Professor Kellee S. Tsai, PhD
Dean of Humanities and Social Science


Professor Kellee S. Tsai joined The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in 2013 as Head of the Division of Social Science, and was appointed Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science in July 2018.

Before coming to HKUST, Prof Tsai served as Vice Dean of Humanities and Social Science (2010-2013), Director of the East Asian Studies Program (2008-10), and Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University (2000-13).

Trained as a political scientist (PhD, Columbia University), Prof Tsai is the author or co-author of dozens of articles and five books, including Back-Alley Banking: Private Entrepreneurs in China (Cornell, 2002), Japan and China in the World Political Economy (co-edited with Saadia Pekkanen, Routledge, 2005), Capitalism without Democracy: The Private Sector in Contemporary China (Cornell, 2007) and State Capitalism, Institutional Adaptation, and the Chinese Miracle (co-edited with Barry Naughton, Cambridge, 2015). Her research on informal finance, local development, private entrepreneurship, and migration in China and India has been supported by competitive grants from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Committee on Scholarly Communication with China (CSCC), Ford Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, National Science Foundation (NSF), and Hong Kong SAR Research Grants Council (RGC).

Tsai previously worked at the New York offices of Morgan Stanley and Women’s World Banking, and has consulted for the World Bank’s Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), venture capital firms, and government subcontractors.