Hildebrandt, Timothy

Dr Timothy Hildebrandt  


Position held

Assistant Professor


Experience keywords:

HIV/AIDS; LGBT; NGOs; activism; civil society; development; environment; politics of China; social entrepreneurship; survey research

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Dr Hildebrandt's research focuses on NGO development in authoritarian polities, the links between activism and social entrepreneurship and the political economy of social exclusion. He also researches emerging LGBT rights and activism in the non-Western world, and the changing state–society relationship in China.

Dr Hildebrandt is the author of Social Organizations and the Authoritarian State in China and his research has appeared in numerous journals including The China Quarterly; Journal of Contemporary China; Review of International Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis.

Previously he was Lecturer in Chinese Politics at King's College London (KCL), taught in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California (USC) and was a fellow in the US–China Institute at USC, as well as the Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville. He completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Consultancy; Environment; Law; Policy and Regulatory Bodies; Public Administration

Countries and regions to which research relates:

China; East Asia; Southeast Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa; United States


Mandarin [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7344



Bode, Leticia and Hildebrandt, Timothy (2018) The next Trans-Atlantic frontier: examining the impact of language choice on support for transgender policies in the United Kingdom and the United States Atlantic Journal of Communication, 26 (4). 240-250. ISSN 1545-6870

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2018) The one-child policy, eldercare, and LGB Chinese: A social policy explanation for family pressure. Journal of Homosexuality. ISSN 0091-8369


Hildebrandt, Timothy and Chua, Lynette J. (2017) Negotiating in/visibility: the political economy of lesbian activism and rights advocacy Development and Change, 48 (4). 639-662. ISSN 0012-155X


Hildebrandt, Timothy (2016) Book review: "the hidden public health costs of doing business in China" Occupational Hazards: Sex, Business, and HIV in Post-Mao China by Elanah Uretsky The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 16 (12). 1341-1341. ISSN 1473-3099

Hsu, Jennifer and Hildebrandt, Timothy and Hasmath, Reza (2016) 'Going out' or staying in? The expansion of Chinese NGOs in Africa Development Policy Review, 34 (3). 423-429. ISSN 0950-6764


Hildebrandt, Timothy (2015) From NGO to enterprise: the political economy of activist adaptation in China In: Hasmath, Reza and Hsu, Jennifer, (eds.) NGO Governance and Management in China. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 121-136. ISBN 9781138909977

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2015) Book review: civil society under authoritarianism: the China model. Jessica C. Teets. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge university press, 2014 xii + 239 pp. $85.00 ISBN 978-1-107-03875-2 China Quarterly, 221. 245-246. ISSN 0305-7410

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2015) End of China's one-child policy will ease pressure on gays and lesbians to bear children South China Morning Post (1 Nov 2015) Website

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2015) Book review: communication, public opinion, and globalization in urban China. Routledge studies in rhetoric and communication, 18 by Francis L.F. Lee, Chin-Chuan Lee, Mike Z. Yao, Tsan-Kuo Chang, Fen Jennifer Lin, and Chris Fei Shen. New York; London: Rout Pacific Affairs, 88 (1). 174-176. ISSN 0030-851X

Chua, Lynette J. and Hildebrandt, Timothy (2014) From health crisis to rights advocacy? HIV/AIDS and gay activism in China and Singapore Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 25 (6). 1583-1605. ISSN 0957-8765


Hildebrandt, Timothy and Hillebrecht, Courtney and Pevehouse, Jon (2013) Sorry, Syria: in US, humanitarian intervention is just 'politics as usual' CNN.Com (14 May 2013) opinion

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2013) Social organizations and the authoritarian state in China Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 9781107021310

Hildebrandt, Timothy and Hillebrecht, Courtney and Holm, Peter M. and Pevehouse, Jon (2013) The domestic politics of humanitarian intervention: public opinion, partisanship, and ideology Foreign Policy Analysis, 9 (3). 246-266. ISSN 1743-8586


van den Hoek, Jamon and Baumgartner, Jill and Doucet-Beer, Elena and Hildebrandt, Timothy and Robinson, Brian E. and Zinda, John Aloysius (2012) Understanding the challenges and rewards of social-ecological research in China Society and Natural Resources, 25 (12). 1324-1329. ISSN 0894-1920

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2012) Development and division: the effect of transnational linkages and local politics on LGBT activism in China Journal of Contemporary China, 21 (77). 845-862. ISSN 1067-0564


Hildebrandt, Timothy (2011) The political economy of social organization registration in China China Quarterly, 208. 970-989. ISSN 0305-7410

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2011) Same-sex marriage in China? The strategic promulgation of a progressive policy and its impact on LGBT activism Review of International Studies, 37 (3). 1313-1333. ISSN 0260-2105


Hildebrandt, Timothy and Turner, Jennifer L. (2009) Green activism? Reassessing the role of environmental NGOs in China In: Schwartz, Jonathan and Shieh, Shawn, (eds.) State and Society Responses to Social Welfare Needs: Serving the People. Routledge contemporary China series (41). Routledge, Abingdon, 89-109. ISBN 9780415452243


Turner, Jennifer L. and Hildebrandt, Timothy (2006) Introduction: the Navigating Peace Initiative’s water conflict resolution in the United States and China; special report China Environment Series, 8. 153-154.


Hildebrandt, Timothy (2004) Asia's water problems could provoke major conflict Centerpoint (2 Mar 2004) opinion

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2004) Even fake snow can't disguise real problems in China Chicago Tribune, 02 Mar. ISSN 0098-1176

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2004) The greening of big oil in China South China Morning Post, 01 Jan. ISSN 1021-6731


Hildebrandt, Timothy (2003) Environmentalists cry 'fore!' in China Christian Science Monitor (16 Jul 2003) opinion

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2003) Making green in Beijing China Business Review, 30 (6). 16. ISSN 0163-7169

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2003) What if all China golfed? Prospects for an environmentally-friendly and conflict-free golf industry in China China Environment Series, 6. 125-131.

Hildebrandt, Timothy (2003) Introduction to 'Uneasy allies: fifty years of China-North Korea relations': special report edited by Timothy Hildebrandt Asia Program Special Reports, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, USA.


Hildebrandt, Timothy (2002) Spray-painting change? Beijing’s green Olympics, NGOs and lessons learned from Sydney China Environment Series, 5. 80-85.

Baldinger, Pamela and Turner, Jennifer L. and Hildebrandt, Timothy (asst. ed.) (2002) Crouching suspicions, hidden potentials: United States environmental and energy cooperation with China China environment series. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, USA.

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