Honorary Director, Peking University Australian Studies Centre
Professor of Linguistics, Institute of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University
Professor Hu Zhuanglin is one of the most famous and well-established linguists in China and is now the Peking University Distinguished Professor in the Institute of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University and the English Department, Peking University. He pursued the study of Systemic Functional Linguistics under Professor M.A.K. Halliday at the University of Sydney from January 1979 as a government-sponsored student. He enjoys high academic prestige both at home and abroad. His research interests include foreign linguistics theory and genre, functional linguistics, pragmatics, stylistics, discourse analysis, English teaching and semiotics, as well as Australian higher education, and Australian society and culture. He is also the founding director of the Australian Studies Centre at Peking University.
Professor Hu Zhuanglin is academically productive and has published over 100 research articles and a number of influential monographs and collections. He is also a professor of many other universities in China, such as Tsinghua University, Beijing Normal University, Sun Yat-sen University and Nanjing Normal University.
Director, Peking University Australian Studies Centre
Deputy Dean, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University
Professor Liu Shusen I the Secretary-General of the Australian Studies Centre, and Deputy Dean of the School of Foreign Languages. His research fields are 19th century American literature, Translation Studies, and Oceanian Studies. He teaches ‘Whitman Studies’, ‘Greek and Roman Mythology’, ‘20th Century Western Translation Theory’, and ‘Introduction to Australian Literature’. His recent research interests focus on Western missionaries, including Australians, in early modern China (1840~1919) and their engagement and contribution to literary translation and cultural exchange between China and the West.
Deputy Director, Peking University Australian Studies Centre
Professor Jia Qingguo is a professor of diplomacy and international relations and Dean of the School of International Studies at Peking University. Since he graduated with a doctorate from Cornell University in 1984, he has taught at several prestigious universities including Beijing International Studies University, Cornell University, University of California at San Diego, and Sydney University.
His research interests include China-US relations, Asia-Pacific studies, and Australian Studies. His publications consist of eight monographs and collections and more than 100 academic essays at home and abroad, including ‘Exception to the Rule: the Obama Administration and China-US Relations’ (The Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, June 2010), ‘Unipolarity: Implications for China, the US and the World’ (Managing the China Challenge: Global Perspectives, Rutledge, 2009), ‘Peaceful Development: China’s Policy of Reassurance’ (Australian Journal of International Affairs, 2005:4), and ‘Towards a Mature Relationship: China and Australia’ (Committee for Economic Development of Australia: China in Australia’s Future, Melbourne, Australia, 2005).
BHP Billiton Chair Professor of Australian Studies, Peking University
Professor Gregory McCarthy is the second BHP Billiton Chair, coming to the position in February 2016.
Professor McCarthy holds a Personal Chair of Australian Politics at the University of Western Australia. His main research interests and extensive publications are on Australian politics and political culture. His research focuses on transitional change within and between nations, exploring how material, cultural and political forces create instability and how nations, institutions and people adapt to uncertainty. His seminal book Things Fall Apart: A History of the State Bank of South Australia, analysed the dynamic relations between global financial change and its dramatic effect on public banking in Australia. Recently, he has written on the internationalisation of Australian higher education effected by Chinese students studying in Australia, and the steady growth of Australian students studying in China. He has also explored the political implications of the conversion of Australian higher education from an elite to a mass education system. In addition, he has investigated the international relationship between Australia and China as read through the policies of contemporary Australia governments.
His professorship at the University of Western Australia compliments that university’s strong commitment to research and teaching in Australian studies and his appointment as the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University coincides with the Harvard Chair in Australian Studies being held by the renowned University of Western Australia academic, Professor Philip Mead.
Secretary, Peking University Australian Studies Centre
Associate Professor, English Department, School of Foreign Languages, Peking University
Liu Hongzhong is an associate professor of English at the English Department of the School of Foreign Languages, Peking University. She was appointed Secretary of the Peking University Australian Studies Centre in 2007. Since then she has been involved in all of the activities of the Centre, including organising the annual ‘Australian Writers’ Week’ events at Peking University and hosting Asialink resident writers, amongst many other things. Her research interests include College English Teaching and Research, College English curriculum development, and Australian international education. She hopes to contribute more to the BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University.