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I am an associate professor at Johns Hopkins Sociology. My scholarly interest includes global political economy, protest, nation-state formation, and social theory, with a focus on East Asia. I received my bachelor degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, my MA degree from SUNY-Binghamton, and my PhD degree in Sociology from Johns Hopkins. Prior to joining the Hopkins faculty, I taught at the Indiana University-Bloomington.
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.
2013 Best Book Prize, Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies
2012, Best Article Award, American Sociological Association Section on Global and Transnational Sociology
2012, Best Article Award, American Sociological Association Section on the Political Economy of the World System, American Sociological Association
2012 Finalist, Charles Tilly Best Book Award, American Sociological Association Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movement
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
230.221 Global Social Change*
230.260 Political Sociology
230.353 Global Social Change*
230.375 Nations, States and Boundaries
230.435 The China Boom
230.611 Seminar on Comparative & World-Historical Sociology
230. 643 Sociological Analysis
Ho-fung Hung. Forthcoming 2015. The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World. New York: Columbia University Press.
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 2015. “Grandpa State instead of Bourgeois State: Patrimonial Politics in China’s Age of Commerce, 1644-1839.” Political Power and Social Theory. Vol. 25
Ho-fung Hung 2014. “Trois visions de la conscience autochtone à Hong Kong.” Critique n° 807-808 août-septembre 2014.
* cited in Le Monde, 22 septembre 2014
Ho-fung Hung. 2013. “China: Savior or Challenger of the Dollar Hegemony?” Development and Change. Vol. 44, No. 6
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)
Robert Daly interviews Dr. Ho-fung Hung on his takeaways from the event co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S. session on July 30, 2015
Participated in a panel at an event co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute and Kissinger Institute on China and the U.S on July 23, 2015
Interviewed and cited in an article at New York Times on democratization and colonial history of Hong Kong on Oct 27, 2014
Cited in an article on the same topic at Financial Times on Oct 12 , 2014
Appeared on Inside Story show at Al Jazeera America Click here to watch full 30 minute broadcast
In Voice of America (Link is in Chinese) - Voice of America
Publication cited in France's Le Monde Les Editions de Minuit
Quoted in Bloomberg Hong Kong Students Lead Democracy Fight With Class Boycotts
Quoted in the Quartz What is the meaning of the umbrellas in Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution”?
Quoted in the Guardian Hong Kong: more join protests as crowds are urged to keep going
Cited in the January 22, 2014 Associated Press Beijing report titled, 'Report Links Chinese Elite to Offshore Tax Havens'
Interviewed on LA based station KPFK on the “Beneath the Surface” program about China’s debt crisis on Friday, April 19. Ho-fung's portion of the interview begins at 43:00.
Cited in New York Times Exclusive: Princeling-Backed Firm Eyes $500 Million China Buyout Fund-Sources by Reuters
Cited in Bloomberg Businessweek China Shuffles Military Leaders Ahead of Wider Party Transition
The China Boom: Why China Will Not Rule the World
November 2015, Columbia University Press
Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstrations, Riots, and Petitions in the Mid-Qing Dynasty
June 2011, Columbia University Press