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Shiping Hua, Ph.D.

Shiping Hua, Ph.D.


  • Calvin and Helen Lang Distinguished Chair in Asian Studies
  • Director, Asian Studies Program
  • Professor, Political Science



  • fourth Floor, Room 423
  • Stevenson Hall, Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-3305

Email Address




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Dr. Shiping Hua came to the United States from China to study political science in 1988. Before coming to the University of Louisville in 2003, he taught at Eckerd College in Florida for seven years.  He is married to Jia Qin and has three children: Helen, James and Eric.

Selected Publications

  • “Chinese Utopianism: A Comparative Study of Reformist Thought with Japan and Russia (1898-1997), (Stanford University Press and Wilson Center Press, 2009.).
  • “Islam and Democratization in Asia,” ed. (Cambria Press, 2009)
  • “China in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Opportunities,” co-edited book with Sujian Guo (Palgrave McMillan 2007)
  • “Reflecting on the Triangular Relations of Beijing-Taipei-Washington since 1995: Status Quo at the Taiwan Straits?” ( Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006).
  • “Political Civilization and Modernization in China, co-edited with Yang Zhang, (World Scientific, 2006.)

Educational Background

  • B.A. in English Literature from Tianjin Foreign Languages Institute (1982)
  • M.A. in journalism from Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1986)
  • Ph.D in political science from the University of Hawaii (1993)

Teaching Areas

  • Dr. Hua teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Louisville that include: “Clash of Civilizations,” “Japan, China and the United States,” “Comparative Politics,” “East Asian Politics,” “Introduction to Asian Studies,” “The Pacific Century,”“The People’s Republic of China,”and “Introduction to Asian Politics.”

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • International History and Politics

Professional Activities

  • General editor of two book series: “Asia in the New Millennium,” with University Press of Kentucky published annually in English: and “Contemporary World’s Classics: Political Science Series (translations),” with Renmin University of China Press published annually in Chinese.
  • He is Guest Professor with China’s Peking University, Renmin University of China, and Nankai University.
  • He had served as the President of the Association of Chinese Political Studies Association (2004-2006) and Council Chairman of the United Societies of China Studies (2006-2009). Both were based in the United States.

Honors & Awards

  • Asian Policy Studies Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars-George Washington University, 2004-2005 ($57,000).
  • Visiting Fellow, School of International Studies, Peking University, 2010 ($15,000).
  • East West Center Scholarship 1990-1994: ($18,000 annual, plus tuition waiver).
  • Yearbook of Chinese Political Science, published by Peking University 2002.
  • President’s Year Book, Eckerd College, 2001.
  • President’s Year Book, Eckerd College, 2002.
  • “15 People to Watch,” 2006, Louisville Magazine.
  • “Distinguished Service and Leadership Award,” Association of Chinese Political Studies (2006)

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • Association of Chinese Professors in Social Sciences
  • United Societies of China Studies
  • Crane House
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