Baishi
Michaela Pejcochova
National Gallery in Prague
Social Welfare in China
Daniel Hammond
Su Shi (Su Dongpo)
Benjamin Ridgway
Grinnell College
Kathleen Tomlonovic
St. Ambrose University
Sun Yat-sen and 1911 Revolution
Michael Murdock
Taiping Civil War
Rudolf G. Wagner
United States-China Relations, 1949-Present
Ralph W. Huenemann
University of Victoria
Village Society in the Early Twentieth Century
David Faure



The Oxford Bibliographies Graduate Student Article Award is an annual, invitation-only award that offers experienced doctoral candidates an opportunity to contribute to Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies, to draw attention to their work, and to add a peer-reviewed publication to their CVs. Invitation is by faculty nomination only. Nominations are now being accepted.

“Graduate students are by necessity deeply and critically engaged in the literature within emerging areas of research. This knowledge puts them in an ideal position to write for Oxford Bibliographies. I am particularly excited about the potential of this award as a pathway to including articles on cutting-edge topics, and I think it is an important acknowledgement of the significant contribution graduate students routinely make to the production of new scholarship.”

--Damon Zucca, Reference and Online Publisher, Oxford University Press

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