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About Us

LRCCS 2018 MA graduates, along with faculty members and center staff.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies is to promote broader and deeper understanding of the peoples and cultures of China, both past and present, through research, teaching, and the full range of public information venues available both within the University community and beyond.  The intellectual content and character of the Center's programs are shaped by Center Faculty and, where appropriate, graduate students and Center Associates.  Its programs serve the general public, the scholarly community, University of Michigan faculty and students, Michigan teachers, and interested organizations.

History of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies

Chinese studies at the University of Michigan formally began in 1930 with the establishment of an Oriental Civilizations Program. In 1961, the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) was established. It has become one of the nation's most prominent centers devoted to a deeper understanding of China, past and present.

Now the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies (LRCCS), we are the premier place on the University of Michigan campus to gain access to resources on China, including leading scholars, ongoing projects, and funding for faculty and student research. It houses experts in nearly every major facet of Chinese studies ranging from literature and history to law and public health.

LRCCS, in conjunction with the Center for Japanese Studies and Nam Center for Korean Studies, form U-M's East Asia National Resource Center, a prestigious designation awarded by the US Department of Education.This wide disciplinary range enables the center to offer a unique interdisciplinary master's degree, which provides specialist training in Chinese studies.

The University of Michigan has a long historical relationship with China, that we can trace back to 1845. To read about the many important and historic connections between U-M and China, see the University of Michigan and China, 1845 - Today, written by LRCCS staff.

More on the History of LRCCS

Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan began formally with the establishment of an Oriental Civilizations Program in 1930, at which time the University of Michigan also boasted the largest numbers of enrolled Asian students in the country. The Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) was founded in 1961, and since then has become one of the country's most prominent centers devoted to a deeper understanding of China, past and present. In 2014 the center became the Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Richard H. Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, in honor of a generous gift from Richard and Susan Rogel.

Since its inception, the center has served a wide range of constituencies. Primary among these are students and faculty at the University of Michigan, but many faculty associates have engaged in public service, appearing as commentators on China in the national media or providing expert testimony at Congressional hearings. Others have assumed leadership roles in scholarly and exchange organizations at the national level or have served, inter alia, as consultants to the State of Michigan, US Department of State, World Bank, and even the White House. The center thus serves as a major intellectual hub for understanding China, serving both the university community and the public at large.

LRCCS brings together over thirty active faculty associates who take the study of China as the major focus of their work. Our associates represent the full range of humanities and social science disciplines, from anthropology and art history to political science and psychology. This disciplinary range enables the center to offer a unique, interdisciplinary MA degree in Chinese studies which provides specialist training while preparing students to make effective use of both social science and humanistic methodologies. It offers as well a joint MA/MBA degree with the Ross School of Business Administration, and accommodates student-initiated dual degree programs with other schools and departments on campus.

Over the years the center has benefited from strong university-level support so that Michigan can boast one of the finest arrays of China-related resources in the nation. The University of Michigan's Asia Library houses the largest collection of materials in Chinese between the coasts. A complete photographic collection of the major works held in the National Palace Museum in Taiwan is available for study through the Asian Art Archives in the university's history of art department, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art houses a range of masterpieces dating from neolithic times to the present. In addition, LRCCS operates its own scholarly publications unit, with more than 50 books currently in print, along with educational CDs and other public-service products.


密西根大学的中国研究起源于1930年建立的“东方文明研究项目”(Oriental Civilizations Program)。1961年,中国研究中心(CCS)成立。随着发展,它已是全美最著名的中国研究中心之一,致力于深入地了解古代及当代中国。

2014年中心正式冠名为李侃如-罗睿驰中国研究中心(Kenneth Lieberthal and Richard Rogel Center for Chinese Studies,简称LRCCS),以表达对罗睿弛先生一千万美金的捐赠。中心成为密西根大学获取中国资源/信息的首选地,当中包括杰出的学者专家,对师生项目的资金资助等。它几乎囊括了所有中国研究主要方面的专家,从文学到历史,法律到公共卫生。


密西根大学与中国有着悠久的历史关系,可追溯至1845年。欲想了解密西根大学和中国众多重要历史性的联系,请参阅由中心工作人员编写的《密西根大学与中国,1845年 – 目前》


中心自成立之初,一直致力服务于大众,当中主要为密西根大学的学生和教授。 但许多教授或者与中心相关的众多教授都从事公共服务,在媒体上担任关于中国事物的评论员,或在国会听证会上提供专家证词或意见。部分人在美国国家一流的学术或交流组织中担任领导角色,或在密西根州、美国国务院、世界银行或白宫担任重要位置。该中心成为了解中国的英才聚集地,为密西根大学和广大公众服务。

LRCCS汇聚了30名以中国的研究作为工作重点的活跃的教师团队。 教授研究涵盖多领域,包括人类学、艺术史、政治科学、心理学等人文社科。 多学科设置使中心能够提供独特、跨学科的中国研究硕士学位,为学生提供专业培训,帮助学生有效地利用社会科学和人文方法。它还支持由学生主导的双学位项目。

多年来,得益于大学的强大支持,中心拥有全美最好的中国相关的资源之一。密西根大学的亚洲图书馆拥有中部地区最大的中文馆藏。台湾故宫博物馆的主要馆藏已电子化,可通过大学艺术史系的亚洲艺术档案馆,进行查阅及研究。 密西根大学艺术博物馆收藏了一系列从新石器时代至今的珍贵收藏。此外,LRCCS还拥有自己的学术出版社,目前已出版50多本图书,以及教育CD和其他公共服务产品。

Directions and Parking

LRCCS is located on the 4th floor of Weiser Hall at 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor.


There is limited metered street parking near Weiser Hall on Church Street and South University Avenue. Two parking structures are approximately two blocks away:

Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure

  • 650 South Forest Avenue

Palmer Drive Public Parking Structure

  • Palmer Commons, Palmer Drive

For more information about parking in Ann Arbor, please visit DDA Ann Arbor.

University of Michigan employees with a U-M parking permit will find the Church Street structure the closest to Weiser Hall, with the Hill Street, Thayer Street, and Forest Avenue structures all within walking distance. Please note that many University parking structures are free and open to the public after 6 pm each day and on Sunday. For more information about parking at the University of Michigan, please visit Logistics, Transportation, and Parking.