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Professor, School of Asian Studies, University College Cork

Professor Jackie Sheehan joined the School of Asian Studies at University College Cork in September 2013, having spent the previous ten years as Associate Professor in Contemporary Chinese Studies in the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Nottingham University, and before that lecturing in Chinese and East Asian history at the universities of Nottingham and Keele.

With a BA in Chinese Studies from the University of Cambridge and a doctorate in Chinese history from SOAS, she has published on state-enterprise reform, employment issues, industrial relations and labour protests in China; the Cultural Revolution and the democracy movement; Chinese migrant workers in the UK; and human trafficking between China and the UK.

In addition to her academic work, she serves as an expert witness in asylum and criminal cases involving Chinese nationals, particularly those related to human trafficking. She is a regular contributor to the China Policy Institute blog.


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    Professor, School of Asian Studies, University College, Cork