Warren Sun

Assoc Professor

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Personal profile


Originally from Taiwan, Warren Sun was once a student of English and American Literature at National Taiwan University. While tutoring there, he also worked as a journalist for the newspaper syndicate, Lianhebao (The United Daily), Taipei, and assumed the role of executive editor for four local literary and cultural journals.

During his post-graduate studies in Australia, Warren shifted his research interest to modern Chinese intellectual history of the late Qing and early Republican period, focusing on the works of Zhang Binglin, the last master of Chinese classical learning and influential radical philosopher despite his deep-seated cultural conservatism.

Prior to joining Monash in 1996, Warren was a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney. There he forged a long-standing partnership with Professor Frederick Teiwes and produced many of their collaborated works on contemporary Chinese elite politics. Their collaborative Discovery Projects have repeatedly attracted grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) over the past 17 years.

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Projects 2003 2015

Research Output 1997 2016

Paradoxes of Post-Mao Rural Reform: Initial Steps Toward A New Chinese Countryside, 1976-1981

Teiwes, F. C. & Sun, W. W., 2016, Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge. 350 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Mao Zedong de shouqiang maoyan le ma: Zhiyi Dikotter de xueshu zhaoji

Sun, W. W., 2014, Huan Lishi de Benyuan. Shenming, L. & Jie, L. (eds.). 1st ed. Beijing China: China Social Sciences Press, p. 454 - 474 21 p.

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

2 Citations (Scopus)

China’s economic reorientation after the third plenum: Conflict surrounding “Chen Yun’s” readjustment program, 1979-80

Teiwes, F. C. & Sun, W. W., 2013, In : China Journal. 70, 1, p. 163-187 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Zhinian yige bupingheng de ren, Van Yuanshu [A portrait of an imbalanced soul - In nemory of a literary giant, Professor Yan Yuanshu]

Sun, W. W., 2013, In : INK literary monthly. 115, p. 92 - 113 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

China's new economic policy under Hua Guofeng: party consensus and party myths

Sun, W., 2011, In : China Journal. 66, p. 1 - 23 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Expert commentary: China's Great Leap Backwards: Xi Jinping and the cult of Mao

Warren Sun & Philip Wen


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Expert commentary: How top generals refused to march on Tiananmen Square

Warren Sun & John Garnaut


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment