Professor Jonathan Unger

PhD in Sociology, 1978
Professor, Political & Social Change Department
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

Social stratification in China; rural Chinese social, political and economic change; urbanisation; workers and factory life; Chinese nationalism; Cultural Revolution history.


PhD in Sociology, awarded 1978. Academic staff member of the UK's Institute of Development Studies, University of Kansas, University of Washington and Leiden University before coming to ANU in 1986. In the early 1970s he had served in Asia as a foreign correspondent covering China. Since coming to ANU, he has spent about seven months investigating poverty alleviation projects in rural China in behalf of AusAid and the Asia Development Bank.

Career highlights

He has published fourteen books and more than seventy refereed papers. He is one of the two co-editors of The China Journal, one of the world's leading journals on modern China, and he also served as editor and then co-editor of The China Journal for 18 years from July 1987 until July 2005.

For Professor Unger's academic publications, see


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