• 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

    Hong Kong

  • 381 Scopus Citations
  • 10 Scopus h-Index

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Personal profile


My research is largely interdisciplinary, spanning political sociology, political psychology, and law & society. I am a specialist in the area of transitional (historical) justice but I also study collective memory, democratization, corruption, forgiveness and revenge. I am the author of Lustration and Transitional Justice (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), which conceptualizes exclusive, inclusive and reconciliatory personnel systems and which received the Concept Analysis Award by the International Political Science Association in 2012. I have recently published a monograph entitled Communists and Their Victims (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), which uses surveys, survey experiments and qualitative methods to examine the impact of justice on victims, perpetrators and society; and which results in the transformative theory of justice. I have completed a co-authored monograph (with Ian Holliday) entitled Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (Oxford University Press, 2018) and proposed the concept of limited liberalism to explain various puzzles of political culture in democratizing countries. My major articles appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Political Psychology, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 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. Before coming to Lingnan, I held positions at various universities, including Newcastle (reader), Yale (post-doc), CityU (research), BaptistU (visiting), Wits (post-doc), Oxford (visiting), Harvard (visiting) and Masaryk (lecturer). My personal website is https://sites.google.com/site/roman328/

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Research Output

Apologies for Historical Injustices and Psychological Responses to Them

DAVID, R. & YEUNG, W. L. V., 31 May 2019.

Research output: Other Conference ContributionsConference Paper (other)

  • Explaining the gender gap in health services use among Ghanaian community-dwelling older cohorts

    GYASI, R. M., PHILLIPS, D. R. & DAVID, R., Nov 2019, In : Women and Health. 59, 10, p. 1089-1104 16 p.

    Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)

  • 9 Citations (Scopus)

    Communists and their victims : the quest for justice in the Czech Republic

    DAVID, R., Mar 2018, Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press. 280 p. (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights)

    Research output: Scholarly Books | Reports | Literary WorksBook (Author)

  • Activities

    • 4 Other Invited Talks or Presentations
    • 2 Other Participation at Scholarly Events

    The End of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe

    Stefan AUER (Speaker), Ka Lok Kenneth CHAN (Speaker), Roman DAVID (Speaker), Loretta Kim (Speaker) & Krzysztof SLIWINSKI (Speaker)

    7 Nov 2019

    Activity: Involvement in Scholarly EventsOther Participation at Scholarly Events

    Apologies for historical injustices and psychological responses to them

    Roman DAVID (Speaker) & Wai Lan Victoria YEUNG (Speaker)

    26 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talks or PresentationsOther Invited Talks or Presentations


    Book Talk: A Conversation With Roman David - Communists and Their Victims

    Roman DAVID (Speaker)

    9 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talks or PresentationsOther Invited Talks or Presentations

    Press / Media

    Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar

    Roman DAVID & Ian Michael HOLLIDAY


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer


    Roman DAVID


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer


    Roman DAVID


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer