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Past PhD Topics

Have a look at where some of our graduates are teaching now, and what kinds of dissertations have been written in our Faculty over the past several decades (records incomplete and being updated):


Moazzin, Ghassan (2017)
Networks of Capital: German Bankers and the Financial Internationalization of China (1885-1919)
Now at: University of Tokyo (postdoc fellow funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)

Yang, Fu (2016)
Economic Discourse in Early Chinese Thought: From Antiquity to the Mid-Warring States Era (4th Century BC)
Now at: Department of History, Soochow University, Taiwan

Wellner, Brittany (2015)
Art and Politics in the Work of Huang Zuolin
Now at: Development Office, Clare College, University of Cambridge

Feng, John H. (2014)
A Learned Society in Peking: The Chinese Social and Political Science Association, 1915-1949
Now at: Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen, PRC)

Chen, Li (2013) 
From Burma Road to 38th parallel: The Chinese forces' adaptation in war 1942-1953
Now at: Renming University of China (School of International Studies)

Mai, Ziyin (2013)
Properties of the (shi) … (de) focus construction in adult L2 acquisition and heritage language acquisition of Mandarin Chinese
Now at: The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages)

Pan, Yi (2012)
Rural welfare in China

Tan, Jeffery (2011)
Shaw Brother's exploitation of sex in Hong Kong films of the early 1970s

Yin, Sam Zhiguang (2011) 
Politics of art: Creation Society and the making of Marxist individuality
Now at: University of Exeter (College of Humanities)

Mak, George Kam Wah (2011)
Protestant Bible translation and Mandarin as the national language of China
Now at: Department of Religion and Philosophy, Hong Kong Baptist University

D’Haeseleer, Tineke (2011) 
North-East Asia during the Tang Dynasty: Relations of the Tang Court with Koguryŏ, Bohai, and Youzhou-Yingzhou
Now at: Department of History, Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania

Sun, Saiyin (2010) 
Beyond the iron house: Lu Xun and the Chinese literary field in the 1920s
Now at: Tsinghua University, China (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Dugarova, Esuna (2010)  
Behaviours of wh-elements in English and Russian learners' L2 Chinese wh-questions
Now at: Inclusive Policy Lab, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Weingarten, Oliver (2010)  
Textual Representation of a Sage: Studies of Pre-Qin and Western Han Sources on Confucius (551-479 BCE)
Now at: Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic


Zhang, Ling (2009) 
Environmental and Economic Change in Hebei in the Eleventh Century
Now at: Boston College (History Department)

Chiu, Yu Yun (Vicky) (2009) 
A pursuit of freedom: a study of Shen Congwen's aesthetics
Now at: National Taiwan University of Technology (Department of Cultural Vocation Development)

Chen, Song-Chuan (2009) 
The British maritime public sphere in Canton, 1827-1839
Now at: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

Chen, Szu-Chi (2009)  
Peasants and morality: intellectual repositioning in relation to the peasants in the post-Mao era in the works of Zhang Wei and Yan Lianke
Now at: Taipei University (Department of Chinese Language and Literature)

Cho, Sungwu (2008)
Death, Disease, and Daoism in the Tang: A Study of Daoist Liturgy in Medieval China

Zhao, Lucy (2008)
The Syntax and Interpretation of Overt and Null Arguments in Chinese and Their Acquisition by Second Language Learners
Now at: University of Sheffield

Boecking, Felix (2008) 
Tariffs, Power, Nationalism, and Modernity: Fiscal Policy in Guomindang-controlled China 1927-1941
Now at: University of Edinburgh (School of History, Classics and Archaeology)

Tan, Chee-lay (2008) 
Constructing a system of irregularities: the poetry of Bei Dao, Yang Lian and Duoduo
Now at: Nanyang Technological University (Singapore Centre for Chinese Language)

Ning, Lutao (2008) 
The role of the state in the rise of China’s information and communication technology manufacturing industry from 1949-2004
Now at: Queen Mary University of London (School of Business and Management)

Pollacchi, Elena (2007) 
The evolution of the Chinese film industry and new urban heroes in Chinese cinema (1989-2004)
Now at: University of Venice

Shan, Chuan-kuo (2006)  
Split intransitivity in Chinese as a second language
Now at: Chinese Culture University, Taiwan

Liang, Yuchang (2006)  
Nominal phrases in English and Japanese speakers’ L2 Mandarin grammars
Now at: St. John’s University, Taiwan

Zhao, Yang (2005)  
Causativity in Chinese and its representations in English, Japanese and Korean speakers’ L2 Chinese grammars
Now at: Peking University 

Hong, Jeeson (2004)  
Gendered modernism of Republican China: Lu Yin, Ling Shuhua and Zhang Ailing
Now at: University of Manchester (Centre for Chinese Studies) 

Lovell, Julia (2002)  
China’s search for a Nobel prize in literature: Literature, and national and cultural identity in twentieth-century China
Now at: Birkbeck College, University of London (Department of History, Classics and Archaeology) 

Lim, Song Hwee (2001)  
Male homosexuality in films from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong of the 1990s
Now at: Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of Cultural and Religious Studies) 

Zheng, Yangwen (2001) 
The social life of opium in Qing China
Now at: University of Manchester (School of Arts, Languages and Cultures)


Quah, Sy Ren (1999)
The theatre of Gao Xingjian: experimentation within the Chinese context and towards new modes of representation
Now at: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Janoush, Andreas (1998)
The reform of imperial ritual during the reign of Emperor Wu of the Liang dynasty (502-549)
Now at: Universidad Autónoma, Madrid

Brashier, Ken (1998)
Evoking the ancestor: the stele hymn of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 C.E.)
Now at: Reed College, Oregon

Sterckx, Roel (1997)
The animal and the daemon in early China: a study of animal lore in Warring States and Han texts
Now at: Department of East Asian Studies, University of Cambridge

Muir, Jovanna (1997)
Li Deyu (787-850): his life, writing and place in intellectual history

Mitter, Rana (1996)  
The Japanese occupation of Manchuria
Now at: University of Oxford (Institute of Chinese Studies)

Chang, Ning (1995)  
Sino-British relations during 1910-30: a case study of British business in Hankow
Now at: Academia Sinica, Taiwan (Institute for Modern History)  

Neather, Robert (1995)  
The fu genre in the Mid-Tang: a study in generic change
Now at: City University of Hong Kong 

Moore, Oliver J. (1993)  
The literary arena: social and ceremonial aspects of Chinese state examinations in the T’ang chih-yen by Wang Ting-pao (870-940)
Now at: Leiden University (the Sinological Institute) 

1960s to 1980s

Dunstan, Helen (1981)
The Ho-tung salt administration in Ming times
Now at: University of Sydney

McDermott, Joe (1978)
Land tenure and rural control in the Liangche region during the Southern Sung
Now at: University of Cambridge (Reader Emeritus in Chinese Studies)

Wang Ch’iu-Kuei (1978)
The transformation of the Meng Chiang-nü story in Chinese popular literature

Wright, Tim (1977)
Shandong mines in the modern Chinese coal industry up to 1937
Now at: University of Sheffield

Wolpert, Rembrandt (1975)
Lute music and tablatures of the Tang period

Philips, Richard (1975)
Regions of China under Japanese occupation, 1937-1945

Beattie, Hilary (1974)
Land and lineage in China: a study of T’ung-ch’eng County, Anhwei, in the Ming and Ch’ing dynasties

Herbert, Penelope (1974)
The life and works of Chang Chiu-ling

Salt, Michael (1972)
Aspects of noun-formation in Chinese

Hsü, Raymond (1972)
The vocabulary of Lu Hsün: A stylistic study

Sutton, Donald (1971)
The rise and decline of the Yunnan Army, 1909-1925
Now at: Carnegie Mellon University (Department of History; Emeritus Professor)

Wong, Owen (1970)
Kuo Sung-tao’s mission to Great Britain

Elvin, Mark (1968)
The Gentry democracy in Shanghai, 1905-1914
Now at: Australian National University (emeritus)

Dolby, Arthur (1968)
Kuan Han-ch’ing and some aspects of his works

McMullen, David (1968)
Yuan Chien and the early Ku-wen movement
Now at: University of Cambridge (emeritus)

Dudbrige, Glen (1966)
The Hsi-yu chi : a study of antecedents and early versions
Now at: University of Oxford (emeritus)

Bernal, Martin (1966)
Chinese Socialism to 1913