DAVID Roman, Prof.

  • 8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun

    Hong Kong

  • 350 Scopus Citations
  • 9 Scopus h-Index
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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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Projects 2013 2020

Research Output 1998 2019

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)Other Conference Paperpeer-review

text analysis
social psychology
3 Citations (Scopus)

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)

Independent Living
Health Services
Marital Status
Delivery of Health Care
Odds Ratio

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)

Czech Republic
sense of justice
political prisoner

Activities 2015 2018

  • 3 Seminar / Talk / Other Presentation
  • 1 Organising / Participating in Conference or Event

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

Roman DAVID (Speaker)
9 Oct 2018

Activity: Seminar / Talk / Other Presentation

Apologies for historical injustices and psychological responses to them

Roman DAVID (Speaker), Wai Lan Victoria YEUNG (Speaker)
26 Oct 2018

Activity: Seminar / Talk / Other Presentation


Press / Media




1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer




1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Research / Knowledge Transfer


Social capital, health literacy, and access to healthcare : a study among rural and urban populations in Ghana

Author: AMOAH, P. A., 1 Sep 2017

Supervisor: PHILLIPS, D. R. (Supervisor) & DAVID, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: PhD Thesis (Lingnan)