The University of Hong Kong


Program Description

American Studies at the University of Hong Kong operate from a Virtual Centre of American Studies, which focuses on fellowships and research, and a program in American Studies, which concentrates on teaching.

In the past decade, the Centre of American Studies of the University of Hong Kong has raised funding sufficient to support over 120 fellowships and studentships, including 47 visiting scholars for periods of three months to a year; 53 visiting postgraduate Ph.D. students, for periods of four months to a year; and 24 short-term visiting scholars for two months apiece.  Normally these scholars and students work on a research project of their own, either a book or a Ph.D. thesis.

The programs for Visiting Mainland Scholars and Postgraduate Students in American Studies have not only won the University of Hong Kong recognition throughout mainland China as an outstanding regional magnet centre of American Studies, playing a unique and valuable role, and helping the University to fulfill many of the strategic goals of the University and the Faculty of Arts.  In terms of the University of Hong Kong’s stated objectives, they have supported “areas of research which bridge disciplinary boundaries . . . fostering new partnerships with academic institutions” in the mainland in the broad areas of China Studies and East-West Studies.  They have raised the University’s “global presence and visibility,” and have been a major component of its efforts to “continue its bridging role between China and the West while becoming more integrated with the Mainland,” and have strengthened “the international components of university life.”

These programs have also encouraged the development of American Studies in mainland institutions, promoting the career development of young to mid-career mainland scholars and assisting in the establishment of well-grounded Ph.D. programs in various aspects of American Studies at such institutions as Shanghai International Studies University, Northeastern University, Shenyang, East China Normal University, Shanghai, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Guangdong Foreign Studies University.

The Program in American studies offers an undergraduate BA Major and a Minor in American Studies.


Participating Departments or Schools

  • Centre of American Studies
  • Department of History

School Address

Room 819 8/F KK Leung Building
Pokfulam Road
The University of Hong Kong

School Address - Chinese


School Email

School Telephone

(852) 2857 8567

School Fax

(852) 2548 0487

Program Director(s)

  • Priscilla Roberts
  • Dr. Peter Swirski

Program Faculty

Kendall Johnson (Fulbright Visiting Lecturer, 2008-2009) and Philip W. Gray

Undergraduate Courses

Consuming culture: decoding American symbols; Born in the USA: U.S. youth cultures; Wall Street: Issues in American business; Movie-land: America on Hollywood's big screen; Foundations of American studies; Senior seminar in American studies; The American City, What's on TV? Television and American Culture; and Addicted to war? The US at home and abroad.

Other Details

Massive holdings of electronic, printed, and microfilm  archival research materials in US history, politics, literature, culture, resources that are unrivalled in Asia, and  have supported the writing of numerous M.Phil. and  Ph.D. theses, articles, and books. Scholars visiting the  University of Hong Kong as fellows/students of the Center of American Studies have made extensive use of  these library holdings.