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Our People

The Australian Centre on China in the World is made up of an Advisory Board, Management Group, academic specialists including Postdoctoral Fellows and PhD Scholars, and professional staff.

Academic Staff

Jane Golley, Director


Emeritus Professor

Geremie R. Barmé, Emeritus Professor and Founding Director

Richard Rigby, Associate Director


Adjunct Research Staff

Carolyn Cartier, Adjunct Director

Gloria Davies, Adjunct Director

Gerry Groot, Adjunct Director

Mark Harrison, Adjunct Director

Sue Trevaskes, Adjunct Director


Postdoctoral Fellows

Ivan Franceschini
Ivan is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Australian Centre on China in the World. His project is on Chinese labour in a global perspective.


Visiting Fellows

Rafe de Crespigny
Rafe is a sinologist who specialises in the history, geography, and literature of the Han dynasty

Linda Jaivin
Linda is an author and China specialist

Nicholas Loubere
Nicholas is a contemporary Sinologist and a Development Studies scholar interested in the political economy of local socio-economic development in China.

Brian Martin
Brian has been engaged in the field of Chinese studies for forty years, both in academia and in public service. His scholarly research interests lie in the field of modern Chinese history, specifically Republican China (1911–1949).

Elisa Nesossi
Elisa's research focuses on changes in Chinese concepts of criminal justice between 1980–2015.

Benjamin Penny

Mark Strange
Mark is a Sinologist with research interests in the history of political thought and the historiography of pre-modern China, in particular between the third and eleventh centuries AD.

Zhang Jinghong
Jinghong is a graduate of ANU, and her topic is “The Verbal and Visual Representation of Tea Tasting in China and Taiwan.” Jinghong commenced with CIW in October 2013.


PhD Scholars

Jennifer Chang
PhD Project: 'China's Segmented Labour Market - an Examination of Rural-Urban Migration and the Implication for Growth'

Chen Jingjing
PhD Project: 'Mountains and Grottos in Early Daoism'

Chen Shuxia
PhD Project: '"Amateur" Cultural Production in an Authoritarian State: Chinese Photography Groups, 1979-1989'

Rowena Ebsworth
PhD Project: 'Urban Development Politics and Student Mobilisation in Taiwan'

Graeme Read
PhD Project: 'Contemporary Taiwan Identity Politics'

Will Sima
PhD Project: 'Chu Anping: The Independent Critic and his Long Afterlife'. An analysis of liberal intellectual criticism in the 1940s-1950s, and the revival of the 'public intellectual' in the PRC from the 1980s to today.'

Wen Meizhen
PhD Project: 'The Flow of Goods and Networks: African Traders in Yiwu'

Xie Shengjin
PhD Project: 'Taoist Clerics in Post-Maoist China'

Yang Qin
PhD Project: 'Diagrams and Neo-confucianism in the Song Dynasty'

Zhou Yun
PhD Project: 'Tokyo Chinese Christians 1860-1952'

Zhu Yayun
PhD Project: 'Nanjing in Late-Ming and Early-Qing China'


Professional Staff

Merrilyn Fitzpatrick, Centre Manager

Lindy Allen, Editor
Kim Yang, Administrative Officer
Sang Ye, Project Advice



David Brophy
David studies the social and political history of China’s northwest, particularly Xinjiang, and its connections with the Islamic and Russian/Soviet worlds. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at The University of Sydney.

Huang Chao
PhD Project: 'T-section Discs in Ancient China and Mainland Southeast Asia (ca.2500-500BCE)'

Shih-Wen Sue Chen
Sue's research interests include Victorian and Edwardian children’s literature, Chinese children’s literature, book history, histories of reading, and publishing history. She was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining the School of Communicaton & Creative Arts at Deakin University.

Beyongo M. Dynamic
PhD Project working title: 'Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Australia and Zambia'

Rebecca Fabrizi
Rebecca specialises in Chinese foreign policy and foreign relations

Paul Farrelly
PhD Project: 'C.C. Wang, Terry Hu and a History of New Age Religion in Taiwan'

Benjamin Garvey
PhD Project: 'Hong Kong Nationalism and the Rejection of Chinese Identity and the Transformation of the Territory's Democracy Movement'

Johanna Hood
Johanna has published articles on HIV communication, and celebrity and activist involvement in HIV in China and internationally. She was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining The Department of Society and Globalisation as Roskilde University.

Huang Hsuan-Ying
Hsuan-Ying is a graduate of Harvard University. He is working on a manuscript on the recent "psycho-boom" in urban China and is going to explore the spiritual turn in the psycho-boom movement. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Anastasia Kapetas
PhD Project: 'Australia-China Relationship'

Natalie Köhle
Natalie is a historian of Chinese medicine, culture, and the body. Her research focuses on the history of humours and fluids in China.

Olivier Krischer
Olivier is an art history graduate of the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Interested in the social and political roles of art, at CIW he is researching the role of Japan in Chinese art of the 1980s-1990s.

Jane Liang
Jane Liang received her PhD in political science and international studies from CIW in 2016.

Song Lili
Lili was an Endeavour Visiting Fellow at CIW where she conducted research on China’s current and future role in the international refugee protection regime.

Qian Linliang
PhD Project: 'Living on E-Commerce: An Ethnographic Study of E-Traders in a Chinese city'

Ryan Manuel
Ryan is a political scientist working on policy implementation in China, and on the Australia-China relationship.

David Murphy
PhD Project: 'The Rise of Vested Interests in Chinese Industry and their Impact on Policy-making'

Christopher Rea
Chris is a literary and cultural historian whose research focuses on the modern Chinese-speaking world. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining the Department of Asian Studies at The University of British Columbia.

Qian Ying
Ying is a graduate of Harvard University. She is completing a book manuscript on documentary cinema in China's revolutionary century, while beginning to research for her second book project, on writing, translation and filmmaking in China's multi-ethnic and multi-lingual border regions. She was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining the Department if East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Shi Xinjie
PhD Project: 'The Impacts of Rural-urban Migration on Rural Development in China'

Craig Smith
Craig's research focuses on the intellectual and social history of early-twentieth-century China.

Christian Sorace
Christian's research focuses on the ideology, discourse, and political concepts of the Chinese Communist Party and how they shape policies, strategies, and governance habits.

Caroline Stevenson
PhD Project: 'Amherst Embassy to the Jiaqing Emperor, 1816'

Tsai Tsan-Huang
Tsan-Huang, a graduate of the University of Oxford, is an ethnomusicologist who focuses on musical cultures of Taiwan and China. He is currently working on book with the topic ‘From the Scholarly Chamber to the World Stage’. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before taking up the position of Senior Lecturer at the Department of East Asian Studies, ANU.

Neil Thomas
Neil is an inaugural Morrison Scholar at CIW. He is interested in Chinese foreign policy perspectives, Australia-China-US-Asia relations, Australian nation building and broadening youth participation in the Asian Century.

Luigi Tomba
Luigi is a political scientist with a particular interest in China’s political and social change. He joined the ANU in 2001 after spending several years in Beijing where he worked for the Italian diplomatic mission. Since 2010 he has been the Associate Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World at ANU. He took up the directorship of the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre in January 2017.

Brian Tsui
Brian, a historian, works on radical politics in twentieth-century China and Asia. He was a postdoctoral fellow at CIW before joining Department of Chinese Culture in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an Assistant Professor.

Thomas Williams
Tom is an inaugural Morrison Scholar at CIW. He is now studing for a MBA at Shenzhen University.

Nathan Woolley
A graduate of ANU, Nathan is conducting research on regional identity and representations of Jiangnan from late imperial times to the present.

Zhu Yujie
Yujie is a graduate of Heidelberg University, Germany, and his topic is politics of culture heritage and tourism development in historical cities of modern China.

Zou Shu Cheng
Zou Shu Cheng is an inaugural Morrison Scholar at the Australian Centre on China in the World, where he is researching the classical Chinese worldview of the CCP General Party Secretary Xi Jinping.

Updated:  17 June 2019/Responsible Officer:  Director, China in the World /Page Contact:  China in the World