Hui Qin 


Professor of History, Emeritus, at Tsinghua University


Qin Hui (秦晖) is a historian and public intellectual. He retired as Professor of History, Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, in 2017 and then served as a Visiting Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Qin’s primary field is economic history and peasant studies. Qin, who has written extensively on issues relating to social justice in China’s countryside, is currently focusing on China, globalization, and the “new Cold War.”

Qin’s recent research includes three broad topics: China, globalization and the “new Cold War”; China’s social economy during the Cultural Revolution; and rethinking the lessons of the May Fourth Movement—what he calls “the failure of the second wave of global democratization.”

Qin graduated with a Masters Degree from Lanzhou University in 1981. Before coming to Harvard this year, Qin was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo. Qin was a Visiting Fellow at the Fairbank Center in 2003.

Research interests: China’s rural economics and history, China and the “new Cold War”