Our Members

John Makeham is Chair and Director of the China Studies Research Centre at La Trobe University. He specializes in Chinese intellectual history. He has a particular interest in Confucian thought throughout Chinese history and, in more recent years, in the influence of Sinitic Buddhist thought on pre-modern and modern Confucian philosophy. Educated in Australia, China, Taiwan and Japan, he has held academic positions at Victoria University of Wellington, University of Adelaide, National Taiwan University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and ANU.  He is a recipient of the Joseph Levenson Prize and the Special Book Award of China, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and Emeritus Professor at ANU.
A list of publications can be found at: https://latrobe.academia.edu/JohnMakeham
John is editor of the monograph series, Modern Chinese Philosophy (Brill) and welcomes submissions!

Dr John Jorgensen is an internationally renowned specialist in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Chan Buddhism. He is affiliated with the Centre through his appointment as Senior Research Associate on two current ARC Discovery Projects (DP130100565 The Buddhist Roots of Neo-Confucian Philosophy; DP160100671 The Awakening of Faith and New Confucian Philosophy) and is Co-Director of a Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Research Grant (Exegesis of the Awakening of Faith).

Dr Corey Bell is affiliated with the Centre through his role as Research Assistant on the ARC Discovery Project, The Buddhist Roots of Neo-Confucian Philosophy. He holds a Master's degree in Buddhist Studies from the University of Hong Kong and PhD from the University of Melbourne. His main research interests are late Ming/early Qing Lingnan Buddhist intellectual history, Buddhist literary theory, and religio-moral discourse in East Asian popular culture.

Dr Ruth Gamble is a David Myers Research Fellow at La Trobe University and an environmental and cultural historian. Her work focuses on the historical relationship between Tibetan and Himalayan peoples and their environments. She is now writing an environmental history of the Yarlung Tsangpo/Brahmaputra River. Before coming to La Trobe University, she worked as a lecturer in Religious Studies and Tibetan at the Australian National University (ANU), and as a researcher at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich.

Dr Paul Rule is an Honorary Associate of the China Studies Research Centre, La Trobe University. He is on the Advisory Board of the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco, a member of Macau Ricci Institute, Macau, China, and a former senior lecturer in history at La Trobe University. He is currently editing a four-volume annotated translation of the Acta Pekinensia from the manuscript held in the Jesuit Archives in Rome. The first volume has been published (The Acta Pekinensia or Historical Records of the Maillard de Tournon Legation, Jesuit Historical Institute, Rome 2015) and the other volumes will appear in a new Brill series edited by the Ricci Institute at the University of San Francisco.

Jean Zhang is the Senior Administrative Officer at the China Studies Research Centre. She has extensive working experience in administration in Australian tertiary sector and over four year teaching experience in a university in China. She holds an MBA, a Master Degree in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature. She is a current member of CPA Australia.