Professor Ping Chen is Chair in Chinese Studies, and Director of Confucius Institute at The University of Queensland. He obtained his MA in Chinese from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, and MA and PhD in Linguistics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He held teaching, research and administrative positions at UCLA, University of Oregon, Institute of Linguistics at CASS, and City University of Hong Kong before joining The University of Queensland in 1991. He served as Head of Department of Asian Languages and Studies, and Director of Research in the School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies at UQ.
His major fields of research and teaching are Chinese language and linguistics. His research interests include functional syntax, semantics, pragmatics, sociolinguistics and historical linguistics. He has published extensively in these areas.