Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Associate Professor

Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, International Relations

Research and Teaching Interests: Comparative history of Asia and Europe, state formation and state-society relations, contentious politics and resistance movements, transformation of world politics, political culture, Asian and Confucian values, Chinese politics

Office Hours: Mondays 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Wednesdays 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., and by appointment

2168 Jenkins Nanovic Halls



Faculty Fellow, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies
Faculty Fellow, The Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Faculty Fellow, The Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Civil and Human Rights

Hui’s research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” in history. She is the author of War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2005), which won the 2006 Jervis-Schroeder Award from the American Political Science Association (for the best book on international history and politics) and the 2005 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award from the Ohio State University's Mershon Center for International Security Studies (for an author whose first book makes an exceptional contribution to the study of national and international security). A coauthored article “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” was awarded the best article in the European Journal of International Relations for the years 2007-09. She has also published “Toward a Dynamic Theory of International Politics” in International Organization, “The Emergence and Demise of Nascent Constitutional Rights” in The Journal of Political Philosophy, “Building Castles in the Sand” in the Chinese Journal of International Politics, “History and Thought in China’s Traditions” in the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and book chapters “How Tilly’s Warfare Paradigm Is Revolutionizing the Study of Chinese State-Making,” “The China Dream: Revival of What Historical Greatness?”, “Confucian Pacifism or Confucian Confusion?”, “Historical East Asian International Order: Confucian Peace or Liberal Peace,” “The Triumph of Domination in the Ancient Chinese System” and “Problematizing Sovereignty.” In addition to publishing in English, Hui has also extensively published in leading Chinese venues, including articles in World Economics and Politics and International Political Science, and a book with the Shanghai People's Publishing House.

As a native from Hong Kong, Hui also analyzes Hong Kong politics. She testified at Congress, has maintained a blog “The Umbrella Movement and Beyond,” and has published an article “Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: The Protest and Beyond” in the Journal of Democracy.