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I am an associate professor at Johns Hopkins, and I research on global political economy, contentious politics, nationalism, and social theory, with a focus on East Asia. My current projects include one about the changing dynamics of global capitalism and US power in the context of the rise of China and other emerging economies. I also scrutinize the origins and limits of China’s export- and investment-driven growth. Another project traces China’s contradictory and unfinished transition from empire to nation-state through delineating Beijing’s contentious interaction with Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan since 1949. My awards-winning book, Protest with Chinese Characteristics, shows how the Confucianist legacy shaped China’s trajectories of state formation and popular protests from the 18th century to the present, in contrast to the Western trajectories, reflecting on the universality of Western modernity. Besides these major projects, I have also published about the orientalist origins of classical social theories, globalization of epidemics, China’s environmental movements, among others.
My articles have appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Development and Change, New Left Review, Asian Survey, Sociological Theory, Review of International Political Economy, etc. My works have been translated into six different languages, and featured or cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, BBC World News, Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), Expresso (Portugal), Straits Times (Singapore), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Xinhua Monthly (China), and others.
Ho-fung Hung. 2011. Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty. New York: Columbia University Press.
*Winner of the SSHA President's Book Award 2010
Ho-fung Hung. ed. 2009. China and the Transformation of Global Capitalism. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
*Selected by Choice as a key reading on China as a rising superpower
Ho-fung Hung. 2013. “Labor Politics and Three Stages of Capitalism in China.” South Atlantic Quarterly. Vol 112, No. 1
Ho-fung Hung. 2012. “Marx, Weber, and the Ceaseless Accumulation of Capital” Political Power and Social Theory. Vol. 23
Ho-fung Hung and Ip Iam Chong. 2012. "Hong Kong Democratic Movement and the Making of China's Offshore Civil Society" Asian Survey. Vol. 52, No. 3.
Ho-fung Hung and Jaime Kucinskas. 2011. “Globalization and Global Inequality: Assessing the Impact of the Rise of China and India, 1980-2005.” American Journal of Sociology. Vol. 116, No. 5
* Winner of ASA’s Section on Global and Transnational Sociology and Section on the Political Economy of the World System
Ho-fung Hung and Huei-ying Kuo. 2010. “‘One Country, Two Systems’ and Its Antagonists in Tibet and Taiwan.” China Information. Vol. 24, No. 3
Ho-fung Hung. 2009. “America’s Head Servant? The PRC’s Dilemma in the Global Crisis.” New Left Review No. 60. (Lead article)
*Translated into Chinese, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and Norwegian
Ho-fung Hung. 2008. “Agricultural Revolution and Elite Reproduction in Qing China: The Transition to Capitalism Debate Revisited.” American Sociological Review. Vol. 73, No. 4.
*Co-winner of ASA’s Political Sociology Section Best Article Award 2009, Asia and Asian American Section Best Research Paper Award, and honorable mention of ASA’s Comparative & Historical Sociology Best Article Award 2009.
Ho-fung Hung. 2008. “Rise of China and the Global Overaccumulation Crisis.” Review of International Political Economy. Vol. 15, No. 2. (Lead article)
Ho-fung Hung. 2003. “Orientalist Knowledge and Social Theories: China and the European Conceptions of East-West Differences from 1600 to 1900.” Sociological Theory. Vol. 21, No. 3. 254-79
*Winner of the Reinhard Bendix Award and PEWS article Award, ASA)
- 2012, Best Article Award, ASA’s Section on Global and Transnational Sociology and Section on the Political Economy of the World System, American Journal of Sociology
- 2010, President's Book Award, Social Science History Association
- 2010, First Prize, Best Research Paper Award, World Society Foundation, Switzerland
- 2010, Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Indiana University
- 2009, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award (Article), Section on Political Sociology, American Sociological Association
- 2009, Best Research Paper Award, Section on Asia and Asian America, American Sociological Association
- 2009, Honorable Mention, Best Article Award, Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association
- 2004, Biannual best article award, Section on the Political Economy of World System, American Sociological Association 2003, Reinhard Bendix award, Section on Comparative-Historical Sociology, American Sociological Association
- 2003, Social Science History Association, Rockefeller Graduate Paper Award
- 2002, International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council
- 2002, Dissertation Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation