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Duke Kunshan University has hired its founding faculty for its undergraduate degree program set to launch in 2018

Faculty Members for Duke Kunshan University Undergraduate Program

  • Ahrensdorf, Peter J.

    Visiting Professor, Duke Kunshan University

    Visiting Professor of Political Science, Duke University

    James Sprunt Professor of Political Science at Davidson College

    Bio

    His research and teaching focus on classical and modern political philosophy, American political thought, and politics and literature.

    Ahrensdorf has published articles on Plato, Thucydides, Hobbes, Sophocles, and Domingo Sarmiento, as well as five books: Homer on the Gods and Human Virtue: Creating the Foundations of Classical Civilization (Cambridge University Press, 2014); Greek Tragedy Sophocles' Theban Plays, co-translated with Thomas L. Pangle (Cornell University Press, 2013), Greek Tragedy and Political Philosophy: Rationalism and Religion in Sophocles' Theban Plays (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Justice Among Nations: On the Moral Basis of Power and Peace, co-authored with Thomas L. Pangle (University Press of 1999), and The Death of Socrates and the Life of Philosophy: An Interpretation of Plato's Phaedo (State University Press of New York, 1995). He is currently working on a book on Homer, Plato, Machiavelli, and Nietzsche, provisionally titled, Homer and Political Philosophy. Ahrensdorf has also taught in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a Fulbright Scholar (2000).

    Born in Manila, Philippines, Ahrensdorf grew up in Washington, DC and received his BA in Political Science from Yale University (1980) and his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago (1989).

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  • Anderson, Benjamin

    Anderson, Benjamin

    Assistant Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BS in Entomology and Nematology, his MPH in Environmental and Global Health, and his PhD in Public Health (2015) from the University of Florida. He is currently a Duke One Health Research and Laboratory Manager and Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University. Dr. Anderson’s current research interests focus on viral emerging infectious diseases, particularly zoonotic diseases that occur at the human and animal interface. He is especially interested in using bioaerosol sampling to conduct surveillance for emerging pathogens in potential EID hot spots and among vulnerable populations with intense contact with animal reservoirs. Dr. Anderson has extensive experience conducting research in China. His Duke Kunshan University teaching interests include Global Health, Integrated Science and Biology.   

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  • Beemer, Bryce

    Beemer, Bryce

    Assistant Professor of History, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Beemer is an Assistant Professor of World and Southeast Asian History at Duke Kunshan University. He received his B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University. His M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and Ph.D. in History (2013) are both from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. His research is on the transcultural ramifications of slave gathering warfare in mainland Southeast Asia, Northeast India and coastal Bengal, with a special focus on enslaved artisans, religious rituals, and processes of creolization and cultural exchange. His research received generous support from Fulbright-Hays (Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Watumull Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. In 2014, he receive the World History Association’s best dissertation award. His publication “Southeast Asian Slavery and Slave-Gathering Warfare as a Vector for Cultural Transmission: The Case of Burma and Thailand” received academic awards from the American Historical Association and the Burma Studies Foundation for innovative research. Prior to joining DKU, Dr. Beemer was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative World History at Colby College; an editor for TRaNS, a journal devoted to transnational research on Southeast Asia; and a 2017-18 SSRC Transregional Research Fellow for InterAsian Contexts and Connections.  

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  • Brodhead, Richard H

    Brodhead, Richard H

    William Preston Few Professor of English, Duke University

    Honorary Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University

    President Emeritus, Duke University

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    Richard H. Brodhead served as President of Duke University from 2004 to 2017 and is currently the William Preston Few Professor of English. Under his leadership, Duke established many of its best-known international programs, including the Duke Global Health Institute, DukeEngage, Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, and Duke Kunshan University. Brodhead was named Honorary Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University in May 2017.

    Brodhead received his undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from Yale University, where he had a 32-year career as a faculty member before coming to Duke.He won Yale’s principal prize for outstanding teaching and served for eleven years as Dean of Yale College, with responsibility for every aspect of undergraduate education. A scholar of American literature and culture, he has written and edited more than a dozen books, and he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.The American Academy named him Co-Chair of its Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, and he co-authored its 2013 report, The Heart of the Matter.

    Brodhead’s writings about higher education have been collected in two books, The Good of this Place (2004) and Speaking of Duke (2017). For his national role in higher education, Brodhead was given the Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has also been awarded five honorary degrees, including one from Tsinghua University.

    Brodhead has been an enthusiastic partner in the creation of Duke Kunshan and looks forward to engaging firsthand with facutly and students.   

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  • Chakraborty, Titas

    Chakraborty, Titas

    Assistant Professor of History, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Chakraborty is an Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BA and MA in History from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, and her MA and PhD in History from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2016-17, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Oberlin College. In 2017-18, she is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas-Austin. Her research and teaching focuses on South Asian and World History, with special attention to labor, migration, and gender. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include Global China Studies, Global History, and South Asian History.   

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  • Choi, Jung

    Choi, Jung

    Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Studies, Duke Kunshan University

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    She is a cross-disciplinary theorist and curator who has worked at renowned media art institutions including Art Center Nabi in Seoul, South Korea, and ZKM Karlsruhe in Germany. Dr. Choi received her M.A. in Visual Culture Theory from New York University and her Ph.D. in Art History and Visual Studies from Duke University. She also received a graduate certificate in Information Science and Studies from Duke University that offered research and training in Digital Humanities. Dr. Choi continues to experiment with different creative methods in Digital Humanities and Arts. Prior to joining DKU, she was the director (PI) of the Digital Humanities City: Restoration of Soon-Sung project, which was supported by the National Research Foundation of South Korea. Dr. Choi’s current research focuses on interactions between art and technology, and contemporary visual and media culture, especially on the ways in which artistic and creative practices provide constructive criticism on our contemporary media environments. Her teaching interests at DKU include Contemporary Art and Visual Culture, Media Studies and Aesthetics.  

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  • Chu, Nellie

    Chu, Nellie

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Chu is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BA in International Relations (Highest Honors) and German Language and Culture (High Honors), from the University of California, Davis, and her MA and PhD in Cultural Anthropology (2014) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2016-17, she held a fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies/Henry Luce Foundation for China Studies and the National Endowment for the Humanities and served as Visiting Professor at the University of Goettingen Center for Modern East Asian Studies in Germany. In 2017-18, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University’s School for Industrial and Labor Research. Dr. Chu’s current research focuses on global supply chains in fashion and the transnational role of migrant entrepreneurs. She has also started a new project on West African and Korean religious communities related to the doctrine of prosperity. Her research site for both projects is Guangzhou. In 2014, Dr. Chu won the Outstanding Teacher’s Assistant Award given by the Graduate Divisions at UCSC. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include Cultures and Movements, Global China Studies, and Cultural Anthropology.   

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  • Chung, Chang

    Chung, Chang

    Professor of Biology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Chung received his B.S. and M.Sc. in Zoology from Seoul National University in South Korea and PhD in Cell Biology from Duke University. He did postdoctoral training in Molecular Genetics at University of California, San Diego, where he worked as an Assistant Project Scientist. Dr. Chung joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2001 and was promoted to a tenured Associate Professor. In 2014, Dr. Chung moved to Tianjin University in China where he was a Full Professor. His current research focuses on examining the role of microglia activation/chemotaxis in neuro-inflammation during the progression of neurodegenerative diseases. His research in directed cell migration has significant impacts in numerous important areas of work including cancer, Alzheimer’s, depression and immunological disorders. He was a recipient of the Special Fellow Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. His research was supported by funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the National Natural Science Foundation of China. He has taught undergraduate, graduate and medical students on a wide range of areas including Introductory Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics, Scientific Communications and Neuropharmacology.   

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  • Clements, Kaley

    Clements, Kaley

    Assistant Professor of Media and Arts, Duke Kunshan University

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    Kaley Clements is an Assistant Professor of Documentary and Digital Media Arts with expertise in documentary, filmmaking, photography, visual narratives, aural storytelling and soundscape design. He received an M.F.A. in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. His research focuses on where social conflict, climate change and the loss of diversification converge under the power structures of the globalizing economy. He has produced work in Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Mexico, Vietnam and the U.S. His work has been screened internationally and he has curated film exhibitions in Shanghai.  

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  • Cui, Jingbo 崔静波

    Cui, Jingbo

    Associate Professor of Applied Economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    Prior to joining DKU, he was a Chu-Tian Junior Scholar with the Department of Education in Hubei province, associate professor in the School of Economics and Management at Wuhan University, and a postdoctoral research associate and visiting scholar at Iowa State University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University, an M.S. in economics from Wuhan University, and a B.S. in economics and mathematics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China. Dr. Cui’s research centers on Environmental Economics, Economics of Innovation and International Trade. His research has appeared in top academic journals in the fields of Environmental and Resource Economics, Agricultural Economics and Energy Economics. He has been serving as the referee for leading journals in Environmental Economics, such as JEEM, JAERE, ERE, and many others. His current research projects on climate change and low-carbon innovation have been funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Recent research projects include economic analysis of climate change, welfare impacts of biofuel policies and the effects of environmental policies on environmental innovation.   

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  • Efstathiou, Konstantinos

    Efstathiou, Konstantinos

    Associate Professor of Mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Athens, Greece, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Universite Littoral Cote d’Opale, France, in 2004 with the highest distinction, “tres honorable avec les felicitations du jury.” From 2005 to 2012, he was postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Mathematics, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2013 and 2014, he was a lecturer at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China, where he also served as acting Head of Department. In 2014, he returned to Groningen where he held an Assistant Professor position prior to joining DKU. His research interests lie in the general areas of dynamical systems and mathematical physics with the main focus being on the geometry of integrable Hamiltonian systems and the dynamics of coupled oscillator networks. He has published a monograph on integrable Hamiltonian systems and his research work has appeared in some of the most prestigious journals in his field. In his 14-year teaching career, he has taught a multitude of Mathematics and Physics courses at introductory and advanced levels. He has received a best teacher award for his course on Calculus for Chemistry and has obtained an Undergraduate Teaching Qualification. His teaching interests at DKU include foundational and advanced Mathematics courses with emphasis on issues of teaching innovation and student activation and inclusion.  

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  • Field, Andrew

    Field, Andrew

    Director of Study Abroad and Outreach, Duke Kunshan University

    Adjunct Professor of Chinese History, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Andrew David Field earned a B.A. in Asian Studies at Dartmouth College (1991) and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University (2001). He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Japanese languages. He has taught many different courses in Chinese and world history at universities in the United States, Australia, China, and Korea. From 2015 to 2018, he served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Duke Kunshan University and taught a course on the history of Shanghai for the Global Learning Semester. He currently serves as Director of Study Abroad and Outreach at Duke Kunshan University. Dr. Field is the author or co-author of three books: Shanghai’s Dancing World: Cabaret Culture and Urban Politics (2010), Mu Shiying: China’s Lost Modernist (2014), and Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City (co-authored with James Farrer, 2015). He is working on a fourth book on the indie rock revolution in China since the 2000s. His independent documentary film Down: Indie Rock in the PRC (2012), co-produced with Jud Willmont, has screened at film festivals and academic conferences worldwide. He has also published numerous articles in academic journals and edited volumes on the subject of historical and contemporary urban culture and society in China. He keeps an online journal: shanghaisojourns.net.  

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  • Flanagan, Owen

    Flanagan, Owen

    James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University

    Co-Director, The Center for Comparative Philosophy, Duke University

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    Dr. Flanagan came to Duke University in 1993 and is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy. He also holds appointments in Psychology and Neuroscience, and is a Faculty Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience and a steering committee member of the Philosophy, Arts, and Literature (PAL) program, and an Affiliate of the Graduate Program in Literature. Dr. Flanagan received his BA in Philosophy from Fordham University and his PhD in Philosophy from Boston University (1978). He taught for sixteen years at Wellesley College as Class of 1919 Professor of Philosophy. Dr. Flanagan has authored several books and had visiting positions at Berkeley, Brandeis, Princeton, Harvard, and La Trobe in Australia, University of Vienna, City University of Hong Kong, as well as several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

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  • France, Marcia

    France, Marcia

    Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Duke Kunshan University

    Professor of Chemistry, Duke Kunshan University

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    Marcia B. France is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and also a Professor of Chemistry at Duke Kunshan University. Prior to coming to Duke Kunshan, she was the John T. Herwick, M.D. Professor of Chemistry and Associate Provost at Washington and Lee University. She served as Associate Dean of the College from 2012-2017. Dr. France has served as a visiting research scientist at Dupont, Stanford University, the University of St Andrews, and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique/AgroParisTech. She earned her S.B. in chemistry at MIT, where she did undergraduate research under 2001 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry K. Barry Sharpless, and her M.S. in chemistry at Yale University. She was a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow at Caltech, where she earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry for work on the development of ruthenium catalysts for olefin metathesis with 2005 Nobel Laureate Robert H. Grubbs.   

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  • Fredman, Zach

    Fredman, Zach

    Assistant Professor of History, Duke Kunshan University

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    Zach Fredman is an Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA in History from the University of Arizona, and his MA and PhD in History from Boston University (2016). Dr. Fredman’s research focuses on U.S.-China relations, and his first book, which is forthcoming with University of North Carolina Press, examines the U.S. military presence in China during the 1940s. Dr. Fredman has carried out extensive archival research in China, and his work has been published in Frontiers of History in China, Diplomatic History, Diplomacy and Statecraft, and The Washington Post. In 2017, he received the Edward M. Coffman First Book Manuscript Prize from the Society for Military History and the Betty M. Unterberger Dissertation Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. Prior to coming to Duke Kunshan, he held postdoctoral fellowships at Dartmouth College (2017–18) and Nanyang Technological University (2016–17). His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include China Studies, U.S. Studies, Institutions and Governance, and Public Policy.   

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  • Fruh, Kyle

    Fruh, Kyle

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Amherst College, his M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Georgetown University. He was subsequently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Beloit College, and, more recently, a Thinking Matters Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University. Dr. Fruh’s research interests traverse a number of areas in ethics, including ethical implications of climate change, the nature of promissory obligation and moral heroism. At DKU, his teaching interests include Global Challenges, Logic, Philosophy and Sport, and additional areas in ethics.  

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  • Gao, Song

    Gao, Song

    Professor of Environmental Science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Gao is a Professor of Environmental Science at Duke Kunshan University. He received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering (Chemistry track, with Honors) from the University of Science and Technology of China, his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Washington-Seattle, and completed his postdoctoral training in Atmospheric Chemistry at California Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he was a chemistry faculty member at Stetson University in the US as well as Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a Section Editor for Case Studies in the Environment – Sustainability with the University of California Press. He has recently served on proposal review panels for the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and coordinated a US-China Climate Change Partnership Forum in Washington, DC. Dr. Gao’s research interests include atmospheric chemistry, water pollution and science-based climate mitigation policies. He has published extensively at flagship international journals. Several of his papers have been highly cited worldwide in which he made pioneering contributions to uncovering new mechanisms of secondary organic aerosol formation and urban air pollution. He was a co-recipient of the Alan Berman Research Publications Award. Collaborating with colleagues from Princeton and Claremont, he is completing a book on Environmental Science Problem Solving to be published in 2019. Among the many students he mentored, two were recently named the prestigious NSF Green Chemistry Scholars in the US. He led the creation of a joint undergraduate program on environmental engineering between the University of Arizona and Fudan University. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include Chemistry, Integrated Science, Renewable Energy, Environmental Science and Policy.     

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  • Guy, Kolleen

    Guy, Kolleen

    Associate Professor of History, Duke Kunshan University

    Chair, Division of Social Sciences, Undergraduate Program, Duke Kunshan University

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    She has a B.A. in History and English from North Central College and a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, Bloomington. Prior to joining DKU, she was an Associate Professor of History and the Ricardo Romo Distinguished Professor in the Honors College at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Dr. Guy’s research focuses on the history of food and wine as highlighted in her award-winning book, “When Champagne became French: Wine and the Making of a National Identity.” Her main research interest is on how both the consumption and production of food and drink shape national memory and identity. She has won numerous awards for teaching innovation. Her teaching interests at DKU include Global History as well as areas related to food systems and environment.  

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  • Henderson, Seth

    Henderson, Seth

    Assistant Professor of Media and Arts, Duke Kunshan University

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    He holds a M.F.A. in filmmaking from Hong Kong Baptist University (2010), where he is also completing a Ph.D. dissertation on Hong Kong documentary film. As a filmmaker and a film historian whose impulses are rooted in creative storytelling, he is particularly interested in the complex relationship between local traditions and global phenomena. His 20 years of professional experience span the U.S., Japan and Hong Kong, and he has sold two feature-length screenplays to production companies. His work has been recognized with international film awards, including at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival, and shown nationally on PBS in the U.S. His teaching interests at DKU include screenwriting, documentary film, and moving image production.  

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  • Huang, Kai

    HUANG, Kai

    Associate Professor of Physics, Duke Kunshan University

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    He received his B.S. in Electronic Engineering (2000) and his Ph.D. in Physical Acoustics (2006) from Nanjing University. He did postdoctoral training from 2006 to 2009 at the Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization. Since 2009, he has been building a research group at the University of Bayreuth in Bavaria and teaching physics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2014, he got his “Habilitation” in physics, a scientific and pedagogic qualification for professors in Germany. From 2015 to 2019, he continued to work at the University of Bayreuth as a Privatdozent. He is interested in understanding, predicting and eventually controlling the collective behavior of sand grains (i.e., granular materials) by means of lab experiments and computer simulations, in order to shed light on widespread applications such as space exploration, powder-based additive manufacturing (3D printing), landslide and earthquake triggering, dune migration and transport. He is also interested in the acoustical design of opera theatres (e.g. the Bayreuth Festspielhaus of Richard Wagner), partly as a consequence of his lectures on acoustics.  

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  • Hunter-Gordon, Kim

    Hunter-Gordon, Kim

    Assistant Professor of Chinese and Performance Studies, Duke Kunshan University

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    He received his M.A. (Hons) in English Literature and Psychology at the University of Glasgow and trained as a newspaper journalist with the National Council for the Training of Journalists in London. He earned his Ph.D. from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2017, for which he spent two years as a China Studies Fellow at Nanjing University. Before joining DKU, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Dr. Gordon’s research is at the intersection of performance and history, with a primary expertise in Kun opera. He is particularly interested in the relationship between culture and its written or audiovisual record, together with the controls and contingencies to which the record and archives are subject. In addition to his academic work, he has translated subtitles for the Jiangsu Kunju Theatre for over five years and worked as producer on two major Kun opera shows. He sings the xiaosheng role and regularly performs on the avocational Kun opera circuit in China and beyond. Prior to his doctorate, Dr. Gordon worked as a reporter at The Observer in London before spending several years in Shanghai and Beijing, where he studied Chinese and worked in various media roles. At DKU, his teaching interests include Chinese Drama and Media and the Arts.  

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  • Hwang, Myung-Joong

    Hwang, Myung-Joong

    Assistant Professor of Physics, Duke Kunshan University

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    He has a B.Sc. and Ph.D in Physics from Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea. Prior to joining DKU, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Ulm University, Germany. Dr. Hwang’s research focuses on understanding quantum nature of light and matter and developing ways to harness them for next generation quantum technologies including quantum computing. His teaching interests in DKU includes Integrated Science and advanced Physics courses.  

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  • Ji, John

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Science, Duke Kunshan University

    Associate Director of the Master of Environmental Policy Program

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    Dr. John Ji is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Science at Duke Kunshan University. His research interest is in the intersection of environment and population health. John was formerly Senior Editor of The Lancet. He received his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, and his doctorate degree from Harvard University.

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  • Ji, Wei

    Visiting Instructor of Physics, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Wei Ji received his B.S. in physics (National Training Plan of Basic Science of Top-notch Students) from Jilin University and his Ph.D in physics from Tsinghua University, where his doctoral dissertation is selected as Excellent Doctoral Dissertation of Tsinghua University (2019). He was a visiting scholar at Duke University from 2017 to 2018.

    His research is primarily about searching for new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. His recent work is to search for new forces beyond the four fundamental forces, i.e. gravity, electromagnetic, strong and weak forces. He has papers published in prestigious academic journals including Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University are undergraduate and graduate level physics.

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  • Kim, Moon Joon

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    Moon Joon Kim is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics in the Undergraduate Program at Duke Kunshan University. He received his PhD in economics from North Carolina State University in 2017 upon completion of his dissertation “Essays on Long-Range Transport of Air Pollution and Its Health Outcomes.” He earned his master’s degree in economics from North Carolina State University in 2016 and his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yonsei University in South Korea in 2009.

    His current research interests are in environmental economics and health economics. He employs the methodological tools used in atmospheric science and public health to manage meteorological data and develop econometric models. He applies these tools to measure the damages associated with air pollution.

    Previously, he held the position of adjunct instructor and was responsible for all teaching and grading duties associated with his undergraduate economics courses at Elon University.

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  • Lai-Henderson, Selina

    Lai-Henderson, Selina

    Assistant Professor of American Literature and History, Duke Kunshan University

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    Lai-Henderson is an Assistant Professor of American Literature and History at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BA in English and Comparative Literature from The University of Hong Kong, her MA in American Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany, was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, and received her PhD in American Studies from the University of Hong Kong (2013). Prior to coming to Duke Kunshan, she was a Research Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Hong Kong. Dr. Lai-Henderson’s first book, Mark Twain in China (Stanford University Press) was published in 2015 and her current work focuses on W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes in Shanghai. She is a cultural and literary scholar and historian whose teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include U.S. Studies, Global Cultural Studies, China Studies, and Literature.   

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  • Lewis, Yitzhak

    Lewis, Yitzhak

    Assistant Professor of Humanities, Duke Kunshan University

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    He holds a Ph.D. (2016) in Hebrew and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where he also taught before joining the faculty at DKU. He received his B.A. (2007) in Comparative Literature, Psychology and Creative Writing from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His forthcoming book, “A Permanent Beginning: Nachman of Braslav and Jewish Literary Modernity,” deals with the Russian Imperial context of early modern Hebrew and Yiddish letters. Yitzhak’s current book project, “A World of Literature: Jorge Luis Borges and the Problems of Literary Marginality,” is a study of marginality and mysticism as literary tropes in the writing of Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges. His teaching and research interests include comparative literature in Hebrew and Spanish, literary theory, transnational writing and world literature.  

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  • Li, Binbin

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Binbin Li is the Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at Duke Kunshan University. She holds a secondary appointment with Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Her research focuses on loss of biodiversity, endangered and endemic species conservation such as giant pandas, priority setting and management of protected areas, and promotion of innovative technology, markets and policies to solve conservation problems and local community development. Dr. Li got her PhD in Environment from Duke University (2017), M.S in Natural Resources and Environment from University of Michigan (2012). and B.S in Life Sciences with a dual degree in Economics from Peking University (2010).

    Dr. Li’s work covers the identification of conservation priorities and national parks in China, impacts of One Belt One Road on biodiversity, giant panda conservation and management via Footprint Identification Technique (FIT), impacts of oil palm and rubber plantations on biodiversity in Southeast Asia, influence of national environmental policies on human-wildlife conflicts, and behavioral study of endemic species. She is also a member of the IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group.

    Dr. Li is engaged in science communication and nature education. She is a signed nature photographer at Swild in China. From 2013-2015, she was on the advisory board for Disney nature documentary “Born in China”. She is devoted in using photography, social media, drama, and other art formats to promote conservation science in the public.

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  • Li, Ming

    Li, Ming

    Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke Kunshan University

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    Ming Li received his B.S. degree in communication engineering from Nanjing University, China, in 2005 and his M.S. degree in signal processing from the Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2008. He joined the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL) at USC on a Provost fellowship in 2008 and received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in May 2013. He is currently an associate professor at Electrical and Computer Engineering of Duke Kunshan University and a research scholar at ECE department of Duke University. His research interests are in the areas of speech processing and multimodal behavior signal analysis with applications to human centered behavioral informatics notably in health, education and security. He has published more than 80 papers and served as scientific committee members and reviewers for multiple conferences and journals. He servers as the area chair of speaker and language recognition on Interspeech 2016 and Interspeech 2018. Works co-authored with his colleagues have won awards at Body Computing Slam Contest 2009, IEEE DCOSS 2009, Interspeech 2011 Speaker State Challenge, Interspeech 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge, and ISCSLP 2014 best paper award. He received the IBM faculty award at 2016.  

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  • Li, Xin

    Li, Xin

    Associate Dean for Research, Duke Kunshan UniversityProfessor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke Kunshan University

    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

    Director of Institute of Applied Physical Sciences and Engineering, Duke Kunshan University

    Director of Data Science Research Center, Duke Kunshan University

    Director of Master of Engineering Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Li is a full Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering and at Duke Kunshan University. He is the Associate Dean for Research, the Director of Institute of Applied Physical Sciences and Engineering (iAPSE), the Director of Data Science Research Center (DSRC) and the Director of Master Engineering Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke Kunshan University. Dr. Li received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University (2005), and his MS and BS degrees in Electronics Engineering from Fudan University. In 2005, he co-founded Xigmix Inc. to commercialize his PhD research, and served as the Chief Technical Officer until the company was acquired by Extreme DA in 2007. In 2011, Extreme DA was further acquired by Synopsis (Nasdaq: SNPS). From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Li was the Assistant Director for Focus Research Center for Circuit & System Solutions (C2S2), a national consortium of 13 research universities (CMU, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, UIUC, UMich, Columbia, UCLA, among others) to work on next-generation integrated circuit design challenges. From 2014 to 2015, he was the Assistant Director for the Center for Silicon System Implementation (CSSI), a CMU research center with 20 faculty members working on integrated circuits and systems. His research interests include integrated circuit, signal processing and data analytics. Dr. Li is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).   

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  • Li, Yingzhou

    Assistant Research Professor of Mathematics, Duke University

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    He specializes in scientific computing and numerical analysis. In particular, his research concerns the design of fast numerical algorithms for problems in computational physics, computational chemistry, and scientific computing.

    Before joining Duke, Li received a B.S. in mathematics for Fudan University in 2012, an M.S. and a Ph.D. in computational and mathematical engineering from Stanford University in 2017.

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  • Lim, Daniel

    Lim, Daniel

    Associate Professor of Philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    Daniel is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Duke Kunshan University. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in History and Philosophy of Science and received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley in computer science. Before coming to Duke Kunshan University, he was an associate professor of philosophy at Renmin University of China. He continues to co-direct the Center for Analytic Philosophy at Renmin and is overseeing a Templeton Religion Trust grant that runs through 2020 titled: “Social, Psychological, and Philosophical Implications of AI.” His main interests lie at the intersection of philosophy of mind and philosophy of religion but he is also interested in experimental philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, philosophy of science, ethics, and computer science.   

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  • Liu, Jian-Guo

    Liu, Jian-Guo

    Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Duke University

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    Dr. Liu joined Duke University in 2009 as professor of Physics and Mathematics. He earned his BS and MS at Fudan University, China, in 1982 and 1985 respectively, and his PhD in Mathematics at University of California, Los Angeles, in 1990. He joined the Department of Mathematics at Temple University as an Assistant Professor in 1993 and moved to University of Maryland, College Park, where he became an Associate Professor in 1997, and a Professor in 2001, in the Department of Mathematics and Institute for Physical Science and Technology. He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Dr. Liu’s research is in the areas of collective dynamics, decision making and self-organization in complex systems from biology and social sciences; scaling behavior in models of clustering and coarsening; numerical methods for incompressible viscous flow; and Multi-scale Analysis and Computation.  

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  • Liu, Zhe

    Liu, Zhe

    Associate Professor of Mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Liu is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BS in Mathematics (Honors) from Hebei Normal University, and her PhD in Mathematics from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in 2010. She was a Lecturer/Postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) during 2010-2012 and a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Denver during 2012-2013. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan University, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In the early stage of graduate school, she was assigned to develop and teach calculus courses as the sole instructor. During thirteen years’ teaching experience in the U.S., She has taught college mathematics at all levels and has been actively engaged in STEM education from all aspects. Dr. Liu received several distinguished teaching awards including a Good Teaching Award at UPenn and two Teaching Awards at UNH. She served as a faculty mentor in UCF’s Career Advancement Mentoring Program for Young Entrepreneurs and Scholars funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Dr. Liu’s research interests lie generally in the areas of functional analysis, operator algebras, mathematical physics, and their applications. Her original research work has been published in prestigious mathematics and science journals including two papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Dr. Liu’s teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include foundational and advanced Math courses in natural/applied sciences and other programs.   

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  • MacDonald, Andrew

    MacDonald, Andrew

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. MacDonald is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA in in History and MA in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and his Master of Philosophy and PhD in Politics from Oxford University (2015). Prior coming to Duke Kunshan, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville. Dr. MacDonald’s primary interest is in finding new ways of unlocking data to better understand individual level outcomes in China. His research focuses on service provision in authoritarian regimes and the incentive structure of developing nations in providing social welfare benefits as well as how individuals are impacted by and react to state narratives and ideology. His Duke Kunshan University teaching interests include Political Economy, Institutions and Governance, and Political Science.   

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  • MacEachern, Scott

    MacEachern, Scott

    Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Duke Kunshan University

    Professor of Archeology and Anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Scott MacEachern is a Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology at Duke Kunshan University. He received his B.A. (Honors) in Anthropology from the University of Prince Edward Island, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary (1991). Before 2018, he was Professor of Anthropology at Bowdoin College, where he also served as Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. MacEachern’s archaeological research focuses on the southern Lake Chad Basin of Central Africa. His main research interests are in the origins of ancient Africa states, international cultural heritage management, and African and global archaeogenetics. His most recent book is “Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa.” He has served as President of the Society of African Archaeologists, and was elected chair of both the Faculty Governance Committee and the Promotions and Tenure Committee at Bowdoin. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include Cultures and Movements, Anthropology and Archaeology.  

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  • McWilliams, Emily

    McWilliams, Emily

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. McWilliams is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BA (summa cum laude) in Philosophy, Linguistics, and Psychology from Tulane University and her PhD in Philosophy from Harvard University (2016). In 2016-17, she was a Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and in 2017-18 she is the Nancy Schaenen Endowed Visiting Scholar of Ethics at the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University. Dr. McWilliams’ research is at the intersection of epistemology and moral philosophy with connections to psychology. In particular, her research investigates how social and political factors, like social power and authority, can impact the way that people reason, and asks what we can do about it. She has received several certificates for distinction in teaching at Harvard. She also taught English for academic purposes in Vietnam and China (in Wuhan) for two years. At Duke Kunshan University her teaching interests include Ethics and Leadership, U.S. Studies, Philosophy, and Psychology.   

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  • Miller, James

    Miller, James

    Professor of Humanities, Duke Kunshan University

    Chair, Division of Arts and Humanities, Undergraduate Program, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Miller is a Professor of Humanities at Duke Kunshan University, and co-director of the Humanities Research Center. He received a BA (Honors) in Chinese Studies from Durham University, a BA (Honors) and an MA in Theological and Religious Studies from Cambridge University, and a PhD in Religious and Theological Studies from Boston University. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan University he was Director of the School of Religion at Queen’s University, Canada. Dr. Miller is noted worldwide as an expert in Daoism, China’s indigenous religion. His his research focuses on the intersection of religion and ecology in China. He has published six books including, most recently, China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future (Columbia 2017). His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include Ethics and Leadership, Global China Studies, Environmental Science, U.S. Studies, Religious Studies and Philosophy.    

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  • Moe, Jeff

    Moe, Jeff

    Professor of the Practice of Global Health, Duke University

    Professor of the Practice of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Moe is a Professor of the Practice of Global Health at Duke University and Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA, MEd, and PhD (1981) from UNC Chapel Hill. His interests include new research and development incentives for neglected tropical and infectious disease research; identification, scaling and replication of global health care delivery innovation and health care financing and payment reforms in the US health care market. He is also collaborating with ethicists, public agencies and private firms regarding the ethical challenges when patients demand expanded access to new therapeutics and public private partnerships are created to accelerate the discovery of innovative therapeutics. Prior to his current role at Duke and Duke Kunshan University, Dr. Moe was an Executive in Residence at Duke's Fuqua School of Business. Before joining Duke, Moe was an executive at Glaxo Smith Kline.  

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  • O’Brien, William

    Visiting Professor, Duke University

    Visiting Professor of Psychology, Duke Kunshan University

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    William H. O'Brien, Ph.D., ABPP is a Visiting Professor to Duke Kunshan University and is the USA Fulbright Scholar Distinguished Chair in Social Sciences to China for 2020. His home university is Bowling Green State University. At Bowling Green he is a Professor of Psychology and coordinates the Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology Track as well as the Mindful Behavior Therapy and Psychophysiology Lab.

    Dr. O'Brien’s research focuses on (a) developing protocols and evaluating the effectiveness of third-wave cognitive behavioral therapies (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and the functional analysis of behavior) for persons experiencing anxiety disorders, psychosomatic disorders, and psychophysiological disorders; (b) psychophysiological mechanisms that underly relationships between mindfulness-related constructs and health; and (c) functional analysis/decision making in clinical psychology. Dr. O’Brien has authored or co-authored two books and over 80 journal articles and/or book chapters. At DKU, Dr. O’Brien teaches courses in Western and Eastern Perspectives in Mindfulness, Stress, and Health; Introduction to Psychology; and Abnormal Psychology.

    Dr. O’Brien is Board Certified in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology and is the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Eden Springs Healthcare Center in Green Springs, Ohio. At that center, Dr. O’Brien and the graduate extern provide assessment and treatment services to medical inpatients. To date, over 2000 patients have received either assessment or intervention services through the behavioral medicine service.

    Dr. O’Brien completed his postdoctoral training at Bowling Green State University in 1991, his internship at Case Western Reserve Medical School in 1990, and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL in 1990.

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  • Olsavsky, Jesse

    Olsavsky, Jesse

    Assistant Professor of History, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Olsavsky has a B.A. in History and German Literature from the University of Toledo and an M.A. and PhD in American and Atlantic history from the University of Pittsburgh. His research has been funded by such institutions as the American Council of Learned Societies, the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, and the Schomburg Center for the Study of African American Life and Culture. Dr. Olsavsky teaches and researches broadly in social movements, U.S. history and politics, and African American history. In particular, his work focuses on the history of African slavery in the Americas, the international movements to abolish African slavery, and the intellectual history of Pan-Africanism.  

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  • Parsons, William

    Parsons, William

    Associate Professor of Political Science, Duke Kunshan University

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    He received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto. Before coming to DKU, Dr. Parsons taught at Carroll College, a liberal arts college in Montana. His research examines early modernity, Christianity and the thought of Niccolo Machiavelli. At DKU, his teaching interests include U.S. Studies, Ethics and Leadership, Institutions and Governance, and Political Science.  

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  • Pickl, Peter

    Pickl, Peter

    Visiting Professor of Mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Pickl is a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA and MA in Physics, and his PhD in Mathematics (2005) from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich. From 2005 to 2010 he did postdoctoral training at three of the most prestigious groups of mathematical physics, the group of Stefan Teufel at University of Tübingen, the group of Jürg Fröhlich and Gian-Michele Graf from the Institute of Theoretical Physics at ETH Zurich and Professor JakobYngvason at the Department of Physics at the University of Vienna. He has been a professor at the Mathematical Institute, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, since September 2010. Dr. Pickl’s main research focus is on mean field descriptions of classical and quantum systems employing the new alpha-method for proving mean field results. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include Integrated Science, Mathematical Foundations, and advanced courses in Mathematics and Physics.   

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  • Pickus, Noah

    Pickus, Noah

    Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost, Duke University

    Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development , Duke Kunshan University

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    Noah Pickus is Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the Provost at Duke University, Dean of Undergraduate Curricular Affairs and Faculty Development at Duke Kunshan University, and Associate Research Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He earned a bachelor’s degree in the College of Social Studies at Wesleyan University and a doctorate in politics from Princeton University. At Duke Kunshan University, he led the design of the undergraduate curriculum and is responsible for hiring a new faculty, implementing the curriculum, and developing innovative pedagogical approaches. Dr. Pickus was previously the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. He is the author of several books and policy reports including True Faith and Allegiance: Immigration and American Civic Nationalism (Princeton University Press, 2005) and Liberal Arts and Sciences Innovation in China: Six Recommendations to Shape the Future (Center for International Higher Education, 2017). An American Council on Education Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College, Dr. Pickus is currently a lead curriculum designer and faculty member at the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership. He has previously taught at Middlebury College as well as in China and Israel.   

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  • Pickus, Noah

    Plesser, Ronen

    Professor of Physics, Mathematics and Education, Center for Geometry and Theoretical Physics, Duke University

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    Dr. Plesser is a professor of Physics, Mathematics, and Education at Duke University, where he has been on the faculty since 1997. He received his BSc from Tel Aviv University and his PhD from Harvard in 1991. His research interests center on the interplay of physics and geometry in string theory and quantum field theory. He is also active in science outreach, notably in astronomy. He has presented an online course (MOOC) for the past five years and is interested in using MOOC data to understand student learning and improve course design. Prior to coming to Duke he was on the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science.   

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  • Rathnam, Lincoln

    Rathnam, Lincoln

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Rathnam is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA in Philosophy (Honors) from Davidson College, studied at the Inter-University Program in Chinese Language Studies at Tsinghua University, and received his MA in East Asian Studies (2016) and PhD in Political Science (2017) from the University of Toronto. During the 2016-2017 academic year he was a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Political Science at Davidson College and he is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University. Dr. Rathnam’s fields of study are Political Theory and Comparative Politics. He is currently completing a book manuscript on freedom and toleration, as understood in ancient China and early modern Europe. Future projects include a re-examination of the “Asian values” debate and a comparative study of the concept of justice. In addition to his work on comparative political theory, Dr. Rathnam is engaged in ongoing research in the history of American politics thought, with a particular focus on issues concerning disagreement, diversity, and the reception of non-Western thought within the United States. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include Ethics and Leadership, Global China Studies, U.S. Studies, Institutions and Governance, and Political Science.   

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  • Robertson, Katherine

    Robertson, Katherine

    Director of Faculty Affairs, Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology, Duke Kunshan University

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    She received a Master’s Degree in Immunology from Kings College, University of London, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from Guy’s Medical School (1997), University of London. Robertson’s past research interests focused on Developmental Neurobiology and Learning and Memory, and she has published papers in several leading journals such as Developmental Biology and Trends in Genetics. Robertson has been teaching biology for more than 12 years and has taught courses in Developmental Biology, Cell Biology and Animal Behavior. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include Evolution of Genomes and Behavior.   

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  • Lie Philip, Santoso

    Santoso, Lie Philip

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke Kunshan University

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    He holds a double B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from University of Illinois, as well as an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University. Prior to joining DKU, he is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. His research interests are comparative political behavior and survey methodologies. In general, his work focuses on how differences in economic and political context across countries and over time impact the political attitudes of citizens operating in those contexts. Besides his substantive interest, he is also interested in conducting survey research and exploring cutting-edge survey tools to answer political science questions. His publications include articles examining the utility of conducting surveys online and the impact of partisanship on citizens' attitudes.   

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  • Schupmann, Benjamin

    Schupmann, Benjamin

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Schupmann is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA in International Studies (Honors) and Philosophy from Boston College, his Dottorato di Ricerca in Dipartimento di ScienzePolitiche, Luiss Guido Carli, Rome, Italy, and his MA, M.Phil, and PhD in Political Science from Columbia University (2015). He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Political Theory at the National University of Singapore. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he was a Lecturer in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Yale-NUS. Dr. Schupmann’s research interests focus on liberalism, democracy, and the welfare state. In particular, his recent work focuses on political and constitutional theory and the relationship between legitimate state authority and the preservation of freedom, self-determination, equality, and security. At Duke Kunshan University, his teaching interests include U.S. Studies, Ethics and Leadership, Institutions and Governance, and Political Science.   

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  • Simon, Denis

    Simon, Denis

    Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University

    Professor of China Business and Technology, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

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    Dr. Denis Simon is Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University, a Sino-U.S. joint venture based in the city of Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China. Dr. Simon joined Duke Kunshan University from Arizona State University, where he had served as senior adviser to the president for China-related strategic initiatives, executive director of the University Design Institute, and Foundation Professor of Contemporary Chinese Affairs in the School of Politics and Global Studies.

    Dr. Simon previously held international affairs leadership positions and faculty appointments at several universities in the United States and China. An expert on the role of science and technology in international relations, he also has extensive private sector experience, having held China-based leadership roles at both Monitor Consulting Group and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has written and lectured widely regarding innovation, high technology development, foreign investment and corporate strategy in the Pacific-Rim and is frequently quoted in the Western and Asian business press regarding commercial and technology trends in China, Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region.

    Having first visited Asia in 1976 and the China mainland in 1981, Dr. Simon has developed an extensive network of professional relationships throughout business, government, and academia in the region. A member of the editorial boards of Chinese Management Studies and the Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, he also has served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on technology and innovation matters related to China. He is a member of the American Experts Group within the U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue organized by China's Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. In 2006, he received the China National Friendship Award from former Premier Wen Jiabao, China’s highest form of recognition for foreign experts.

    Dr. Simon received his B.A. degree in Asian Studies from the State University of New York in 1974. He received his M.A. degree in Asian Studies in 1975 and Ph.D. in Political Science in 1980 from the University of California at Berkeley.   

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  • Stephens, Daniel

    Stephens, Daniel

    Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Stephens is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA in Philosophy from Grand Valley State University, his M.Phil. in Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong, and his PhD in Philosophy from Duke University (2015). Since then he has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong; in 2017-2018 he is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Fordham University. Dr. Stephens studies both traditional interpretations of Chinese philosophy and the dialogue between Chinese philosophy and modern ethics and social psychology. He received a Duke Teaching Award and has worked as a writing tutor. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include Ethics and Leadership, Global China Studies, Philosophy, and Psychology.  

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  • Tsigkou, Anastasia

    Tsigkou, Anastasia

    Associate Professor of Biology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Anastasia Tsigkou was a visiting Associate Professor at the University of Athens Medical School. She held a lecturer position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Xi’an Jiatong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), teaching Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Cancer Biology. She has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a D.Phil from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K. She also has a postgraduate certificate in science from Oxford Brookes. Her research focus is reproductive biology, particularly the study of Inhibin and Progesterone receptors in uterine leiomyomas and ovarian cancers. One of her main achievements is the development of a novel immunoassay Inhibin total (A&B) (Inhibin-TGF-β family). Development of the assay led to the successful licensing of the antibodies and assays, with total royalties of over GBP 2 million going to Oxford Brookes. She has had several research grants, most recently from the National Natural Science Foundation of China for the study of MMPs in cancer biology and a regional grant of Guangdong province in collaboration with XJTLU to develop a novel immunoassay to vitamin D binding proteins.  

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  • van den Dool, Annemieke

    van den Dool, Annemieke

    Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke Kunshan University

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    She received her Ph.D. in Law from the University of Amsterdam; her M.Sc. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from Lund University in Sweden; and her B.A in Chinese Languages and Cultures from Leiden University. In her current research project, Dr. van den Dool examines why and how public health crises such as food safety scandals, epidemics and environmental incidents lead to legal change in China, and what the nature of such change is. Prior to joining DKU, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and a lecturer at Mid Sweden University, where she taught courses on public administration, policy processes and crisis politics. At DKU, her research interests include public policy, environmental policy and crisis politics.  

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  • Van Overmeire, Ben

    Van Overmeire, Ben

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Van Overmeire is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BA (cum laude) and his MA (summa cum laude) in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the VrijeUniversiteit Brussel, his MA in American Studies (magna cum laude) from the University of Antwerp, his MA in Comparative Literature (magna cum laude) from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and his PhD in Literature from the University of California, San Diego (2016). From 2016-2017, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College. Currently, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation, Flanders, at Ghent University. Dr. Van Overmeire is trained in Comparative Literature and his research focuses on the study of Zen Buddhist texts. At Duke Kunshan University, his teaching interests include Ethics and Leadership, Global China Studies, Religion, and Literature.  

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  • Wang, Mengqi

    Wang, Mengqi

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BA in Economics and in Chinese and Media Studies from Beijing Normal University and her MA and PhD in Anthropology from Brandeis University (2017). Dr. Wang’s research focuses on economic anthropology and how home ownership and property relations implicate and structure state power, capitalism, and everyday life in post-socialist China as well as among overseas Chinese. At Duke Kunshan University, her teaching interests include Cultures and Movements, Global China Studies, Urban Studies, and Cultural Anthropology.   

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  • Wang, Yu

    Wang, Yu

    Assistant Professor of Sociology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Yu Wang is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BS and MS in Sociology from Renmin University and her MS and PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017). Her research focuses on the role of intermarriage and individual achievement as pathways to social mobility in China during a period of rapid economic, social, and demographic changes. Her current project is about the interaction between demographic changes and assortative mating in contemporary China. Her articles have appeared in journals, such as Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, American Journal of Public Health, and Contraception.  

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  • Winner, William

    Winner, William

    Professor of Environmental Science, Duke Kunshan University

    Chair, Division of Natural and Applied Sciences, Undergraduate Program, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Winner is a Professor of Environmental Science at Duke Kunshan University. He received his B.A. and M.A. Teaching degrees in Biology from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, an M.A. in Biology from the University of South Dakota and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Calgary, Canada. Dr. Winner has led the development of and directed environmental science research centers and academic programs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Oregon State University, and North Carolina State University. He also worked in research administration at the National Science Foundation. His scientific background and research focus on plant physiological and ecological responses to environmental change. His teaching and research interests at Duke Kunshan University include Integrated Science, Biology, and Environmental Science especially life cycle analysis and systems thinking.  

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  • Xu, Shixin 徐士鑫

    Xu, Shixin

    Assistant Professor for Mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    He received his B.Sc. in Mathematics (Hons) from Ocean University of China and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Science and Technology, China, in 2013. From 2013 to 2017, he held postdoctorate positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Notre Dame and University of California Riverside (U.S.), and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Canada). His research interests are machine learning and data-driven model for diseases, multiscale modeling of complex fluids, homogenization theory and numerical analysis.  

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  • Xu, Xiaoqian 徐霄乾

    Xu, Xiaoqian

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    He received his B.S. (Hons) in Mathematics from Zhejiang University and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2016). He did his postdoctorate research in Carnegie Mellon University and the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University, from 2016 to 2019. Dr. Xu;s research interests are mathematical modeling of mixing in fluids, investigating the properties of solutions to some types of fluid mechanics equations and studying the time-fractional differential equations. At DKU, his teaching interests include Mathematical Foundations and advanced courses in pure Math.  

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  • Zhang, Kai

    Zhang, Kai

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Duke Kunshan University. He received his BS in chemistry from Tsinghua University and his PhD in physical chemistry from Duke University (2012). Prior to joining DKU, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University and Columbia University. Dr. Zhang performs theoretical and computational studies of soft condensed matters, such as polymers and glasses, from statistical mechanics point of view. He seeks to understand and predict the structural and dynamical properties of soft materials with molecular simulation and machine learning methods. He is also interested in statistical and collective behaviors in biological systems.   

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  • Zhang, Xiaochen 张晓晨

    Zhang, Xiaochen

    Assistant Professor of Economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University (2018) and obtained a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Demography while pursuing his Ph.D. Prior to his Ph.D. program, he received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Shandong University (2010) and an M.Sc. in Population, Resource and Environmental Economics from Fudan University (2013). Dr. Zhang is an applied microeconomist with primary research interests in regional and urban economics. His current research focuses on a wide range of topics in applied economics, such as policy evaluation and the impacts of population aging on local labor markets. Prior to joining DKU, Dr. Zhang has teaching experience for a wide range of undergraduate courses, such as Principles of Economics, Microeconomics, Population & Development.  

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  • Daisy, Zhang-Negreie

    Zhang-Negreie, Daisy

    Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, Duke Kunshan University

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    Daisy Zhang-Negrerie was born in Shanghai. She went to the U.S. in the late 1980s when she was an undergraduate student at the University of Science and Technology of China. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Calvin College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago. Dr. Zhang-Negrerie was a tenured professor at Seattle Pacific University and was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pau, France. Prior to joining DKU, she was the Dean of Academics at Shanghai United International School. Dr. Zhang-Negrerie has published over 100 journal papers in the fields of organic chemistry and theoretical chemistry, and has contributed to more than 10 books as a co-author in both chemistry and education, including, “Atoms, Molecules and Clusters in Electric Fields,” “Advances in Organic Synthesis” and “Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes.”  

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  • 郑昌成

    Zheng, Changcheng

    Associate Professor of Physics, Duke Kunshan University

     

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    Changcheng Zheng obtained a B.Sc. in physics from University of Science and Technology of China in 2007 and completed his Ph.D. in 2011 (degree awarded in 2012) at the Department of Physics, University of Hong Kong (HKU). After being a research assistant/associate at HKU for more than a year, he worked as a lecturer at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University from 2013 to 2019. His research is on experimental condense matter physics: optical properties of semiconductors and nanostructures, exciton dynamics in bulk and low dimensional systems under different excitation conditions, nonlinear optical properties of novel luminescent/fluorescent materials. He has taught university physics for several years, completed three external research projects and published more than 30 journal papers with co-authors.  

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  • Zhu, Qian

    Zhu, Qian

    Assistant Professor of History, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Zhu is an Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BA and MA in History from Shandong University and her PhD in History from New York University (2011). She taught for 4 years at Wabash College in Indiana and since 2016 she has been a Global Perspectives on Society Fellow at NYU-Shanghai. Dr. Zhu’s research focuses on Modern Chinese History and on China’s current global challenges. Her first project is a comparative and transnational inquiry of intellectual and cultural history focused on Chinese Leftism and Anti-Colonialism in Southeast Asia, 1938-1948. She has a second project on feminism and everyday life in post-socialist China, which focuses on feminism in entrepreneurship, reproductive labor, and social welfare and is based in part on interviews with entrepreneurs and migrant workers in Shanghai as well as archival research and social media. Her Duke Kunshan University teaching interests include Global China Studies and Chinese History as well areas related to global health, gender and sexuality, and media and art.   

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Duke Kunshan University Language and Culture Center Faculty

  • Bradford, Amanda

    Bradford, Amanda

    Lecturer in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Amanda Bradford is a lecturer in English Language in the Language and Culture Center, Duke Kunshan University. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language (Monterey Institute of International Studies) and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught English to university students around the world in countries as diverse as Mozambique, Brazil, the United States and, most recently, in the United Arab Emirates. Her professional interests include extensive reading and second language acquisition.  

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  • Campbell, Maxi-Ann

    Campbell, Maxi-Ann

    ESL/Academic Writing Lecturer, Duke Kunshan University

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    Maxi-Ann Campbell is an ESL/Academic Writing Lecturer at Duke Kunshan University. Campbell received her M.A. in applied linguistics from Georgia State University. She has taught English and intercultural communication at universities in China, and she has served as a Global Academic Fellow at New York University Shanghai. She currently teaches academic writing and oral communication at Duke Kunshan University to graduate and undergraduate students. Her research focuses on native-nonnative speaker interaction in university settings and methods for improving native speakers’ attitudes toward and comprehension of nonnative speech. She also works in teaching training, examining best practices for teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is coauthor of the third edition of TESOL Press’s bestselling book, More than a Native Speaker.  

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  • Carter, Tyler

    Carter, Tyler

    Assistant Professor of English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Tyler Carter is an assistant professor of English language. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2017, where he studied Rhetoric & Composition and Second Language Studies. He also earned an MFA in poetry from Brown University in 2005. His research focuses on comparative rhetoric, composition pedagogy, and L2 writing. Additionally his poetry, essays, and sound projects have appeared in Fence, Denver Quarterly, Textsound, and other literary journals. He has been teaching and tutoring writing and language since 2004. Currently, he teaches graduate writing and communication for the Duke Kunshan University graduate programs in addition to working as a writing coach at the Writing and Language Studio in Duke Kunshan University.   

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  • Davies, Joe

    Davies, Joe

    Lecturer in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Joe Davies is an English Language Lecturer at Duke Kunshan University’s Language and Culture Center. He obtained a First Class B.Sc. (Hons) in Forensic Science prior to receiving his M.A. in TESOL with Applied Linguistics (Distinction) in 2015 from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He is near completion of the Cambridge University DELTA qualification and his current research focuses on socio-pragmatics, learner needs and classroom assessment. His extensive experience of designing, managing and teaching academic and professional English-language courses throughout China include lecturing at New York University Shanghai and traveling extensively across China as UCLan’s Business Development Lead.  

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  • Davies, Laura

    Davies, Laura

    Lecturer in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Laura Davies is an English Language Lecturer at Duke Kunshan University's Language and Culture Center. She holds a B.A. (Hons) in International Business and an M.A. TESOL with Applied Linguistics (Distinction) from the University of Central Lancashire. Based in China for over 10 years, Laura has extensive intercultural management experience and has been leading a team of over 30 faculty as program leader to deliver Business English degree programs in Shanghai. Her research interests include employability in the English-language curriculum, socio-pragmatics and assessment. She is near completion of her Cambridge DELTA qualification, specializing in ELT Management in Higher Education.  

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  • Eberly, Eric

    Eberly, Eric

    Senior Lecturer in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Eric Eberly is a senior lecturer in the Language and Culture Center at Duke Kunshan University. He holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Azuza Pacific University and is finishing an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). He has taught most recently at EMU, and previously taught at several universities in China. His research interests focus on the intersection of second language pedagogy and peacebuilding, peace education, and trauma symptoms and healing.  

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  • Hiller, Kristin E

    Hiller, Kristin E

    Assistant Professor of English Language, Duke Kunshan University

    Associate Director for Writing and Language Studio, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Hiller is an Assistant Professor of English Language and associate director for the Writing and Language Studio at Duke Kunshan University. She received her BA (magna cum laude) in Linguistics and Russian Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota; her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies; and her Ph.D. in Linguistics (applied track) from the University of Utah in 2015. From 2015 through 2017, she was the founding Academic Director of the American Language Institute at NYU Shanghai and oversaw the expansion of the Institute into the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) at NYU Shanghai. She has also directed English language programs in Daejeon (South Korea) and Beijing for the University of California, Riverside Extension, and taught English as an additional language there, in the USA, and in Russia. As a critical applied linguist working in global higher education institutions that have an English medium of instruction, her main research interests lie in translingual practice, cultures of learning, and culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, as well as the interplay of discourses that circulate in these domains.   

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  • Li, Cong 李聪

    Li, Cong

    Lecturer in Chinese Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Cong Li is a Chinese lecturer at the Language and Culture Center, Duke Kunshan University. He received his Ph.D. in East Asian Language and Literature with a focus on Chinese Pedagogy (Ohio State University). Dr. Li taught Chinese at Ohio State University and Kenyon College before his Duke Kunshan University appointment. His primary research interests are gamification in language learning, curriculum and material development.   

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  • Lu, Liu

    Liu, Lu

    Instructor in Chinese Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Lu Liu is a Chinese instructor of Language and Culture Center, Duke Kunshan University. She received her master’s degree from the Communication University of China, where she studied Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language. Her research focuses on Bilingual Chinese Culture Communication. Previously, she taught Chinese in the Chinese Conversation Club at Duke University, tutored Chinese one-on-one in a Chinese school in Durham, U.S., and served as the publicity officer of the North Carolina Chinese Scholars Sino-U.S. Exchange Association.  

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  • Mauldin-Chiocca, Emmanuelle

    Mauldin-Chiocca, Emmanuelle

    Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Culture, Duke Kunshan University

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    Emmanuelle Chiocca is an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics and Culture at the Language and Culture Center at Duke Kunshan University. She received her Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma in 2018, specializing in international education via language learning and teaching and study abroad program design. Her research encompasses the intersection of language learning and teaching, intercultural competence development, and perspective transformation, with a particular focus on international education. She is also currently investigating the effects of curriculum ideologies on glottophobia and epilinguistic behaviors, as well as Native American language revitalization. Before her Ph.D. studies in the US, she received an M.A. in History and BAs in History and English from the University of Bordeaux Montaigne in her native France.   

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  • Naghib, Saghar Leslie

    Naghib, Saghar Leslie

    Senior Lecturer in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Dr. Naghib is a Senior Lecturer in English Language at the Language and Culture Center at Duke Kunshan University. She has been teaching English as a second language to international students from diverse personal, academic and professional backgrounds since 2005. She received her M.S. in TESOL from Barry University (2007) and her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis in Resolution from Nova Southeastern University (2018). In 2014, she was awarded the Critical Languages Scholarship for Persian-Farsi in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Her teaching experience includes curriculum development, program accreditation, classroom-community integration and teacher training. In addition, Dr. Naghib strives to foster lifelong readership among international learners of English by providing free and accessible content and language support through her website, bookmebiteme.com (co-authored and co-founded). Her research interests are identity politics and the role of language in conflict analysis and resolution.  

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  • Pan, Xiaofei 潘小斐

    Pan, Xiaofei

    Lecturer in Chinese Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Xiaofei Pan is a lecturer in Chinese language at Duke Kunshan University. She received her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining DKU, she taught Chinese as a second language at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, the University of Iowa and the CIEE Shanghai Learning Center. She involves innovative teaching methods and authentic use of language in her classroom. Her primary research interests include second language writing, second language assessment and quantitative research methodology for SLA.  

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  • Scholl, Anna

    Scholl, Anna

    Instructor in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Anna Anderson Scholl is an Instructor in English Language in Duke Kunshan University’s Language and Culture Center. She received her M.A. in Linguistics from Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In addition to her master’s degree, she has extensive experience teaching in China, writing professionally, and studying foreign languages. Her approach to academic research and writing was shaped most strongly by her scholar’s semester abroad at Oxford University. Before coming to Duke Kunshan University, she worked as the Associate Editor of an online magazine, studied Mandarin intensively and taught English in Henan, China.   

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  • Scholl, Mark

    Scholl, Mark

    Lecturer in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Mark Scholl is a Lecturer in English Language at Duke Kunshan University’s Language and Culture Center. Mark received his B.A. in Spanish from California State University (Stanislaus), M.A. in TESOL from Azusa Pacific University, and is currently completing his second graduate degree in Linguistics from Payap University in Thailand. He spent over five years teaching English at the university level in Guangdong Province while studying Mandarin and subsequently taught linguistics-related courses in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His research interests include second-language acquisition, World Englishes, and the relationship between language and identity.   

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  • Snow, Don

    Snow, Don

    Professor and Director of the Language and Culture Center, Duke Kunshan University

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    Professor Snow is the Director of the Language and Culture Center, Duke Kunshan University. He received his Ph. D in East Asian Language and Cultures (Indiana University). Dr. Snow taught English at Nanjing University and was Director of the English Language Center at Shantou University before his Duke Kunshan University appointment. His primary research interests focus on independent language learning, intercultural communication, language teaching, diglossia and the historical development of written Chinese vernaculars.  

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  • Sprague, Kevin

    Sprague, Kevin

    Lecturer in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Kevin Sprague is a Lecturer in English Language at the Language and Culture Center at Duke Kunshan University. He received his M.A. from Pennsylvania State University in Teaching English as a Second Language in 2015, where he focused on Second Language Writing and Theories of Second Language Acquisition. He has a rich history of working in China. He served as an English Language Fellow sponsored by the U.S. Department of State from 2015-2018. In that capacity, he traveled through China providing training in teaching methodologies. He has previously lived in Beijing, Chengdu, Shenyang, and Kaifeng.   

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  • Woerner, Austin

    Woerner, Austin

    Lecturer in English Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Austin Woerner is a Lecturer in English Language at Duke Kunshan University. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the New School. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a lecturer at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, where he taught creative writing, academic writing, and translation. A Chinese-English literary translator, he served as English editor for the innovative Chinese literary journal Chutzpah! (Tian Nan), and his work has appeared in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, and the Kenyon Review, among others. His first novel in translation, Su Wei’s The Invisible Valley, was published in 2018.   

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  • Li Xu

    Xu, Li

    Chinese Language Lecturer, Duke Kunshan University

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    Xu Li is a Lecturer in Chinese Language, Duke Kunshan University. She received her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (Beijing Normal University). From 2007 to 2011, Li Xu served as a Chinese lecturer at Princeton University. She was the Beijing Language Director before moving to her position as Shanghai Language Director at the Alliance of Global Education in fall 2011. Xu Li has experience in clearly defining and maintaining superior language instruction and working closely with the students.  

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  • Xin, Yang

    Yang, Xin

    Visiting Lecturer of Chinese Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Yang Xin earned her B.A. in Drama & Film Literature at Soochow University and M.A. in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages from Shandong University. She taught Chinese at Nakhon Sawan Rajabhat University in Thailand and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the US. She also worked in the Centerfor International Chinese Teaching Materials Development and Teacher Training in Sun Yat-sen University. Xin Yang’s research interests focus on Chinese teaching pedagogy and intercultural communication.   

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  • Zhang, Xin 张欣

    Zhang, Xin

    Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Intercultural Communication

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    Xin Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Intercultural Communication at Duke Kunshan University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literature specializing in Chinese Language Pedagogy (2016) from the Ohio State University. From 2016 to 2019, she held an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship and served as a visiting assistant professor of Chinese at Oberlin College. Dr. Zhang specializes in second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and intercultural communication manifested in language teaching, program building and teacher training. She has directed intensive study abroad Chinese programs including the Critical Language Scholarship program, and has received several awards for her projects from the Chinese Language Teachers Association (U.S.), Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium, National Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Association and National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. Dr. Zhang is writing a book, “A Pedagogy of Target Culture Expectation,” and co-editing a volume, which is forthcoming with Routledge, entitled “Third Space and Chinese Pedagogy: Negotiating Intentions and Expectations in Another Culture.”  

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  • Zhang, Yili 张益丽

    Zhang, Yili

    Lecturer in Chinese Language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Yili Zhang is a Chinese lecturer at Duke Kunshan University. She is also a certified Oral Proficiency Interview tester. She received her first M.A. degree in TCFL from Fudan University and her second in Teaching Chinese at College Level from Brandeis University. She started teaching Chinese in 2012 and served as a Chinese lecturer at Brigham Young University in the United States. She has taught Chinese at all levels, including Business Chinese and Chinese debate course. Her research interests are in Teaching Chinese for Specific Purposes and Second Language Acquisition.  

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  • Zhou, Xiayun

    Zhou, Xiayun

    Chinese Language Lecturer, Duke Kunshan University

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    Zhou Xiayun is a lecturer in Chinese Language at Duke Kunshan University. She received her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Fudan University. She has taught Chinese in the American Council Language Program (CLS), the Alliance - Fudan Spring Program and the Alliance - Fudan Fall Program in 2012. In 2013, she served as a Mandarin Language Teacher in Meadowbank School in New Zealand through the Confucius Institute. Xiayun Zhou teaches Chinese classes at multiple levelsand also offers coaching to develop students’ independent language learning skills.  

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