Dr Reza Hasmath

Lecturer in Chinese Politics

Reza Hasmath (PhD, Cambridge) was formally trained in philosophy, public policy, international studies and law, diplomacy, and social and political sciences, as well as in various East Asian and Western European languages. He has held faculty positions in Management and Sociology at the Universities of Toronto and Melbourne, and has previously worked for think-tanks, consultancies, development agencies, and NGOs in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and China. He is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta; Tutor in the Politics of China at Hertford College, University of Oxford; and, a Research Associate in the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, the China Growth Centre, St. Edmund Hall, and the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. Further, he is an Honorary Member of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney, a team member of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ China Household Ethnicity Survey Project, and the Foundation Editor of Routledge’s Book Series on the Politics and Sociology of China. His current research is supported by various grant schemes, notably the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, and can be summarized in threefold: (1) Analyzing evolving state-society relationships in China, and its policy-specific implications; (2) Examining the education (esp. tertiary level) and labour market (from the job search, hiring and promotion process) experiences of ethnic minorities in the Canadian, American, Australian and Chinese contexts; and, (3) Assessing the theories and practices of international development, and differential treatment in international society.



Research and Supervision Interests

Immigration and Migration

International Development Theory and Practice

Managing Ethnic Diversity

NGO Governance and Management

Organizational Behavior

Political and Social Theory

Political Sociology

Politics and Sociology of Contemporary China

Social Policy

Work and the Labour Market



1.  Hasmath, R. (Under Review) Ethnicity in Contemporary Urban China.

2.  Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J., eds. (Under Review) NGO Governance and Management in China.

     Chapter (w/J. Hsu): “Governing and Managing NGOs in China”.

     Chapter (w/J. Hsu): “What Explains a Lack of Local State-NGO Collaboration? A Neo-Institutional


3.  Hasmath, R. (2014) Inclusive Growth, Development and Welfare Policy: A Critical Assessment. New

        York and Oxford, UK: Routledge. [ISBN: 9781138840799]

     Chapter: “The Paradigms of Inclusive Growth, Development and Welfare Policy”.

     Chapter: “The Beijing Consensus as a Philosophical Tool”.

4.  Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J., eds. (2013) The Chinese Corporatist State: Adaption, Survival and Resistance.

        New York and Oxford, UK: Routledge. [ISBN: 9780415640725]

     Chapter (w/J. Hsu): “The Changing Faces of State Corporatism in China”, pp. 1-9.

     Chapter (w/J. Hsu): “The Rise and Impact of the Local State on the NGO Sector”, pp. 120-135.

     Chapter (w/J. Hsu): “The Chinese Corporatist State: Lessons Learned for Other Jurisdictions”, pp.136-143.

     Reviewed in Journal of Chinese Political Science 18(4): 403-404.

5.  Hasmath, R. (2012) The Ethnic Penalty: Immigration, Education and the Labour Market. Burlington, VT

        and Surrey, UK: Ashgate. [ISBN: 9781409402114]

     Reviewed in Ethnic and Racial Studies 36(5): 915-916, Migration Australia 2:41, Migration Letters

        9(3): 295-296, and Work, Employment and Society 28(4): 671-672.

6.  Hasmath, R., ed. (2011) Managing Ethnic Diversity: Meanings and Practices from an International

        Perspective. Burlington, VT and Surrey, UK: Ashgate. [ISBN: 9781409411215]

      Chapter: “The Complexities of Ethnic Diversity”, pp. 1-10.

     Chapter: “The Identification, Settlement and Representation of Ethnic Minorities in Beijing”, pp. 85-102.

      Chapter: “Comparing Ethno-Development Outcomes in Toronto and Taipei”, pp. 103-118.

     Reviewed in Asian Ethnicity 13(4): 473-476, Canadian Ethnic Studies 41/42(3/1): 261-266, Contemporary

        Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 41: 494-495, Journal of Identity and Migration Studies 5(1): 140-143, and

        Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 34(7): 748-750.

7.  Hasmath, R. (2010) A Comparative Study of Minority Development in China and Canada. New York and

        Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [ISBN: 9780230100381]

      • Reviewed in Journal of Sociology.

8.  Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J., eds. (2009) China in an Era of Transition: Understanding Contemporary State

        and Society Actors. New York and Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [ISBN: 9780230613508]

      Chapter (w/J. Hsu): “Introduction”, pp. 1-4.

     Chapter: “Developing Minority Nationalities in Contemporary Urban China”, pp. 45-60.

     Reviewed in Journal of Chinese Political Science 15(4): 443-444.


Book Chapters

1.  Hasmath, R. (2014) “The Ethnic Minority Experience in the Urban Labour Market”, pp. 155-167 in Z.

        Cheng, M. Wang and J. Chen (eds.) China's Urban Workers in the New Era: Market Reform, Current

        State and the Road Forward. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.
2.  Hasmath, R. (2011) “Managing China’s Muslim Minorities: Migration, Labour and the Rise of Ethno-

        Religious Consciousness Among Uyghurs in Urban Xinjiang”, pp. 121-137 in J. Barbalet, A. Possamai

        and B.S. Turner (eds.) Religion and the State: A Comparative Sociology. New York and London:

        Anthem Press.

3.  Hasmath, R. (2010) “Shangri-la has Forsaken Us: China's Ethnic Minorities, Identity, and Government

        Repression”, pp. 441-458 in J. Adekunle and H. Williams (eds.) Color Struck: Essays on Race and

        Ethnicity in Global Perspective. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.
4.  Hasmath, R. (2009) “Dealing with Urban Ethnic Differences: A Comparative Analysis of Chinese and

        Canadian Strategies”, pp. 93-108 in H. Cao (ed.) Ethnic Minorities and Regional Development in Asia:

        Reality and Challenges. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
5.  Hasmath, R. (2007) “Canadian Multiculturalism: A Sociological and Human Development Perspective”,

        pp. 43-48 in D. McMurray and T. Mori (eds.) Canada Project in Kyushu Symposia, Volume 2.

        Kagoshima: Institute for Regional Studies, International University of Kagoshima.


Journal Articles

1.  Cook, J. and Hasmath, R. (Forthcoming) “The Discursive Construction and Performance of Gendered

        Identity on Social Media”, Current Sociology.

2.  Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J. (2014) Isomorphic Pressures, Epistemic Communities and State-NGO 

        Collaboration in China, The China Quarterly 220.

     Chinese Translation: 同构压力,认知群体,政府-NGO 合作在中国.

3.  Hsu, J. and Hasmath, R. (2014) “The Local Corporatist State and NGO Relations in China”, Journal of

        Contemporary China 23(87): 516-534.

     Chinese Translation: 中国和主地方政府与非政府组织.

4.  McKenzie, J. and Hasmath, R. (2013) “Deterring the ‘Boat People’: Explaining the Australian

        Government's People Swap Response to Asylum Seekers”, Australian Journal of Political Science 48(4):


5.  Hasmath, R. (2011) “The Education of Ethnic Minorities in Beijing”, Ethnic and Racial Studies 34(11):

6.  Hasmath, R. (2011) “From Job Search to Hiring to Promotion: The Labour Market Experiences of Ethnic

        Minorities in Beijing”, International Labour Review 150(1/2): 189-201.
     Winner of the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Poverty, Class, and Inequality Division Paper


      French Translation: “Recherche d’Emploi, Embauche et Promotions le Vécu des Minorités Ethniques

        sur le Marché du Travail de Beijing”.
      Spanish Translation: “De la Búsqueda de Empleo al Ascenso. Experiencias de las Minorías Etnicas en


7.  Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J. (2008) “NGOs in China: Issues of Good Governance and Accountability”, Asia

        Pacific Journal of Public Administration 30(1): 1-11.

     Chinese Translation: 中国公民社会组织良好治理的研.
8.  Hasmath, R. (2008) “The Big Payoff? Educational and Occupational Attainments of Ethnic Minorities in

        Beijing”, European Journal of Development Research 20(1): 104-116.
     Winner of the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes’ Research Prize

        for Development Studies.
9.  Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J. (2007) “Social Development in the Tibet Autonomous Region: A Contemporary

        and Historical Analysis”, International Journal of Development Issues 6(2): 125-141.
10.  Hasmath, R. (2007) “The Paradox of Ethnic Minority Development in Beijing”, Comparative Sociology

          6(4): 464-480.

11.  Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J. (2007) “Big Business, NGOs and Labor Standards in Developing Nations: A

          Critical Reflection”, Asian Journal of Social Policy 3(1): 1-15.


Working Papers 

1.  Hasmath, R. (2014) “What Explains a Rise of Ethnic Minority Tensions in China?”, Paper Presented at

        American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (San Francisco, USA), August 16-19.

2.  Tam, J. and Hasmath, R. (2014) “Navigating Uncertainty: The Survival Strategies of Religious NGOs

        in China”, Paper Presented at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting (San Francisco,

        USA), August 16-19.

3.  Hasmath, R. (2014) “The Interactions of Ethnic Minorities in Beijing”, University of Oxford Centre on

        Migration, Policy and Society Working Paper 14-111: 1-26.
4.  Hasmath, R., Ho, B. and Liu, E. (2012) “Ethnic Minority Disadvantages in China’s Labor Market?”,

        University of Oxford China Growth Centre Discussion Paper 16: 1-35.

5.  Hasmath, R. (2012) “The Utility of Regional Jus Cogens”, Paper Presented at American Political Science

        Association Annual Meeting (New Orleans, USA), August 30-September 2.
      Winner of the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Law and Society Division Alfred R.

        Lindesmith Award.


Technical Reports and Briefs

1.  Hasmath, R. and Tam, J. (2014) The Survival Strategies of Transnational Religious NGOs in China.

        Beijing: China Development Brief.

2.  Wyzycka, N. and Hasmath, R. (2014) EU will Struggle to Boost China's IP Regime. Oxford: Oxford


3.  Hasmath, R. (2014) Chinese NGOs 'Go Global'. Oxford: Oxford Analytica.

4.  Hasmath, R. (2013) The China Dream: Ideology, Aspiration or Something Else? Oxford: Oxford

5.  Hasmath, R. (2013) Low Level Ethnic Violence Set to Persist in China. Oxford: Oxford Analytica.

6.  Hasmath, R. (2008) Career Pathways’ Workforce Profile Report. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.
7.  Hasmath, R. (2006) The Impact of Walmart China on the Domestic Supply Chain: A Preliminary Report

        Beijing: Action Aid International China.
8.  Hasmath, R. (2005) Auto Insurance Regulatory Review: A Comparison of 61 Jurisdictions in Canada,

        the United States and United Kingdom. Toronto: The Fraser Institute.
9.  Hasmath, R. (2001) Towards a Revised Public Affairs Model for the Canadian High Commission in

        Canberra. Sydney: University of New South Wales.


Book Reviews
1.  Hasmath, R. (Forthcoming) Review of J. Midgley’s Social Development: Theory and Practice, Journal

        of Development Studies.
2.  Hasmath, R. (2009) Review of E.K. Jenne’s Ethnic Bargaining: The Paradox of Minority Empowerment,

        Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 15(1): 136-137.
3.  Hasmath, R. (2008) Review of F. Shanti’s Race and the City: Chinese Canadian and Chinese American

        Political Mobilization, Canadian Ethnic Studies 41(1): 206-207.
4.  Hasmath, R. (2007) Review of M. Rossabi’s Governing China’s Multiethnic Frontiers, M. Rossabi,

        Progress in Development Studies 7(4): 372-373.
5.  Hasmath, R. (2007) Review of D. Brown an A. MacBean’s (eds.) Challenges for China’s Development:

        An Enterprise Perspective, Political Studies Review 5(2): 285.



Professional Associations

Academy of Management

American Political Science Association
American Sociological Association

Association for Asian Studies

British Sociological Association
International Political Science Association

International Sociological Association

Society for the Study of Social Problems



Reviewer and Editorial Board
Allen and Unwin
American Journal of Sociology
American Sociological Review

Asia Pacific World
Asian Perspective

Asian Studies Review

Australian Research Council
Cambridge Review of International Affairs
Canadian Ethnic Studies
China: An International Journal

China Information

China Journal of Social Work
The China Quarterly

Comparative Political Studies
Danish Council for Independent Research

Economic and Social Research Council UK

Gender and Society

International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society
International Political Science Review
Journal of Civil Society
Journal of Intercultural Studies
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
Perspectives on Politics
Routledge (Foundation Editor for Book Series on the Politics and Sociology of China, 2014-present)
Social Problems
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Social Science Research
Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism (on Board, 
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations
Work, Employment and Society (on Board, 2012-present)

External Committees
American Political Science Association Section on Race, Ethnicity and Politics Best Paper Award Committee
Society for the Study of Social Problems' Alfred R. Lindesmith Award Committee (Chair, 2010)
Society for the Study of Social Problems' Joseph B. Gittler Award Committee (2010, 2012, 2015)
Society for the Study of Social Problems' Lee Founders Award Committee (2014)

Conference Organizer
Forum on NGO Governance and Management in China (Edmonton, Canada - August 2013; co-organizer w/J. Hsu)
   co-organizer w/P. Smyth)

Invited Lectures, Seminars and Talks
Academia Sinica
Australian National University
of St. Laurence (Australia)
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Chunqiu Institute (China)
The Conference Board of Canada
Dartmouth College
Florida International University
Foreign Correspondents' Club of China
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Harvard University
Institute of Contemporary Observation (China)
International University of Kagoshima
King’s College, University of London
London School of Economics and Political Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Metropolis Canada
Minzu University of China
Monash University
The Mosaic Institute (Canada)
National University of Singapore
Newcastle University
The Ohio State University
School of Oriental and African Studies,
of London
State University of New York at Binghamton
Tsinghua University

United Nations University
University of California at Berkeley
University of California at Los Angeles
University of Cambridge
University of Chicago
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Pennsylvania

University of Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney 
University of Toronto
University of Victoria
University of Warwick
University of Western Sydney
Vrije University Amsterdam
Wuhan University

Media Articles, Commentaries and Interviews
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The Age (Australia)
Agence France-Presse
Anadolu Agency (Turkey)
The Australian Financial Review
Bangkok Post
Bao Mai (Vietnam)
BBC Radio (UK)
BBC Television (UK)
Brisbane Times
Canberra Times
Capital FM Kenya
CCTV America (China and USA)
Channel Ten (Australia)
The China Daily
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China Outlook Magazine (Hong Kong)
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Foreign Policy in Focus (USA)
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France 24
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Gokbayrak (Turkey)
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The Himalayan Times (Nepal)

The Hindu (India)

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Information (Denmark)

International Business Times (UK)
Japan Times

The Korean Herald

Kuwait Times

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El Mundo (Spain)

La Nacion (Argentina)
The National (United Arab Emirates)

New York Daily News

The New York Times
The Oman Tribune

OMNI Television (Canada)
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Radio 2BL 702 AM Sydney
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Radio 3AW 693 AM Melbourne
Radio 6WF 720 AM Perth
Radio Australia

Radio France International
SBS Radio (Australia)

SBS Television (Australia)
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The Times of India

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Xinhua News Agency (China)
Yahoo! News (Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and USA)



Contact Information

Office: + (44-1865) 613-827

Email: reza.hasmath [at] area.ox.ac.uk
Research Website: http://works.bepress.com/rhasmath/