Elaine Hui

Elaine Hui

Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Asian Studies

501C Keller Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0066

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. PhD: University of Kassel, Germany, Economics and Social Sciences

Research Interests:

Critical state theories, China, labor resistance, civil society, trade unions


Elaine’s research examines the role of the state and laws in labor relations, worker collective actions and their impact on institutional arrangements (e.g. collective bargaining and trade unions), labor-related civil society actors, and social welfare system, with a focus on China. She has also researched on labor relations in Vietnam, including the pension system and strikes, and labor organizations. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Theory and Society, British Journal of Industrial Relations, China Quarterly, Journal of Industrial Relations, and Journal of Contemporary Asia. She recently published the book, Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China (http://bit.ly/Hegemonic_transformation).


Career Development Award, the Center for Global Studies, Penn State (2018)

Citation of Excellence award, Emerald Group Publishing Limited (2015).

Research grant:

“China’s Labor NGOs under Xi Jinping” funded by Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (US$ 16,000)

Recent publications

Hui, E.S. I. (2020). Understanding the Role of Labor-Related Civil Society Actors in China. Theory and Society. 49: 49–74.

Hui, E. S. I. (2018). Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China. New York: Palgrave Macmillan (http://bit.ly/Hegemonic_transformation)

Chan, C.K.C., & Hui, E. S. I. (2017). Bringing Class Struggles Back: A Marxian analysis of the state and class relations in China. Globalizations, 14(2), 232-244.

Hui, E. S. I. (2017). Putting the Chinese State in Its Place: A March from Passive Revolution to Hegemony. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 47(1), 66-92.

Hui, E. S. I., & Chan, C.K.C. (2016). The influence of Overseas Business Associations on Law-making in China: A Case Study. The China Quarterly(225), 145-168.

Hui, E. S. I. (2016). The Labour Law System, Capitalist Hegemony and Class Politics in China. The China Quarterly (226), 431-455.

Hui, E. S. I., & Chan, C.K.C (2015). Going beyond the Union-Centred Approach: A Critical Evaluation of Recent Trade Union Elections in China. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(3), 601-627.

Chan, C. K. C. & Hui, E. S. I. (2014). The Development of Collective Bargaining in China: From ‘Collective Bargaining by Riot’ to ‘Party State-led Wage Bargaining. The China Quarterly (217), 221-242.

Chan, C.K.C. & Hui, E. S. I. (2014). The politics of labour legislation in southern China: How foreign chambers of commerce and government agencies influence collective bargaining laws. International Labour Review, 153(4), 587-607.

Chan, C.K.C & Hui, E. S. I. (2012). The Dynamics and Dilemma of Workplace Trade Union Reform in China: The Case of the Honda Workers' Strike. Journal of Industrial Relations(54), 653-668. (This article won the 2015 Citation of Excellence award by the Emerald Group Publishing Limited)

Hui, E. S. I. & Chan, C.K.C. (2012). The ‘Harmonious Society’ as a Hegemonic Project: Labour Conflicts and Changing Labour Policies in China. Labour, Capital and Society, 44(2), 154-183.