Director, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
Professor, Chinese Literature and Culture
Areas of Expertise
The Internet and Internet culture in China, modern Chinese language and culture, censorship in China
Hockx is director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs. Hockx previously served as professor of Chinese and director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London, where he oversaw a community of 50 China scholars in a dozen disciplinary departments. He has published widely, both in English and in Chinese, on topics related to modern Chinese poetry and literary culture, especially early 20th-century Chinese magazine literature and print culture and contemporary Internet literature. His latest book, “Internet Literature in China,” was listed by Choice magazine as one of the “Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles of 2015.” His ongoing research focuses on the effects of moral censorship on the preservation and digitization of modern Chinese cultural products. Hockx studied Chinese language and literature at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he earned his Ph.D., and at Liaoning and Peking universities in China. In addition to his scholarly work, he has been active as a translator of modern Chinese literature into his native Dutch.