My disciplinary training is in Politics but my substantive interest is in China - a place where I have spent a lot of time travelling, studying, living, and talking to people about their lives and hopes. My main field of expertise is the politics of ethnic, national and religious identity. For my DPhil, which I completed at Merton College, University of Oxford in 2014, I examined political engagement and national identity amongst young, urban Protestants. Prior to coming to UCD, I was working at the Mercator Institute for China Studies in Berlin as Academic Visiting Fellow. I'm passionate about helping people understand China and its place in the world. At UCD, I aim to build teaching modules that will encourage students to engage with China in an academically rigorous way; and to think carefully about the ways in which culture and religion interact with politics. As part of UCD's globalisation strategy, I have also worked with colleagues in the School to develop courses aimed at helping newly arrived Chinese students to understand Europe, its culture, and the issues it faces. I occasionally tweet @82hou.
- BScUniversity of Bristol
- DPhilOxford University UK
- MPhilOxford University UK
- Prof Dip University Teaching & LearningUniversity College Dublin
- Chinese (Mandarin)Can read, write, speak and understand
- EnglishCan read, write, speak, understand and peer review