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Bill Moriarty

Bill Moriarty

PhD Candidate in Chinese Studies


I am an American from Indiana and have lived in mainland China, Taipei and Hong Kong for most of my adult life. I also am a longtime student of Chinese history, language and culture. I began the study of Chinese language at Purdue University as an undergraduate in the fall of 1989. I then continued language studies at Taiwan Normal University's Mandarin Training Center in the early 1990s and completed an MA in Chinese Studies at Indiana University in 1997. Along the way, I worked as a bilingual copywriter at International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) and served as Chinese school coordinator at Indiana University's East Asian Summer Language Insitute (EASLI).

I went into business management after completing an MS in Management at Purdue University in 1999. After a short stint at a US-Chinese joint venture in the United States, I moved to Beijing in 2000 to work in the sports and entertainment industry, where I did a variety of things with professional leagues, arts and entertainment events, international sporting competitions and multipurpose venues.

In 2012, my family moved to Hong Kong, where I had the opportunity to begin teaching at a small liberal arts college. While there, I taught Chinese studies courses on economic and regional development, modern and contemporary history, the business environment, and a capstone course on China's emerging role in the world. This teaching experience renewed my interest to study modern Chinese history and brought me to Cambridge to pursue a PhD in Chinese Studies.

BA (Political Science) Purdue University
MA (East Asian Studies) Indiana University
MS (Management) Purdue University

Subject groups/Research projects

Chinese Studies:

Research Interests

Tuning In: Nationalist Radio in China

I am studying the history of Nationalist (GMD) radio broadcasting in mainland China from 1923–1949. My dissertation looks at important events between 1923 and 1949 from a global perspective to illustrate GMD conceptions of radio and to demonstrate how the GMD party-state used radio as a tool of governance and as an important symbol in its assertion of power and legitimacy.