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 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 John Jorgensen is an internationally renowned specialist in Chinese, Japanese and Korean Chan Buddhism. He is an Honorary Associate of the China Studies Research Centre.

Dr Peter Wong Yih Jiun 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 PhD from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His main research interests are the religiousness of pre-Qin Confucianism and philosophy of religion.

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 Administrative Coordinator 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.