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Associate Professor of History


  • Ph.D. History, Northeastern University, US, January 2008
  • M.A. Public Service Management (Social Security), The University of York, UK, 2000
  • M.A. Sociology, Wuhan University, China, 1996
  • B.A. Sociology, Wuhan University, China, 1990
  • Certificate in American Studies, Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center, 1994-1995

Professional Credentials

  • Research Associate, World History Center, University of Pittsburgh, summer 2013
  • Member, Guangdong Institute for Social Policy, China, 2013-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou (Canton), China, July 2012
  • Lee Hysan Visiting Scholar Scheme, Chinese University of Hong Kong, summer 2008
  • Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Seminar, Washington University in St. Louis, summer 2006
  • Teaching Fellowship, Northeastern University, 2001-2006
  • British Chevening Scholarship, 1999
  • Second-class Prize of Philosophy and Social Science of Guangdong Province, China, 1999
  • Guangdong Provincial-Level Outstanding Worker, China, 1998

Teaching Specialties

  • Modern China
  • East Asia
  • Global Approaches

Research Interests

  • “China’s Social Insurance in Global Historical Perspective,” Chinese Public Policy Review (April 2013), vol. 6, pp. 1-18. (in Chinese)
  •  “The Global Spread of Neo-liberalism and China’s Pension Reform since 1978,” Journal of World History (2012), vol. 23, no. 3, pp. 609-638.
  • “China, Social Insurance, and the Welfare State: a Global Historical Perspective,” World History Connected (2012), vol. 9, no. 1.  
  • “The Global Social Insurance Movement since the 1880s,” Journal of Global History (2010), vol. 5, issue 1, pp. 125-148.
  • Book Manuscript in Progress
    China’s Social Security in the Twentieth Century: A Global Historical Perspective.  To be published by   Brill Academic Press.  

Aiqun Hu

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2153
F: (870) 972-2880


Building: HSS
Room: 4018

Office Hours

Spring 2018: T 11:00a-5:00p and by appointment