Michel Hockx

Director, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies; Professor of Chinese Literature

Michel Hockx

2150A Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-4409

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Michel Hockx

Director, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies; Professor of Chinese Literature


Modern Chinese literature and language; print culture; Internet culture; censorship and cultural policy; digital humanities; poetry and poetics

At the Keough School

Michel Hockx is director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. As director of one of the nine international academic units within the Keough School, he is a member of the Keough School’s Leadership Council.



In addition to his administrative role at the Keough School, Hockx is professor of Chinese Literature in Notre Dame’s Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. Hockx previously served as professor of Chinese and director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London, where he oversaw a community of 50 China scholars in a dozen disciplinary departments.

Hockx studied Chinese language and literature at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he earned his PhD at Liaoning and Peking universities in China. In addition to his scholarly work he has also been active as a translator of modern Chinese literature into his native Dutch.

Professional Roles/Positions

Research and Publications

Hockx has published widely, both in English and in Chinese, on topics related to modern Chinese poetry and literary culture, especially early 20th-century Chinese magazine literature and print culture and contemporary Internet literature. His latest book, Internet Literature in China, was listed by Choice magazine as one of the “Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles of 2015.” His ongoing research focuses on the effects of moral censorship on the preservation and digitization of modern Chinese cultural products.