Taru Salmenkari is an associate professor specializing in contemporary China at Tallinn University. She is specializing on isuses of democracy and civil society in East Asia.
Taru Salmenkari wrote her PhD dissertation on Chinese public discussions about democracy. Thereafter, she has been researching civil society, such as nongovernmental organizations, underground art circles, and community movements in China, Taiwan and South Korea. She uses the approaches of social anthropology, political theory, history, urban geography and media studies in her research.
Taru Salmenkari achieved her PhD and habilitation at the University of Helsinki. She has worked previously at Leiden University’s Institute for Area Studies (Netherlands), Chang Jung University (Taiwan), the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (Denmark), and the University of Helsinki (Finland). She has done field research in China, Taiwan, and South Korea on international exchange programs to Fudan University (China), Peking University (China) and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and on fellowships granted by, e.g., the Korea Foundation and the Taiwan Fellowship program.
Her publications are available here.
– Currently working on a monograph about Chinese and Taiwanese civil society to be published by Routledge in 2017.