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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

Mu-chou Poo
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Ann Heirman
Universiteit Gent
Amy McNair
The University of Kansas
Ellen Huang
University of San Francisco
Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
University of New South Wales
Zitong Qiu
University of New South Wales
Dong Wang
Turun yliopisto
Amy Zader
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Nancy S. Steinhardt
University of Pennsylvania
Julian Ward
The University of Edinburgh
Richard King
University of Victoria
Xiaoling Zhang
University of Nottingham
Paul Goldin
University of Pennsylvania
Yanrui Wu
University of Western Australia
Jean-Pierre Cabestan
Hong Kong Baptist University
Alan K. L. Chan
Nanyang Technological University
Delia Davin
University of Leeds
Hong Xiao
University of Canterbury
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
Colin Mackerras
Griffith University
Harriet Zurndorfer
Universiteit Leiden
Tracey L-D Lu
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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
Tze-ki Hon
State University of New York at Geneseo
Mark Henderson
Mills College
Fang Lee Cooke
Monash University
Delia Davin
University of Leeds
Edward Q. Wang
Rowan University
Kent G. Deng
London School of Economics and Political Science
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
Tracey L-D Lu
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jonathan P. J. Stock
University College Cork – National University of Ireland
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
Anne McLaren
The University of Melbourne
Tim Wright
The University of Sheffield
Richard King
University of Victoria
Donald Sturgeon
University of Hong Kong
Caroline Rose
University of Leeds
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
David Pong
University of Delaware
James Tong
University of California, Los Angeles
Lynette Ong
University of Toronto
Fei-Ling Wang
Georgia Institute of Technology
Carol H. Shiue
University of Colorado Boulder
Nathan Sivin
University of Pennsylvania
Yongjin Zhang
University of Bristol
Geoffrey MacCormack
University of Aberdeen
Ka-Wai Fan
City University of Hong Kong
Olga Lomová
Far Eastern Institute
William H. Nienhauser Jr.
University of Wisconsin—Madison
Kristin Stapleton
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
David Robinson
Colgate University


1989 People's Movement
Jeffrey Wasserstrom
Yidi Wu
University of California Irvine
Haicheng Wang
University of Washington
Robert Bagley
Princeton University
Robert Gimello
Budgets and Government Revenues
Christine Wong
Xing Wei
Tsinghua University
Centre-Local Relations
Yongnian Zheng
National Univ. of Singapore
Cuifen Weng
Univ. of New South Wales
China and the UN
Suzanne Xiao Yang
China's Economic Regions
Thierry Sanjuan
China's Legal System
Michael Palmer
Chinese Marxism
David Kelly
Chinese-Western Comparative Poetics
Jonathan Stalling
University of Oklahoma
Christianity in China
Charles W. Hayford
Independent Scholar
Classical Chinese
Lukáš Zádrapa
Contemporary Chinese Art Since 1976
Amanda Wright
University of South Carolina
Cultural Revolution
Yiching Wu
Energy Economics and Climate Change
Zhongxiang Zhang
Fudan University
Family Relations in Contemporary China
William Jankowiak
university of nevada
Yuezhu Sun
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
FDI in China
John Foster
Kingston University
Five Classics
Michael Nylan
Robin Workman
Folk Religions
Adam Yuet Chau
University of Cambridge
Folklore and Popular Culture
Victor Mair
Mark Bender
The Ohio State University
Peace Lee
The Ohio State University
Levi Gibbs
Dartmouth College
Haihong Fu
Sichuan University
Stanislaus Fung
Chinese University of Hong Kong
History of Chinese Philosophy
JeeLoo Liu
California State University, Fullerton
Human Origins in China
Xinzhi Wu
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xin Xu
Chinese Academy Of Sciences
Human Rights in China
Marina Svensson
Imperialism and China, ca. 1800-1949
Ralph W. Huenemann
University of Victoria
Internet in China
Eric Sautede
Islam in China
Joanna Smith Finley
Newcastle University
Kinship and the Family in Pre-modern China
Ann Waltner
Labor and Labor Relations
Bill W. K. Taylor
City University of Hong Kong
Li Bai and Du Fu
Paula Varsano
University of California
Material Culture
Anne Gerritsen
University of Warwick
Thomas Radice
Southern Connecticut State University
Missionaries in China
Jessie Lutz
Modern Chinese Painting
Jason Kuo
Modern Chinese Poetry
Michelle Yeh
Carine Defoort
University of Leuven
Robert Foster
Berea College
New Confucianism
Chung-yi Cheng
Chinese University of Hong King
Population Dynamics Since 1949
Thomas Scharping
University of Cologne
Post-Collective Agriculture
Bob Ash
Poverty and Living Standards since 1949
Alan Piazza
Johns Hopkins University
Printing and Book Culture
Cynthia Brokaw
Brown University
Qing Dynasty up to 1840
Leif Littrup
University of Copenhagen
Rural Society in Contemporary China
Sally Sargeson
The Australian National University
Russian Studies of Modern China
Mikhail Karpov
Center for Intercultural Communication
Russian Studies of Pre-modern China
Alexey Maslov
Niv Horesh
University of Nottingham
State Owned Enterprises
Kun-Chin Lin
University of Cambridge
Technology Policy in the PRC
Cong Cao
University of Nottingham
Territorial disputes since 1949
Allen Carlson
The Chinese Script
Imre Galambos
University of Cambridge
The Chinese State
Dali Yang
The Examination System
Rui Magone
Universidade de Lisboa
The Great Divergence
Stephen Morgan
The Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao Leaderships
Alice Miller
The Red Guards
Jackie Sheehan
The System of Collective Agriculture
Bob Ash
The Terracotta Warriors
Xiuzhen Janice Li
UCL Institute of Archaeology
Traditional Chinese Drama
Colin Mackerras
Griffith University
Zhen Hai
National Academy of the Chinese Theatre Arts
Traditional Criticism
Marie Bizais
Université de Strasbourg
Yan'an and the Revolutionary Base Areas
Pauline Keating
Victoria University of Wellington



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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