Hui Wang is the founding Director of the Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences (TIAS).
He teaches at Tsinghua University as Distinguished Professor of Literature and History. As one of the esteemed scholars in fields of intellectual history, social theory and modern literature. Hui Wang’s work has attempted to chart the intellectual and political conditions of contemporary China and has remained committed to the project of deep engagement with both the history and the consequences of Chinese modernity.
Hui Wang graduated with a PhD degree in Chinese literature from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1988. In 1996-2007, he served as the chief editor of Dushu Magazine (《读书》杂志), the most influential intellectual journal in China. Since the early 1990s, he has been invited to many universities around the world as visiting professor or research fellow, including Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Stanford, Tokyo University, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Bologna University and Gottingen University. He has published extensively on Chinese intellectual history, literature, and engaged in debates on historical and contemporary issues. His books have been translated into English, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, German, Slovenian, Portuguese, etc. The English language translations include China’s Twentieth Century (2015), China From Empire to Nation-State (2014), The Politics of Imagining Asia (2010), The End of Revolution (2009) and China’s New Order (2003). His four-volumes work The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought in Chinese (2004) is regarded as one of the most important contributions to modern Chinese scholarship over the past two decades. Hui Wang is the recipient of numerous awards such as “2013 Luca Pacioli Prize” which he shared with Jürgen Habermas in Italy and “Anneliese Maier Research Award” (2018) in Germany.