Academic - Director
Director of Chinese Studies; Professor of Chinese Public Finance
I came to Oxford in 2007, from the University of Washington, where I was the Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies in the eponymous School of International Studies. I am trained as an economist, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.B.) and the University of California, Berkeley (MA, PhD).
Director of Graduate Studies, MSc in Contemporary Chinese Studies; Departmental Lecturer in the Political Economy & International Relations of China
I joined the Contemporary China Studies Programme in October 2011. Prior to joining Oxford, I was Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, where I taught courses on East Asian security, China’s international relations, and the institutional politics of the European Union. I have also provided supervisions and classes on international relations as an Affiliated Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge, from where I gained my MPhil and PhD degrees. I hold a BSc(Econ) from the LSE.
Academic - Staff
Postdoctoral Research Officer
Anthony Garnaut joined the China Centre in October 2012 as a Post-doctoral Research Officer. Anthony received his PhD in history from the Australian National University in 2011. His dissertation, titled ‘The Shaykh of the Great Northwest: The Religious and Political Life of Ma Yuanzhang (1853-1920)’, documented the life of the leader of a prominent Chinese Muslim religious order (menhuan/tariqat) who gained considerable political influence in northwest China in the early Republican period.
Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography of China
I started at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies in September 2012, jointly appointed with the School of Geography and the Environment. My teaching in both schools focuses on China's responses – civic and governmental – to environmental challenges, including those posed by climate change. My academic interests include media reporting and the public sphere in contemporary China, the politics and framing of climate change, public participation in environmental decision-making and citizen science.
Departmental 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 had held faculty positions in Management and Sociology at the Universities of Toronto and Melbourne, and has previously worked for think-tanks, development agencies, and NGOs in USA, Canada, Australia and China.
Departmental Lecturer in the Economy of China
My teaching and research activities at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) focus on contemporary China and specifically the Chinese economy. I am teaching courses on China’s economic reforms, modern China and research methods within the MSc/MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies programmes. In addition, I undertake research on the Chinese economy and in the areas of international investment policy, international trade and economic development.
University Lecturer in the Human Geography of China
Anna joined the School of Geography and the Environment in 2009, jointly appointed by the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS). She has a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford University; an MA in Chinese Studies and a BA in Anthropology, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. She has previously worked in Manchester and at Oxford's Institute of Chinese Studies.
University Lecturer in the Sociology of China
Rachel Murphy’s research has examined transformations in China’s rural hinterlands occurring as a result of the rapid incorporation of rural people into the inter-related processes of industrialization, urbanization, modernization (especially through the state projects of education and population regulation), marketisation and the expansion of communications technologies. Over the past fourteen years to understand these transformations she has conducted in-depth longitudinal ethnographic observation, extensive interviews and small-scale localized surveys in China’s interior rice belt.
University Lecturer in the Politics of China, Tutor and Fellow, Merton College
Dr Patricia M. Thornton is a political scientist whose research interests span the political, socio-economic, and cultural history of modern China. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and previously taught at a private liberal arts college in the US before serving as the Director of the Institute for Asian Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. She joined the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Contemporary China Studies Programme as a University Lecturer in the Politics of China in 2008.
Academic - Affiliate
Dr Hekai Weng is an associate professor and assistant director of the Research Centre of Chinese Political Thought, School of Marxism, Tsinghua University (Beijing). He received his BA and MA (Philosophy) from Peking University and his PhD (Humanities) from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is currently an academic visitor at the University of Oxford China Centre, funded by the Chinese Scholarship Council until 22 Feb 2013.