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Ben Hillman

Associate Professor

Director, Australian Centre on China in the World


PhD in Politics and International Relations (ANU) BA Hons. Asian and International Studies (Griffith) BA Political Science and Asian Studies (Murdoch)

Contact details

Phone: +61 2 6125 0441

Room: 223 China in the World Building (188)

Ben Hillman is s Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World and Editor of The China Journal, which is published by University of Chicago Press, and is currently the world’s number-one ranked scholarly journal on China. Ben’s research examines political development, public policy and public administration in China.

Ben is author or editor of eight books, including a monograph on local politics in China Patronage and Power published by Stanford University Press (2014), an edited volume on Ethnic Protest and Conflict in Tibet and Xinjiang published by Columbia University Press (2016), and China Dreams published by ANU Press (2020). His most recent book projects are Political and Social Control in China (with Chien-wen Kou, ANU Press 2024), China’s New Era (with Annie Ren, ANU Press 2024) and a new book on the Communist Party of China, which is currently under review.

Recent publications

Current projects

  • The Communist Party of China - Understanding the World’s most powerful political organization (book project)
  • The Consolidation of authoritarian rule in China (book project)

Other professional activities and associations

  • Editor, The China Journal
  • Editor, East Asia Forum
  • Assessor, Australian Research Council
  • Assessor, Indonesia Science Fund
  • Executive Committee Member, Australian Centre on China in the World
  • Editorial Board Member, The China Journal
  • Academic Referee, American Journal of Political Science, Review of International Political Economy, Policy and Society, *The China Journal, China Quarterly, Asian Studies Review, East Asian History, Journal of Asian Studies, Harvard University Press, University of Washington Press
  • Member, American Political Science Association
  • Member, International Political Science Association

Research interests

  • Chinese politics and public policy
  • Policies and mechanisms for political inclusion
  • Informal institutions in politics and public policy making
  • Ethnic politics and ethnic conflict
  • Governing diversity in multi-ethnic states
  • Political change in Asia
  • Democracy and democratisation


Ben convenes the China in-country study program ASIA2220 Chinese Language and Rural China Study Tour, and supervises PhD students working on Chinese politics and public policy, ethnic policies, the governance of diversity, political institutions, political economy, patronage and corruption, and minority rights.

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