Paul Clark is Professor of Chinese at The University of Auckland, Director of the North Asia CAPE (Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence), Associate Director of New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre and Academic Director at The New Zealand Centre at Peking University.

Paul is an acclaimed author, having published several books on Chinese culture including Reinventing China: A Generation and Its Films and Chinese Cinema: Culture and Politics since 1949.

Paul has written numerous published articles and contributions on Chinese film and popular culture and is co-editor of China and New Zealand: A Thriving Relationship Thirty Years On. He is currently completing a book on the cultural history of China's Cultural Revolution with his next project examining the emergence of Chinese youth culture between 1968 and 2008.

A graduate in History of The University of Auckland, Paul went to Beijing in 1974 as a New Zealand exchange student, studying Chinese history at Peking University. He holds a PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University.