Tuesday, March 13, 2012 | 1:00 PM EDT - 2:30 PM EDT

On March 13, Anthony J. Spires, associate director of the Centre for Civil Society Studies and assistant professor of sociology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, compared civil society development in Beijing, Guangdong and Yunnan in a program at the Henry Luce Foundation. Dr. Spires shared findings from his extensive research on Chinese NGOs.


Anthony J. Spires went to China for the first time as a student at Nanjing University and Beijing University in 1990 and 1991. From 1992 to 1997 he worked in Taiwan in a variety of teaching and translating jobs at private, corporate, and government institutions.

In 2011, Dr. Spires became a fellow in the National Committee’s Public Intellectuals Program, an initiative dedicated to nurturing the next generation of China specialists to venture outside of academia to engage with the public and policy community. His recent publications include an analysis of the political survival strategies of China’s grassroots NGOs (in the American Journal of Sociology), an assessment of U.S. foundation grant-making to China (in the Journal of Civil Society) and a critical study of how donor-driven training programs are shaping Chinese NGOs (forthcoming in The China Journal).

Dr. Spires received his doctorate in sociology and master’s in East Asian Studies from Yale University, where he also co-founded YaleGlobal Online, and his bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Occidental College.