Wang Hui is the founding Director of the Tsinghua Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences in Beijing and teaches at Tsinghua University as Distinguished Professor of Literature and History. Having earned a PhD in Chinese Literature from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1988, he went on to serve as the chief editor of Dushu Magazine, the most influential intellectual journal in China, from 1996 to 2007.
Since the early 1990s, Wang Hui has been invited to many universities around the world as both visiting professor and research fellow, including Harvard, Columbia, New York University, Stanford, Tokyo University, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and Bologna University. He would soon be considered one of the most critical scholars within the fields of intellectual history, social theory and modern literature, and a leading figure of the “Chinese New Left”. Charting the intellectual and political context of contemporary China, his extensive body of work remains deeply engaged with the history and repercussions of Chinese modernity in present times.
His books have been translated into several languages such as English, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, German, Slovenian, and Portuguese. 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-volume work, The Rise of Modern Chinese Thought (2004), is regarded as one of the most important contributions to modern Chinese scholarship over the past two decades. Wang Hui is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Luca Pacioli Prize, in 2013, jointly with Jürgen Habermas, and Anneliese Maier Research Award in 2018.