Dr James Leibold
Associate Professor, Convener, Politics Major
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Politics and Philosophy
SS 305, Melbourne (Bundoora)
BA East Asian Studies (Wittenberg University), MA East Asian Studies (Washington University), PhD Chinese history (University of Southern California).
Membership of professional associations
Association of Asian Studies; Australian Association of Asian Studies; Chinese Studies Association of Australia; Executive Editor, Asian Ethnicity; Member, La Trobe University Curriculum Renewal Taskforce, 2008.
Area of study
Dr Leibold has research expertise on the politics of ethnicity, race and national identity in modern Chinese history and society, and is currently engaged in research on ethnic policies and conflict in contemporary China with a particular focus on the Uyghur and Tibetan communities of Western China. He is the author and co-editor of four books and over twenty-five peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and a frequent contributor to the international media on these topics. He is the lead Chief Investigation on a Australia Reseach Council Discovery Project (DP180101651) on "Urbanising Western China: Nation-building on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier" with Associate Professor Benjamin Hillman (ANU), Dr Gerald Roche (University of Melbourne) and Associate Professor Yudru Tsomu (Sichuan University). Dr Leibold lecturers on the history and contemporary politics of modern China in the Politics, International Relations and Asian Studies programs at La Trobe.
Asian History- Please contact me to discuss a topic.
Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
- Ethnic policy, ethnic relations and ethnic conflict in Asia, and Australia-Asia relations
Language and Culture in Society- Please contact me to discuss a topic.
- AST1ICI - Introduction to Asia: China and India.
- POL2NAS - Nations and States.
- POL3CIW - China in the world: A re-emerging superpower?
- POL3INR - New Authoritarian Empires: Russia, China and the Politics of Eurasia
- POL1AUP - Introduction to Politics: Democracies and Dictatorships
- Leibold, J. and Chen Yangbin, eds. (2014). Minority Education in China: Balancing Unity and Diversity in an Era of Critical Pluralism (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press).
- Leibold, J. (2013). Ethnic Policy in the PRC: Where is China Heading? (Honolulu: East-West Center).
- Mullaney, Thomas, James Leibold, Stéphane Gros, and Eric Vanden Brussche, eds. (2012). Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China's Majority (Berkeley: University of California Press).
- Leibold, J. (2007). Reconfiguring Chinese Nationalism: How the Qing Frontier and its Indigenes Became Chinese. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Zenz, A and Leibold, J. (2017) "Chen Quanguo: The Strongman Behind Beijing's Securitization Strategy in Tibet and Xinjiang," China Brief, 17.12 (September 21).
- Zenz, A and Leibold, J. (2017) "Xinjiang's Rapidly Evolving Security State," China Brief 17.4 (March 14).
- Leibold, J. (2016) "The minzu net: China's fragmented national form," Nations and Nationalism 22.3 (June): 423-28.
- Leibold, J. (2016) "Creeping Islamophobia: China's Hui Muslims in the Firing Line," China Brief 16.10 (June 20).
- Leibold, J. and Timothy Grose (2016). "Veiling in Xinjiang: The Struggle to Define Uyghur Female Adornment," The China Journal 76: 1-25.
- Leibold, J. (2016) "Han cybernationalism and state territorialization in the PRC," China Information 30.1: 3-28.
- Leibold, J. (2015) "China tightens its security screws," East Asia Forum (December 22).
- Leibold, J. (2015) "China's Ethnic Policy under Xi Jinping," China Brief 15.20 (October 19).
- Leibold, J. (2015) "Performing Ethnocultural Identity on the Sinophone Internet: Testing the Limits of Minzu," Asian Ethnicity, 16.3 (June): 274-93.
- Leibold, J. (2015) "Carrot and Stick Tractics Fail to Calm China's Ethnic Antagonism," East Asian Forum Quarterly 7.1 (April): 6-8.
- Leibold, J. (2014) "Xinhai Remembered: From Han Racial Revolution to Great Revival of the Chinese Nation," Asian Ethnicity 15.1:1-20.
- Leibold, J (2014) "A Family Divided: The CCP's Central Ethnic Work Conference," China Brief 14.21 (November).
- Leibold, J (2014) "Xinjiang Work Forum Marks New Policy of 'Ethnic Mingling'," China Brief 14.12 (June).
- Leibold, J. (2012) “Towards a Second Generation of Ethnic Policy?” China Brief 12.3 (July).
- Leibold, J. (2011) “Blogging Alone: China, the Internet, and the Democratic Illusion? The Journal of Asian Studies 70.4: 1023-1041 (pdf version – copyright Cambridge University Press).
- Leibold, J. (2010) “More than a Category: Han Racial Nationalism on the Chinese Internet,” The China Quarterly 203 (September): 539-559 (pdf version - copyright Cambridge University Press).
- Leibold, J. (2010) “The Beijing Olympics and China’s Conflicted National Form,” The China Journal 63 (January): 1-24 (pdf version - copyright Contemporary China Centre Research School of Pacific & Asian Studies).
- Leibold, J. (2009) “Where are the ‘Han’?” Agora 44.3: 11-16.
- Leibold, J. (2006) 'Competing Narratives of Racial Unity in Republican China: From the Yellow Emperor to Peking Man', Modern China 32.2 (April): 181-220 (pdf version – copyright Sage Publications).
- Leibold, J. (2005) 'Un-mapping Republican China’s Tibetan Frontier: Politics, Militarism and Ethnicity along the Kham/Xikang Border', The Chinese Historical Review 12.2 (Fall): 191-227. (Preprint version or published version).
- Leibold, J. (2004) 'Positioning "minzu" within Sun Yat-sen’s Discourse of Minzuzhuyi', Journal of Asian History 38.1-2: 163-213. (published version).
- Leibold, J. (2018 forthcoming) "Chinese nationalism," in Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies, ed. Tim Wright. New York: Oxford University Press.
- Leibold, J. (2016) "Preferential policies for ethnic minorities in the People's Republic of China," in Handbook on Ethnic Minorities in China, ed. Zang Xiaowei, pp. 165-88 (London: Edward Elgar).
- Leibold, J. (2016) "Interethnic conflict in the PRC: Xinjiang and Tibet as Exceptions?" in Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet and Xinjiang: Unrest in China's West, eds. Ben Hillman and Gray Tuttle, pp. 223-250 (New York: Columbia University Press).
- Leibold, J. and Danielle Xiaodan Deng (2016) "Segregated Diversity: Uyghur Residential Patterns in Xinjiang, China," in Inside Xinjiang: Space, Place and Power in China's Muslim Far Northwest, eds Anna Hayes and Michael Clarke, pp 122-48 (London: Routledge).
- Leibold, J. and Chen Yangbin (2014) "Introduction: Minority Education in China: Balancing Unity and Diversity in an Era of Critical Pluralism," in Minority Education in China: Balancing Unity and Diversity in an Era of Critical Pluralism, eds. James Leibold and Chen Yangbin, pp. 1-24 (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press).
- Leibold, J. (2014) "Han Chinese Reactions to Preferential Minority Education in the PRC," in Minority Education in China: Balancing Unity and Diversity in an Era of Critical Pluralism, eds. James Leibold and Chen Yangbin, pp. 299-319 (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press).
- Leibold, J. (2012) “Searching for Han: Early Twentieth-Century Narratives of Chinese Origins and Development,” in Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China's Majority, eds. Thomas Mullaney, James Leibold, Stéphane Gros and Eric Vanden Bussche, pp 210-233 (Berkeley: University of California Press). (preprint pdf)
- Leibold, J. (2012) “'Filling in the Nation: The Spatial Trajectory of Prehistoric Archaeology in Twentieth-Century China,” in Transforming History: The Making of a Modern Academic Discipline in Twentieth Century China, eds. Brian Moloughney and Peter Zarrow, pp. 333-71 (Hong Kong: Chinese University Press). (preprint pdf)
- Leibold, J (2012) “Torikomare yuku henkyô” [Appropriating the Frontier], in Sôgô Kenkyû Shingai Kakumei [A Comprehensive Study: Xinhai Revolution], Shingai kakumei hyakushûnen kinen ronshû henshû iinkai, ed. (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten).
- Leibold, J. (2009) ‘Identification and Belonging’, Encyclopaedia of Modern China, volume 2 (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons): 281-3 (preprint pdf)
- Leibold, J. (2003) 'Rethinking Kuomintang National Minority Policy: The National Question and Regional Warlordism on the Early 20th Century Chinese Frontier'. In Cindy Yik-Yi Chu and Ricardo K.S. Mak (eds) China Reconstructs, Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, pp.103-24 (Preprint pdf or published version)
ESSAYS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
- Bisley, N and James Leibold (2017). "Time to lower the tempature in the China debate," Australian Financial Review, 1 December
- Leibold, J. (2017). "Party Time: It's about Values, Not Race," Vision Times, Special Issue: The Giant Awakes, October.
- Roche, G, Ben Hillman and James Leibold (2017) "Why Are So Many Tibetans Moving to Chinese Cities?" ChinaFile, 26 June.
- Leibold, J. (2017). "The Australia-China Relations Institute Doesn't Belong at UTS," The Conversation, 5 June.
- Leibold, J. and A. Zenz (2016) "Beijing's Eyes and Ears Grow Sharper in Xinjiang," Foreign Affairs, 23 December.
- Leibold, J. (2016) "Is China a Ticking Time Bomb of Ethnic Contradictions?," China Policy Instittue Analysis, 26 September.
- Leibold, J. (2016) "Ethnicity and the Chinese Internet: Escape from Reality?," China Policy Institute Blog, 19 May.
- Leibold, J. (2016) "China's minority report: When racial harmony means homogenization." Foreign Affairs, 23 March.
- Leibold, J. and T. Grose (2016) "Learning Party-speak: What the new textbook for dislocated minority students tell us about China." China Policy Institute Blog, 8 March.
- Leibold, J (2015) "How China Sees ISIS Is Not How It Sees 'Terrorism'," The National Interest, 7 December.
- Grose, T. and Leibold, J (2015) "Why China is Banning Islamic Veils and Why it Won't Work," ChinaFile and Foreign Policy, 4 February
- Leibold, J (2014) "Is China's 'Go West' Strategy Doomed?" The National Interest, 28 May.
- Leibold, J (2014) "The China Dream Runs into Ethnic Reality" Inside Story, 11 March.
- Leibold, J. (2013) "Tony Abbott's win attracts little interest among Beijingers. Does it matter? Probably not," Inside Story, 2 October, and Canberra Times, 7 October.
- Leibold, J. (2013) "China's first top-100 global brand?" Inside Story, 25 Aug.
- Leibold, J. (2013) "Surveillance Society." Inside Story, 4 July.
- Leibold, J. (2013) "China's Museum-Style Multiculturalism." Inside Story, 23 May
- Leibold, J. (2013) "The Impossible dream." Inside Story, 22 April
- Leibold, J. (2013) "Four Dishes, One Soup." Inside Story, 13 March
- Leibold, J. (2012) "When Will China Have Its First Minority President?" The Atlantic, 8 November
- Leibold, J. (2012) “Rethinking Ethnic Policy,” China Policy Brief, 11 April 2012.
- Leibold, J. (2012) “Can China Have a Melting Pot?” The Diplomat, 23 May.
- Leibold, J. (2012) “Digital Chinese Whispers: Death Threats and Rumors Inside China’s Online Marketplace of Ideas,” The China Beat, 17 January.
- Leibold, J. (2010) “Sheep in Wolves’ Clothing? The Book the Han Nationalist Love to Loath,” The China Beat, 7 January.
- Leibold, J. (2009) ‘The minzu shibboleth’, Chinese Studies Association of Australia (CSAA) Newsletter, 38 (July): 4-7. (published pdf)
- Leibold, J. (2009) ‘The Xinjiang Riots: Tried Paradigms, Fresh Tensions’, The China Beat, 14 July.
- Leibold, J. (2008). 'Whose Peoples’ Games? Ethnic Identity and the 2008 Beijing Olympics', The China Beat, 3 December.
- Leibold, J. (2008). 'Picking at the Wound: Nanjing 1937-8', Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 15 November.
- Leibold, J. (2008). ‘Duelling Dreams at the 2008 Beijing Olympics’, The China Beat
- Leibold, J. (2008). ‘Time to Douse the Flame’, newmatilda.com
- Leibold, J. (2005). 'The Australia-China FTA: What’s at Stake?' La Trobe Forum, 25 (Autumn): 20-21.
- Leibold, J. and Milner, A. (2004). 'Task Force Report: Positioning Australia in the Region and on the Global Map'. Report of the First Annual Future Summit, Sydney, pp.86-93.
- Leibold, J. (2001). 'Features Article: No Joy for the Out-of-luck Club', South China Morning Post, 21 April: 1-3.
- Leibold, J. (2000). 'Historical Spaces: Star Bright—Hong Kong’s Star Ferry', Face the East, 2: 56-8.
- Leibold, J. (1999). 'Historical Spaces: Sun Yat-sen’s Former French Concession Residence', Face the East, 1: 34-8.
- Leibold, J. (1999).'The Double Edged Sword of Chinese Nationalism: Reactions to the Bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade', La Trobe Forum (Spring): 21-22.
- Leibold, J. (2013). "Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking by Michael Keevak," The American Historical Review, 117.5: 1552-3.
- Leibold, J. (2013). "Sociology of ethnicity." Asian Ethnicity, 14.1: 132-35.
- Leibold, J. (2010). ‘Communist Multiculturalism: Ethnic Revival in Southwest China by Susan McCarthy’, The China Journal 64 (July).
- Leibold, J. (2008). ‘Failure and Chinese Nationalism’, H-Net Reviews.
- Leibold, J. (2006). 'Review of Historicizing Online Politics: Telegraphy, The Internet and Political Participation in China by Zhou Yongming', Asian Studies Review, 30.2 (July).
- Leibold, J. (2006). 'Review of China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949 by Peter Zarrow', The China Journal, 56 (June): 184-86.
- Leibold, J. (2006). 'Review of On the Margins of Tibet: Cultural Survival on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier by Åshild Kolås and Monika Thowsen', China Information, 20.2 (June): 331-333.
- Leibold, J. (2005). 'Review of Spymaster: Dai Li and the Chinese Secret Service by Fredrick Wakeman', New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, 7.1 (June): 168-71.
- Leibold, J. (1999). 'Chinese Archives: Review Article', Journal of Oriental Studies, 34.2.
- Expert Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC) on Discovery projects related to both modern Chinese history and contemporary politics, 2011
- Expert Assessor for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada in modern Chinese history, 2010
- Invited to review book manuscripts for Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, University of British Columbia Press, Palgrave Macmillian
- Invited to review article manuscript for The China Journal, Modern China, Twentieth Century China, The Journal of Asian Studies, etc.
- China book Review editor and then Regional Editor of Asian Studies Review
- La Trobe University Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, 2008.