Thomas J. Christensen

Alastair Iain Johnston 江憶恩


  • Deputy Director

Chen Yali (Lily)

  • 2016-2017 Fellow

Nate Adler

  • Alumni Student Affiliate

Andrew Chubb

2017-2018 Fellow
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Andrew Chubb (朱波) researches the relationship between Chinese public opinion and PRC foreign policy, and its implications for international politics in East Asia. A graduate of the University of Western Australia, his doctoral dissertation examined the complex and evolving linkages between Chinese popular nationalism and government policy in the South China Sea. In 2012 he initiated a survey project to measure Mainland Chinese citizens' views of maritime disputes, and a blog providing translations and analysis of Chinese discourse on contentious foreign policy issues ( 

Beyond this core focus on maritime disputes and public opinion, Andrew's research interests include strategic communication, hybridity, and Chinese Communist Party history, with publications examining the 1978-1979 Democracy Wall movement, China's shanzhai culture, military propaganda in the internet era, and the role of foreigners on PRC television. His articles can be found in the Journal of Contemporary China, Pacific AffairsInformation, Communication & Society, Foreign PolicyEast Asia Forum and elsewhere. 

Dr. Chubb will host office hours weekly on Wednesdays 9-11am



'Patriotic tourism in the South China Sea,' East Asia Forum, June 7, 2017 (link).

'South China Sea patrols are an option, with or without Trump,' Sydney Morning Herald, June 2, 2017 (link).

‘China’s “blue territory” and the technosphere in maritime East Asia,’ Technosphere, April 2017 (link).

‘Vietnam and China: contingent cooperation, not capitulation,’ East Asia Forum, February 2, 2017 (link).

‘Democracy Wall, foreign correspondents, and Deng Xiaoping,’ Pacific Affairs, 89(3), 2016, 567-589. DOI: 10.5509/2016893567.

‘Citizen attitudes towards China’s maritime territorial disputes: traditional media and internet sources as distinctive conduits of political views,’ Information, Communication & Society, 19(1), 2016, 59-79 (with David Denemark). DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1093527

‘Are China’s most extreme nationalists actually foreign stooges?’ Foreign Policy, July 25, 2016 (link)

‘Did China just clarify the nine-dash line?,’ East Asia Forum, July 14, 2016 (link).

‘China’s shanzhai culture: “Grabism” and the politics of hybridity,’ Journal of Contemporary China, 24(92), March 2015, 260-279. DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2014.932159.

‘When Foreigners Perform the Chinese Nation: Televised global Chinese language competitions,’ in Geng Song & Ruoyun Bai (eds.) Chinese Television in the Twenty-First Century: Entertaining the Nation (London: Routledge), 2015, 121-140 (with Lauren Gorfinkel) (link).

‘Why Was China’s Response to U.S. South China Sea Patrols So Mild?,’ Fletcher Forum (Tufts University), Dec 19, 2015 (link).

‘Should the U.S. patrol around China’s artificial islands?,’ East Asia Forum, September 21, 2015 (link). 

‘Defining the status quo in the South China Sea,’ The Diplomat, June 9, 2015 (link). 

‘Nationalism and Chinese public opinion,’ China Policy Institute (Univ. of Nottingham), February 3, 2015 (link).

Exploring China’s “Maritime Consciousness”: Public Opinion on the South and East China Sea Disputes (Perth: USAsia Centre, 2014), 72pp (link).

‘China’s Information Management in the Sino-Vietnamese Confrontation: Caution and Sophistication in the Internet Era,’ China Brief, 14(11), June 4, 2014 (link).

澳大利亚海洋管理体制研究报告 [Australia’s Maritime Administrative System] (Guangzhou: Center for Oceanian Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, 2014), 52pp (with Yu Changsen) (link).

‘Propaganda, not Policy: Explaining the PLA’s “Hawkish Faction”,’ China Brief, 13(15-16), July 26, 2013 (links: part 1 & part 2).

‘What should be done on the South China Sea?,’ in Geremie Barmé & Ryan Manuel (eds.) A New Australia-China Agenda (Canberra: Australian Centre on China in the World), 2014, 48-57 (link).

‘Abe’s Southeast Asian diplomacy: intersection of the South and East China Sea disputes,’ China Policy Institute, February 25, 2013 (link). 

‘Radar Incident Obscures Beijing's Conciliatory Turn Towards Japan,’ China Brief, 13(4), February 15, 2013 (link).

‘The Case for “Face”: Improving Australia-China relations into the future,’ ACYA Journal of Australia-China Affairs, 2, 2012, 56-59 (link).

‘Kiểm duyệt về cuộc gặp Việt – Trung [Censorship of Vietnam-China Meeting]’. BBC Vietnamese, September 2012 (link).

‘How Chinese dissidents and the Communist Party use the Western media,’ Danwei, November 29, 2010 (link).

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