Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Victoria Tin-bor Hui

Associate Professor

Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, International Relations

Research and Teaching Interests: State formation, historical IR, Confucianism, contentious politics, China, Hong Kong

Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 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

Victoria Tin-bor Hui received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and her B.SSc. in Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Hui’s core research examines the centrality of war in the formation and transformation of “China” in the long span of history. She is the author of War and State Formation in Ancient China and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2005). She has also published “Toward a Dynamic Theory of International Politics” (International Organization), “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” (European Journal of International Relations), “The Emergence and Demise of Nascent Constitutional Rights” (The Journal of Political Philosophy), “Building Castles in the Sand” (Chinese Journal of International Politics), “History and Thought in China’s Traditions” (Journal of Chinese Political Science), and book chapters “How Tilly’s Warfare Paradigm Is Revolutionizing the Study of Chinese State-Making” (Cambridge), “Cultural Diversity and Coercive Cultural Homogenization in Chinese History” (Cambridge), “Genocide, Extermination and Mass Killing in Chinese History” (Cambridge), “Civilizations, Religions, Peaceful and Violent Change in Asia” (Oxford), “Evolution of Confucianism: Construction of Confucian Pacifism and Confucian Autocracy in Chinese History” (Springer), “Does Pre-Modern Asia Challenge Eurocentric IR Theory?” (Routledge), “Confucian Pacifism or Confucian Confusion?” (Sage), “Confucianism and Peacemaking in Chinese History” (Praeger), “Citizenship Rights in Ancient China” (Edinburgh), “The China Dream: Revival of What Historical Greatness?” (World Scientific), “The Triumph of Domination in the Ancient Chinese System” (Palgrave) and “Problematizing Sovereignty” (Sharpe).

Hui also studies contentious politics. As a native from Hong Kong, she has written "Hong Kong's New Police State" (The Diplomat), “Crackdown: Hong Kong Faces Tiananmen 2.0” (Journal of Democracy), “Beijing’s Hard and Soft Repression in Hong Kong” (Orbis: FPRI’s Journal of World Affairs), “Will China Crush the Protests in Hong Kong? Why Beijing Doesn’t Need to Send in the Troops” (Foreign Affairs), “Today’s Macau, Tomorrow’s Hong Kong”? What Future for “One Country, Two Systems”? (Italian Institute for Political Studies), “Beijing’s All-Out Crackdown on the Anti-Extradition Protests in Hong Kong” (China Leadership Monitor), “Why American Progressives Should Support Hongkongers” (Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture) and “Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: The Protest and Beyond” (Journal of Democracy). She collaborates with Maggie Shum on a survey project “Hong Kong Voices in American Politics.” She also maintains a blog on Hong Kong She has testified on Hong Kong at Congress and has extensively commented on Hong Kong politics in the media including the New York Times, the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage, the BBC, Bloomberg, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Christian Science Monitor, the LA Times, Time, Vox, RFA, VOA, CSIS, Politico, Sky News, Euronews, France24, Le Monde, AFP, Canadian TV, the Globe and Mail, Al Jazeera, NPR, PBS, ABC, CNBC, The Diplomat, ChinaFile, Leading Britain’s Conversation, Think Tech Hawaii, the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Ming Pao (Hong Kong), Crusoé (Brazil), Negócios (Brazil), El Tiempo (Colombia), La Tercera (Chile) and Pravda (Slovakia).