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Dr Felix Boecking


Senior Lecturer; Modern Chinese Economic and Political History


Contact information
Address: Room 00M.10, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3844
Affiliated research centres
Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History

I was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (PhD, Oriental Studies (Modern Chinese Economic History), 2008) and Oxford (BA, Oriental Studies (Chinese), 2003).  I also hold a Certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese-American Studies, and have studied abroad at Beijing University and Beijing Languages University (formerly Beijing Language and Culture University). Before coming to Edinburgh in September 2008, I served as a temporary lecturer in Modern East Asian History at Newcastle University from January until June 2008. During the academic year 2010/2011, I was on leave while holding an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University and serving as a Visiting Lecturer in the Harvard University History Department. I was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) in September 2017, and as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (FRAS) in January 2018.

I welcome supervision enquiries from prospective postgraduate students intending to work on most topics in the economic and political history of twentieth-century China. Please note that I would always encourage you to contact me directly before you submit a formal application.

External appointments

Vice-Chairman, Universities' China Committee in London, 2014-2016

Useful Links

Research in a Nutshell video

Hoover Institution press release about presentation at Hoover's August 2016 workshop on Modern China