Visiting Staff


Murong Xuecun

Murong Xuecun 慕容雪村
14 March-31 May

Murong Xuecun is the nom de plume of Hao Qun, one of China’s first Internet-based writers. A prominent social critic, he is known for his defense of freedom of expression. He had about 8.5 million followers on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, before censors shut down his accounts in May 2013.

Born in 1974 in Jilin Province, Murong Xuecun studied law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, graduating in 1996.

In 2001, he started to write fiction on a company bulletin board, using the pen name Murong Xuecun. His debut novel, “Leave Me Alone: A Novel of Chengdu,” published online in 2002, became a cult hit among young, middle-class Chinese readers looking for writing that pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable literature. The book was subsequently published in print, with more than one million copies sold. It has been translated into English, French, German, Portuguese and Vietnamese.
Murong Xuecun’s 2008 novel, “Dancing Through Red Dust,” delved into the secretive world of China’s legal system. The novel has been translated into French and is being translated into English.

Murong Xuecun has also written short-story collections and narrative nonfiction, notably “The Missing Ingredient,” a work of undercover investigative reporting on a pyramid scheme, which was awarded a People’s Literature Prize in 2010.

In the past decade, Murong Xuecun has lived in the cities of Chengdu, Guangzhou, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Lhasa and Beijing, and on the island province of Hainan, finding inspiration for his writing.

Murong Xuecun became a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times in the fall of 2013.

Reza Hasmath

Associate Professor Reza Hasmath
28 April-23 May

Reza Hasmath (Ph.D., Cambridge) is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta, and a Lecturer in Chinese Politics at the University of Oxford. He is also a Research Associate in the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, the China Growth Centre, St. Edmund Hall, and the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford. He has held faculty positions in Management and Sociology at the Universities of Toronto and Melbourne, and has previously worked for think-tanks, consultancies, development agencies, and NGOs in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and China. He is the Editor of Routledge’s Book Series on the Politics and Sociology of China. His recent articles have appeared in The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China and the Australian Journal of Political Science.

Professor William W. Grimes

Professor William W. Grimes
6 January-1 March

Professor of International Relations and Political Science. (BA, Yale University; MPA, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; PhD, Princeton University). William W. Grimes has taught in the IR Department at Boston University since 1996. Before becoming department chair in 2010, he helped to found BU Center for the Study of Asia and served as its first director from 2008-10. Previously, he spent time as a post-doctoral researcher and as a visiting assistant professor at Harvard University.Grimes is committed to policy-relevant research and works regularly with government officials and financial professionals, particularly from the United States and Japan. He is a Research Associate of the National Asia Research Program (a joint project of the National Bureau of Asian Research and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) and a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Associate Professor Li HongJuly 2013-January 2014
Associate Professor Li Hong is a member of the think tank, the Chinese National Academy of Sciences (CAS). He has been a policy analyst for scientific and technological (S&T) policy and strategy since 1998, provided information services for S&T decision-makers and strategic planners of CAS, the National Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and the Chinese Ministry of S&T amongst others. His Academic interests focus on Monitoring of S&T policy and strategy changes in India the UK and other western countries in addition to analysis on new policies and theories on technology transfer and industrial innovation in the world. A/Prof Li would now like to compare the S&T, innovation and social-economic policy decision-making mechanism between Australia, India and China with partners at the University of Sydney.


Claudia Lopez (February 2012)
Claudia Lopez, researcher and lecturer at the Institute for International Studies from Universidad del Mar (University of the Sea) in Oaxaca, Mexico visited the China Studies Centre from 14 February to 2 March.

Professor Lu, Wenzhen Jane (March 2012)
As part of the China Studies Centre Funded Research Program Visiting Professorships early in March 2012, the China Studies Centre and Discipline of International Business, School of Business, both at the University of Sydney, are proud to invite Professor Jane Lu to hold a public seminar, whilst on her visit to the University.

Associate Professor Haiwei Jia (March 2012 - March 2013)
Fully funded by the China Scholarship Council, Associate Professor Haiwei Jia is visiting the China Studies Centre and the Business School of University of Sydney from March 2012 to March 2013. Haiwei is from the College of Public Administration, South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou China.

Professor Dr. Michael Lackner (August 2012)
Professor Lackner visitied the China Studies Centre in August 2012, to present a Sydney Ideas Lecture, a seminar within the China Studies Centre and PhD student masterclasses.

Professor Li Huai (October 2012 – February 2013)
Professor Li Huai from North-West Normal Unviersity, Lanzhou, Gansu Province will be with the China Studies Centre conducting research in Australia for two projects he is currently focused on: firstly, the urbanisation of rural areas in Guanzhou City and his second focuses on the privitisation of the SEOs in North-West China. You can read more about Professor Li Huai in the recent edition of China Express.

Professor Philip Salzman (February-May 2013)
The CSC is delighted to welcome Professor Salzman from McGill University, Montreal, as part of the CSC 2012 Funded Research Programs to the CSC as a Visiting Staff member. Whilst at the CSC he will conduct a number of public, and Archeology teaching unit lectures, as well as research student masterclasses. Professor Salzman’s wide field of knowledge in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of nomadic pastoralist lifestyles will provide the University of Sydney with a unique and valuable opportunity to explore the nature of China’s nomad periphery and its impact on the Chinese heartland from prehistory onwards.