Professor Jonathan Unger holds a PhD in Sociology, and his research interests include social stratification in China; rural Chinese social, political and economic change; urbanisation; workers and factory life; Chinese nationalism; and Cultural Revolution history. He has published fifteen books and more than eighty refereed papers, and he is one of the two co-editors of The China Journal, one of the world’s leading journals on modern China. Before becoming an academic he served in Asia as a foreign correspondent covering China. Since coming to ANU, he has spent seven months investigating poverty alleviation projects in rural China in behalf of AusAid and the Asia Development Bank.
The Contemporary China Centre was set up in 1970 at The Australian National University as a research facility concerned with scholarly social science analysis of post-1949 China.