Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Chair, School of Social Sciences
Director, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration
School of Social Sciences
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences
Phone: (+65) 65927570/7571
Office: HSS-05-56A/ 05-17
PhD (Hist & Asian Stud) Ohio University 1995
MA (Hist & Asian Stud) Fudan University 1985
BA (Hist) Xiamen University 1982
Prior to joining NTU in September 2010, Professor Liu taught at the Department of Chinese Studies of the National University of Singapore from November 1995 to July 2006, and was awarded tenure in August 2000 and subsequently promoted to associate professor. He served as Assistant Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at NUS between 2002 and 2005. From July 2006 to September 2010, Professor Liu was the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Chinese Studies and Chair Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Manchester, where he was also Head of the Department of East Asian Studies and Academic Director of the UK Study China Programme, which was funded by the British government with £2.2 million. He is presently Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the School of Social Sciences’ Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme.
Professor Liu has served, since July 2011, as Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), which had developed rapidly with the establishment of new initiatives such as History Programme and National Arts Council-NTU Chinese Writers-in-Residency Programme in 2012, Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme in 2013, Philosophy Programme in 2014, and MA in Translation and Interpretation in 2016. HSS was reorganized into the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in April 2017.
Since January 2014, Professor Liu has concurrently served as Director of the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration which has trained over 17,000 government officials from China and Southeast Asia and as Executive Director of the Lien Legacy Fellowship Programme. In his capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nanyang Consulting Co., he oversees the overall operations of NTU representative offices in Shanghai, Beijing, and Guangzhou.
Professor Liu’s research areas include Asian governance, Sino-Southeast Asian relations, international migration, global flows of talents, and public diplomacy. He has authored/edited 15 books and about 100 academic articles, including in leading international journals such as World Politics, Journal of Asian Studies, Critical Asian Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Nature and Culture, Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and Ethnic and Racial Studies. His publications also appear in the French, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Korean languages.
Professor Liu has held a number of visiting professorship/fellowship appointments, including at Harvard, Kyoto, Peking, Amsterdam, and Stockholm Universities. He was awarded in 2007 the Eminent Yangtze Scholar Award by the PRC Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Li Kashing Foundation in Hong Kong. Professor Liu’s professional and public service include serving as Vice President of the Asian Association of World Historians, Vice Chairman of the Universities’ China Committee in London, Academic Advisor for the London School of Economics (China in Comparative Perspective Network), and Member of the China Studies Syllabus Development Committee (Singapore Ministry of Education). He is presently Co-editor of Public Governance in Asia monograp series (Routledge), Journal of Chinese Overseas (Boston and Leiden), and co-editor of the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (Singapore), and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge), Journal of Technology Management in China (Emerald, UK), Routledge Monograph Series The Chinese World (London and New York), and Brill Chinese OverseasMonograph Series (Boston and Leiden).
- China rising and implications for Southeast Asia
- Chinese international migration, nationalism, transnationalism
- Transnational knowledge transfer and dynamic governance in the Global South (with special reference to China, Southeast Asia and Africa)
- Global talent strategies and management
Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2014-2017)
Ministry of Education Academic Research Fund Tier 2 (2017-2020)
NTU Strategic Initiative (2017-2019)
- Transnational Knowledge Transfer and Dynamic Governance in Comparative Perspective
- SG200: Heritage, Identity, Progress
- Globalization, Brain
Circulation, and Competition for International Talents: A Comparative Study of
Asian, European, and North American Experiences and Policy Implications
- Plural Co-existence and Asian Sustainability: Interdisciplinary and Comparative Perspectives
Selected Recent Publications
1. Gregor Benton and Hong
Liu, Dear China: Emigrant Letters and Remittances, 1820-1980 (Berkeley: University of California Press,
2. Gregor Benton, Hong Liu
and Zhang Huimei, eds., The Qiaopi Trade and Transnational
Networks in the Chinese Diaspora (London: Routledge, 2018).
5. Hong Liu and Taomo Zhou, “Bandung Humanism and a New Understanding
of the Global South: An Introduction,” Critical
Asian Studies (Jan. 2019)
9. Hong Liu and Yishu Zhou,
“New Chinese Capitalism and ASEAN Economic Community,” in Yos Santasombat,
ed., The Sociology of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Challenges
and Prospects (New York: Palgrave Macmillam, 2019), pp. 55-75.
10. Els Van Dongen and Hong
Liu, “Diaspora and Migration: History of the Chinese in Southeast Asia,” in
Gracia Liu-Farrer and Brenda Yeoh, eds., Routledge Handbook of
Migration (London: Routledge, 2018), pp. 33-48.
11. Taomo Zhou and Hong Liu,
“Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia,” in Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier, eds.,
The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China (Los Angles and London: Sage Publications,
2018), vol. 1, pp. 610-630.
12. Hong Liu and Els Van
Dongen, “China’s Diaspora Policies as a New Mode of Transnational
Governance,” Journal of Contemporary China, vol.
25, no. 102 (November 2016), pp. 805-821.
13. Hong Liu, “Opportunities
and Anxieties for the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia,” Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs,
vol. 115, no. 784 (November 2016), pp. 311-318.
14. Hong Liu and Gregor
Benton, “The Qiaopi Trade and Its Role in
Modern China and the Chinese Diaspora: Toward an Alternative Explanation of
‘Transnational Capitalism’,” Journal of Asian Studies,
vol. 75, no. 3 (August 2016), pp. 575-594.
15. Min Zhou and Hong Liu,
“Homeland Engagement and Host-Society Integration: A Comparative Study of New
Chinese Immigrants in the United States and Singapore”, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, vol.
57, no. 1 (February 2016), pp. 30-52.
16. Ren Na and Hong Liu,
“Traversing between Local and Transnational: Dual Embeddedness of New Chinese
Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Singapore,” Asian and Pacific Migration
Journal, vol. 24, no. 3 (September 2015), pp. 298-326.
17. Bin Wu and Hong Liu,
“Bringing Class Back In: Class Consciousness and Solidarity among Chinese
Migrant Workers in Italy and the UK,” Ethnic and Racial Studies,
vol. 37, no. 8 (August 2014), pp. 1391-1408.
18. Hong Liu, “Beyond
Co-Ethnicity: The Politics of Differentiating and Integrating New Immigrants in
Singapore,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37,
no. 7 (July 2014), pp. 1225-1238.