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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 first book, Defending Rights in Contemporary China, was published by Routledge in 2013.

I study contentious politics and political communication in modern China, with particular emphasis on new media, aesthetics, activism, dispute resolution, the role of law and rights, and the history of ideas. I’m also increasingly interested in how Chinese culture and society are taught and learnt at secondary schools and universities.

I am the Honours Coordinator for the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

I welcome enquiries from students who are interested in doing 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!

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.

For more information, please have a look at the papers and curriculum vitae on my Academia.edu website, or send me an email!

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Projects 2017 2017

Research Output 2011 2018

The Decline of Sina Weibo: A Technological, Political, and Market Analysis

Benney, J. D. & Xu, J. 2018 Chinese Social Media: Social, Cultural, and Political Implications. Kent, M., Ellis, K. & Xu, J. (eds.). 1st ed. New York: Routledge, p. 221-235 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Selective use of political opportunity: A case of environmental protest in rural China

Deng, Y. & Benney, J. 2017 In : Journal of Chinese Governance. 2, 1, p. 91-105 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Weiwen at the Grassroots: China's stability maintenance apparatus as a means of conflict resolution

Benney, J. 2016 In : Journal of Contemporary China. 25, 99, p. 389 - 405 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Introduction: modes of activism and engagement in the Chinese public sphere

Benney, J. D. & Marolt, P. 2015 In : Asian Studies Review. 39, 1, p. 88 - 99 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review

Social media: China and India compared

Benney, J. D. & Rangaswamy, N. 2015 Media at Work in China and India: Discovering and Dissecting. Jeffrey, R. & Sen, R. (eds.). New Delhi India: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 295 - 325 31 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Peer review responsibility

Contemporary Chinese Political Economy and Strategic Relations: An International Journal (Journal)

Benney, J. D. (Editorial board member)
Jan 2015 → …

Activity: Peer review responsibility

Asian Studies Review (Journal)

Benney, J. D. (Associate editor)
Nov 2014 → …

Activity: Peer review responsibility