Kerry Brown is Executive Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and Professor of Chinese Politics. Educated at Cambridge, London and Leeds Universities, Professor Brown worked in Japan and the Inner Mongolian region of China, before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London. He worked in the China Section and then served as First Secretary, Beijing, from 2000 to 2003, and as Head of the Indonesia East Timor Section at the FCO from 2003 to 2005. Brown is a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, as well as Senior Fellow at the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University and the LSE Ideas Centre, and an affiliated scholar with the Mongolia and Inner Asian Studies Unit at Cambridge University.
Professor Brown’s Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century was published in 2007, and The Rise of the Dragon – Chinese Investment Flows in the Reform Period in 2008. In addition, Friends and Enemies: The Past, Present and Future of the Communist Party of China’ was published in 2009. An edited collection of essays on short-to-medium-term challenges in Chinese politics, society and the economy was published in 2011 as China 2020, and Ballot Box China, an analysis of village democracy and its long term meaning in the People’s Republic, was published in 2011. Finally, Hu Jintao: China’s Silent Ruler, a political biography of Hu Jintao, was published in 2012. He is now working on the Palgrave Macmillan Introduction to Contemporary China, to be published in 2013, and a book on Shanghai.
The event is held in conjunction with the Hopkins China Forum.