Anthony J. Spires

University of Melbourne


Anthony J. Spires is a Senior Lecture in the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Melbourne. A graduate of Occidental College, he holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. Anthony’s research focuses on the development of civil society in China. Recent publications include an analysis of the political survival strategies of China’s grassroots, an assessment of U.S. foundation grant-making to China, and a survey of Chinese domestic foundations. Anthony serves as a Consulting Editor for the American Journal of Sociology and is a frequent reviewer for other publications. He is currently working on a book about democratic culture, youth, and civil society in China.