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I’m a Lecturer in Chinese Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.

Before coming to Monash, I was a lecturer at Macquarie University; a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for U.S.-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma; a visiting researcher on the LOEWE Research Focus project ‘Extrajudicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt; and a research fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.

Before starting my academic career, I studied and worked in Australia, China, and Taiwan. I received my PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2010.

My monograph Defending Rights in Contemporary China was published by Routledge in 2013.

My current research concentrates on political communication in modern China, with particular emphasis on political campaigns, new media, visual culture, aesthetics, and the process of design. I am also interested in how Chinese culture and society are taught and learnt at secondary schools and universities in Australia. My earlier research focused on the development of the concept of rights in China and the ways in which rights are used to describe and resolve conflicts.

Most of my teaching is in the two cornerstone units in the Chinese major, Understanding Modern China (ATS2039) and Understanding Contemporary China (ATS2040).

I welcome enquiries from students who are interested in doing Honours and postgraduate degrees under my supervision. I’m especially interested in supervising topics relating to my research interests, listed above, but if you have other ideas I’m happy to discuss them too. Please get in touch at any time!

I'm the staff coordinator of the LLCL Staff-Student Liaison Forum.

I am Deputy Editor of Asian Studies Review.

Together with the Debaters Association of Victoria and the Monash Association of Debaters, I organise the yearly Monash Asian Studies Debating Competition for secondary schools.

I am a Fellow of Advance HE (FHEA) and a committee member of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia.

Please get in touch if you would like more information!

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Chinese Studies, PhD, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 1 Mar 2010

Research area keywords

  • Chinese studies
  • political communication
  • New Media
  • design
  • Aesthetics
  • Conflict resolution
  • Activism
  • Education

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