Peter Hays Gries is the Lee Kai Hung Chair and Director of the Manchester China Institute at the University of Manchester where he is also Professor of Chinese politics.
Peter Gries was born in Singapore and grew up in Hong Kong, Washington, DC, Tokyo, and Beijing. He later earned bachelors and masters degrees in Asian Studies at Middlebury and Michigan, and a PhD in politics from Berkeley. After a two year postdoc at Ohio State, he was assistant professor of political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder for five years. He then spent eleven years at the University of Oklahoma, where he founded and directed the Institute for US-China Issues, and its two signature programs, the Newman Prize for Chinese Literature, and the US-China Diplomatic Dialogue.
Gries joined the University of Manchester as Professor of Chinese Politics in August 2017. After a fall of fundraising and a £5M donation endowing a new China Institute, in December 2017 he became the Lee Kai Hung Chair and Manchester China Institute Director. MCI promotes mutual understanding in UK-China relations. Gries studies the political psychology of international affairs, with a focus on China and the United States.
- The Politics of American Foreign Policy: How Ideology Divides Liberals and Conservatives over Foreign Affairs (Stanford University Press, 2014)
- China’s New Nationalism: Pride, Politics, and Diplomacy (University of California Press, 2004),
- State and Society in 21st Century China: Crisis, Contention, and Legitimation, ed. (Routledge 2004)
- Chinese Politics: State, Society, and the Market, ed. (Routledge 2010)