SOAS University of London

New Director of SOAS China Institute appointed

12 September 2016

SOAS University of London has announced the appointment of Professor Steve Tsang as Professor of Chinese Studies and the new Director of the SOAS China Institute.

Professor Tsang, until recently Head of the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham, is a political scientist and historian whose areas of expertise include politics and governance in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, the foreign and security policies of China and Taiwan and peace and security in East Asia. He previously served as Director of the China Policy Institute at Nottingham from 2011-14, and was a Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford (1994-2011).

Professor Tsang said: “I look forward to joining SOAS University of London as the Director of the SOAS China Institute. It is very exciting to be part of an Institute that is home to a wide-range of talented experts covering the many different aspects of China: from politics, society and economics to history, art and culture. I look forward to working with this extraordinary team of experts to reinforce SOAS as the leading centre for disseminating insights on China.”

New Director of SOAS China Institute Appointed

Professor Richard Black, Pro-Director (Research and Enterprise) added: “Since its launch, the SOAS China Institute has established itself as a leading centre for Chinese Studies in the UK and expert analysis on a wide-range of issues. As we build on our international relationships in SOAS’s centenary year, we look forward to Professor Tsang leading the SOAS China Institute into its next phase on the global stage.”

Professor Tsang’s leadership of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham enabled the CPI to become a leading think tank and research centre on greater China in the EU.

His most recent publications are the edited book China in the Xi Jinping Era (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Chiang Kai-shek’s “secret deal” at Xian and the start of the Sino-Japanese War (Palgrave Communications 1:1, 2015). He studied at the University of Hong Kong and completed his DPhil at the University of Oxford.

The SOAS China Institute officially launched in 2014 as an expert resource for the wider world of business, policy and media. More than fifty China experts in the social sciences and the humanities at SOAS, as well as international perspectives from the School's regional expertise in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, drive forward the Institute’s activities and collaborations.

Professor Tsang will begin his post on 1 December, taking over from Professor Michel Hockx, the founding Director of the SOAS China Institute who moved to the University of Notre Dame in July 2016. In the interim period, Dr Andrea Janku, Senior Lecturer in the History of China at SOAS, has been appointed as the Acting Director of the Institute until the end of November 2016