Dr. Guoguang Wu

Dr. Guoguang Wu
Position
Professor
History and Political Science
Credentials

BA (Beijing), MA (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), PhD (Princeton)

Contact
Office: SSM A335

Office Hours

Mondays 2:30-4:30 or by appointment.

Area

Modern and contemporary China from the late 1800s to the present, especially political, intellectual, and diplomatic histories, and political economy of global capitalism.

Bio

I am trained as a political scientist but very much interested in history, while teaching, and doing research on, political, intellectual, social, and diplomatic histories of China in the historic period from the late 1800s to the present. Thematically my research interests include globalization, global capitalism, and political economy of capitalist institutions and development; nationalism and nation-building; revolution, reform, and social transformation; the encounters of East and West civilizations and Global South’ pursuit of industrial modernization; and the wider political, intellectual, social, and diplomatic ramifications of the above great topics, primarily in political legitimacy, human security, gender relations, and history of ideas. Originally from China, I obtained B.A. from Peking University and M.A. from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, then worked as an editorialist for the People’s Daily in Beijing and a speechwriter to China’s Prime Minister before attending the Nieman Program at Harvard University. After being awarded a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University, I taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong before joining University of Victoria (UVic) in 2004. I hold a faculty position in both departments of history and political science at UVic as well as Chair in China and Asia-Pacific Relations at the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (CAPI).

Selected publications

Single-Authored Books:

  • 2017   Guoguang Wu, Globalization Against Democracy: The Political Economy of Capitalism after Its Global Triumph, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, approximately 320 pp.
  • 2015   Guoguang Wu, China’s Party Congress: Power, Legitimacy, and Institutional Manipulation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, xii + 368 pp.
  • 2015   Guoguang Wu, Paradoxes of China’s Prosperity: Domestic Dilemmas and Global Implications, Singapore: World Scientific, xxii + 622 pp.
  • 2012   Wu Guoguang, Hegemon without a Moral Compass: Post-Revolutionary China, Tokyo: Sankei Shimbun Press, 235 pp. [in Japanese; translated by Lau Kenliong].
  • 2009   Wu Guoguang, The End of Reform and the Future of China, Taipei: Chengpin Press, iv + 312 pp. [in Chinese].
  • 2005   Guoguang Wu, The Anatomy of Political Power in China, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Academic, xii + 365 pp.

Edited Volumes:

  • 2016   Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., China’s Transition from Communism -- New Perspectives, London: Routledge, forthcoming, approximate xiv + 220 pp.
  • 2013   Guoguang Wu ed., China’s Challenge to Human Security: Foreign Relations and Global Implications, London: Routledge, xiv + 334 pp.
  • 2009   Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds. Socialist China, Capitalist China: Social Tension and Political Adaptation under Economic Globalization, London: Routledge, xiv + 215 pp.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., China Turns to Multilateralism: Foreign Policy and Regional Security, London: Routledge, xiv + 303 pp.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Zhao Ziyang and China’s Political Future, London: Routledge, xii + 189 pp.

Referred Journal Articles:

  • 2015   Guoguang Wu, “Protests Against Prosperity: The Recurring Chinese Dilemma of Economic Achievement Versus Political Discontent,” Modern China Studies, 22, 2: 47-72.
  • 2012   Guoguang Wu, “China’s Recent Discussions of Political Reform and Leadership Responses,” East Asian Policy, 4, 1: 87-95.
  • 2011   Guoguang Wu, “Politics against Science: Reflections on the Study of Chinese Politics in Contemporary China,” Journal of Chinese Political Science, 16, 3: 279-97.
  • 2011   Guoguang Wu, “China in 2010: Dilemmas of ‘Scientific Development’,” Asian Survey, 51, 1: 18-32.
  • 2010   Guoguang Wu, “China in 2009: Muddling Through Crises,” Asian Survey, 50, 1: 25-39.
  • 2009   Guoguang Wu, “A Shadow over Western Democracies: China’s Political Usage of Economic Power,” China Perspectives, no.2: 80-9.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu, “From Post-Imperial to Late Communist Nationalism: Historical Change in Chinese Nationalism from May Fourth to the 1990s,” Third World Quarterly, 29, 3: 467-82.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu, “Hong Kong’s Political Influence over China: Institutional, Informative, and Interactive Dynamics of Sovereignty,” The Pacific Review, 21, 3: 279-302.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu, “From the Great Rock to the Eastern Islet: The Politics of Citizen Engagement and Local Governance in China,” China Perspectives, no.2: 70-78.
  • 2007   Guoguang Wu, “Identity, Sovereignty, and Economic Penetration: Beijing’s Responses to Offshore Chinese Democracies,” Journal of Contemporary China, 16, 51: 295-313.
  • 2006   Guoguang Wu, “The Peaceful Emergence of a Great Power?” Social Research, 73, 1: 317-44.
  • 2005   Yongnian Zheng and Guoguang Wu, “Information Technologies, Public Space, and Collective Action in China,” Comparative Political Studies, 38, 5: 507-36.

Book Chapters:

  • 2016   Guoguang Wu, “Conclusion,” in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., China’s Transition from Communism -- New Perspectives, London: Routledge, pp. 188-210.

  • 2014   Guoguang Wu, “All the News, All the Politics: Sophisticated Propaganda in Capitalist-Authoritarian China,” in Kate Xiao Zhou, Shelley Rigger, and Lynn T. White III eds., Democratization in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia? Local and National Perspectives, London: Routledge, pp. 200-15.
  • 2013   Guoguang Wu, “Human Security Challenges with China: Why and How the Rise of China Makes the World Vulnerable?” in Guoguang Wu ed., China’s Challenges to Human Security: Foreign Relations and Global Implications, London: Routledge, pp. 1-27.
  • 2009   Guoguang Wu, “Conclusion: Social Tension and Political Adaptation under globalization,” in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Socialist China, Capitalist China: Social Tension and Political Adaptation under Economic Globalization, London: Routledge, pp. 190-208.
  • 2009   Guoguang Wu, “In the Name of Good Governance: E-Government, Internet Pornography, and Political Censorship in China,” in Xiaoling Zhang and Yongnian Zheng eds., China’s Information and Communications Technology Revolution: Social Changes and State Responses, London: Routledge, pp. 68-85.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu, “Democracy and Rule of Law in Zhao Ziyang’s Political Reform,” in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Zhao Ziyang and China’s Political Future, London: Routledge, pp. 32-57.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu, “Conclusion: Zhao Ziyang and China’s Transition from Communism,” in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., Zhao Ziyang and China’s Political Future, London: Routledge, pp. 164-85.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu and Helan Lasdowne, “International Multilateralism with Chinese Characteristics: Attitude Changes, Policy Imperatives, and Regional Impacts,” in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., China Turns to Multilateralism: Foreign Policy and Regional Security, London: Routledge, pp. 3-18.
  • 2008   Guoguang Wu, “Multiple Levels of Multilateralism: The Rising China in the Turbulent World,” in Guoguang Wu and Helen Lansdowne eds., China Turns to Multilateralism: Foreign Policy and Regional Security, London: Routledge, pp. 267-89.

Courses

HSTR 364/POLI 318 Government and Politics in East Asia
HSTR 365C/POLI 319 China and the World
HSTR 365/POLI 433 The Cultural Revolution in China

Graduate students supervised

2006-07 Ning Wang SSHRC Post-Doctoral (History)
2007-08 Chong Ke LLM (Law)
2007-10 Jing Qian LLM (Law)    
2008-09 Nanchu He M.A. (Political Science)
2008-09 Adam MacDonald M.A. (Political Science)
2008-11 Timothy Scolnick M.A. (Political Science)
2008-14 Chong Ke        Ph.D. (Law)
2009-12 Gabriel Botel  M.A. (Political Science)
2009-13 Nanchu He     Ph.D. (Political Science)
2010-13 Moe Mashiko M.A. (Political Science)
2010-14 Jing Qian Ph.D. (Law)   
2011-14 Gary Ditchburn M.A. (History)
2012-14 Chanhyun Cho M.A. (Political Science)
2013-14 Cindy Tse       M.A. (Political Science)
2014-15 Can Zhao M.A. (Political Science)
2015- Jack Hoskins M.A. (History)
2016- Can Zhao Ph.D (Political Science)