Dr Jonathan Benney

I’m a Lecturer in Chinese Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.

Before coming to Monash, I was a lecturer at Macquarie University; a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for U.S.-China Issues at the University of Oklahoma; a visiting researcher on the LOEWE Research Focus project ‘Extrajudicial and Judicial Conflict Resolution’ at the Goethe University Frankfurt; and a research fellow at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore.

Before starting my academic career, I studied and worked in Australia, China, and Taiwan. I received my PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2010.

My first book, Defending Rights in Contemporary China, was published by Routledge in 2013.

I study contentious politics and political communication in modern China, with particular emphasis on new media, aesthetics, activism, dispute resolution, the role of law and rights, and the history of ideas. I’m also increasingly interested in how Chinese culture and society are taught and learnt at secondary schools and universities.

I am the Honours Coordinator for the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics.

I welcome enquiries from students who are interested in doing postgraduate degrees under my supervision. I’m especially interested in supervising topics relating to my research interests, listed above, but if you have other ideas I’m happy to discuss them too. Please get in touch at any time!

Together with the Debaters Association of Victoria and the Monash Association of Debaters, I organise the yearly Monash Asian Studies Debating Competition for secondary schools.

For more information, please have a look at the papers and curriculum vitae on my Academia.edu website, or send me an email!