Areas of Expertise
Timothy Cheek is a Professor with the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Department of History, Louis Cha Chair in Chinese Research, and a former Director of the Centre for Chinese Research at the Institute of Asian Research (IAR). He has been a professor at UBC since 2002, teaching in the IAR’s former Asian policy program and now in the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs (MPPGA) program. His research, teaching and translating focus on the recent history of China, especially the role of Chinese intellectuals in the twentieth century and the history of the Chinese Communist Party.
His books include The Chinese Communist Party: A Century in Ten Lives (2021) with Klaus Mühlhahn and Hans J. van de Ven, The Intellectual in Modern Chinese History (2015), Living with Reform: China Since 1989 (2006), Mao Zedong and China’s Revolutions (2002) and Propaganda and Culture in Mao’s China (1997).
- 20th century Chinese history
- the history of the Chinese Communist Party
- the role of intellectuals in public life in China
Contemporary Thought and Society in China. The ideas, debates, writings, and roles of intellectuals in contemporary China with a focus on “certified knowledge” and institutions of intellectual life. Most recent publication in this stream: The Intellectual in Modern Chinese History(Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Mao Zedong. Translating and editing Mao texts with Stuart Schram for vol. VIII of Mao Zedong’s Road to Power, being the complete works of Mao in English for 1942-1945. Published in July 2015.
Thinking about Chinese Thinking. An interdisciplinary project to coordinate the disciplines of history, social psychology, and political theory in the study of Sinophone discourse about public issues and ideologies, such as liberalism. Current SSHRC project on “Reading and Writing the Chinese Dream” focuses on public intellectuals in China today (co-directed with Joshua A. Fogel, York University, and David Ownby, University of Montreal).
The Cato Institute (Washington, DC) Online Public Policy Forum on Oct. 16, 2020, “China’s New Authoritarian Ideology”.
“The Party History Study and Education Campaign,” in Party Watch Annual Report 2021: Past as Prologue—Studying Party History for Xi’s New Era (Center for Advanced China Research, Washington, DC, 2022), 27-34.
“Make China Marxist Again,” with David Ownby, Dissent, 65:4 (Fall 2018), 71-77.
Courses taught 2016W
|Global Public Policy 508 Policy in Context||Policy in Context [P&E Foundations of Public Policy] provides students with critical thinking and tools drawn from liberal arts learning to provide a path towards inter-cultural communication skills, entrepreneurship, and effective community engagement in policy work. It provides students with analytical skills with which to reflect on and challenge assumptions built into policy contexts, to gather information, and work in cooperation with various stakeholders. We aim to produce policy entrepreneurs capable of cross disciplinary and cross cultural dialogue, who can make use of contingency and reflexivity in addressing real-world policy issues.|
|History 270A (101) China in the World||This course places the long and complex Chinese experiences in the wider context of world and global history. Its goals are two-folds: to encourage students to identify and explore the multiple and intricate connections “China” has forged throughout its history, and to help students build on their skills of reading, thinking, and writing critically about the past. Open to all interested students. This course will also introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history. HIST 270 will introduce students to the methods of historical practice, including primary-source analysis, historical writing, library and research skills, and public history.|
|History 586D (101) Topics in Intellectual History||Topics in Intellectual History: Mao and Memory|
Teaching and Supervision
GPP 508: Philosophical and Ethical Foundations for Public Policy
HIST 270A: China in the World
HIST 490Q: REVOLUTION! Twentieth Century Political and Social Revolutions
HIST 558: Intellectuals and Public Life in Eastern Asia (not offered 2014-15)
HIST 563: Methodology and Sources in Chinese History (not offered 2014-15)
IAR 515R Policy in Context
Graduate Reading Courses on various topics in modern Chinese history (by arrangement)
Check this year’s course schedule for currently offered courses.