Our Faculty

The Chinese Studies minor is supported by a diverse faculty with research and teaching expertise covering a wide range of topics and issues. To get a better idea of the faculty and their areas of expertise, please check out the faculty profiles below.

Scott Cook (Head of Studies)

Research Areas
Professor Scott Cook is the Tan Chin Tuan Professor of Chinese Studies, and he specialises in pre-imperial textual studies and early Chinese intellectual history, with emphases in recently excavated bamboo manuscripts and musical thought.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Classical Chinese
  • Tales of the Strange
  • The Historiography of Sima Qian
  • Chinese Poetry
  • Chinese Prose

Angel Hsu

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Angel Hsu’s research explores the intersection of science and policy and the use of data-driven approaches to understand environmental sustainability, particularly in the areas of climate change and energy, urbanisation and air quality. Her research projects apply large-scale datasets derived from satellite remote sensing and other spatially-explicit sources to evaluate environmental policy performance.
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Teaching Subjects
  • China’s Energy and Environmental Sustainability

Chin-Hao Huang

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Chin-Hao Huang’s research focuses on the international relations of East Asia. He is currently working on a book manuscript that explains how and why Chinese foreign policy decision-makers exercise restraint and comply with international norms and commitments.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Conflict and Cooperation in East Asia
  • Chinese Foreign Policy

Claudine Ang

Research Areas
Associate Professor Claudine Ang’s research operates at the intersection of history and literature, as well as the fields of East and Southeast Asia. Her scholarly work focuses on the Vietnamese and the Chinese migration to the Mekong delta in the 17th and 18th centuries; in the migrants’ literary works, she has uncovered coded messages that were passed among poets still loyal to the fallen Ming dynasty. Her current project examines the relationship between the vernacular and the classical in the migrants’ landscape poetry of the Mekong delta. She is also investigating the 19th century book trade between southern China and southern Vietnam.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Chinese Migrations to Southeast Asia
  • Ming Imperial Voyages
  • The Words and World of Lu Xun

Elton Chan

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Elton Chan’s research interests include Confucianism, comparative political philosophy, ideal and non-ideal theory, republicanism, virtue ethics, liberalism, neutrality and perfectionism.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Confucian Political Theory

Khoo Kiak Ern

Research Areas
Mr Khoo Kiak Ern’s interests lie in categories of classical theories of Chinese Arts and Literature, including music, paintings, calligraphy and literary works.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Chinese language (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced levels)

Lee Chee Keng

Research Areas
Dr Lee Chee Keng’s interest lies in theatre making, directing and actor training. His theatre is inspired by his appreciation of Asian traditional forms as well as his systematic study of the Stanislavski system during his years at the Central Academy of Drama. He gleans from the influences that form his theatre worldview to develop kinesthetic and perceptual awareness in the performance of actors who work with him.
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Teaching Subjects

Pei Gao

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Pei Gao’s research spans economic history and development economics. Her primary research focus is to understand the historical roots of modern economic development.
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Teaching Subjects

Shaoling Ma

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Ma Shaoling's scholarship revolves around the relations between culture, political economy, and technology in the construction of global Asia and the Sinophone world. Her first book manuscript examines media and mediation in late-Qing dynasty China between 1876-1904, and she is currently studying the cultural politics of information technologies in contemporary China.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Beyond China: Sinophone, Literature, Film, and Culture

Steven Matthew Oliver

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Steven Matthew Oliver’s research spans the political science subfields of comparative politics and international relations, with a regional focus on East Asia, specifically on contemporary China.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Chinese Politics

Tang Dongli

Research Areas
Dr Tang Dongli’s interests lie in classical and modern Chinese literature and culture.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Chinese language (Beginning and Advanced levels)

Xing Xia

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Xing Xia is interested in Applied Microeconomics, Labour Economics, Economics of Education and Health. Her primary research focus is on educational institutions and the labour market. She uses empirical microeconomic methods to study how the changing demand of the labour market influences the structure of the higher education market and how education institutions in return influence the labour market outcomes of college attendees. She also studies the financing of higher education institutions and public policies that affect human capital accumulation in developing countries.
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Teaching Subjects

Yu-Hsiang Lei

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Yu-Hsiang Lei is interested in political economy and development economics. He tries to understand how institutional or political factors shape economic outcomes, with particular regard to developing countries. His works including exploring the government-business relationship in China, examining the effect of telegraph access on the markets in historical China, and also studying the causes and preventions of internal armed conflicts.
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Teaching Subjects

Zachary M. Howlett

Research Areas
Assistant Professor Zachary M. Howlett is a sociocultural anthropologist who specialises in China and overseas Chinese. His research and teaching focus on education and mobility, marriage and family, and culture and technology. His forthcoming book is entitled Meritocracy and Its Discontents: Rural Flight, Middle-Class Aspirations, and the National College Entrance Examination in Post-Mao China.
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Teaching Subjects
  • Anthropology of China