School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Professor Jun Qian

Professor Qian Jun 錢俊 (Qian Suoqiao 錢鎖橋) Chair of Chinese Studies and Director of the Confucius Institute




Chair of Chinese Studies, School of Modern Languages

Director of the Confucius Institute, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences




Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1996

M.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

B.A. English, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Beijing, 1985




Professor (Chair) of Chinese Studies/Director of the Confucius Institute, School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, UK, 2013-present

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2000-2013

Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University, USA, Feb.-Dec. 2009

Assistant Professor, Department of Comparative Literature, Hamilton College, USA, 1999-2000

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities, Barnard College, Columbia University, USA, 1997-1999

Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, USA, 1996-1997

Lecturer, Department of History, Santa Clara University, USA, Jan.-June 1997

Graduate Student Instructor, Departments of Comparative Literature/Ethnic Studies/ East Asian Languages, UC Berkeley, USA, 1990-1996

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages, Nanjing Normal University, China, Jan.-June 1994

Assistant Lecturer, Department of Foreign Languages, Shenzhen University, China, 1985-1990




Chinese, English, French





            I am interested in a broad range of areas in Chinese studies, particularly on cross-cultural studies between China and the West, Chinese modernity studies, modern Chinese literature and culture, Chinese-English translation, global Chinese diaspora studies, Chinese-American studies, cultural theory.




            I am currently engaged in the Lin Yutang study, working on several related projects: writing a biography as well as a chronology of Lin Yutang, compiling and editing The Complete Works of Lin Yutang.


Book Manuscripts in Progress


Lin Yutang: Journey across China and America, 1895-1976 (in progress).


《林语堂年谱》 (in progress)


Understanding China and Its Humanistic Tradition: Books and Reviews. Edited (manuscript completed)


East and West Must Meet: American Essays of Lin Yutang. Edited with an introduction (manuscript completed)


Collected English Works of Gu Hongming. Edited with an introduction (manuscript completed)


The Complete Works of Lin Yutang. Compiled and Edited. (50-volume multi-lingual project, in progress).




            I will come back to a broader scope of Chinese modernity studies.


Teaching Experience


            I have almost three decades of university-level teaching experience on a variety of topics and subjects in several higher education institutions around the world.


Current Course Module


CHN1005 Introduction to Chinese Culture


Postgraduate Student Supervision


Xu Yanlian, PhD. City University of Hong Kong, 2013.

Wang Lu, doctoral student, Newcastle University, in progress.

Shi Jie, doctoral student, Newcastle University, in progress.


I have also served as an external member on several PhD dissertation committees.


I welcome inquiries from prospective students interested in pursuing PhD study in Chinese studies, particularly from comparative and cross-cultural approaches.