Hanzhi's research focuses on the making of a modern state for the Late Qing and Early Republican China (1850s-1930s), and he has a particular interest in the changes of state capacity from the perspective of public finance. His ongoing thesis consists of five major parts (indirect taxation, industrialization, customs taxation, foreign borrowing and public expenditure), revisiting the institutional transitions of China’s fiscal regime and aiming at offering general insights on political development and economic growth.
Hanzhi has a multi-disciplinary background. He holds a BSc in Finance (3.7/4.0) from School of Management, Fudan University Shanghai and an MSc in Political Science (77/100) from the Department of Government, LSE.
Hanzhi has been class teacher for two undergraduate courses since 2017, namely:
EH207: The Making of an Economic Superpower: China since 1850
EH240: Business and Economic Performance since 1945: Britain in International Context.
- Public finance; state capacity and local governance; institutional transitions and economic development; political economy of modern and contemporary China
Thesis Provisional Title
- The Making of Regional Fiscal States in China: Striving Paths towards Modernization, 1850s-1930s
- Professor Kent G. Deng, Dr Debin Ma