About Professor David Goodman

Research interests include: Contemporary social and political change in China; Provincial China; History of the Chinese Communist Party; Social history of China 1900-1949; Regional and local development in China.

David S G Goodman is Professor of Chinese Politics. He was educated at the University of Manchester (Politics and Modern History) Peking University (Economics) and the London School of Oriental and African Studies (Chinese language and Chinese Politics).

David Goodman's research is concerned primarily with social and political change in China, particularly at the provincial and local level. In recent years he has written on the history of the Chinese Communist Party; China's social history in the Twentieth Century; and local social and political change in China.
David Goodman is currently working on two major research projects. The first is an investigation of the establishment of Communist rule in North China during the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945. The second major project, conducted with Beatriz Carrillo (Department of Sociology and Social Policy) and Minglu Chen (Department of Government and International Relations), is concerned with contemporary social and political change, and looks at the emergence of new economic elites and the consequences. A first part of that project has looked at the social basis of the emergence of the new rich in Qingdao, Taiyuan, Lanzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Suzhou and Zhongshan. From 2013 research on this topic will concentrate on the ethnic borderlands of North Sichuan, South Gansu, East Qinghai, West Qinghai, and Northwest Gansu.

Recent publications include (with Bryna Goodman) Twentieth Century Colonialism and China (Routledge, 2012); (with Beatriz Carrillo) Peasants and Workers in the Transformation of Urban China (Edward Elgar, 2012); and (with Minglu Chen) Middle Class China (Edward Elgar, 2012).

Professor Goodman is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. Professor Goodman is currently Academic Director University of Sydney China Studies Centre.

Selected publications

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