Dr Reza Hasmath
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
Political and Social Theory
Politics and Sociology of Contemporary China
Work and the Labour Market
1. Gustafsson, B. and Hasmath, R., eds. (In Preparation) Ethnicity and Inequality in China.
2. Hasmath, R. (Under Review) Ethnicity in Contemporary Urban China.
3. Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J., eds. (2015) NGO Governance and Management in China. New York and
• 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
4. Hasmath, R., ed. (2015) Inclusive Growth, Development and Welfare Policy: A Critical Assessment.
New York and Oxford: Routledge. [ISBN: 9781138840799]
• Chapter: “The Paradigms of Inclusive Growth, Development and Welfare Policy”.
• Chapter: “The Beijing Consensus as a Philosophical Tool”.
5. Hsu, J. and Hasmath, R., eds. (2013) The Chinese Corporatist State: Adaptation, Survival and
Resistance. New York and Oxford: Routledge. [ISBN: 9780415640725 (hardcover);
• 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”,
• Reviewed in Journal of Chinese Political Science 18(4): 403-404.
6. 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.
7. 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”,
• 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
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:
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.
1. Hasmath, R. and Hsu, J. (2014) “Isomorphic Pressures, Epistemic Communities and State-NGO
Interactions”, The China Quarterly 220.
• Chinese Translation: 同构压力，认知群体，政府-NGO 合作在中国.
2. Cook, J. and Hasmath, R. (2014) “The Discursive Construction and Performance of Gendered Identity
on Social Media”, Current Sociology 62(7): 975-993.
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: 中国统和主义地方政府与非政府组织关系.
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
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
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: 对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
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.
1. Hasmath, R. (2014) “White Cat, Black Cat or Good Cat: The Beijing Consensus as an Alternative
Philosophy for Policy Deliberation? The Case of China”, University of Oxford Department of Social
Policy and Intervention Barnett Papers in Social Research 14-02: 1-19.
2. Tam, J. and Hasmath, R. (2014) “Navigating Uncertainty: The Survival Strategies of Religious NGOs
in China”, University of Oxford Department of Sociology Working Paper 2014-07: 1-17.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
Policy Briefs and Technical Reports
1. Hasmath, R. and Wyzycka, N. (2014) Despite an an Economic Slowdown, China has a Strategy. Boston:
The Fletcher Forum on World Affairs.
2. Hasmath, R. (2014) Ethnic Violence in Xinjiang: Causes, Responses and Future Outlook. Nottingham:
China Policy Institute Policy Paper No. 7.
3. Hasmath, R. (2014) The Underrepresentation of Women in STEM Jobs. Oxford: Oxford Analytica.
4. Wyzycka, N. and Hasmath, R. (2014) EU will Struggle to Boost China's IP Regime. Oxford: Oxford
5. Hasmath, R. (2014) Chinese NGOs 'Go Global'. Oxford: Oxford Analytica.
6. Hasmath, R. (2013) The China Dream: Ideology, Aspiration or Something Else? Oxford: Oxford
7. Hasmath, R. (2013) Low Level Ethnic Violence Set to Persist in China. Oxford: Oxford Analytica.
8. Hasmath, R. (2008) Career Pathways’ Workforce Profile Report. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.
9. Hasmath, R. (2006) The Impact of Walmart China on the Domestic Supply Chain: A Preliminary Report.
Beijing: Action Aid International China.
10. Hasmath, R. (2005) Auto Insurance Regulatory Review: A Comparison of 61 Jurisdictions in Canada,
the United States and United Kingdom. Toronto: The Fraser Institute.
11. Hasmath, R. (2001) Towards a Revised Public Affairs Model for the Canadian High Commission in
Canberra. Sydney: University of New South Wales.
1. Hasmath, R. (2014) Review of J. Midgley's Social Development: Theory and Practice, Journal of
Development Studies 50(9): 1321-1323.
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.