Kevin Carrico


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Sociology of contemporary China, Chinese politics, Hong Kong politics and civil society, theories of nationalism and ethnicity


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Kevin Carrico is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Monash University and currently an Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow.

Kevin is a sociocultural anthropologist who researches nationalism, ethnic relations, and political culture in China, Tibet, and Hong Kong. His research has been funded by the United States' Department of Education, the Australian Research Council, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Kevin is the author of The Great Han: Race, Nationalism, and Tradition in China Today (University of California Press, 2017) and the forthcoming Two Systems, Two Countries: A Nationalist Guide to Hong Kong (University of California Press, 2022). His research has also been published in the China JournalHong Kong StudiesNations and NationalismCritical Inquiry, and Asian Cinema. 

Beyond academic work, Kevin has two decades of translation experience. He is the translator of Tsering Woeser's Tibet on Fire: Self-Immolations against Chinese Rule (Verso Press, 2016) as well as Guan Jun's Silencing Chinese Media: The Southern Weekly Protests and the Fate of Civil Society in China (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).

Kevin was a columnist for Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper, which was closed under political pressure in June 2021. Kevin's writings have been featured in Foreign Policy, the Age, Hong Kong Free Press, Taipei Times, Voice of Tibet, China Brief, and Anthropology News.

Kevin is accepting PhD students with compatible research interests.

Research interests

-ethnic relations and tensions in China

-Hong Kong political culture

-Tibetan history and religion

-nationalism theory

-social systems theory

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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Sociocultural Anthropology, PhD, The imaginary institution of China- dialectics of fantasy and failure in nationalist identification, as seen through China's Han Clothing Movement, Cornell University

Award Date: 15 Aug 2013

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