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Professor Roman David

Professor Roman DAVID





Tel: (852) 2616 7126
Fax: (852) 2456 0737


WYL209, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Rd., Tuen Mun, Hong Kong


My research is largely interdisciplinary, spanning political sociology, political psychology, and law & society. I study transitional (historical) justice, collective memory, democratization, corruption, forgiveness and revenge. My book Lustration and Transitional Justice (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011) conceptualizes exclusive, inclusive and reconciliatory personnel systems, for which it received the Concept Analysis Award by the IPSA in 2012. My book Communists and Their Victims (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018) uses surveys, survey experiments and qualitative methods to examine the impact of justice on victims, perpetrators and society; and proposes the transformative theory of justice. My co-authored book (with Ian Holliday) Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (Oxford University Press, 2019) proposes the concept of limited liberalism to explain various puzzles of political culture in democratizing countries.

My articles appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Political Psychology, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Australian Journal of Political Science, Human Rights Quarterly, Government & Opposition, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Europe-Asia Studies, Contemporary Politics, Politikon, Violence against Women, Law & Social Inquiry, and other indexed journals. I am a recipient of grants from the British Academy, United States Institute of Peace, the South African National Research Foundation, and GRF Hong Kong. Previously, I held various positions at Newcastle (reader), Yale (post-doc), CityU (research), BaptistU (visiting), Wits (post-doc), Oxford (visiting), Harvard (visiting) and Masaryk (lecturer). I served as the Head of Department (2017-2020) and the Associate Dean (Research) (2015-17).

Teaching Subjects

Academic Year:  2022 - 2023


1st Term:


Sociological Research Methods

  SSC3319 Junior Research Project

2nd Term:


Introduction to Sociology
CLE9033 Truth and Justice
  SSC3319 Junior Research Project

Chief Supervisor: Mr. AGBADI Pascal (PhD Student) & Mr. ASCUI GAC Sebastian (PhD student)