Principal Teaching Staff


Dr daniel R Hammond 

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

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.  He has published widely on Japanese media, memory and national identity, borders and borderwork, and pedagogy in East Asian studies.

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.

Dr Lauren Richardson

Teaching Fellow in Japanese-Korean Relations and Politics

Lauren joined the Department of Asian Studies in 2015. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Asian Studies from Monash University (Australia), and a master’s degree in Political Science from Keio University (Japan). She undertook her doctoral research at the Australian National University, which entailed one year of fieldwork in each of Korea and Japan.  She has been a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs and Keio University and has participated in a number of security and strategic dialogues in the Asia Pacific. She has taught and convened courses on international relations and academic writing at Keio University, and Japanese politics at the Australian National University.

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.

Affiliate Staff


Professor Urs Matthias Zachmann

Chair of Modern Japanese History and Literature, Freie Universität Berlin

Professor Urs Matthias Zachmann received his MA (2000) and PhD (2006) in Japanese Studies from the University of Heidelberg. In 2010, he completed his Habilitation in Japanese Studies at the University of Munich. For his theses, he conducted extensive research at Waseda University, Harvard University, the University of Tokyo and Seikei University. He is also qualified as a lawyer in Germany (first and second legal state exam, 1998 and 2002).  In 2006, Zachmann became Assistant Professor at the Japan Center of Munich University, followed by an appointment in October 2010 as Acting Full Professor at the Institute of Japanese Studies of Heidelberg University. He assumed his position as Handa Chair of Japanese-Chinese Relations in October 2011.

His research focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of modern Japan within the context of East Asian international relations. He is particularly interested in the transfer of political ideas and cultural institutions, their strategic re-interpretation in discourses of modernization and subjectivity and the practical consequences this has in the foreign relations of Japan, especially with China and Korea.

Dr. Senia Febrica

Researcher at the American Studies Center, Universitas Indonesia, and a Gerda Henkel Stiftung Post-Doctoral scholar.  

Senia also teaches at the Universitas Indonesia, an associate principal at the Adyatmika Sakti Nusantara, and the Director of Maritime Affairs Programme at the Indonesian Institute of Advanced International Studies, Jakarta. She was a visiting fellow at the Scottish Centre for International Law, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the International Master Program in International Studies, National Chengchi University, Taiwan. She received her PhD from the University of Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. Febrica holds a MSc in International Politics from the University of Glasgow. She graduated with distinction in 2008 and was awarded the John Peterson Prize for the best dissertation and overall performance during her Master. She has taught at the Universitas Indonesia (Indonesia), and the University of Glasgow (United Kingdom).  Febrica was a Taiwan Fellowship recipient, a United Nations-the Nippon Foundation of Japan research fellow, and a Haruhisa Handa-Worldwide Support for Development non residential fellow. Her past and current research is characterised by the themes of international security and maritime cooperation. She has published in peer-reviewed journals including Asian Survey, Perspectives on Terrorism and Asian Politics and Policy and edited volumes published by university press and reputable academic publishers.