Dr. M.K. (Ming-kin) Chu

  • Researcher
  • Middle-period China

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: m.k.chu@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS China

Fields of interest

  • Political, educational, institutional, social and cultural history in Middle-period China (Five Dynasties, Song and Yuan)
  • Chinese historiography


Ming-kin is a research associate with “China and the Historical Sociology of Empire”, conducting original research on the dynamics of elite networks in middle period China through an examination of epistolary writings. Focusing on the letters written by students at the Imperial University (Taixue) during the Northern-Southern Song transition, his major research project investigates how students’ network influenced their political attitude and behaviour. In addition, through examining the letters written by Chinese literati elites in 13th century North China during the Jin-Yuan transition, his second project evaluates the impact of the Chinese elite network on the governance and maintenance of the Mongol empire.

Curriculum vitae

Ming-kin was educated at City University of Hong Kong (Bachelor of Social Sciences in Policy Studies and Administration, 2005) and The University of Hong Kong (Master of Arts in Chinese Historical Studies, 2007). He completed his doctoral research at Lingnan University, Hong Kong in 2012. His doctoral thesis examines the Imperial University (Taixue) in the Northern Song (960-1127), with a particular focus on the interaction between politics and education.

Key publications

“The Case of Su Jia in the Northern Song Dynasty” (Article in Chinese, titled 北宋太學蘇嘉案考釋), Journal of Chinese Studies, No.56 (Jan. 2013), pp.143-168.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015