SOAS University of London

Deputy Director appointed for new SOAS China Institute

6 August 2013
Jon Sullivan

SOAS, University of London has announced the appointment of Dr Jon Sullivan as Deputy Director of the new SOAS China Institute.

Dr Sullivan, a China specialist and political scientist, joins SOAS from the University of Nottingham.  His research focuses on the uses and effects of political communications by political elites and citizens in various Chinese contexts.

The SOAS China Institute formally launches in October 2013, with ambitious teaching and research goals, as an expert resource for the wider world of business, policy and media.

More than forty China experts from across SOAS’ portfolio of disciplines will drive forward the SOAS China Institute activities and collaborations under the leadership of Professor Michel Hockx.

Dr Sullivan said: “I am very excited to be joining Paul Webley, Michel Hockx and an extremely talented group of China Studies colleagues in this project to establish the new SOAS China Institute as the foremost centre of expertise on China in the UK and continental Europe. As an East Asia specialist from the UK, SOAS has a unique attraction for me and I can't wait to join my new colleagues and students there. “

Professor Hockx added: "It is fantastic that Jon Sullivan is joining the SOAS China Institute. He brings in a wide range of expertise in the social sciences and a genuine commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research in Chinese Studies. He is also widely known for his excellent outreach work through blogs and social media. I have always wanted to work with him and I cannot wait to start!"

Dr Sullivan will begin his post at SOAS in January 2014.