Prof Louise Edwards

Senior Advisor of Asialink

Louise Edwards is Emeritus Professor of Chinese History at UNSW’s School of Humanities and Languages. Between 2016-2018 she served as President of the Asian Studies Association of Australia and Editor in Chief of the Association’s ‘Women in Asia’ book series. She has also served on the Chinese Studies Association of Australia Council and was Convenor of the ARC’s Asia Pacific Futures Research Network. She is an elected Fellow of 3 learned academies: Academy of Humanities in Australia, the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and the Hong Kong Academy of Humanities. She is also Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the University of Technology of Sydney’s Australia-China Research Institute.

Louise publishes on women and gender in China from a cultural and political historical perspective. Her most recent sole-authored books include Citizens of Beauty: Drawing Democratic Dreams in Republican China (Seattle: Washington University Press, 2020), Women, Politics and Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in China (Stanford University Press 2008) and Women Warriors and Wartime Spies of China (Cambridge University Press 2016).