Dr. Jonathan Sullivan is the associate professor at the school of contemporary Chinese studies in the university of Nottingham. He was formerly RCUK Fellow and Assistant Professor in China, Globalization and Civil Society at the University of Nottingham, where he also received his PhD. Initially trained in Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds, he has spent a decade living and working in East Asia (including a 5 year stint in Taiwan) and speaks fluent Chinese. He is a Senior Fellow at the China Policy Institute, a think tank based at the University of Nottingham.
Dr. Sullivan’s research focuses on diverse aspects of political communications in China, Taiwan and other East Asian contexts. Prior work has looked at campaign advertising and presidential rhetoric in Taiwan, representatives’ use of blogging and Twitter in Taiwan, Korea and Russia, and political uses of the internet in China. A further major research strand is on the fields of China and Taiwan Studies, where he has published on teaching, external engagement and publishing in both fields. His research has been published in The China Quarterly, China Journal, Journal of Contemporary China among other outlets. Dr. Sullivan edited the highly successful ‘Taiwan 2012’ blog, which provided academic analysis of the 2012 joint elections in Taiwan. His research homepage jonlsullivan.com provides free access to all of his published and working papers. Follow Dr. Sullivan on Twitter @jonlsulivan.
Dr Sullivan is currently editing a volume on political uses and effects of new and social media in China, completing a book on political communications in Taiwan and a collection on teaching in the field of Chinese politics. With collaborators at the Universities of Nottingham, Maastricht and Mannheim respectively, he is working on papers about Ai Wei-Wei, cross-regional attitudes towards democracy in China, analysis of Ma Ying-Jeou’s presidential discourse, Russian Governors’ use of Twitter, and academic blogging.