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Richard Rigby

Professor Richard Rigby

Associate Director

Executive Director, ANU China Institute
Public Policy Fellow, Crawford School of Public Policy (ANU)
PhD (Modern Chinese History), ANU
BA Honours First Class (History), ANU


Richard Rigby After completion of his PhD (under Professor Wang Gungwu), Richard joined the Australian foreign service. He was a diplomat for some 26 years, with postings in Beijing (twice), Tokyo, London, Shanghai (as Consul-General) and Israel (as Ambassador).  From 2002-2008 he served as Assistant Director-General in the Office of National Assessments (ONA), responsible for North and South Asia.  He has been at the ANU since then. Trained as a historian, he continued to pursue his scholarly interests throughout his official career, and apart from his book on the May Thirtieth Movement, wrote various reviews, articles and a number of literary translations. 

Other Languages

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • French

Research Interests

  • Late Qing and Republican era political and intellectual history
  • Chinese literature of all periods
  • Contemporary Chinese political and intellectual developments
  • Contemporary Chinese foreign policy
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