Mr Joseph Edward Brawdy Miller

BA BGSU, MIR Adv ANU, Cert Chinese Language SDU

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Doctoral Candidate - Doctor of Philosophy


Joseph is a PhD candidate in Asian Studies whose research focuses on modern Chinese politics and expressions of nationalism. His doctoral thesis is titled "Understanding Contemporary Chinese State Nationalism: The Relevance of the Pragmatic Nationalism Paradigm," in which he examines current characterisations of state nationalism within post-Tiananmen China from the standpoint of international relations. Prior to joining the University of Auckland, he completed his Master of International Relations at ANU, in which he researched Xi Jinping's diplomacy within the Asia-Pacific region.

Research | Current

  • Contemporary Chinese Politics
  • International Relations and IR Theory (In particular Constructivism and Realism)
  • Modern Chinese History
  • Theories of Nationalism

My particular research interests lie with post-Tiananmen Chinese history and politics, state-level expressions of nationalism in contemporary China, and Chinese and Asia-Pacific regional foreign policy.

Teaching | Current


HISTORY 213 Mao Zedong, Revolution and China

HISTORY 313 Mao Zedong, Revolution and China

Postgraduate supervision

Main Supervisor: Dr. Stephen Noakes

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Paul Clark


Recipient of the Fred and Helen Hanan Endowed Scholarship in Chinese Studies, 2018

Areas of expertise

  • Contemporary Chinese Expressions of Nationalism
  • Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy
  • International Relations within the Asia-Pacific


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 4, Room 418
New Zealand

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