Dr Matthew Galway


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Ph.D. (2017) – History – University of British Columbia (2017)

M.A. (2010)– History – University of Ottawa

BA Hons (2008) – History – University of Ottawa



Research interests

  • Twentieth century Chinese history
  • Chinese intellectual history
  • The history of the Chinese Communist Party
  • Global Maoism
  • Contemporary Cambodian history
  • The history of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (Khmer Rouge)
  • Contemporary Peruvian history
  • The history of the Communist Party of Peru-Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso)
  • Urban history and built environment in colonial Indochina

Researcher's projects


  • Cultural Revolution in Cambodia: Overseas Chinese, Spies, and Radicalism during Phnom Penh's Global Sixties. Current Manuscript Project




Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • “Forging Autocratic Legitimation: Charisma and Mythmaking in Hun Sen’s Cambodia,” Asia Pacific Journal 21, No. 2, Issue 2 (February 2023): page numbers forthcoming. https://apjjf.org/2023/2/Galway.html


  • with Lin Hongxuan, “‘Heirs to What Had Been Accomplished’: D.N. Aidit, the PKI, and Maoism, 1942-1965,” Modern Intellectual History (July 2022): 1-29. 10.1017/S1479244322000282





  • with Liu Yajuan, “Flirting with the ‘Modern Girl’: Socialism and Cosmopolitanism in the Packaging of Model Laborers in Shanghai, 1949-1963,” Asian Journal of Women’s Studies 29, (June 2022): 1-26. 10.1080/12259276.2022.2086763




  • “Red Service-Intellectual: Phouk Chhay, Maoist China, and the Cultural Revolution in Cambodia, 1964-1967,” Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 52, No. 2 (June 2021): 275-308. 10.1017/s0022463421000436



  • “Specters of Dependency: Hou Yuon and the Origins of Cambodia’s Marxist Vision (1955-1975),” Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 31 (2019): 126–161.10.1353/ach.2019.0021  



  • with Lu Hua, “Freedom and its Limitations: The Contemporary Mainland Chinese Debate over Liberalism,” China Information 32, No. 2 (June 2018): 1-21. 10.1177/0920203x18760849



  • with Shi Anshu and Francois Lachapelle, “The Recasting of Chinese Socialism: The Chinese New Left since 2000,” China Information 32, No. 1 (March 2018): 139-159. 10.1177/0920203x18760416




  • “From Revolutionary Culture to Original Culture and Back: ‘On New Democracy’ and the Kampucheanization of Marxism-Leninism, 1940-1965,” Cross Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 24 (September 2017): 132-158. 10.1353/ach.2017.0022



  • with Kamila Kolpashnikova and Osamu Sudoh, “The Role of Social Capital in the Transformation of Cultural Values and Practices: A Case Study on the Chinese Community in Taiwan,” Review of Religion and Chinese Society 3 (2016): 51-80. 10.1163/22143955-00301002




  • with Angel Ryono, “Xinjiang Under China: Reflections on the Multiple Dimensions of the 2009 Urumqi Uprising,” Asian Ethnicity 16, No. 2 (2014): 225-255. 10.1080/14631369.2014.906062



  • “Global Maoism and the Politics of Localization in Peru and Tanzania,” Left History 17, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2014): 9-47. 10.25071/1913-9632.39276




Book Chapters

  • “Permanent Revolution,” in Afterlives of Chinese Communism: Political Concepts from Mao to Xi. Ivan Franceschini, Nicholas Loubere, and Christian Sorace, eds. New York and Canberra: Verso/Australia National University Press, 2019, 175-182. https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/afterlives-chinese-communism
  • “Introduction to Yuan Shu, ‘The Current Stage of the Chinese Revolution and the Issue of Constitutional Government,’” in Translating the Occupation: The Japanese Invasion of China, 1931-1945. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2020, 288-292. https://www.ubcpress.ca/translating-the-occupation

  • “A Man of Many Facets: Introduction to Yuan Shu, Zhongguo Geming xian Jieduan yu Xianzheng Wenti (Yuan Shu: ‘The Current Stage of the Chinese Revolution and the Problem of Constitutional Government’),” in Translating the Japanese Occupation of China. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming, 2019. http://www.ubcpress.ca/translating-the-occupation

Book Reviews

  • “Review of Transwar Asia: Ideology, Practices, and Institutions 1920-1960 by Reto Hofmann and Max Ward, eds.,” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2023, specifics forthcoming

  • “Review of Everyday Lives in China’s Cold War Military-Industrial Complex: Voices from the Shanghai Small Third Front, 1964-1988 by Youwei Xu and Y. Yvon Wang, eds.,” The China Quarterly, First View (2023): 1-2. 10.1017/S0305741023000103


  • “Review of Republicanism, Communism, Islam: Cosmopolitan Origins of Revolution in Southeast Asia by John T. Sidel,” Twentieth Century Communism 22 (2022): 203-207. https://journals.lwbooks.co.uk/tcc/


  • “Review of Left Transnationalism. The Communist International and the National, Colonial and Racial Questions by Oleksa Drachewych and Ian McKay, eds.,” Histoire sociale/Social History, 55, No. 113 (June 2022): 192-194. https://hssh.journals.yorku.ca/index.php/hssh/article/view/41225
  • “Review of Abolishing Boundaries: Global Utopias in the Formation of Modern Chinese Political Thought, 1880–1940 by Peter Zarrow,” Twentieth Century China 47, No. 1 (January 2022): E16-E19. 10.1353/tcc.2022.0013




  • “Review of Utopia and Utopianism in the Contemporary Chinese Context: Texts, Ideas, Spaces by David Der-wei Wang, Angela Ki Che Leung, and Zhang Yinde,” The China Journal, No. 86 (July 2021): 190-193. https://doi.org/10.1086/714400


  • “Review of Maoism: A Global History by Julia Lovell,” PRC History Review, No. 23 (August 2020): 1-8. http://prchistory.org/prc-history-review/?fbclid=IwAR2LZFXZbKt5x5Rh_zE1RlM1VjPBpywivc-TbeIr_9Ez3KUyefn3Wa_wPmo
  • “Review of A Social History of Maoist China: Conflict and Change, 1949-1976 by Felix Wemheuer,” H-Net Reviews (October 2019). https://networks.h-net.org/node/22055/reviews/5088939/galway-wemheuer-social-history-maoist-china-conflict-and-change-1949 https://china.usc.edu/wemheuer-social-history-maoist-china-conflict-and-change-1949-1976-2019
  • “Review of Violence and the Civilizing Process in Cambodia by Roderic Broadhurst, Thierry Bouhours, and Brigitte Bouhours,” Explorations 15 (2019): 99-103.
  • “Review of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empire, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam by Michael G. Vann and Liz Clarke,” Journal of International and Global Studies 10, No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2019): 110-112.
  • “Review of Southeast Asia’s Cold War: An Interpretive History by Ang Cheng Guan,” Pacific Affairs 92, No. 1 (December 2018): 167-169.
  • “Review of From a British Colony to a Chinese Colony? Hong Kong before and after the 1997 Handover by Gary Chi-hung Luk, ed.,” Journal of International and Global Studies 10, No. 1 (2018): 179-181.
  • “Review of Man or Monster: The Trial of a Khmer Rouge Torturer by Alexander Laban Hinton,” Journal of International and Global Studies 8, No 2 (April 2017): 100-102.
  • “Review of The Cambodian Wars: Clashing Armies and CIA Covert Operations by Kenneth Conboy,” Journal of East Asian Studies 17, No. 1 (March 2017): 138-139.
  • “Review of China’s Civil War: A Social History, 1945-1949 by Diana Lary,” Pacific Affairs 89, No. 2 (June 2016): 421-423.
  • “Review of The Khmer Lands of Vietnam: Environment, Cosmology and Sovereignty by Philip Taylor,” Pacific Affairs 89, No. 1 (March 2016): 221-223.
  • “Review of Mao's Little Red Book: A Global History by Alexander C. Cook, ed.” International Review of Social History 60, Issue 01 (2015): 129-132.
  • “Review of Buddhism in a Dark Age: Cambodian Monks under Pol Pot by Ian Harris,” Pacific Affairs 88, No. 3 (September 2015): 360-362.
  • “Review of A Critical Introduction by Timothy Cheek, ed.,” Journal of East Asian Studies 13, No. 2 (May-August 2013): 363-366.


  • with Lu Hua, “Zhongguo yujingxiade ziyouzhuyi: Qianli yu kunjung [Liberalism in Contemporary China: Potential and Predicaments, by Liu Qing,” in Voices from China’s Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019, 45-71. http://cup.columbia.edu/book/voices-from-the-chinese-century/9780231195232
  • “Yuan Shu: Zhongguo Geming xian Jieduan yu Xianzheng Wenti (Yuan Shu: ‘The Current Stage of the Chinese Revolution and the Problem of Constitutional Government’),” in Translating the Japanese Occupation of China. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming, 2019. http://www.ubcpress.ca/translating-the-occupation
  • with Zhang Hongbin, “Zhishi shenghuode wenhua: Chengshi yu zhuanye, Tuomasi Bande zhe (The Cultures of Intellectual Life: The City and the Professions, by Thomas Bender),” Zhishi fenzi luncong [Forum of Intellectuals] 12 (2014): 289-308.


  • “Vietnam: From Dien Bien Phu to Doi Moi,” Interview by Ali Moore, Ear To Asia, Asia Institute Podcast, University of Melbourne, TBD
  • with Carlos Amador, “Exporting Mao: Global Maoism and the Shining Path Movement in Peru,” Interview by Ali Moore, Ear To Asia, Asia Institute Podcast, University of Melbourne (14 April 2020)
  • “Cambodia: Hun Sen’s Unrelenting Grip on Power,” Interviewed by Ali Moore, Ear To Asia, Asia Institute Podcast, University of Melbourne (21 February 2019) https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/asia-institute/ear-to-asia/episodes/episode-43
  • with Craig Smith, “China’s Long March to a Utopian Society,” Interviewed by Ali Moore, Ear To Asia, Asia Institute Podcast, University of Melbourne (5 February 2019) https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/asia-institute/ear-to-asia/episodes/episode-39

Unpublished Projects


  • “Machiavellian Suramarit: Lon Nol, Neo-Khmerism, and ‘Making Cambodia Great Again,’ 1970-1975.” Prospective Article for Submission to the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, 2020-21.


  • with Ma Nan, "Cong 'difang junshihua' dao 'junshi difanghua' - Yi hongsijun 'banzhe fazhan' zhanlüede yuanyuan liubian wei zhongxin by Ying Xing," Xingemingshi [New Revolutionary History] Labs, ongoing 2020-21.
  • “Zhongguo zhishi fenzi dui daotongde chengzai yu shiluo—Jianshe xin wenhua renzhong er daoyuan (Intellectuals as Bearers of Orthodoxy: The Long Road and Responsibility of Constructing a New Culture by Zi Zhongyun),” formerly Voices from China’s Century. Columbia University Press; now a stand-alone project under revision, 2021-22.

Expertise Areas

  • Asian History
  • Chinese Diaspora
  • Southeast Asia
  • Latin American History


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