Associate Professor


Gregory P. Fairbrother is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in International Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from the University of Hong Kong.  He has been engaged in research on citizenship (moral, political, ideological, national) education in China and Hong Kong for over 15 years.  Utilizing data from central-, provincial-, and municipal-level government documents; school textbooks (1902-2000s); interviews with government officials, educationalists, teachers, and university students; quantitative surveys of university students; and news sources, he is engaged in several concurrent projects.  One of these explores the idea of how the Chinese state develops and promotes its legitimacy claims by “demonstrating paternalism” in citizenship education.  Another project explores how the Chinese state’s paternalism-demonstration efforts in citizenship education are becoming increasingly rationalized.  A third project explores how citizens in Hong Kong, where a stronger individualism characterizes the state-citizen-education relationship, have resisted perceived state attempts to import a paternalistic approach to national education by activating an institutionalized myth of indoctrination. 

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