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Photo: Christopher McNallyChristopher McNally, Ph.D.

Professor, Historical and Political Studies
Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
(808) 739-8367


Christopher A. McNally is a Professor of Political Economy at Chaminade University and Nonresident Fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu, USA. His research focuses on comparative capitalisms, especially the nature and logic of China’s capitalist transition. He is also working on a book project that studies the implications of China’s capitalist reemergence on the global order.At Chaminade, Professor McNally is developing new programs in political economy, political science, business and China studies and is responsible for developing relations with various Chinese institutions and professionals.

He has held fellowships conducting fieldwork and research at the Asia Research Centre in West Australia, the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. Professor McNally received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Washington. He has edited four volumes, including an examination of China’s political economy: China’s Emergent Political Economy – Capitalism in the Dragon’s Lair (Routledge, 2008). Additionally, he has authored numerous book chapters, policy analyses, editorials and articles in journals such as Business and Politics, Asian Affairs, Communist and Post-Communist Studies and Comparative Social Research.

Academic Degrees

B.A. – University of California, Berkeley, USA, Asian Studies, December 1988
M.A. – University of Washington, Seattle, USA, Political Science, March 1994
Ph.D. – University of Washington, Seattle, USA, Political Science, August 2000

Teaching and Research Interests

Political Economy: The comparative political economy of the ideas, interests, and institutions underlying formations of capitalism; theoretical foundations of political economy; the international political economy; the political economy of development; the comparative political economy of advanced industrial nations in North America, Europe and Japan (e.g., Varieties of Capitalism [VoC] approach); capitalism and the global environment; China’s evolving political economy; the political economy and history of financial systems.

Comparative Politics and International Relations: Introduction to politics; comparative politics (introductory and advanced courses); international relations (introductory and advanced courses); international political economy; state-society relations; theories of the state and state formation; the rise and fall of great powers; comparative approaches to governance and institutional design.

Regional Specialization: East Asian political economy; problems and issues of contemporary Chinese politics; Chinese foreign policy; China-US relations; Sino-capitalism and the emerging world order; China’s “Open Up the West” campaign; the political economy of East Asian development (Taiwan, South-Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia); the history of East Asian international relations and geopolitics, especially the effects of China’s international ascent.

Business Specialization: Comparative business systems; the history of finance, central banking, and currency systems; the global financial crisis of 2008; business, government, and the international political economy; external environment of business with a focus on the Asia-Pacific; Chinese business and management systems; non-market factors shaping business strategies; China-US cross-cultural communication; global strategy and mega-trends; international management and leadership; comparative corporate governance systems.


Cantonese – equivalent to native; Mandarin – equivalent to native; German – native; English – native; French – basic reading and speaking knowledge; Latin – reading knowledge; Spanish – basic communication skills.

Language Education

Taipei Language Institute (Taiwan) – Intensive private tutorials in Mandarin and written Chinese, March – June 1989.

New Asia — Yale-in-China Chinese Language Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) – Intensive Cantonese and written Chinese, Autumn 1985 to Spring 1987.

Realgymnasium Raemibuehl (Zurich, Switzerland) – Swiss Federal Maturity Type B including Latin, French, English, German and Spanish, September 1984.