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  • Anderson, Benjamin

    Anderson, Benjamin

    Assistant professor of global health, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focus is viral emerging infectious disease (EID), 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. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include global health, integrated science and biology.

    Anderson has extensive experience conducting research in China. He is a Duke One Health research and laboratory manager and a postdoctoral associate at Duke University.

    He has a B.Sc. in entomology and nematology, master of public health in environmental and global health and a Ph.D. in public health from the University of Florida.

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  • Anderson, Stephanie

    Anderson, Stephanie

    Assistant professor of American literature, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research asks how poems and the documents that surround them circulate through time and space and travel among persons. She is especially interested in genre play in 20th century U.S.-based poetry, as explored through small press publishing, material text and the archive. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include modern and contemporary literature, creative writing, and textual production/bookmaking.

    Her articles and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Chicago Review, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Momentous Inconclusions: The Life and Work of Larry Eigner, Nonsite.org, and elsewhere. She is also the author of three books of poems and several chapbooks, most recently “If You Love Error So Love Zero” (Trembling Pillow, 2018). Since 2008, she has edited the micropress Projective Industries.

    Anderson has a Ph.D. and a B.A. in English and fundamentals – issues and texts from the University of Chicago, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Columbia University. From 2016 to 2019, she was a member of the Tsinghua-Michigan Society of Fellows and taught at Tsinghua University.

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  • Bacon, Benjamin

    Bacon, Benjamin

    Associate professor of media and arts, Duke Kunshan University

    Director of signature work, Duke Kunshan University

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    He is a hybrid medium artist and musician that creates work at the intersection of sound art, computational design, networked systems, and mechanical life installation and sculpture.

    He is a lifetime fellow at V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, one of the oldest new media art institutions, based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. His artwork has been displayed in the United States, Europe, Iran and China in exhibitions such as “Synthetic Times” and “Trans Life” at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, and the Ho Gallery and Chelsea Museum, New York. Most recently his mechanical life and artificial intelligence (AI) sculpture “PROBE001” was collected and placed on permeant display at UNArt Center, Shanghai. He has spoken and conducted workshops on topics such as industrial revolution 3.0 focusing on the music industry and open source digital fabrication along with post-planetary speculative design at conferences such as Tsinghua University’s Design 3.0 in Beijing, TEDx Ningbo and 1212: Creativity in China at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts.

    He has performed or presented sound pieces in a variety of venues across the U.S., Europe and Asia under the stage name SoundSpade. Over the past 20-plus years he has performed at festivals such as Wave Gotik Treffen with his band Dies Irae !US, and more recently he founded the Black Eyeliner music events in Beijing and Voltage Divider live experimental performances in Shanghai. Voltage Divider is a series of live music, interactive media and sound productions exploring different experimental and avant-garde musical styles and nontraditional production methods. Most recently, he has been exploring bio-harmonics and machine learning with performances at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, accompanying a retrospective of musical works by composer B6 (Lou Nanli) and homegrown exhibitions of his Little Sound Machines, an ever-evolving AI musical composition that is performed on upcycled materials and parts.

    He is the co-founder of DOGMA Lab, a transdisciplinary design lab based previously in Shanghai. Founded with Chinese bio-artist and researcher Vivian Weijing Xu, DOGMA believes in the cross-pollination of design, technology, art and science in the creation of products, as well as experimental works in art, music and performance. DOGMA Lab is interested in fostering an environment that uses ideas and concepts developed in research and experimentation to drive and elevate production, forming a sustainable ecosystem of intellectuals and artisans.

    Bacon has an M.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in design + technology and a B.A. in cinema studies from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He was previously an assistant professor of computation and media design at Parsons School of Design and former director of the undergraduate design + technology program. He has also held professorships at New York University Shanghai and the Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, and has taught courses and workshops as an adjunct professor at many other universities in China.

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  • Beckford, Floyd

    Beckford, Floyd

    Professor of chemistry, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focus is the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry. Specifically, he is interested in the potential of transition metal compounds, particularly those of ruthenium, manganese, zinc and copper, to be used as proto-pharmaceuticals. Their use as agents in anticancer, antibacterial, and anti-diabetic chemotherapy is of primary interest. This is a multidisciplinary process involving chemistry, biology and biochemistry. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include inorganic and general chemistry.

    Beckford has a B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was the Van Daniel Endowed Chair in Chemistry at the University of Virginia’s College, Wise, and previously held faculty positions at Lyon College, Arkansas, and the University of Toledo, Ohio. He was a Fulbright-University of Turku (Finland) Scholar in 2018 and 2019 .

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  • Beemer, Bryce

    Beemer, Bryce

    Assistant professor of history, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses 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 has received support from Fulbright-Hays (DDRA), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), the Watumull Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. He received the World History Association’s best dissertation award in 2014. His publication, “Southeast Asian Slavery and Slave-Gathering Warfare as a Vector for Cultural Transmission: The Case of Burma and Thailand,” also received awards from the American Historical Association and the Burma Studies Foundation for innovative research.

    Beemer has a B.A. in politics from Brandeis University, and an M.A. in Southeast Asian studies and Ph.D. in history from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he 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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  • Blake, Lewis

    Blake, Lewis

    Associate professor of the practice, Duke University

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    Professor Blake’s focus has been curriculum development, teaching, and administration of the first-year teaching program in the Mathematics Department at Duke University.

    He has been teaching mathematics at Duke since 1981. From 1985 until 2011 he was the Supervisor of First-year Instruction in the Mathematics Department. During that time, he was one of the principals involved in the transition from the traditional introductory calculus courses to laboratory-based calculus courses. The redesigned courses emphasize applications in the classroom and group investigations in calculus labs. Although he retired from a full-time position in 2017, he has continued to teach mathematics courses at Duke in summer terms. He is a co-author of the Laboratory Calculus Manuals which continue to be used in Duke’s introductory calculus courses.

    In 1993 Professor Blake was awarded the Richard K. Lublin Distinguished Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2014 he received the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award which recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching at Duke.

    Professor Blake has a B.A. in mathematics from Clemson University, and an M.A. in mathematics from Duke University.

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  • Bradford, Amanda

    Bradford, Amanda

    Lecturer in English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her professional interests include extensive reading and second language acquisition. She has taught English around the world, including in Mozambique, Brazil, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.

    Bradford has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in teaching English as a second language from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

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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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    He served as president of Duke from 2004 to 2017. Under his leadership, the university established many of its best-known international programs, including Duke Kunshan University, the Duke Global Health Institute, DukeEngage and Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore.

    Brodhead has an undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from Yale University, where he had a 32-year career as a faculty member before moving to Duke. He won Yale’s principal prize for outstanding teaching and served for 11 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.

    His writings on 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, he was given the Academic Leadership Award from the Carnegie Corp. of New York. He has also been awarded five honorary degrees, including one from Tsinghua University.

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  • Bowman, Quinlan

    Bowman, Quinlan

    Lecturer in ethics and public policy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His main research interests include the history of political, social and economic thought, democratic theory and practice, comparative public policy, ethics, and philosophy of the social sciences. At Duke Kunshan, his teaching interests include democracy and inclusion, ethics, and citizenship.

    He has co-authored a book, “Deliberative Global Governance” (Cambridge University Press, 2019), while his writing has been included in edited volumes such as “The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy” (Oxford University Press, 2018) and “Innovations in Public Governance” (IOS Press, 2011), and in journals such as Policy Studies and Journal of Deliberative Democracy. More information is available at his personal website.

    Bowman has a B.A. (Highest Honors) in politics from Oberlin College, Ohio, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was an assistant instructional professor at the University of Chicago, where he taught a course sequence – Power, Identity, Resistance – in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Public Policy and Global Affairs Programme at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, from 2017 to 2018 and a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra, Australia, from 2016 to 2017.

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  • Campbell, Maxi-Ann

    Campbell, Maxi-Ann

    ESL/academic writing lecturer, Duke Kunshan University

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    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, and is the co-author of the third edition of the best-selling book “More than a Native Speaker” (TESOL Press). At Duke Kunshan, she teaches academic writing and oral communication to graduate and undergraduate students.

    Campbell has an M.A. in applied linguistics from Georgia State University. She has taught English and intercultural communication at universities in China and served as a global academic fellow at NYU Shanghai.

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  • Cao, Huansheng 曹焕生

    Cao, Huansheng

    Assistant professor of environmental science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research has three foci: (1) harmful algal blooms (HABs), (2) microbiomics, and (3) molecular systems biology. The HAB research aims to identify the functional genomic repertoire that drive bloom formation, and the interaction between functional repertoire and eutrophic conditions through multi-omics integration. Microbiomics aims to the understand the interactions among different group of microbial taxa in microbiomes of aquatic and soil environments, and the underlies genomic functional mechanisms. His current work centers on cyanobacterial bloom microbiomes and human gut microbiome (for example, gut microbiome transplantation and cancer microbiome). Molecular systems biology focuses on the structural decomposition and metabolic networks and development of integration of multi-omics data; this work will reveal how cellular life operates on a systems scale and provide the essential computational tools for analyzing multi-omics data.

    He has authored over 40 research articles, book chapters, and reviews, and has had work published in the journal Briefings in Bioinformatics. One database of the common ecophysiology of cyanobacterial blooms has been developed for use in the water-bloom research community (http://47.92.225.177/CGDatabase).

    Cao has a B.Sc. in biochemistry from Yantai University and a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from Fordham University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was an assistant research professor at Arizona State University and completed training in bioinformatics at Northern Illinois University and computational systems biology at the University of Georgia.

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  • Carter, Tyler

    Carter, Tyler

    Assistant professor of English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on comparative rhetoric, composition pedagogy and L2 writing. His poetry, essays and sound projects have also appeared in literary journals including Fence, Denver Quarterly and Textsound. He teaches writing and communication to graduate programs at Duke Kunshan and is a writing coach in the Writing and Language Studio.

    Carter has an M.F.A. in poetry from Brown University and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition and second language studies from Purdue University. He has been teaching and tutoring writing and language since 2004.

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  • Chakraborty, Titas

    Chakraborty, Titas

    Assistant professor of history, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focuses on South Asian and world history, with special attention to labor, migration and gender. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include global China studies, global history and South Asian history.

    Chakraborty has a B.A. and M.A. in history from Jadavpur University, India, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Pittsburgh. Previously, she was a visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas, Austin.

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  • Chang, Charles 常超一

    Chang, Charles

    Assistant professor of environment and urban studies, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interest hinges on the intersections between computation and design. With the rise of smartphones and other internet-connected devices, design choices become increasingly data-driven and dependent on information’s credibility in the construction of the human habitat. Chang’s research focuses on human habitat’s design, environmental impact, and information’s credibility in the big-data age. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include computational social science, digital humanities, and urban informatics.

    He has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and at conferences, including on dig data and machine learning in natural science, social science, and the humanities.

    Chang has a B.A. in geography from Beijing Normal University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he served as the 2016-2017 postdoctoral fellow in Chinese studies at Stanford University and the 2018-2019 postdoctoral associate in Asian studies at Yale University.

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  • Chen, Meifang 陈梅芳

    Chen, Meifang

    Assistant professor of health policy, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research aims to promote holistic wellbeing and prevent chronic diseases, especially among underrepresented and underserved populations. She is particularly interested in using mixed methods and GIS mapping and modeling to investigate the root causes of chronic diseases, develop and evaluate health programs and policies. At Duke Kunshan, her teaching interests include global health, global disease control programs and policies, and social determinants of health.

    She is a public health specialist with rich work experience in a wide range of public health context including as a registered nurse at Peking Union Medical College Hospital, as a health educator II for the South Carolina state health department, and as researcher/program evaluator/consultant for local and statewide health programs in the U.S.

    Her research has been published in top academic journals including American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the European Journal of Obesity, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of Public Health Nutrition, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, and Chinese Journal of Modern Nursing.

    She is also a certified Master Certified Health Education Specialist and an active member of the American Public Health Association, the Obesity Society, Society of Public Health Education, and National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. She also serves as peer reviewer for health journals.

    Chen has a B.S. in Nursing from Peking Union Medical College, Tsinghua University; an M.P.H. in health promotion, education and behavior from the University of South Carolina; and a Ph.D. in health promotion/education at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles.

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  • Chen, Mengtian 陈梦恬

    Chen, Mengtian

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focus lies in the intersection among psychology, language learning and teaching. She is especially interested in how the acquisitional processes of Chinese as a second language can be explained from a psychology perspective. Recently, her research interests have expanded into multilingual identities of learners and foreign language teacher education.

    Chen has a B.A. in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages and a M.A. in linguistics and applied linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University, and a Ph.D. in second language acquisition, specializing in speech processing and phonetics, from the University of Iowa. She has been teaching and tutoring Chinese at universities and summer intensive programs since 2011.

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  • Chester, Diana

    Chester, Diana

    Assistant professor of media and arts, Duke Kunshan University

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    As a digital media scholar, multimedia artist, composer, and educator, her work draws from sound studies, archival studies, and the ethnographic study of expressive culture in religious festivals and traditions. Her current scholarly research includes three primary strands, the study of sound and culture focused on religion and the environment, the audio essay as a form of sonic scholarship and pedagogical innovation, and new artistic research methodologies and practices at the intersection of spacialized media technologies, artificial intelligence, and scientific research.

    Her current research projects include: NanoResonance, an investigation into modes of creative expression made possible by combining 3D audio and video in conjunction with Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence methods to express data at the nanoscale; Pandemic Vibrations, sound-based research on the environmental impacts of Covid-19 on the emotional and physical well-being of humans through explorations of the power of indigenous musical traditions and instrumentation; Surround Sound Across the South China Sea, a digital humanities project centered on the Friendship scroll of Chinese Modernist artist and writer Ling Shuhua, focusing on the links between the twenty two participants on the scroll and the connections between The Bloomsbury group in England and the Crescent Moon Society in China; and the MMI Archival Project, a cultural archiving and oral history project of the oldest mosque in New York that explores the applications of virtual and augmented reality in the preservation and dissemination of artifacts and objects of cultural heritage.

    Her works has been displayed in galleries, exhibition spaces and online forums in the United States, India, Sweden, Norway, the United Arab Emirates and Australia. These include Sonic Storyboard of the Islamic Call to Prayer, IAC Black Gallery, Sweden, 2019; Jungle Dreamscape, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, 2018; Theyyam Ritual, Nature, and People, Folklore Village, Kerala, India, 2017; Theyyam Nilathezhuthu, Keezhara Gallery, Kannur, India, 2016; Sonic Storyboard I, Gallery 4211 Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2015; Everyday Life, IMA Hall Kerala, India, 2014; and Babel, New York University Gallery, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2010.

    Chester has a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College, a master’s from Columbia University and a doctorate from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Porto. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she served as faculty at New York University Abu Dhabi, Yale-NUS College, and the University of Sydney. She has also held visiting academic positions including at the TISCH School of the Arts, New York University, and Yale-NUS College at the National University of Singapore, and been an artist in residence at the NMEMNM Digital Residency for Music and Sound Cultures and at the Inter Arts Centre in Malmo, Sweden.

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  • Choi, Jung

    Choi, Jung

    Assistant professor of art history and visual studies, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her 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 Duke Kunshan include contemporary art and visual culture, media studies and aesthetics.

    She is a cross-disciplinary theorist and curator who has worked at renowned institutions including Art Center Nabi and the ZKM Karlsruhe. She experiments with different creative methods in digital humanities and arts.

    Choi has an M.A. in visual culture theory from New York University and a Ph.D. in art history and visual studies from Duke University. She also has a graduate certificate in information science and studies from Duke that offered research and training in digital humanities. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was the director (PI) of the Digital Humanities City: Restoration of Soon-Sung project, which was supported by a grant from South Korea’s National Research Foundation.

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  • Chu, Nellie

    Chu, Nellie

    Assistant professor of anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focuses on global supply chains in fashion and the transnational role of migrant entrepreneurs. She has a project on West African and Korean religious communities related to the doctrine of prosperity based in Guangzhou, China. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include cultures and movements, global China studies and cultural anthropology.

    In 2016-17, she held a fellowship with 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’s Center for Modern East Asian Studies in Germany. In 2017-18, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University’s School for Industrial and Labor Research.

    Chu has a B.A. in international relations (highest honors) and German language and culture (high honors) from the University of California, Davis, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). In 2014, she won the Outstanding Teacher’s Assistant Award given by the graduate divisions at UCSC.

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  • Chung, Chang

    Chung, Chang

    Professor of biology, Duke Kunshan University

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    His 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 impact on several important areas including cancer, Alzheimer’s, depression and immunological disorders. He is a recipient of the Special Fellow Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    His research has received funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China. He has taught undergraduate, graduate and medical students in a wide range of areas including introductory biology, cell biology, molecular genetics, scientific communications and neuropharmacology.

    Chung has a B.S. and M.Sc. in zoology from Seoul National University, South Korea, and a Ph.D. in cell biology from Duke University. His postdoctoral training was in molecular genetics at the University of California, San Diego, where he worked as assistant project scientist. In 2001, Dr. Chung joined the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine, where he became a tenured associate professor. Prior to joining DKU, he was a full professor at Tianjin University in China, which he joined in 2014.

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  • Clements, Kaley

    Clements, Kaley

    Assistant professor of media and arts, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on the intersection of social conflict, climate change and the loss of diversification under the power structures of the globalizing economy. His expertise is in documentary, filmmaking, photography, visual narratives, aural storytelling and soundscape design.

    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.

    Clements has an M.F.A. in experimental and documentary arts from Duke University.

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  • Cui, Jingbo 崔静波

    Cui, Jingbo

    Associate professor of applied economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His 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.

    Recent projects include economic analysis of climate change, welfare impacts of biofuel policies, and effects of environmental policies on environmental innovation. His current projects on climate change and low-carbon innovation have received funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

    Before joining Duke Kunshan, he had held positions as a Chu-Tian junior scholar at the Hubei Provincial Department of Education, an associate professor at Wuhan University’s School of Economics and Management, and a postdoctoral research associate and visiting scholar at Iowa State University. He has also served as the referee for leading journals in environmental economics, such as JEEM, JAERE, ERE.

    Cui has a B.S. in economics and mathematics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, an M.Sc. in economics from Wuhan University and a Ph.D. in economics from Iowa State University.

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  • Davies, Joe

    Davies, Joe

    Lecturer in English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    His current research focuses on socio-pragmatics, learner needs and classroom assessment. He has extensive experience designing, managing and teaching academic and professional English-language courses throughout China.

    Davies has a First Class B.Sc. (honors) in forensic science and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with Applied Linguistics (distinction) from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He also holds a Cambridge University DELTA qualification and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). He has lectured at NYU Shanghai and previously served 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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    Her research interests include employability in the English-language curriculum, socio-pragmatics and assessment. She currently completing the Cambridge DELTA qualification, specializing in ELT management in higher education.

    She has been based in China for more than 10 years and has extensive intercultural management experience. Previously, she led a team of over 30 faculty to deliver business English degree programs in Shanghai.

    She has been based in China for more than 10 years and has extensive intercultural management experience. Previously, she led a team of over 30 faculty to deliver business English degree programs in Shanghai.

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  • Eberly, Eric

    Eberly, Eric

    Senior lecturer in English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests focus on the intersection of second language pedagogy and peacebuilding, peace education, and trauma symptoms and healing.

    Eberly has an M.A. in teaching English to speakers of other languages from Azuza Pacific University and is finishing an M.A. in conflict transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). He has taught at EMU and several universities in China.

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  • Efstathiou, Konstantinos

    Efstathiou, Konstantinos

    Associate professor of mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests are 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 has appeared prestigious journals. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include foundational and advanced mathematics, with an emphasis on teaching innovation and student activation and inclusion.

    Over a 14-year teaching career, he has taught mathematics and physics courses at introductory and advanced levels, and has received a best teacher award for his Calculus for Chemistry course.

    Efstathiou has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from the University of Athens, Greece, and a Ph.D. (highest distinction) in physics from the Universite Littoral Cote d’Opale, France. He also has an Undergraduate Teaching Qualification. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was an assistant professor at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In 2012 and 2013, he was a lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University, where he also served as acting head of department.

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  • Feng, Liying 冯丽颖

    Feng, Liying

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focus is motivation and persistence for learning Chinese as a second/foreign language. She teaches Chinese language courses at Duke Kunshan.

    She is a journal reviewer for K-12 Chinese Language Teaching and Foreign Language Annals. She has also presented papers at international conferences organized by the Chinese Language Teachers Association, the American Association for Applied Linguistics, and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, as well as regional conferences organized by the Florida Educational Research Association and the Florida Foreign Language Association.

    Feng has a B.A. in teaching Chinese as a second/foreign language from Sichuan International Studies University and an M.A. in Asian studies from Florida State University (FSU), where she started her Ph.D. in 2014. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she taught Chinese language courses across various proficiency levels in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, FSU, and taught applied linguistics and cross-cultural communications for second/foreign language teachers in the College of Education, FSU.

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  • Field, Andrew

    Field, Andrew

    Adjunct professor of Chinese history, Duke Kunshan University

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    He is the 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, focusing on the indie rock revolution in China after the 2000s.

    He is the 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, focusing on the indie rock revolution in China after the 2000s.

    His independent documentary film, “Down: Indie Rock in the PRC” (2012), co-produced with Jud Willmont, has been 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 at shanghaisojourns.net.

    Field has a B.A. in Asian studies from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. He has taught many different courses in Chinese and world history at universities in the United States, Australia, China and South Korea. From 2015 to 2018, he served as associate dean for undergraduate programs at Duke Kunshan and taught a course on the history of Shanghai for the Global Learning Semester.

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  • Flanagan, Owen

    Flanagan, Owen

    James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Duke University

    Co-director, Center for Comparative Philosophy, Duke University

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    His work is in philosophy of the mind and psychiatry, ethics, moral psychology and cross-cultural philosophy. He has authored several books, including “The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility” (Oxford, 2017).

    He joined Duke in 1993. He holds appointments in psychology and neuroscience, is a faculty fellow in cognitive neuroscience, is a steering committee member of the philosophy, arts and literature program, and is an affiliate of the graduate program in literature. Previously, he taught for 16 years at Wellesley College as Class of 1919 Professor of Philosophy. He has also had visiting positions at Berkeley, Brandeis, Princeton, Harvard, and La Trobe in Australia, University of Vienna, City University of Hong Kong, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Flanagan has a B.A. in philosophy from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University.

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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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    Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was the John T. Herwick, M.D. Professor of Chemistry and associate provost at Washington and Lee University, where she also served as associate dean of the college from 2012 to 2017. She has also served as a visiting research scientist at Dupont, Stanford University, the University of St. Andrews and the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (AgroParisTech).

    France has a B.Sc. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she did undergraduate research under 2001 Nobel laureate K. Barry Sharpless, and an M.Sc. in chemistry from Yale University. She was a National Science Foundation pre-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, where she earned a 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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    His research focus is U.S.-China relations. He has carried out extensive archival research in China, with his work published in the Journal of Modern Chinese History, Frontiers of History in China, Diplomatic History, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Modern American History and The Washington Post. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include China studies, U.S. studies, institutions and governance, and public policy.

    His book, which is forthcoming with University of North Carolina Press, examines the U.S. military presence in China during the 1940s. 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.

    Fredman has a B.A. in history from the University of Arizona, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Boston University. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he held postdoctoral fellowships at Dartmouth College (2017-18) and Nanyang Technological University (2016-17).

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  • Fruh, Kyle

    Fruh, Kyle

    Assistant professor of philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests traverse a number of areas in ethics, including ethical implications of climate change, the nature of promissory obligation and moral heroism. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include global challenges, logic, philosophy and sport.

    Fruh has a B.A. in philosophy and Spanish from Amherst College, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a visiting assistant professor at Beloit College and a Thinking Matters postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.

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  • Gao, Song

    Gao, Song

    Professor of environmental science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests include atmospheric chemistry, water pollution and science-based climate mitigation policies. He has been published extensively in flagship international journals, and several of his papers have been highly cited worldwide for their pioneering contribution to uncovering new mechanisms of secondary organic aerosol formation and urban air pollution. He is also a recipient of the Alan Berman Research Publications Award.

    Collaborating with colleagues from Princeton and Claremont universities, he is completing a book on environmental science problem-solving to be published in 2019. Among the many students he has mentored, two were recently named the green chemistry scholars by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). He also led creation of a joint undergraduate program on environmental engineering between the University of Arizona and Shanghai’s Fudan University. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include chemistry, integrated science, renewable energy, and environmental science and policy.

    Gao has a B.Sc. in materials science and engineering (chemistry track, with honors) from the University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle. He completed his postdoctoral training in atmospheric chemistry at the California Institute of Technology.

    Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he was a chemistry faculty member at Stetson University in the U.S. and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is a section editor for Case Studies in the Environment – Sustainability published by the University of California Press. He has also served on proposal review panels for the NSF and coordinated a U.S.-China Climate Change Partnership Forum in Washington, D.C.

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  • Gu, Chuanhui

    Gu, Chuanhui

    Associate professor of environmental science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focus is chemical transport and fate in a multimedia environment. He is especially interested in nutrient retention in soil, groundwater, river and lake by the coupled hydrological and biogeochemical processes. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include environmental science, biogeochemistry, Earth science, and ecology.

    He has published articles in prestigious journals and served as UNC representative for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science. He has also served on proposal review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation. He is a recipient of Wachovia Environmental Award and Excellence in Refereeing from the American Geophysical Union.

    Gu has a B.Sc. in environmental science from Nanjing University, an M.Sc. in environmental science from Sun Yat-sen University and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He served as a postdoc researcher at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he held faculty positions at Appalachian State University and Beijing Normal University.

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  • Gu, Ming

    Gu, Ming

    Assistant professor of applied economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    An applied microeconomist, her primary research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of applied microeconomics, health and labor economics. Her research centers on explaining socioeconomic disparities, understanding preference formation, identifying optimal economic behaviors for individuals and society, and understanding how policy can help achieve these ends.

    After working as a research specialist at Princeton University, Industrial Relations Section, she started a Ph.D. program at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 2011. She also interned at the U.N. Department of Economics and Social Affairs.

    Gu has a B.A. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA.

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  • Guy, Kolleen

    Guy, Kolleen

    Associate professor of history, Duke Kunshan University

    Division chair of arts and humanities, undergraduate program, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her main research interest is on how both the consumption and production of food and drink shape national memory and identity. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include global history and areas related to food systems and the environment.

    She has won numerous awards for teaching innovation and is the author of the prizewinning book, “When Champagne became French: Wine and the Making of a National Identity.”

    Guy has a B.A. in history and English from North Central College and a Ph.D. in history from Indiana University, Bloomington. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was associate professor of history and the Ricardo Romo Distinguished Professor in the Honors College at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

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  • Daniel, Linda

    Daniel, Linda

    Research & Instruction Librarian, Duke University

    Instructor, ISS Program, Duke University

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    Her research focuses on critical thinking skills and the development of information literacies. Her writings have appeared in publications of the Association of College & Research Libraries. She was the Interim Library Director and the Associate University Librarian at Duke Kunshan University, 2014-2016. She taught a course at DKU, “Information Literacy in the Digital Age: Social Justice, Access to Information, and the Internet,” spring 2018. She has served for seven years as administrative head of the social sciences division in the Research & Instruction Dept., Duke University Libraries. In addition, she has a degree in landscape design and worked as a journalist for the Texas Observer and researcher for the Institute for Southern Studies.

    Daniel has a B.A in History from Duke University and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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  • Ha, Hyun Jeong

    Ha, Hyun Jeong

    Assistant professor of sociology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests include power, religion, sectarianism, and gender in the Middle East. She has written about Muslim-Christian relations in contemporary Egypt, and her current research examines how the 2011 Egyptian Arab Uprisings have affected the sectarian relations from an intersectional approach, or the consideration of class, gender, and geography. Trained as an ethnographer, she has conducted field research in Cairo, Egypt, from 2006. Her work has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Changes, and Education and the Arab Spring: Resistance, reform, and democracy (edited volume), among others. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include social theories, social problems, identity and emotions, and religion and politics in the Middle East.

    Ha holds a B.A. in Arabic from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea, an M.A. in sociology from Seoul National University, and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Texas, Austin. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she held a Global Religion Research Initiative postdoctoral position at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Notre Dame, and received a visiting scholar fellowship from Seoul National University Asia Center in 2020.

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  • Hauthaler, Nathan

    Hauthaler, Nathan

    Lecturer in philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on the nature of human agency and action, which he investigates from various systematic and historical vantage points including the philosophy of action, metaphysics, epistemology and ethics; the history of analytic philosophy, especially Anscombe; classical Greek philosophy, especially Aristotle; and classical Chinese philosophy. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan span a broad range of subjects including the theory of knowledge, philosophy of mind, introduction to Western philosophy, and history of modern European philosophy.

    He is the author of essays on the philosophy of action, epistemology, the history of philosophy, and public international law. He is working on a number of essays on the nature of intentional action and its connection to practical capacity and knowledge. For more information visit https://nathauthaler.net

    Hauthaler has a Mag. phil. in philosophy and a Mag. iur. in law from the University of Graz, Austria, an M.Phil Stud in philosophy from the University of London, Birkbeck, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford University.

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  • Harper, John

    Harper, John

    Senior lecturer in English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests lie in the areas of intercultural communication, motivation, and task-based learning. Specifically, he is interested in the way that the inclusion of components of intercultural communication and task-based learning may increase motivation in the classroom.

    In some 30 years of teaching, he has worked in Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Taiwan, and, most recently, the Chinese mainland.

    Harper has a B.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and an M.A. in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from the University of Alabama. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he taught at Shantou University, Guangdong Province.

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  • Henderson, Seth

    Henderson, Seth

    Assistant professor of media and arts, Duke Kunshan University

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    A filmmaker and film historian, his main interest is the complex relationship between local traditions and global phenomena. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include screenwriting, documentary film and moving image production.

    His 20 years of professional experience span the United States, Japan and Hong Kong, and he has sold two feature-length screenplays to production companies. His work has received international film awards, including at the Hot Docs Documentary Festival, and has been shown on PBS in the U.S.

    Henderson has an M.F.A. in filmmaking from Hong Kong Baptist University, where he is also completing a Ph.D. in Hong Kong documentary film.

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  • Hiller, Kristin E.

    Hiller, Kristin E.

    Assistant professor of English language, Duke Kunshan University

    Associate director of the writing and Language Studio, Duke Kunshan University

    Assistant director for English for academic purposes (EAP), Duke Kunshan University

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    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.

    From 2015 to 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. She has also directed English language programs in Daejeon (South Korea) and Beijing for the University of California, Riverside Extension, where she also taught English as an additional language, as well as in the U.S. and Russia.

    Hiller has a B.A. (magna cum laude) in linguistics and Russian language and literature from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a Ph.D. in linguistics (applied track) from the University of Utah.

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  • Horváth, Gergely

    Horváth, Gergely

    Assistant Professor of Economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on experimental and behavioral economics, social network analysis, labor economics, applied microeconomics, and agent-based modelling. He has done research on diverse topics including the impact of social networks on job finding and labor market outcomes, the competition for social status in networks, discrimination in the labor market, entrepreneurship among ethnic minorities, whistleblowing in organizations, bank runs, and the evolution of cooperation.

    His has articles have appeared in academic journals including the European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Economics Letters, Journal of Theoretical Biology, B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, and PLOS ONE. His research has been supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

    Horváth has a B.A. in economics from Corvinus University, Hungary, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Alicante, Spain. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he held faculty positions in China at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics and Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, and had research visits at the University of Cambridge, the European University Institute, the National Bank of Hungary, and Massey University.

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  • Huang, Kai

    Huang, Kai

    Associate professor of physics, Duke Kunshan University

    Division chair of natural and applied sciences, undergraduate program, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interest is 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.

    Huang has a B.Sc. in electronic engineering and a Ph.D. in physical acoustics from Nanjing University. He also holds a Habilitation in physics, a scientific and pedagogic qualification for professors in Germany.

    Before joining Duke Kunshan, he worked as a privatdozent at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, where he taught physics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as built a research group. He completed postdoctoral training at the Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-organization.

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  • Huang, Linfeng 黄林峰

    Huang, Linfeng

    Associate professor of biology, Duke Kunshan University

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    He is passionate about pursuing fundamental questions in ribonucleic acid (RNA) biology and believes such knowledge can be exploited to create powerful RNA-based biotechnology and therapeutics. He has made highly significant contributions to the RNA interference (RNAi) field, including the discovery of the subunit structure of RNA polymerase V (2009) and the invention of the prokaryotic small interfering RNA (siRNA) technology, the world’s first cell-based method for siRNA production (2013). Currently, his research team is studying antisense RNA biology, RNAi applications and delivery, and the infection mechanisms of Clostridium difficile and Zika virus. At Duke Kunshan, his teaching interests include microbiology, genetics, cell biology and molecular biology.

    His research has been published in mBio, Science Advances, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, BBRC, among others, and was supported by grants from the National Natural Science Foundation of China; the Science, Technology and the Innovation Commission of Shenzhen; and three major funding schemes – ITF, HMRF and RGC – in Hong Kong. He is also the founder of Xiaomo Biotech at Hong Kong Science Park.

    Huang has a B.Sc. from the College of Biological Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, and a Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia, U.K. Between 2009 and 2014, he completed his postdoctoral training with Judy Lieberman at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was an associate professor at the Department of Biomedical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong.

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  • Hunter Gordon, Kim

    Hunter Gordon, Kim

    Assistant professor of Chinese and performance studies, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research is at the intersection of performance and history, with a primary expertise in kunqu, a classical form of song drama associated with the Kunshan and Suzhou area. 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. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include Chinese drama, and media and the arts.

    In addition to his academic work, Gordon has translated subtitles for the Jiangsu Kunqu Theatre for over five years and worked as producer on two major kunqu shows. He sings the “xiaosheng” role and regularly performs on the avocational Kun Opera circuit in China and beyond.

    Hunter Gordon has an M.A. (honors) in English literature and psychology from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. from Royal Holloway, University of London, for which he spent two years as a China studies fellow at Nanjing University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Shanghai Theatre Academy.

    He also holds a certificate from the National Council for the Training of Journalists and previously worked as a reporter for The Observer newspaper in London.

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  • Hwang, Myung-Joong

    Hwang, Myung-Joong

    Assistant professor of physics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His 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 at Duke Kunshan include integrated science and advanced physics.

    Hwang has a B.Sc. and a Ph.D in physics from Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at Ulm University, Germany.

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  • Jaung, Wanggi

    Jaung, Wanggi

    Assistant professor of environmental policy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on sustainable human-nature relations. His past research examined urban ecosystem services, big data analysis, ecosystem services certification, forest certification, payments for ecosystem services, REDD+, nonmarket valuation, and bioenergy. His teaching interests include diverse human-nature relations, such as ecosystem services and environmental policy, as well as methodologies related to interdisciplinary environmental studies, such as big data application and nonmarket valuation.

    He obtained a B.Sc. in natural resources conservation, a master’s in food and resource economics, and a Ph.D. in forestry from the University of British Columbia, Canada. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a research fellow at the National University of Singapore and previously worked for the Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia, as a research consultant.

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  • Jiu, Lin

    Jiu, Lin

    Lecturer in mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focus includes number theory, combinatorics, symbolic computation, and probability. He is mainly interested in using symbolic computation and experimental mathematics to study topics in analytic number theory and combinatorics.

    He has published papers in leading academic journals including the Journal of Number Theory and the Journal of Symbolic Computation.

    Jiu has a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from the Beijing Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from Tulane University, New Orleans. He served as a postdoc consecutively at the Research Institute for Symbolic Computation, Johannes Kepler University, Austria; Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics, Austrian Academy of Science, Austria; and Dalhousie University, Canada.

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  • Kustra, Tyler

    Kustra, Tyler

    Assistant professor of political science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on political violence and economic sanctions. He is particularly interested in Chinese economic statecraft.

    His papers have appeared in International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, while his writing has appeared in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog.

    Kustra has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and a Ph.D. in politics. Before joining DKU, he was a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University. He previously worked as an economic advisor to the Canadian parliament.

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  • Kwok, Sze Chai

    Kwok, Sze Chai

    Associate professor of cognitive neuroscience, Duke Kunshan University

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    Kwok’s research lies at the intersection among neuroscience, behavior, and psychology. He is head of the Laboratory of Phylo-Cognition and his research team studies the neural bases of episodic memory, metacognition, and other related higher cognitive processes in the primate species. Elucidation of such intricate brain/mind/behavior relationships is attained by armamentaria of methods including multimodal neuroimaging, in vivo electrophysiology, neuromodulatory methods, state-of-the-art behavioral paradigms and computational techniques. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include topics within cognitive neuroscience, behavioral sciences, and psychology.

    He is author of 40 academic papers including several in leading high-impact journals such as Science, Neuron, eLife, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Nature Human Behaviour. He is a recipient of the Shanghai Pujiang Talent Program Award (2016) and Young IBRO Regions Connecting Award (2020). He serves as handling editor for the journal Cognitive Processing (Springer) and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

    Kwok has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Hong Kong and a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from the University of Oxford. Before joining Duke Kunshan in 2020, he was associate professor at East China Normal University and held a scholar-in-residence adjunct position at NYU Shanghai.

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  • Lai-Henderson, Selina

    Lai-Henderson, Selina

    Assistant professor of American literature and history, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her first book, “Mark Twain in China” (Stanford University Press), was published in 2015 and her current research focuses on W.E.B. Du Bois and Langston Hughes in Shanghai. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include U.S. studies, global cultural studies, China studies and literature.

    Lai-Henderson has a B.A. in English and comparative literature and a Ph.D. in American studies from The University of Hong Kong (HKU), and an M.A. in American studies from Heidelberg University, Germany. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, she was a research assistant professor of American studies at HKU.

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  • Landry, David

    Landry, David

    Lecturer in political economy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on the determinants and impacts of Chinese economic engagement abroad. More specifically, he researches the political and economic determinants of China’s development finance and investment flows in the developing world, and how these in turn affect development. At Duke Kunshan, he teaches in the fields of international development and international political economy.

    His academic work has been published in Energy Policy and Resources Policy, and he has contributed to multiple World Bank reports as a consultant. He has also published opinion pieces in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, and the Globe and Mail.

    Landry has a B.A. in international development from McGill University, an M.Sc. in global governance and diplomacy from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he also taught international trade.

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  • Lewis, Yitzhak

    Lewis, Yitzhak

    Assistant professor of humanities, Duke Kunshan University

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    His teaching and research interests include comparative literature in Hebrew and Spanish, literary theory, transnational writing and world literature.

    His forthcoming book, “A Permanent Beginning: Nachman of Braslav and Jewish Literary Modernity” (SUNY Press, 2020), deals with the Russian imperial context of early modern Hebrew and Yiddish letters. His 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.

    Lewis has a B.A. in comparative literature, psychology and creative writing from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in Hebrew and comparative literature from Columbia University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he taught at Columbia University.

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  • Li, Cong 李聪

    Li, Cong

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    His primary research interests are gamification in language learning, and curriculum and material development.

    Li has a Ph.D. in East Asian language and literature with a focus on Chinese pedagogy from Ohio State University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he taught Chinese at Ohio State University and Kenyon College.

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  • Li, Ming

    Li, Ming

    Associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Duke Kunshan University

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    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 a scientific committee member and reviewer for multiple conferences and journals.

    He was area chair of speaker and language recognition at Interspeech 2016 and Interspeech 2018. Works he has co-authored with colleagues have won awards at Body Computing Slam Contest 2009, IEEE DCOSS 2009, the Interspeech 2011 Speaker State Challenge, the Interspeech 2012 Speaker Trait Challenge and the ISCSLP 2014 Best Paper Award. He received an IBM faculty award in 2016. He is also an electrical and computer engineering research scholar at Duke University.

    Li has B.Sc. in communication engineering from Nanjing University, China; an M.Sc. in signal processing from the Institute of Acoustics, Chinese Academy of Sciences; and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California’s Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory, which he joined on a provost fellowship in 2008.

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  • Li, Xin

    Li, Xin

    Associate dean of research, Duke Kunshan University

    Professor of electrical and computer engineering, Duke Kunshan University

    Professor of electrical and computer engineering, Duke University

    Director of the institute of applied physical sciences and engineering, Duke Kunshan University

    Director of the data science research center, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests include integrated circuits, signal processing and data analytics. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

    In 2005, he co-founded Xigmix Inc. to commercialize his Ph.D. research and served as chief technical officer until the company was acquired by Extreme DA in 2007. In 2011, Extreme DA was acquired by Synopsis.

    From 2009 to 2012, Li was assistant director of the FCRP Focus Research Center for Circuit & System Solutions, a national consortium of 13 research universities – including Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, Columbia and University of California, Los Angeles – chartered by the U.S. semiconductor industry and U.S. Department of Defense to work on next-generation integrated circuit design challenges. From 2014 to 2015, he was the assistant director of the Center for Silicon System Implementation, a CMU research center with 20 faculty members working on integrated circuits and systems.

    Li has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in electronics engineering from Fudan University, China, and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from CMU.

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  • Lim, Daniel

    Lim, Daniel

    Associate professor of philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests are 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.

    He co-directs the Center for Analytic Philosophy at Renmin University of China and oversees a Templeton Religion Trust grant that runs through 2020 titled Social, Psychological, and Philosophical Implications of AI.

    Lim has a B.A. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was an associate professor of philosophy at Renmin University of China.

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  • Lin, Yajuan 林亚娟

    Lin, Yajuan

    Assistant professor of biogeochemistry, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focus is the intersection among biological oceanography and biogeochemistry. She is interested in understanding the energy fluxes in marine ecosystems and the elemental fluxes in biogeochemical cycles. Her current research projects focus on the polar ocean system, studying how microbial community (both autotrophs and heterotrophs) influence carbon export in the context of climate change. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include biogeochemistry and microbiology.

    Yajuan has a B.Sc. in geology/life sciences from Peking University, and a Ph.D. in marine sciences and conservation from Duke University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was a research scientist at Duke.

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  • Liu, Jian-Guo

    Liu, Jian-Guo

    Professor of physics and mathematics, Duke University

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    His research is in 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 multiscale analysis and computation.

    He joined Duke University in 2009 as professor of physics and mathematics, and he is also a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

    Liu has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Fudan University, China, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He joined Temple University’s Department of Mathematics as assistant professor in 1993, moved to the University of Maryland, College Park, as an associate professor in 1997 and became a professor in 2001 in the Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology.

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  • Lu, Liu

    Liu, Lu

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focuses on bilingual Chinese culture communication. Previously, she taught in the Chinese Conversation Club at Duke University, tutored Chinese one-on-one at a Chinese school in Durham, U.S., and served as publicity officer for the North Carolina Chinese Scholars Sino-U.S. Exchange Association.

    Liu has a master’s degree in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from the Communication University of China.

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  • Liu, Zhe

    Liu, Zhe

    Associate professor of mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests are in the areas of functional analysis, operator algebras, mathematical physics and their applications. Her original research has been published in prestigious mathematics and science journals, including two papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include foundational and advanced math courses in natural/applied sciences.

    Over her 13-year teaching career in the United States, she taught math at all levels and has been actively engaged in STEM education in all aspects. She has received several distinguished teaching awards, including one at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and two at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).

    Liu is has a B.Sc. in mathematics (honors) from Hebei Normal University, China, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from UNH. She was a lecturer and postdoctoral scholar at UPenn from 2010 to 2012 and a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Denver in 2012-13.

    Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Central Florida, where she was also a faculty mentor in the Career Advancement Mentoring Program for Young Entrepreneurs and Scholars funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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  • MacDonald, Andrew

    MacDonald, Andrew

    Assistant professor of political science, Duke Kunshan University

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    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 primary interest is in finding new ways of unlocking data to better understand individual-level outcomes in China. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include political economy, institutions and governance, and political science.

    MacDonald has a B.A. in history and an M.A. in East Asian studies from Stanford University, and an M.Phil and Ph.D. in politics from Oxford University. Prior to joining Duke Kunshan, he was a postdoctoral associate at the University of Louisville’s Center for Asian Democracy.

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  • MacEachern, Scott

    MacEachern, Scott

    Vice chancellor for academic affairs, Duke Kunshan University

    Professor of archeology and anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

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    His archaeological work focuses on the southern Lake Chad Basin of Central Africa. His main research interests are in state formation processes in Africa, international cultural heritage management issues, the archaeological study of ethnicity and social boundaries, and African and global archaeogenetics. His most recent book is “Searching for Boko Haram: A History of Violence in Central Africa.” His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include cultures and movements, anthropology and archaeology, and courses that connect to global health and environmental science.

    MacEachern has a B.A. (honors) in anthropology from the University of Prince Edward Island and an M.A. and Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Calgary. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was professor of anthropology at Bowdoin College, where he also served as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. He won multiple teaching awards at Bowdoin and was elected chair of the committees for faculty governance, and promotions and tenure.

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  • Mahon Rathnam, Lindsay

    Mahon Rathnam, Lindsay

    Assistant professor of political science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Assistant professor of political science, Duke Kunshan University Her research areas are ancient political thought, the history of political thought, and comparative political theory. She is currently at work on a book exploring how emotion suffuses cross-cultural encounters in the work of Herodotus, as well as a project on freedom of speech in the ancient world and its implications for contemporary liberalism.

    Mahon Rathnam has a B.Hum in humanities and classics/religion (summa cum laude) from Carleton University, Canada, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political theory from the University of Toronto. In 2017 and 2018, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University.

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  • Mauldin-Chiocca, Emmanuelle

    Mauldin-Chiocca, Emmanuelle

    Assistant professor of applied linguistics and culture, Duke Kunshan University

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    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 investigating the effects of curriculum ideologies on glottophobia and epilinguistic behaviors, as well as Native American language revitalization.

    Mauldin-Chiocca has B.A.s in history and English and an M.A. in history from the University of Bordeaux Montaigne, France, and a Ph.D. in instructional leadership and academic curriculum from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in international education via language learning and teaching and study abroad program design.

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  • Mazor, Joseph

    Mazor, Joseph

    Senior lecturer in politics, philosophy, and economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests include distributive justice, environmental ethics, children’s rights, and the philosophy of welfare economics. At Duke Kunshan, he teaches courses in ethics and at the intersection of economics and political philosophy.

    He has published papers in leading philosophy journals including Philosophy & Public Affairs, Journal of Medical Ethics, and the Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.

    Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a visiting assistant professor of philosophy and political science at the London School of Economics (LSE). He was previously a postdoctoral scholar at Princeton University, Stanford University, and LSE.

    Mazor has a B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.Sc. from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s and Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Political Economy and Government Program.

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  • McWilliams, Emily

    McWilliams, Emily

    Assistant professor of philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research is at the intersection of epistemology and moral philosophy with connections to psychology. In particular, she 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. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include ethics and leadership, U.S. studies, philosophy and psychology.

    McWilliams has a B.A. (summa cum laude) in philosophy, linguistics and psychology from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University. 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 was the Nancy Schaenen Endowed Visiting Scholar of Ethics at the Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University.

    She received several certificates for distinction in teaching at Harvard. She also previously taught English for academic purposes in Vietnam and Wuhan, China.

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  • Miao, Yu 苗宇

    Miao, Yu

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her primary focus in classroom instruction is to prepare students for real-life interaction with native speakers of Chinese. Her primary research interests include interactive instruction, comprehension-led learning, cross-cultural communication, teaching material development, and Chinese language teacher training.

    Miao has a M.A. in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages (TCSOL) from Northeast Normal University, China. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she taught Chinese at Taylor University in the United States, and at Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an Eurasia University and Northeast Normal University in China.

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  • Miller, James

    Miller, James

    Professor of humanities, Duke Kunshan University

    Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Strategy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on the intersection of religion and ecology in China. He has published six books including “China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future” (Columbia, 2017). He is noted worldwide as an expert in Daoism, China’s indigenous religion. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include ethics and leadership, global China studies, environmental science, U.S. studies, religious studies and philosophy.

    Miller has a B.A. (honors) in Chinese studies from Durham University, a B.A. (honors) and M.A. in theological and religious studies from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. in religious and theological studies from Boston University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was director of the School of Religion at Queen’s University, Canada.

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  • Morgan, Pippa

    Morgan, Pippa

    Lecturer in political science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research is motivated by a desire to understand the political economy of South-South economic engagement, with a focus on China's foreign economic relations, Chinese foreign aid, foreign direct investment, and infrastructure contracts. More broadly, she is interested in combining quantitative and qualitative methods to understand how history influences contemporary political economy and international relations, and in how political and sociological factors affect prospects for economic development. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include global governance, political economy of institutions, and China and the Global South.

    She has had papers published in leading academic journals including International Studies Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, the Journal of Chinese Political Science, and Asian Perspective, and has served on the editorial team of the Chinese Political Science Review since 2015.

    Morgan has a B.A. in economics and politics from Durham University, an M.Sc. in Asian politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a Ph.D. from Fudan University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was a Global Perspectives on Society Fellow at New York University Shanghai.

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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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    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.

    He received his BA, MEd, and PhD (1981) from UNC Chapel Hill. 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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  • Naghib, Saghar Leslie

    Naghib, Saghar Leslie

    Senior lecturer in English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests are identity politics and the role of language in conflict analysis and resolution. Her teaching experience includes curriculum development, program accreditation, classroom-community integration and teacher training.

    She has been teaching English to international students from diverse personal, academic and professional backgrounds since 2005. She also strives to foster lifelong readership among international learners of English by providing free and accessible content and language support through her website, bookmebiteme.com.

    Naghib has an M.Sc. in teaching English as a second language from Barry University and a Ph.D. in conflict analysis in resolution from Nova Southeastern University. In 2014, she was awarded the Critical Languages Scholarship for Persian-Farsi in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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  • Olsavsky, Jesse

    Olsavsky, Jesse

    Associate professor of history, Duke Kunshan University

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    He 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.

    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.

    Olsavsky has a B.A. in history and German literature from the University of Toledo, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in American and Atlantic history from the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Pan, Xiaofei 潘小斐

    Pan, Xiaofei

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her primary research interests include second language writing, second language assessment and quantitative research methodology for second language acquisition. She involves innovative teaching methods and authentic use of language in her classroom.

    Pan has a Ph.D. in second language acquisition from the University of Iowa. Before joining DKU, she taught Chinese as a second language at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, the CIEE Shanghai Learning Center, and the University of Iowa.

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  • Parsons, William

    Parsons, William

    Associate professor of political science, Duke Kunshan University

    Division chair of social sciences, undergraduate program, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research examines early modernity, Christianity and the thought of Niccolo Machiavelli. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include U.S. studies, ethics and leadership, institutions and governance, and political science.

    Parsons has a B.A. in political science from the University of Maine and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he taught at Carroll College, Montana.

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  • Pickus, Noah

    Pickus, Noah

    Associate provost and senior adviser to the provost, Duke University

    Dean of undergraduate curricular affairs and faculty development, Duke Kunshan University

    Professor of the practice, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

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    He has led the design of the undergraduate curriculum at Duke Kunshan and is responsible for hiring new faculty, implementing the curriculum and developing innovative pedagogical approaches. 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).

    Pickus has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University’s College of Social Studies and a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University. He is an American Council on Education Fellow at Franklin & Marshall College and co-directs the Arizona State University-Georgetown University Academy for Innovation in Higher Education Leadership. He has previously the Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, and has taught in China and Israel.

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  • Plesser, Ronen

    Plesser, Ronen

    Professor of physics, mathematics and education, Center for Geometry and Theoretical Physics, Duke University

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    His research interests focus on the interplay of physics and geometry in string theory and quantum field theory. He is also active in science outreach, notably astronomy. He has presented an online course for the past five years and is interested in using MOOC (massive open online course) data to understand student learning and improve course design.

    He has a B.Sc. from Tel Aviv University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He joined Duke in 1997 and before that was on the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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  • Qin, Minnange 秦民南鸽

    Qin, Minnange

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests include Chinese linguistics, second language pedagogy, curriculum design and technology-aided instruction. She is an experienced Chinese lecturer of all levels who enjoys creating a fun and lively classroom experience.

    Qin has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in teaching Chinese to speakers of other languages from Beijing Language and Culture University, and a master’s in translation and localization management from Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Vermont. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she taught Chinese at institutions in China and U.S. including Tsinghua University, Columbia University, the University of Southern California, and San Jose State University.

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  • Rada, Pedro

    Rada, Pedro

    Senior lecturer in neuroscience, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on the reward mechanism of feeding behavior and drug addiction. While studying both behaviors he found that feeding could become pathological (addiction) if the right conditions were present. Other lines of research are linked to his medical background and incorporate the study of basic mechanisms in diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and depression.

    He is author of several book chapters and his research articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and Frontiers in Psychiatry.

    He has an M.D. and neurology specialty from Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela, and a Ph.D. in medical sciences neuroscience mention from Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. He worked for five years as a postdoc and 15 years as a visiting researcher and visiting professor at Princeton University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was professor of physiology in the School of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes.

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  • Rasiel, Emma

    Rasiel, Emma

    Associate Chair of the Economics Department, Eads Professor of the Practice in Energy, Duke University

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    Her teaching interests at Investments, Intermediate Finance, Behavioral Finance and Equity Research. She has also taught a number of finance courses for Executive MBAs at Fuqua.

    Emma is also Teaching Director of the Duke Financial Economics Center (DFE), where she runs corporate-sponsored training programs to help prepare students for jobs in the financial markets. She is Director of Graduate Studies for Duke’s MS in Quantitative Finance, and is collaborating with Duke’s Engineering School (Pratt) to launch a joint MS in FinTech.

    Emma has an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a BSc and MA in Mathematics from Oxford University. Emma completed her PhD in finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, in 2003. Prior to beginning the PhD program, she was an Executive Director in the London office of Goldman Sachs, where she traded European government bond options.

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  • Rathnam, Lincoln

    Rathnam, Lincoln

    Assistant professor of political science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests are in political theory and comparative politics. He is currently completing a 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, he is engaged in research into the history of American politics thought, with a particular focus on issues concerning disagreement, diversity and the reception of non-Western thought within the U.S. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include ethics and leadership, global China studies, U.S. studies, institutions and governance, and political science.

    Rathnam has a B.A. in philosophy (honors) from Davidson College, studied in the interuniversity program in Chinese language studies at Tsinghua University, and has an M.A. in East Asian studies and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto. He is a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University and in 2016-2017 was a visiting instructor in the Department of Political Science at Davidson College.

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  • Ren, Liqi 任丽琦

    Ren, Liqi

    Lecturer in innovation and design, Duke Kunshan University

    Associate director for innovation and entrepreneurship, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focuses on exploring the impact of culture on China’s design innovation potential by investigating the structure, operation and evolution of the Chinese creative industry and the overall knowledge economy. She is also interested in entrepreneurship in the creative industry, and how it fits into the overall picture of China’s innovation. She is specialized in design thinking as a trans-disciplinary method to drive innovation, creative expression and entrepreneurial success. At Duke Kunshan, she teaches and develops pedagogy around the themes of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

    As associate director for innovation and entrepreneurship, she leads the DKU Innovation Lab and Incubator and is responsible for developing the innovative and entrepreneurial culture across campus by initiating and strengthening various programs, topics and resources.

    Ren has a B.E. in industrial design and a B.M. in marketing from the Taiyuan University of Technology, and an M.SD. and Ph.D. in design from Arizona State University.

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  • Robertson, Katherine

    Robertson, Katherine

    Director of faculty affairs, Duke Kunshan University

    Adjunct associate professor of biology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests have 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. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include evolution of genomes and behavior.

    Robertson has an M.Sc. in immunology from Kings College, University of London, and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from Guy’s Medical School, University of London. She has been teaching biology for more than 12 years, including courses in developmental biology, cell biology and animal behavior.

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  • Rodd, Robin

    Rodd, Robin

    Associate professor of anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

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    His current research is at the interface of critical theory, Latin American studies and anthropology. His work explores political memory and the symbolic bases of citizenship, democracy and dictatorship in Latin America. He has also done long-term fieldwork in lowland Amazonia focusing on indigenous notions of mind, knowledge, and health. At Duke Kunshan, his teaching interests span medical and political anthropology, Latin American cultures and politics, migration and citizenship studies, and critical theory.

    Rodd has edited two special journal issues – International Journal of Politics, Culture and Society and Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research – and published book chapters in English, Spanish and French. His articles has appeared in anthropology and politics journals including Critique of Anthropology, Anthropology of Consciousness, Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, Journal of Latin American Religion, Democratic Theory, and Citizenship Studies. He served as the secretary of the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA) from 2016 to 2020, and has twice co-convened the Australian Anthropological Society annual conference.

    Rodd has a B.A. (Hons) in history from the University of Western Australia, a B.A. in Spanish from Edith Cowan University, and a Ph.D. with distinction in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Western Australia. Before joining Duke Kunshan, Rodd taught anthropology at James Cook University, Australia.

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  • Rogers, Megan

    Rogers, Megan

    Assistant professor of sociology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focuses on religion in contemporary China, and she has a particular interest in the intersection of religion and social inequality. She has conducted extensive qualitative fieldwork in China, including as a Fulbright fellow in Suzhou in 2015 and 2016). Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include sociology, culture and movements, religion, and China studies.

    Rogers has bachelor’s degrees in international studies and Chinese from the University of Mississippi, an M.A. in Chinese from the Ohio State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was a postdoctoral research fellow with the Global Religion Research Initiative, University of Notre Dame.

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  • Lie Philip, Santoso

    Santoso, Lie Philip

    Assistant professor of political science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests are on comparative political behavior and survey methodologies. Most of his works focus on how differences in economic and political context across countries and over time impact the political attitudes of citizens operating in those contexts. 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.

    Lie Philip has a double B.A. in political science and philosophy from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Rice University. Before joining DKU, he was an assistant professor of political science at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.

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  • Sattler, Peter

    Sattler, Peter

    Senior lecturer in economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focus is on economics, economics and business strategy, durable good markets, and market research. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include economics and marketing strategy.

    He has moved between the business world and academic world during his career. He was an entrepreneur early in his career, earning membership of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame, and later returned to graduate school. He has been on the faculty of the University of Texas, Dallas; the University at Buffalo (SUNY); and most recently Northwestern University.

    Sattler has B.Sc. in ECE from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, and a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.

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  • Simonelli, Italo

    Simonelli, Italo

    Senior lecturer of mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His primary research interests lie in the fields of probability, statistics, combinatorics and graph theory. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include data science and discrete mathematics.

    He is the co-author of two books, “Bonferroni-type Inequalities with Applications” (Springer’s Applied Probability Series, 1996) and “Products of Random Variables: Applications to Problems of Physics and to Arithmetical Functions” (Marcel Dekker, 2004). He also has had papers published in leading academic journals including Annals of Probability, SIAM Journal of Discrete Mathematics, Theory and Decisions, and Journal of Multivariate Analysis.

    Simonelli has a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a professor of mathematics at McDaniel College, Westminster, U.S. Previously he was an associate professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University, Commerce.

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  • Smith-Lovin, Lynn

    Smith-Lovin, Lynn

    Robert L. Wilson Professor of Arts and Sciences, Duke University

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    Her research examines the relationships among identity, action and emotion. She works within the affect control theory tradition, which examines how cultural information is imported into local social interactions, and leads to behavioral, cognitive and emotional responses. Her current projects involve (1) experimental studies of justice, identity and emotion (funded by the National Science Foundation) and (2) a study of event processing in Arabic (funded by the Office of Naval Research), and (3) a series of simulation and validation studies for affect control theory (funded by the Army Research Office).

    Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan University include simulation studies of social interaction and emotional responses to those interpersonal events.

    She has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Sociological Association (ASA) sections on the Sociology of Emotions and on Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity, the Cooley-Mead Award from the ASA section on Social Psychology, and the James S. Coleman Award from the ASA section on Mathematical Sociology. She has served as President of the Southern Sociological Society, Vice-President of the ASA, and Chair of the ASA Sections on the Sociology of Emotion and on Social Psychology. Her articles have appeared in the top journals of Sociology-- American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, and the Annual Review of Sociology.

    Smith-Lovin received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in Journalism (with honors), an M.A. in Communications from UNC-Chapel Hill, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Before moving to Duke University, she taught at the University of South Carolina, Cornell University, and the University of Arizona.

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  • Snow, Don

    Snow, Don

    Professor and director of the language and culture center, Duke Kunshan University

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    His primary research interests focus on independent language learning, intercultural communication, language teaching, diglossia and the historical development of written Chinese vernaculars.

    Snow has a Ph.D in East Asian language and cultures from Indiana University. He has taught English at Nanjing University and, before joining Duke Kunshan, was director of the English Language Center at Shantou University.

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  • Soboleva, Irina

    Soboleva, Irina

    Assistant professor of behavioral science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, behavioral economics and experimental psychology with a focus on civic engagement and democratic participation at the local level. Conceptually, she is interested in the psychological mechanisms of political learning. Empirically, she combines field experiments, lab experiments, and ethnographic fieldwork to identify how political efficacy interacts with extreme political skepticism during democratic consolidation. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include behavioral science and political psychology.

    Her research has appeared in World Politics, Sexuality and Culture, Europe-Asia Studies, Russian Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, and Problems of Post-Communism. Her current work is supported by, among others, the International Society of Political Psychology; the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies; the Association for the Study of Nationalities; the Earth Institute; the Harriman Institute; and the Columbia Global Policy Initiative.

    Soboleva has an M.A. in political economy from the Higher School of Economics, an M.P.A. from London Metropolitan University, and a Ph.D. in comparative politics and psychology from Columbia University.

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  • Spaller, Mark

    Spaller, Mark

    Associate professor of chemistry, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests are rooted in chemical and biochemical discovery, with an emphasis on designing and characterizing peptides and proteins with therapeutic applications in disease processes, most notably cancer.

    After an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, he began his independent academic career at Wayne State University, later moving to Brown University and then Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, he held faculty positions in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Geisel School of Medicine, as well as an investigator appointment in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses spanning the chemical and biomolecular sciences at the collegiate level, and he served as the course director for pharmacology in medical school.

    Spaller has a B.Sc. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Texas, Austin.

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  • Spana, Eric

    Spana, Eric

    Associate professor of the Practice, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Biology, Duke University

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    His research uses Drosophila melanogaster genetics to identify genes and processes involved in making the adult insect cuticle. His teaching interests focus mostly on the fields of Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology. Most of his current research is from undergraduate students taking his lab course where they characterize and identify the genes involved in the formation of the adult thorax and wing.

    Spana has a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School and a brief stint in biotech, he joined the Biology department at Duke University in 2003.

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  • Sprague, Kevin

    Sprague, Kevin

    Lecturer in English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Sprague has an M.A. in teaching English as a second language from Pennsylvania State University, where he focused on second language writing and theories of second language acquisition. He served as an English language fellow sponsored by the U.S. State Department from 2015 to 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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  • Stephens, Daniel

    Stephens, Daniel

    Assistant professor of philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focus is both traditional interpretations of Chinese philosophy and the dialogue between Chinese philosophy and modern ethics and social psychology. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include ethics and leadership, global China studies, philosophy and psychology.

    Stephens has a B.A. in philosophy from Grand Valley State University, an M.Phil. from the University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University, where he received a teaching award while working as a writing tutor.

    He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Department of Public Policy, City University of Hong Kong, and in 2017-2018 he was a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Fordham University.

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  • Sun, Peng

    Sun, Peng

    Assistant professor of data science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His current research focus includes AI-assisted intelligent transportation systems, internet of vehicles, wireless sensor network, and mobile vehicular cloud/edge computing. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include numerical methods for engineering, machine learning, and data and computer communications.

    He is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and has worked as principal researcher/research associate for projects supported by Canada’s National Defense, the Communications Research Centre Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. He is an active reviewer for prestigious journals including IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Elsevier Ad Hoc Networks, and ACM Computing Survey. He also has served as technical program committee co-chair/member for top-tier conferences including ACM DIVANet’18, IEEE ISCC’19, ACM MSWiM’17~20, ACM/IEEE DS-RT’20 and IEEE ICC’20~21.

    He received the Best Paper Award at IEEE GLOBECOM in 2019. His work, A Novel Hierarchical Two-Tier Node Deployment Strategy for Sustainable Wireless Sensor Networks, was published in the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Computing and selected as one of the spotlight articles published in all IEEE Transactions as highlighted in the IEEE Computer volume 52(3), pp. 4-5, March 2019.

    Sun has a bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering and automation from Soochow University, an M.Sc. in electrical and computer engineering from Lakehead University, Canada, and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he served as a postdoc researcher from 2016 to 2020. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a research associate at the Paradise Research Laboratory, University of Ottawa, led by professor Azzedine Boukerche.

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  • Sun, Yachao 孙亚超

    Sun, Yachao

    Assistant professor of English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests focus on second language writing, translingual studies, and multimodal composition. His recent work has looked at how second language theories respond to increasingly diversified teaching and learning contexts and facilitate second language practice and pedagogy. He is particularly interested in studying second language writing practice and pedagogy from translingual perspectives. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include English for academic purposes and composition.

    He has published papers in leading journals including the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and System.

    Sun has an M.A. in TESOL and linguistics from Ball State University, Indiana, and a Ph.D. in second language studies from Purdue University, Indiana. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he taught introductory composition courses at Ball State and Purdue.

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  • Tebbe, Chris

    Tebbe, Chris

    Senior lecturer in English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    His primary interest is in utilizing action research and other qualitative research methods to promote good teaching practices and further explore professional development. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include English for academic purposes and the teaching of writing. In general, he is strongly interested in promoting the learning of all foreign languages.

    He has served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Sichuan province and as a U.S Department of State English language fellow and specialist in Chengdu and Beijing. Through these programs, he has worked extensively in teacher development.

    Tebbe has a B.A. in German from Denison University, an M.A. in German from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.A. in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from Columbia University, Teachers College.

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  • Tesei, Tommaso

    Tesei, Tommaso

    Associate professor of religious studies, Duke Kunshan University

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    Thematically, his academic interests mostly center on the emergence of the Islamic movement and faith tradition in the historical context of the late antique Middle East. His recent research explores the questions of ideology, imperialism and propaganda in Byzantine, Sasanian, and early Islamic societies.

    In 2013, he was awarded a Mellon doctoral fellowship to join the research project The Qurʾan Seminar, directed by Gabriel Said Reynolds at Notre Dame University.

    Tesei has a Ph.D. jointly from the Department of Oriental Studies, University of Rome (La Sapienza), and the Department of Arabic Studies, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Paris. In 2018 and 2019, he was the Patricia Crone member at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, and previously spent five years as a Polonsky research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jerusalem.

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  • Trivedi, Kishor

    Trivedi, Kishor

    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke Kunshan University

    Hudson Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Duke University

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    He is known as a leading international expert in the domain of reliability and performability evaluation of Dependable systems. He is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a Golden Core Member of IEEE Computer Society. He is the recipient of IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award for his research on Software Aging and Rejuvenation. He is the author of “Probability and Statistics with Reliability, Queuing and Computer Science Applications” and “Reliability and Availability Engineering: Modeling, Analysis and Applications”.

    He heads Duke High Availability Assurance Laboratory (DHAAL) and holds the Hudson Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University.

    Trivedi received the M.S. degree and Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois.

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  • Todd, Jason Douglas

    Todd, Jason Douglas

    Assistant professor of political science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His work spans the fields of American and comparative politics, including both democratic and authoritarian regimes. He is particularly interested in examining how political institutions shape law and policy, whether that is through the legislators who make them or the judges who interpret them. At Duke Kunshan, he teaches courses on the comparative politics of public policy, the global phenomenon of democratic erosion, and methods for program evaluation.

    He has co-authored chapters for books published by Routledge and Cambridge University Press, and his work is forthcoming in The Journal of Politics. He is a member of the American, Southern, Midwest, and International Political Science Associations.

    Todd has a B.A. in international studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he focused on international politics, Asia, Mandarin and history, and a Ph.D. from Duke University.

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  • Tsigkou, Anastasia

    Tsigkou, Anastasia

    Associate professor of biology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focus is reproductive biology, particular the study of inhibin and progesterone receptors in uterine leiomyomas and ovarian cancers. One of her main achievements was 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 royalty income to Oxford Brookes University in the U.K. of more than GBP 2 million.

    She has received 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 from Guangdong province in collaboration with Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) for the development of a novel immunoassay to vitamin D binding proteins.

    Tsigkou has a B.Sc. (hons) in biochemistry from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a D.Phil from Oxford Brookes University. She also has a postgraduate certificate in science from Oxford Brookes. Prior to joining DKU, she was a visiting associate professor at the University of Athens Medical School and held a lecturer position at XJTLU’s Department of Biological Sciences, teaching biochemistry, biotechnology and cancer biology.

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  • Ursell, Elisabeth

    Ursell, Elisabeth

    Lecturer of English language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests focus on intercultural communication and discourse analysis. She has also researched English language learners and second language writing in writing centers, and she is keenly interested in the intersections between creative writing and language learning.

    She has presented on her work developing one of the first Conversation Partners programs for ELLs at NASPA, PennTESOL East, and the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association. She also has extensive experience working with English-language learners through refugee resettlement programs in Utica, New York, and Philadelphia.

    Ursell has a B.A. in English and creative writing from Hamilton College and a M.SEd. in intercultural communication from the University of Pennsylvania. She was also part of the Erasmus program at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Before joining Duke Kunshan, She was assistant director of the Language Lounge and worked in writing center administration at Temple University.

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  • van den Dool, Annemieke

    van den Dool, Annemieke

    Assistant professor of environmental policy, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests include public policy, environmental policy and crisis politics. Her current research focuses on 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.

    Before joining Duke Kunshan, 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.

    Van den Dool has a B.A. in Chinese languages and cultures from Leiden University, the Netherlands; an M.Sc. in environmental science, policy and management from Lund University, Sweden; and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Amsterdam.

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  • Van Overmeire, Ben

    Van Overmeire, Ben

    Assistant professor of religious studies, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on the study of Zen Buddhist texts. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include ethics and leadership, global China studies, religion and literature.

    Van Overmeire has a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. (summa cum laude) in Germanic languages and literatures from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; an M.A. in American studies (magna cum laude) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium; an M.A. in comparative literature (magna cum laude) from the State University of New York, Stony Brook; and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, San Diego. In 2016-17, he was a visiting assistant professor of religion at St. Olaf College. He is also a postdoctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders at Ghent University, Belgium.

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  • Wang, Mengqi

    Wang, Mengqi

    Assistant professor of anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her 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. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include cultures and movements, global China studies, urban studies and cultural anthropology.

    Wang has a B.A. in economics and in Chinese and media studies from Beijing Normal University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Brandeis University.

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  • Wang, Shan

    Wang, Shan

    Assistant professor of psychology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests lie primarily in the area of cognitive psychology and extend across a range of subjects related to perception and action, individual differences and life span development. More specifically, her research work focuses on visual perception, pain and attention, and age-related changes in motor cognition. Recently, she has expanded her research to study the movement coordination of children with neuro-developmental disorders.

    She has published in a number of leading academic journals and serves as a reviewer for PAIN, European Journal of Pain, Research in Developmental Disabilities, Psychology and Aging. She is also a member of the American Psychological Association, British Psychological Society, International Association for the Study of Pain and International Society for DCD Research.

    Wang has a B.Sc. and a postgraduate diploma in psychology from Tianjin Normal University, China, and Loughborough University, U.K. She has an M.Sc. in psychology from the University of Edinburgh and completed clinical training at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, with a focus on cognitive impairment; and has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Bath, U.K, and completed her work based in the Centre for Pain Research, Bath.

    Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford Brookes University, U.K.

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  • Wang, Xiawa 王夏娃

    Wang, Xiawa

    Assistant professor of material science, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research merges material science and electromagnetism by tailoring the emission spectra of high temperature emitters with micro-to-nano structures. She worked on those devices and systems for use in the next generation radioisotope batteries to power spacecraft flying beyond Jupiter and into deep space where solar energy is not sufficient to provide any power. She is also interested in silicon photonics, semiconductor devices, and micro-to-nano fabrication process. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include laboratory classes on material science, and physics classes on electromagnetism.

    Wang has a B.Sc., M.Eng and Ph. D in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was a post-doctorate researcher at Tsinghua University.

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  • Wang, Yu

    Wang, Yu

    Assistant professor of sociology, Duke Kunshan University

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    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 change. Her current project is about the interaction between demographic changes and assortative mating in contemporary China. Her articles have appeared in journals including Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, American Journal of Public Health, and Contraception.

    Wang has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in sociology from Renmin University of China, and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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  • Weissglass, Daniel

    Weissglass, Daniel

    Assistant professor of philosophy, Duke Kunshan University

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    His work focuses on the intersection of philosophy, the cognitive sciences and emerging technologies. He has two major projects: Improving our understanding of cognition and the mind, and developing policies’ ethical outcomes in health, science and technology. His past work includes papers on mental representation, cognitive architecture and reactivity, health ethics, AI ethics and game/media studies. His teaching interests include the philosophy of mind, cognitive/behavioral sciences, artificial intelligence and applied ethics, particularly in global health.

    Weissglass has a B.A. in philosophy and a B.Sc. in psychology, along with a minor in Jewish studies, from the College of Charleston, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from City University of New York. He previously served as a graduate teaching fellow at the College of Staten Island and taught additional courses there as well as at Rio Hondo College.

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  • Werner, Marcus C.

    Werner, Marcus C.

    Associate professor of mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research is in mathematical physics, at the intersection of geometry and astrophysics. In particular, he is interested in general relativity, its modifications and applications, such as mathematical properties of gravitational lensing. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan are in the applied mathematics major, especially geometrical topics, and in developing interdisciplinary courses.

    He has published in leading academic journals and has been a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society (U.K.), and the German Physical Society.

    Werner has an M.A., a master of national sciences and a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he taught in Duke University’s Department of Mathematics before moving to Japan in 2011 to serve first as a researcher at the University of Tokyo's Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe and then as a Hakubi assistant professor at Kyoto University.

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  • Winner, William

    Winner, William

    Professor of environmental science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focus is in plant physiological and ecological responses to environmental change. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include integrated science, biology and environmental science, especially lifecycle analysis and systems thinking.

    He has 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 U.S. National Science Foundation.

    Winner has B.A. and M.A. teaching degrees in biology from the Lewis and Clark College, Portland, an M.A. in biology from the University of South Dakota, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Calgary, Canada.

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  • Woerner, Austin

    Woerner, Austin

    Lecturer in English and creative writinglanguage, Duke Kunshan University

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    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.

    Woerner has 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, China, where he taught creative writing, academic writing and translation.

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  • Wu, Keping 吴科萍

    Wu, Keping

    Associate professor of anthropology, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focus is the intersection among religion, gender, urbanization, public good, ethnicity, and charisma. She is especially interested in how people cross religious, ethnic, rural-urban and other boundaries. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include ethnography of China, ethnicity and diversity, and urbanization and changing religious landscapes.

    She is the editor (with Robert Weller) of “It Happens Among People: Resonances and Extensions of the Work of Fredrik Barth” (Berghahn 2019) and the co-author (with Robert Weller, C. Julia Huang-Lemmon and Lizhu Fan 2019) of “Religion and Charity: The Social Life of Goodness in Chinese Societies” (Cambridge University Press, 2017). She has had papers published in leading academic journals including Current Anthropology, Modern China and Journal of Asian Studies. She has been a member of the American Anthropological Association and Association of Asian Studies since 2006.

    Wu has a B.A. from Peking University and a Ph.D. from Boston University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she taught at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Sun Yat-sen University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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  • Xiang, Zairong 向在荣

    Xiang, Zairong

    Assistant professor of comparative literature, Duke Kunshan University

    Associate director of art, undergraduate program, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research intersects feminisms and queer theories, literary and visual studies, philosophical and religious inquiries in their decolonial variants in Spanish, English, Chinese, French and Nahuatl.

    He has published widely both within academia and beyond. He is author of the book “Queer Ancient Way: A Decolonial Exploration” (Punctum Books, 2018), and co-edited the special issue The Ontology of the Couple (2019) for GLQ – A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, and the special issue Hyperimage (2018) for the journal New Art. He was chief curator of the “minor cosmopolitan weekend” at the HKW Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2018) and was editor of its catalogue “Minor Cosmopolitan: Thinking Art, Politics and the Universe Together Otherwise” (Diaphanes/Chicago UP, 2020).

    He is currently co-curating the 2020 Guangzhou Image Triennial and is working on two projects dealing with the concepts of “transdualism” and “counterfeit” respectively in the Global South, especially Latin America and China.

    Xiang has a cotutelle Ph.D. in comparative literature in 2013 from University of Tübingen and University of Perpignan with the European Union-funded Erasmus Mundus joint doctorate. Before joining DKU, he was a postdoctoral fellow of the DFG Research Training Group minor cosmopolitanisms at Potsdam University from 2016 to 2020, and a fellow at the ICI-Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry from 2014 to 2016.

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  • Li Xu

    Xu, Li

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Xu has an M.A. in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Beijing Normal University. From 2007 to 2011, she was a Chinese lecturer at Princeton University. She served as the Beijing language director before becoming Shanghai language director for the Alliance of Global Education. She has extensive experience in clearly defining and maintaining superior language instruction and working closely with students.

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  • Xu, Shixin 徐士鑫

    Xu, Shixin

    Assistant professor for mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research interests are machine learning and data-driven model for diseases, multiscale modeling of complex fluids, homogenization theory, and numerical analysis.

    Xu has a B.Sc. in mathematics (honors) from Ocean University of China and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Science and Technology China. From 2013 to 2017, he held postdoctoral positions at the National University of Singapore, the University of Notre Dame, the University of California, Riverside, and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Canada.

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  • Xu, Weijing (Vivian) 徐维静

    Xu, Weijing

    Assistant professor of media and arts, Duke Kunshan University

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    A Beijing-born media artist, designer, researcher and educator, her work explores the boundaries between bio and electronic media in creating new forms of machine logic, speculative life and sensory systems, often taking the form of objects, machines, installations and/or wearable. Her work has been presented at various institutions in China, the United States, Europe and Australia, including the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra; the New York Science Museum; SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia, Perth; the Max Planck Institute, Berlin; and Humboldt University, Berlin.

    She is the co-founder of Dogma Lab, a trans-disciplinary design lab in Shanghai dedicated to creating experimental research at the intersection of design, technology, art and science. More information is available at her personal website.

    Xu has an M.F.A. in design and technology from the Parsons New School for Design, New York. Previously, she has lectured in institutions including the Parsons New School for Design, New York University Shanghai and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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  • Xu, Xiaoqian 徐霄乾

    Xu, Xiaoqian

    Assistant professor of mathematics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His 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. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include mathematical foundations and advanced courses in pure math.

    Xu has a B.Sc. in mathematics (honors) from Zhejiang University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. From 2016 to 2019, he held postdoctoral research positions at Carnegie Mellon University and the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics, Brown University.

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  • Yurgel, Caio

    Yurgel, Caio

    Assistant professor of humanities, Duke Kunshan University

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    He has a background in philosophy, creative writing and comparative literature. His teaching and research are primarily concerned with literatures written in Chinese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, with a focus on comparative and interdisciplinary approaches.

    He is the author of “Landscape’s Revenge: The Ecology of Failure in Robert Walser and Bernardo Carvalho” (DeGruyter, 2018) and the collection of essays “A Estética do Espetáculo: Cinco Teses em Walter Benjamin” (NEA, 2013), and is a winner of the prestigious Mario Pedrosa Award for Essays on Contemporary Art and Culture, awarded by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture. He has also authored two award-winning novels: “Samba Sem Mim” (Saraiva, 2014) and “As Noites de Hong Kong São Feitas de Neon” (Gato Bravo, 2019).

    Yurgel has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, where he also served as a joint post-doctorate researcher in partnership with the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Peking University.

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  • Zeng, Zhaojin 曾召金

    Zeng, Zhaojin

    Assistant professor of history, Duke Kunshan University

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    His expertise lies in Chinese economic and business history; the global history of capitalism, technology, and industry; quantitative data analysis; and digital humanities. His book project, “Engineering Modern China: Industrial Factories and the Transformation of the Chinese Economy in the Long Twentieth Century,” was the first to analyze the remarkable creation of the Chinese factory economy from the late Qing to post-Mao era.

    He is the founder of the Chinese Factory Project, a digital humanities initiative that collects and publicizes archival materials and quantitative datasets on China’s industrial development, technological change, and resource utilization. He is also working on two new book projects: one on Sino-U.S. economic and trade relations in the 1980s, and another on a global history of China’s economic and social transitions in the reform era.

    His work has appeared in high-impact academic journals such as World Development, Pacific Affairs, and Entreprises et Histoire, and his research has received funding from Harvard University, Harvard Business School, the D. Kim Foundation for Science and Technology, the Association for Asian Studies, and Business History Conference, among others.

    Zeng has M.Phil. in social science from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas, Austin. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was visiting assistant professor of East Asian History at the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Zhang, Kai

    Zhang, Kai

    Assistant professor of chemistry, Duke Kunshan University

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    He performs theoretical and computational studies of soft condensed matters, such as polymers and glasses, from a 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.

    Zhang has a B.Sc. in chemistry from Tsinghua University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Duke University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University and Columbia University.

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  • Zhang, Luyao 张露瑶

    Zhang, Luyao

    Assistant professor of economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    She has an abiding passion for interdisciplinary collaborations, especially related to artificial intelligence (machine learning), fintech (cryptocurrency and blockchain), and big data (from all industries). She is also interested in seeking creative solutions to challenging problems and transferring in-depth insights into practical impacts.

    She is a part-time consultant at PreScouter and works with industry pioneers on big-data paradigm shifts and digital transformations. She is dedicated to services with empathy, which she believes is one critical cornerstone of any civil society. She has served local and international communities,is the ambassador for Startup Genome in Shanghai, and was the founding president for Dance Illumination, an nonprofit organization that promotes diverse dance histories.

    She has taught six economics courses independently for students with diverse backgrounds in the United States, Europe and China, proposing an initiative of artificial intelligence and business strategy. She has won teaching prizes for innovation in project-based education.

    Zhang has a B.A. in economics and a B.Sc. in math and applied math from Peking University, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Ohio State University. Before joining Duke Kunshan, she was assistant professor in business management at East China Normal University and a course professor at the Asia Europe Business School, Shanghai.

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  • Zhang, Xiaochen 张晓晨

    Zhang, Xiaochen

    Assistant professor of applied economics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His primary research interests are 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.

    Zhang has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Shandong University, an M.Sc. in population, resource and environmental economics from Fudan University and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. He has also obtained a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Demography. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he had taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, including on principles of economics, microeconomics, and population and development.

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  • Zhang, Xin 张欣

    Zhang, Xin

    Assistant professor of Chinese language and intercultural communication, Duke Kunshan University

    Assistant director for Chinese as a second language (CSL), Duke Kunshan University

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    Her work specializes in second language acquisition, language pedagogy, and intercultural communication manifested in language teaching, program building and teacher training. She is writing a book, “A Pedagogy of Target Culture Expectation,” and co-editing a volume forthcoming from Routledge, “Third Space and Chinese Pedagogy: Negotiating Intentions and Expectations in Another Culture.”

    She has directed intensive study abroad Chinese programs including the Critical Language Scholarship program, and has received several awards for her projects from the U.S. Chinese Language Teachers Association, Five Colleges of Ohio Consortium, National Federation of Modern Language Teachers’ Association and National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages. From 2016 to 2019, she held an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship and served as a visiting assistant professor of Chinese at Oberlin College.

    Zhang has an M.A. and a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and literature in Chinese language pedagogy from Ohio State University.

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  • Zhang, Yili 张益丽

    Zhang, Yili

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research interests are in teaching Chinese for specific purposes and second language acquisition. Since 2012, she has taught Chinese at all levels, including business Chinese and a Chinese debate course.

    Zhang has an M.A. in teaching Chinese as a foreign language from Fudan University and an M.A. in teaching Chinese at college level from Brandeis University. She is also a certified Oral Proficiency Interview tester. Previously, she taught at Brigham Young University.

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  • Daisy, Zhang-Negreie

    Zhang-Negreie, Daisy

    Senior lecturer in chemistry, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focuses on organic chemistry and theoretical chemistry. She has published over 100 journal papers(https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daisy_Zhang-Negrerie2) and co-authors more than 10 books in chemistry and education, including “Atoms, Molecules and Clusters in Electric Fields,” “Advances in Organic Synthesis” and “Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes.”

    Zhang-Negrerie was born in Shanghai. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Calvin College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago. Before returning to China, she was professor of chemistry at the University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour, France, and prior to that she served as a tenured professor of chemistry at Seattle Pacific University.

    She is on the editorial board of the new British Journal, JNMR (J. of Nursing and Medicine Research).

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  • 郑昌成

    Zheng, Changcheng

    Associate professor of physics, Duke Kunshan University

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    His research focuses on experimental condense matter physics: optical properties of semiconductors and nanostructures, exciton dynamics in bulk and low-dimensional systems under different excitation conditions, and nonlinear optical properties of novel luminescent/fluorescent materials. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include courses on experimental physics research.

    Zheng has a B.Sc. in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China and a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong, where he also worked as a research assistant/associate. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he was a lecturer at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.

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  • Zhou, Xiayun

    Zhou, Xiayun

    Lecturer in Chinese language, Duke Kunshan University

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    She has taught Chinese at multiple levels and offers coaching to develop students’ independent language learning skills.

    She has taught Chinese in the American Council Language Program, and in the Alliance-Fudan spring and fall programs in 2012. In 2013, she served as a Mandarin language teacher at Meadowbank School, New Zealand, through the Confucius Institute.

    Zhou has an M.A. in teaching Chinese as a second language from Fudan University.

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  • Zhu, Qian

    Zhu, Qian

    Assistant professor of history, Duke Kunshan University

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    Her research focuses on modern Chinese history and 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 from 1938 to 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. Her teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include global China studies and Chinese history, as well areas related to global health, gender and sexuality, and media and art.

    Zhu has a B.A. and M.A. in history from Shandong University and a Ph.D. in history from New York University. She taught for four years at Wabash College, Indiana, and since 2016 has been a Global Perspectives on Society Fellow at NYU Shanghai.

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  • Zou, Dongmian 邹东勉

    Zou, Dongmian

    Assistant professor of data science, Duke Kunshan University

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    His primary research is in the intersection among applied harmonic analysis, machine learning and signal processing. He is especially interested in robust representations and structures in geometric and graph deep learning. His teaching interests at Duke Kunshan include calculus, linear algebra, principles of machine learning, statistical machine learning.

    He has had papers published in leading academic journals in various areas including Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis and IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, and at and conferences such as the International Conference on Learning Representations.

    Zou has a B.Sc. in mathematics from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining Duke Kunshan, he served as a post-doctorate researcher at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

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