An Open Letter to Tsinghua University — Signatories, 5-12 April 2019

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University
Voices of Protest & Resistance (VII.2)


Friends and Colleagues,

Below we are reproducing the Open Letter to Tsinghua University written in support of Professor Xu Zhangrun 許章潤 and published here on the 5th of April 2019. A list of all of those who have contacted us over the last week (5-12 April) to sign this petition is appended below. We are collecting signatures until Friday the 19th of April (19 April in the Americas and Europe, 20 April in Asia and Australasia).

If you haven’t already done so, we would again request that you contact colleagues and others who are concerned about the state of academic life and free speech in the People’s Republic of China. Please provide them with the following details:

To sign this letter, please email your name and affiliation to:

This letter is open until the 19th of April 2019, after which it will be sent to Tsinghua University. It will also be made public, along with the full list of signatories. At the moment, we have some 155 signatories; we will be adding more names to the list as they come in. A full list of signatories will be published on 20 April.

With thanks,

 Geremie R. Barmé & Andrew J. Nathan

The Wairarapa & New York
12 April 2019

Background Material:

Xu Zhangrun vs. Tsinghua University
Voices of Protest & Resistance

(March 2019-)

An Open Letter to Tsinghua University

5th April 2019

Dr. Qiu Yong
President, Tsinghua University

Dear President Qiu,

Tsinghua University, one of the most highly ranked universities in the world, has suffered severe damage to its academic reputation as a consequence of the university’s punishment of Professor Xu Zhangrun.

As members of the international academic community, we urge the university to restore Professor Xu’s normal status in the university, including his teaching and research duties, and to refrain from any further sanctions against him.


Initial Sponsors (5 April 2019), in alphabetical order:

Geremie R. Barmé
The Australian National University

Jean-Philippe Béja
(Centre de Recherches Internationales)

Ian Buruma
Bard College

Steven I. Levine
University of Montana

Perry Link
University of California, Riverside

Andrew J. Nathan
Columbia University

Sophie Richardson
Human Rights Watch

Orville Schell
Asia Society

Signatories (5-12 April 2019), in alphabetical order:

Nick Admussen
Cornell University

Tomoko Ako
The University of Tokyo

Robbie Barnett
University of Cambridge

Emily Baum
University of California, Irvine

Bill Bauriedel
Stanford University

Lucien Bianco
EHESS, Paris

Ester Bianchi
Perugia University

Sarah Biddulph
The University of Melbourne

Jean François Billeter
University of Geneva

Gill H. Boehringer
International Association of People’s Lawyers

Joseph Bosco
Georgetown University

Michel Bonnin
Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

Claire-Akiko Brisset
University of Geneva

Timothy Brook
University of British Columbia

Catherine Capdeville
Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales
Hing-Ho Chan
French National Centre for Scientific Research

Yu-Jie Chen
Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica

Wang Chaohua
University of California, Los Angeles

Jonathan Chaves
The George Washington University

Louisa Chiang
Independent Writer

Feng Chongyi
University of Technology Sydney

Eva S. Chou
Baruch College, City University of New York

Jennifer Chou

Andrew Chubb
Columbia University

Donald Clarke
George Washington University

Jerome A. Cohen
New York University

Anders Corr
Journal of Political Risk

John A. Crespi
Colgate University

Gloria Davies
Monash University

Deborah Davis
Yale University

Kirk Denton
Ohio State University

Zhang Dong
University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen

June Teufel Dreyer
University of Miami

Josephine Chiu-Duke
University of British Columbia

George Dutton
University of California, Los Angeles

Fredrik Fällman
University of Gothenburg

Magnus Fiskesjö
Cornell University

Martin S. Flaherty
Princeton University

Ivan Franceschini
The Australian National University

Vanessa Frangville
Free University of Brussels

Edward Friedman
University of Wisconsin

Chloe Froissart
University of Rennes

Andreas Fulda
University of Nottingham

Luca Gabbiani
French School of Asian Studies

Roger Garside
Former officer of the British Diplomatic Service

Beatrice Gallelli
Ca’ Foscari University

Ken George
The Australian National University

Frank Gibney Jr.
Independent Writer & Editor
Brunswick, ME USA

Jeremy Goldkorn

Laura De Giorgi
University Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Jane Golley
The Australian National University

Romain Graziani
Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon

Eric Haag
University of Maryland, College Park

James M. Hargett
The University at Albany, State University of New York
Carsten A. Holz
Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Marie Holzman
Solidarity China

Charles Horner
Hudson Institute

Ke Chiang Hsieh
University of Arizona

Jaw-Nian Huang
Tamkang University, Taipei

Jean-François Huchet
National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisation

Wai How Hui
University of Waterloo and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Tomoaki Ishii
Meiji University

Ronald R. Janssen
Hofstra University

Zhe Ji
Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales

Ha Jin
Boston University

Marja Kaikkonen
Stockholm University

Kai Kajitani
Kobe University

Zhengguo Kang
Yale University

Anne Kerlan
CNRS, Paris

Jeffrey C. Kinkley
Portland State University

Wyman Kwok
formerly of Shantou University, PRC

Christian Lamouroux
École des hautes études en sciences sociales

Diana Lary
University of British Columbia

Françoise Lauwaert
Free University of Brussels

Valérie Lavoix
Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales

Daniel Leese
University of Freiburg

Paul Levine
Copenhagen University

Xiaolin Li
Columbia University

Thunghong Lin
Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica

Winston Lord
former US Ambassador to China

Julia Lovell
University of London

Sumitendra Mazumdar
University of Arizona

John Minford
The Australian National University

Marina Miranda
University of Rome “Sapienza”

Barrett L. McCormick
Marquette University

Tommy McClellan
University of Edinburgh

Eberhard Möbius
University of New Hampshire

Brian Moloughney
University of Otago

Dani Madrid-Morales
University of Houston

Steven W. Mosher
Population Research Institute

Ryan Nichols
California State University, Fullerton

Roger E. Noether
National Taiwan University

Giangiorgio Pasqualotto
Padua University

Luisa M. Paternicò
“L’Orientale” University of Naples

Angel Pino
Université Bordeaux Montaigne

Eva Pils
King’s College London

Isabelle Rabut
National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisation

Christopher Rea
University of British Columbia

Annie Luman Ren
The Australian National University

Stein Ringen
University of Oxford

Richard Rigby
The Australian National University

Christopher Rosenmeier
University of Edinburgh

Stuart Russell
Sydney Australia

Elisa Levi Sabattini
L’Orientale University of Naples-Italy

Gabriele von Sivers-Sattler
Independent scholar, Heidelberg, Germany

Martin Sattler
Pepperdine University Heidelberg

Maurizio Scarpari
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Gary J. Schmitt
American Enterprise Institute

Vera Schwarcz
Wesleyan University

Susan Shirk
University of California, San Diego

Mark Sidel
University of Wisconsin-Madison

William Sima
The Australian National University

Yongyi Song
California State University, Los Angeles

Pierre-François Souyri
University of Geneva

Callum Smith
Kanazawa University

Warren Sun
Monash University

Marina Svensson
Lund University

Osamu Takamizawa
The University of Tokyo

Liwen Chen Tardieu
Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales

Isabelle Thireau
School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences

Patricia M. Thornton
University of Oxford

Glenn Tiffert
Hoover Institution

Sue Trevaskes
Griffith University

Rory Truex
Princeton University

Chien-Yuan Tseng
National Taiwan University

Sebastian Veg
School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris

Florent Villard
Rennes Institute of Political Studies

Rudolf G. Wagner
Heidelberg University, Germany

Yuan-kang Wang
Western Michigan University

Jeffrey Wasserstrom
University of California, Irvine

Mariko Watanabe
Gakushuin University

Jeremy Webber
University of Victoria

Ralph Weber
University of Basel

Gerrit van der Wees
Department of History George Mason University

Frances Weightman
University of Leeds

Stephen H. Whiteman
The University of London

Lynn T. White III
Princeton University

Martin K. Whyte
Harvard University

Pierre-Etienne Will
Collège de France

Philip Williams
Montana State University

Jieh-min Wu
Academia Sinica

Zhang Xianchu
The University of Hong Kong

Qiang Xiao
University of California, Berkeley

Peter Zarrow
University of Connecticut

Jianying Zha
India China Institute, New York City

Laure Zhang
University of Geneva

Renlong Zhang
Jiaotong University, Year of 1977

Nicolas Zufferey
University of Geneva