Management group

Benjamin Penny

Benjamin Penny

Associate director

Benjamin Penny is a historian of religions in China who has worked on medieval China, the nineteenth century and contemporary times. His most recent book is The Religion of Falun Gong (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012) and he is currently working on a monograph concerning expatriate scholarship in Shanghai after the first Opium War, as well as co-editing East Asian History. After studying at the Universities of Sydney, Cambridge, Peking and the ANU, Penny held a post-doctoral fellowship also at the ANU before moving to the Humanities Research Centre.

Carolyn Cartier

Carolyn Cartier

Adjunct director

Carolyn Cartier is Professor of Human Geography and China Studies in the School of International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is an Adjunct Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World, co-leading the China Urban research stream. Carolyn’s research focuses on the role of the state in urban transformation in China including how the government makes territorial changes to establish and expand cities; China’s National Civilized City Program and urban governmentality, and urban spatial restructuring for consumerism.

Gerry Groot

Gerry Groot

Adjunct director

Gerry Groot was born in Murray Bridge, and raised in South Australia's South East. After some years working on farms, forest plantations and the like, he undertook a BA in history, politics and Chinese at the University of Adelaide. After doing Honours Gerry spent the early-1990s at Shanghai's East China Normal where he experienced the sweet & sour of the liuxuesheng life including appearances in Shanghai Yi Jia Ren (A Shanghai Family) as the only Western good guy and as an extra in Jackie Chan's Drunken Master II.

Gloria Davies

Gloria Davis 黄樂嫣

Adjunct director

Gloria Davies is a literary scholar, historian and translator whose research covers a range of areas: Chinese intellectual and literary history from the 1890s to the present; contemporary Chinese thought; comparative literature and critical theory; and studies of cultural flows in the digital age.  She was trained in modern and classical Chinese at ANU where she completed her Honours degree. As a graduate student at the University of Melbourne, she read literary theory and worked on modern Chinese literary history.

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison

Adjunct director

Mark Harrison has a BA (Hons.) in Chinese from the University of Adelaide and completed his PhD at Monash University looking at Taiwan and its problems of identity. From 2002 to 2008 worked as Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in London, UK.

His work examines knowledge and representation in Chinese contexts, exploring contemporary cultural and social life in Taiwan and mainland China. His current project is entitled "China's Futures".

Richard Rigby

Richard Rigby

Associate director

Richard Rigby joined the Australian foreign service, after the completion of his PhD (under Professor Wang Gungwu). He was a diplomat for some 26 years, with postings in Beijing (twice), Tokyo, London, Shanghai (as Consul-General) and Israel (as Ambassador). From 2002-2008 he served as Assistant Director-General in the Office of National Assessments (ONA), responsible for North and South Asia.  He has been at the ANU since then.

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