Principal Teaching Staff


Dr daniel R Hammond 

Lecturer in Chinese Politics and Society

Programme Director MSc East Asian Relations

Daniel has a long association with Edinburgh completing his undergraduate studies in History and Politics (2002) and subsequently successfully completing the Master of Chinese Studies (2005) program at the University. He then completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 2010. During his PhD research he spent time at Nankai University in Tianjin (2006) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing (2007). Before taking up his current position at Edinburgh he tutored and lectured at the University of Glasgow.

Dr Hammond's interests, at a general level, revolve around policy and the machinations of the policy process. He is interested in research which addresses the emergence, development and implementation of policy, the role of institutions and actors within this process, the impact of centre/ local relations and the theoretical contributions that this research can make. Although his research focuses on China, Dr Hammond actively seeks to engage with literature from the broader disciplines of area studies, comparative politics and policy studies.

Daniel is on the council of the British Association for Chinese Studies.

Dr chris perkins

Senior Lecturer in Japanese

Programme Director MSc Japanese Society and Culture

Dr Chris Perkins completed a joint honours degree in Japanese Language and Contemporary Society with Education Studies at Oxford Brookes University in 2004, with one year spent at Kitakyushu University as an exchange student. After this he worked as a teacher at four schools in Gifu for two years before returning to complete an MSc (distinction) in International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London in 2007, where he went on to complete his PhD. He joined the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in January 2011 and is now Senior Lecturer in Japanese.  He has published widely on Japanese media, memory and national identity, borders and borderwork, and pedagogy in East Asian studies. His current projects include the history of the Japanese student movement, Japan-Korea relations in popular culture, and the pre and postwar settlement movement in Japan.

Chris is on the council of the British Association for Japanese Studies.

Dr Christopher Rosenmeier

Director of the MSc Chinese Society and Culture and the MCS Chinese Studies

Dr Christopher Rosenmeier started working at Edinburgh University as a senior teaching fellow in 2009. He became a lecturer in 2013. He has a BA in Chinese with Mathematics (1998) and an MA in Chinese from the University of Copenhagen (2001). Between these degrees he did language studies at Ocean University in Qingdao. He completed his PhD in modern Chinese literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2006, doing fieldwork in Shanghai. He taught a number of courses while at SOAS and spent two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.  

Christopher Rosenmeier's research mainly focuses on the literature of the Republican period and the Shanghai modernist writers of the 1930s. Christopher is currently working on aspects of modernism in popular Chinese fiction from the 1940s. 

Dr Mark McLeister

Lecturer in Chinese

In 2008, Mark completed an MSc in Chinese Business/International Relations at The University of Sheffield. He completed his PhD in Chinese Studies in 2013. His PhD research was an ethnographic account of church-state interactions in contemporary China. Mark's teaching at the University of Edinburgh focuses on contemporary Chinese society, modern Chinese history, translation and research skills.  His principal research interests include the anthropology of Christianity, interactions between religion and the state in Chinese societies and issues affecting state-society relations in contemporary China. Within these broader fields he is interested in Protestant identities in Chinese society, and Chinese Pentecostalism in the Asian context.

Professor Joachim Gentz

Personal Chair of Chinese Philosophy and Religion

Head of the Department of Asian Studies

Prof. Dr. Joachim Gentz studied Sinology, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the FU Berlin, continued his studies as DAAD scholarship holder at Nanjing University from 1988–1990. After his MA thesis 1995 on "The Chunqiu exegesis of the first 17 chapters of the Chunqiu fanlu" he wrote his PhD as a member of the Graduate College "Religion and Normativity" on "The Chunqiu exegesis of the Gongyang zhuan from its beginnings to Dong Zhongshu" for which he received the "Ruprecht-Karls-Award" of Heidelberg University. During the time of dissertation writing he carried out research for two months in Beijing (1996) and for two months with a Monbusho scholarship at the Institute of Oriental Culture at Tokyo University (1997) and he taught as Guest Lecturer at the Institute for the History of China at the Ruhr University Bochum (1998). From 2009-2014 he was Reader in Chinese, Head of Chinese Studies and Research Officer of Asian Studies. Since 2014 he is Chair of Chinese Philosophy and Religion, since Aug 2015 he is Head of Asian Studies. His main fields of interest and research are Zhou and Early Han history and philosophy, text and commentary, Chinese religions, Chinese literary composition, Chinese histories of thought, theories of Cultural and Religious Studies especially theories on ritual, divination, sacred space and body conceptions.

Dr Youngmi Kim

Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies

Youngmi joined the Department of Asian Studies as a Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies in August 2017. Prior to this, Youngmi was an Associate Professor of international relations and public policy at Central European University, Budapest. At CEU she was the director of the Global E-School in Eurasia, a large multi-country online education program in Korean Studies, bringing together 24 universities in 18 countries in Europe and Asia, supported by the Korea Foundation. Youngmi also worked at the University of Edinburgh in 2007-2009 when she was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow and a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow in the School of Social and Political Science. She has also taught at University College Dublin and has held visiting positions at the University of Vienna (Austria) and the National Chengchi University in Taipei (Taiwan). During 2013-2016 she has also been involved in a large research and teaching capacity-building project in Myanmar, funded by the Open Society Foundations.

Youngmi’s main interests are in comparative politics, especially in the study of political parties and party systems, governability, inequality, online activism, global cities and urban policies, and comparative regionalism. Her current research explores the rise of polarization, inequality and political contention in South Korea, urban management and planning in Myanmar,  online political participation, activism and populism in Asia's democracies, and global cities.

Dr Xuelei Huang

Lecturer in Chinese Studies

Director of the Master of Chinese Studies and the MSc in Chinese Society and Culture

Huang Xuelei studied at Fudan University (BA) and Peking University (MA) in China, and received her PhD with summa cum laude from the University of Heidelberg in Germany. Before taking up her current position in Edinburgh she was a post-doctoral researcher at Academia Sinica in Taiwan, a research fellow at the Nantes Institute for Advanced Studies in France and the International Research Centre for Cultural Studies in Vienna (IFK). She was awarded the Ruprecht Karls Prize for her PhD dissertation, and received fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Gerda Henkel Foundation in Germany.

Huang Xuelei's recent book entitled Shanghai Filmmaking: Crossing Borders, Connecting to the Globe, 1922-1938 (Brill 2014, xvi+381 pp) examines early Chinese film culture and sheds new light on the power of popular cultural production in China’s modern transformation. Her current research project focuses on a social and cultural history of smell in modern China and explores the roles of sensory/olfactory experience in the shaping of modern social imaginaries.