University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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Dr. Joseph Benjamin Askew

Assistant Professor in Modern History, School of International Studies


Personal details


Room 423, Trent Building

199 Taikang East Road

Ningbo 315100


0086 574 8818 0987

0086 574 8818 0125


BSc (Ma) Hons (Adelaide), GradDip (Chinese Studies, Adelaide), MA (Asian Studies, Monash), PhD (Adelaide)

Expertise Summary

I have been with The University of Nottingham Ningbo, China since 2007. From 2004 to 2007 I was a Departmental Lecturer in Chinese History at the University of Oxford.

My research mainly concerns China’s foreign relations. Initially this focused on the study of murder cases in China that involved a foreigner as either murderer or victim. Since I started my Doctoral degree my research has expanded into the study of other types of foreign relations in China, specifically relations with various nomadic groups to China’s north during the Ming and the Northern Wei Dynasties. My Doctoral thesis was on the relations between China, Britain, America and India over the issue of Tibet from 1911 to 1959. 

Teaching and learning



• China and the World

• Asia and the West

• The Origins of Capitalism


• Chinese Foreign Policy

• MA/MSc Supervision



Recent publications

Journal Articles:

 "Returning to New Territory: The Terranova Incident Re-examined". Asian Studies Review. December 2004. Volume 28. pp. 351-371.

Book Chapters:

“Murder in China". Chapter in a forthcoming book by Professor Richard Pennell from the Department of History at the University of Melbourne. (forthcoming) 

Recent papers at Conferences, Workshops & Seminars

"Discovering New Territory: The Terranova incident re-examined" at the Chinese Literature Conference held by the Division of Pacific and Asian History at the Australian National University.

"Another Look at Murder in China" at the "Mass Historia", National Post-Graduate Conference hosted by the University of Melbourne 

"Murder in China" at the Workshop on Law, Identity and Code Switching at the University of Melbourne.

"War, Extortion and Kidnapping Across the Great Wall: The Career of Altan Khan Re-examined" at the Chinese Studies Association of Australia Conference hosted by the University of New South Wales.

“Road Building in Tibet: A new look at the 1943 border issue” at the Imperial and Commonwealth History Seminar in University College London.

“Murder, Torture and Orientalism in Canton” to the Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Oxford

China History Matters panel at the Royal Historical Society, University College London.