Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Liu Hong

Chair, School of Social Sciences
Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration

School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Phone: (+65)65927570/7571
Office: HSS-06-15A/ 05-17

  • PhD (Hist & Asian Stud) Ohio University 1995
  • MA (Hist & Asian Stud) Fudan University 1985
  • BA (Hist) Xiamen University 1982
Prior to joining NTU in September 2010, Professor Liu taught at the Department of Chinese Studies of the National University of Singapore from 1995 to 2006, and was awarded tenure in August 2000 and subsequently promoted to associate professor. He served as Assistant Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS between 2002 and 2005. From July 2006 to September 2010, Professor Liu was the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies and Chair Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Manchester, where he was also Head of the Department of East Asian Studies, Founding Director of Confucius Institute, and Academic Director of the UK Study China Programme, which was funded by the British government with £2.2 million. He is presently Tan Kah Kee Endowed Professor of Asian Studies at the School of Social Sciences’ Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme.

Professor Liu has served, since July 2011, as Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), which has expanded rapidly over the last six years in terms of programme offerings, number of faculty and students, and research grant success record. He spearheaded the establishment of the History Programme and the National Arts Council-NTU Chinese Writers-in-Residency Programme in 2012, the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme in 2013, the Philosophy Programme in 2014, and the MA in Translation and Interpretation in 2016.

Since January 2014, Professor Liu has concurrently served as Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration which has trained over 15,000 government officials from China and Southeast Asia and as Executive Director of the Lien Legacy Fellowship Programme. In his capacity as Chairman of the Nanyang Consulting Co., he assists the NTU senior management pertaining to the University’s engagement with China, including the overall management of NTU representative offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.

Professor Liu’s research areas include Asian governance, Sino-Southeast Asian relations, international migration, global flows of talents, and public diplomacy. He has authored/edited 15 books and about 100 academic articles, including in leading international journals such as World Politics, Journal of Asian Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Nature and Culture, Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. His publications also appear in the French, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Korean languages.

Professor Liu has held a number of visiting professorship/fellowship appointments, including at Harvard, Kyoto, Peking, Amsterdam, and Stockholm Universities. He was awarded in 2007 the Eminent Yangtze Scholar Award by the PRC Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Li Kashing Foundation in Hong Kong. Professor Liu’s professional and public service include serving as the Academic Consulting Advisor for the China State Council Overseas Chinese Affairs Office, Vice President of the Asian Association of World Historians, Vice Chairman of the Universities’ China Committee in London, Academic Advisor for the London School of Economics (China in Comparative Perspective Network), and Member of the China Studies Syllabus Development Committee (Singapore Ministry of Education). He is presently Editor of Journal of Chinese Overseas (Boston and Leiden) and co-editor of the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (Singapore), and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge), Journal of Technology Management in China (Emerald, UK), Routledge Monograph Series The Chinese World (London and New York), and Brill Chinese Overseas Monograph Series (Boston and Leiden).
Research Interests
Current Research Areas
• China rising and implications for Southeast Asia
• Chinese international migration, nationalism, transnationalism
• Transnational knowledge transfer and dynamic governance in the Global South (with special reference to China, Southeast Asia and Africa)
• Talent strategies and management in China and Singapore
Current Projects
  • A Comparative Study of Immigration Policies and New Migrant Communities in Japan and Singapore
  • China in Local and Transnational Perspectives
  • Diasporic Chinese and China’s Public Diplomacy: Global Comparisons and Policy Mechanisms
  • Global Talents and China’s Globalization
  • Happy Reunion or Dangerous Liaisons? China Rising and its implications for ethnic Chinese communities in Southeast Asia
  • Plural Co-existence and Asian Sustainability: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives
  • Qiaopi and Changing Memories of the Homeland: Emigrants' Letters, Family Ties, and Transnational Chinese Networks
  • The Nation-states and Migrant Communities: A Comparative Study of China and Britain
  • Transnational Asia and Its Problematics: Shifting Regional Governance, New Political Economy, and an Emerging Chinese Diaspora
  • Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in Comparative Perspective
Selected Publications
  • Liu Hong. (2013). Conceptualizations and Practices of Transnational Asia: China Model, Ethnic Network, and International Relations 《跨界亚洲的理念与实践: 中国模式、华人网络、国际关系》. Nanjing University Press.
  • Liu Hong. (2012). Beyond a Revisionist Turn: Networks, State and the Changing Dynamics of Diasporic Chinese Entrepreneurship. China: An International Journal, 10(3), 20-41.
  • Liu Hong. (2011). An Emerging China and Diasporic Chinese: Historicity, State and International Relations. Journal of Contemporary China, 20(71), 856-876.
  • Liu Hong. (2011). China and the Shaping of Indonesia, 1949-1965. National University of Singapore Press and Kyoto University Press.
  • Zheng Yangwen, Liu Hong and Michael Szonyi. (2010). The Cold War in Asia: The Battle for Hearts and Minds. Leiden and Boston: Brill.

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