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Professor of Chinese Politics, Acting Director of China Studies Centre, University of Sydney

David S G Goodman is Emeritus Professor of Chinese Politics at the University of Sydney and Professor of China Studies at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou (China’s leading Joint Venture University) where he is also Vice President, Academic. He was educated at the University of Manchester (Politics and Modern History) Peking University (Economics) and the London School of Oriental and African Studies (Chinese, and Chinese Politics). His research has concentrated on China’s provincial politics; the history of the Chinese Communist Party; and social and political change in China since 1900, especially at the local level. He is currently undertaking research on the formation of local elites in contemporary China (with Dr Beatriz Carrillo and Dr Minglu Chen); and on German colonial adventurers in China 1870-1937 (with Dr Yixu Lu.) He is also undertaking research on the War of Resistance to Japan in North China (1937-1945). His most recent publications are The New Rich in China: Future rulers, present lives (2008) and (with Bryna Goodman) Twentieth Century Colonialism in China (2011).


  • 2010–present
    Acting Director, China Studies Centre, University of Sydney


  • 1981 
    London School of Oriental and African Studies, PhD in Chinese Politics
  • 1979 
    Peking University, Diploma in Economics
  • 1970 
    University of Manchester , BA Hons in Politics and History
  • Sydney, Australia
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