The Asia Institute welcomes Professor John M. Minford and Professor Andrew Rosser

The Asia Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of two new professorial positions. John M. Minford joins us as coordinator of Translation Studies (Chinese) and Andrew Rosser as Professor, South East Asian Studies.

The Asia Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of two new professorial positions. John M. Minford joins us as coordinator of Translation Studies (Chinese) and Andrew Rosser as Professor, South East Asian Studies.

John Minford studied Chinese at the University of Oxford and obtained his PhD in Chinese Literature at The Australian National University. He has held academic positions at universities in China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Taiwan and most recently as Professor of Chinese, and Head of the China and Korea Centre in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University. He acts as an official adviser and reader to a number of international journals and sits on the editorial board of Renditions (Hong Kong), Chinese Pen (Taipei) and Persimonn (USA). John was instrumental in establishing the New Zealand-China Educational Foundation and the first New Zealand Korean Studies programme. He has supervised and examined PhD, MPhil, MA and Honours theses on Chinese literature and culture as well as studies on the translation into Chinese of Anglophone literature.

John is an internationally regarded scholar of Chinese Literature with a special interest in the theory and practice of translation. As well as publishing widely in the field of Chinese Literature and Translation Studies, John is himself a highly respected translator of Chinese literature, having translated or co-translated into English over 50 works of Chinese poetry and prose including Chinese classics such as The Story of the Stone and The Art of War.

John has been successful in obtaining competitive grants having consistently received University, ARC and other government funding over the last three decades. Most recently he received a major grant from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council to publish a series of six translated books from Hong Kong authors.

Andrew Rosser is a political economist working on development issues in Southeast Asia, with a special interest in Indonesia and Timor Leste.

Andrew received his B.Ec; B.Com (Hons) and BA (Hons) in Asian Studies from the University of Adelaide and was awarded his PhD from Murdoch University. He has held academic positions at the Institute of Development Studies (Sussex), the University of Sydney and Murdoch University and most recently at the University of Adelaide where he was Associate Professor, Development Studies and Director, Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre.

Andrew is a sought-after expert who has worked on a number of local and international initiatives. He has consulted on development projects with high profile organisations including: the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Oxfam, UNRISD, UNDP, and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Andrew has supervised and examined PhD, Masters and Honours students undertaking research in Development Studies. He has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on aspects of Development Studies and development policy and practice, as well as courses in Asian Studies, Politics and International Studies.  Andrew is the current recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to support a research project on law, politics and socio-economic rights in Indonesia. He has a strong record of published work in leading journals in Politics, International Studies, Development Studies, and Asian Studies.

John and Andrew are passionate researchers and educators who bring a significant wealth of experience and expertise to the Asia Institute. We warmly welcome them both.