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Brian J. Bruya |
Center Associate
Professor of Philosophy, Eastern Michigan University
Brian Bruya's main area of research is early Chinese philosophy, particularly how early Chinese conceptions of action are distinct from conceptions of action in the Western philosophical tradition. The interest has metaphysical, ethical, and aesthetic dimensions.  Professor Bruya also has a research interest in empirical dimensions of philosophical questions. Two projects he is currently working on with collaborators in the sciences are establishing evidence for fostering wisdom in the classroom and challenging the reigning cognitive scientific paradigm that attention and effort are equivalent.

Thomas Buoye |
Center Associate
Associate Professor of History, University of Tulsa
Professor Buoye is currently working on a book-length manuscript tentatively titled, Capital Crime and Criminal Justice in Eighteenth-century China, which examines the adjudication of capital crime, the rhetoric of homicide reports, the elaborate procedures for judicial and sentencing review, the ideological underpinning of Qing criminal justice, legal issues related to gender and ethnicity, and the nexus between social conflict and economic change.

SuiWah Chan |
Center Associate
Professor Emeritus of Medical Education, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
Since Dr. SuiWah Chan's retirement in 2000 his research interests include the study of early Chinese writing on oracle bones and practicing calligraphy. He continues to give lectures and conduct workshops on the teaching of Chinese culture with an emphasis on etymology of Chinese writing.

Shelly Hsueh-lun Chang
Center Associate

Wen-Chien Cheng |
Center Associate
Curator and Louise Hawley Stone Chair of East Asian Art, Royal Ontario Museum
Dr. Cheng's major area of research is premodern Chinese painting, and her research approach is a contextualized study of visual culture.

Maura Cunningham |
Social Media Manager, Association for Asian Studies

Xiaolin Duan |
Center Associate
Assistant Professor, Department of History and Geography, Elon University, Elon, NC; Coordinator, Asian Studies Program
Xiaolin Duan’s research specialization focuses on socio-cultural history in medieval and early modern China, particularly urban history, popular religion, and visual/material culture. She is currently working on two research projects: one is a book manuscript titled “Leisure and Nature: Sightseeing around Hangzhou’s West Lake in Medieval China.” It explores how sightseeing activities influenced the way people interacted with and conceptualized the natural environment. The other project explores the connections between the global desire for silk and state-society relationships by tracing the production and trade of silk textiles in early modern China and Mexico.

Michael Fetters |
Center Associate
Professor, Department of Family Medicine
University of Michigan
Michael D. Fetters, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., is a professor of family medicine at the University of Michigan (U-M) where he directs the Japanese Family Health Program (JFHP) that strives to provide culturally and linguistically competent care for the Japanese population currently residing in Ann Arbor and the Detroit Metropolitan area. Fluent in Japanese, he has also been instrumental in the introduction, preparation for, and teaching of, the concepts, skills and mission behind the specialty of family medicine for medical residents in Japan with a grant awarded to the U-M and the Department of Family Medicine titled the Shizuoka-University of Michigan Advanced Residency Training, Education and Research in Family Medicine (SMARTER FM). In addition, Dr. Fetters pursues the same educational goals as an adjunct professor and consultant to Shiga Medical University in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. An international expert in the methodology of Mixed Methods Research, Professor Fetters has taught multiple mixed methods workshops domestically and internationally in Canada, Denmark, and Japan. He helped coordinate the first Mixed Methods Conference in Japan in 2013 by serving on the organizing committee and presenting. With Family Medicine Adjunct Professor John W. Creswell (link is external), he founded and co-directs the University of Michigan Mixed Methods Research and Scholarship Program (link is external). He serves as Co-Editor for the Journal of Mixed Methods Research (link is external). From September 2016 to January 2017, he served as Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Social Sciences (link is external) at U of M Global Health Partner Peking University Health Sciences Center (link is external), where he taught a graduate course on Mixed Methods Research Design, and conduct research on cancer decision making.

Joseph Ho |
Center Associate
Assistant Professor of History, Albion College
Joseph Ho's research focuses on the visual practices of American Christian missionaries in modern China. He explores the ways in which vernacular photography and filmmaking shaped cross-cultural encounters, religious imaginations, and transnational visual perceptions between nation and imperial power. He is particularly interested in the roles of imaging technologies and visual practices in creating a 'missionary modernity' - a visual world-making project encompassing American experience in China as well as 'on the ground' representations of Chinese Christian community and historical change in the Republican era. Ho's methodologies bring together approaches from the fields of cultural history, global history, and visual culture. He reconstructs specific image-making processes by identifying and using photographic equipment connected to the people and time periods he studies. In parallel, Ho is currently involved in several projects relating to the recovery, preservation, and digitization of historical primary sources produced by Americans (missionary and non-missionary figures) in 20th century China and Taiwan.

Center Associate
Professor Kim is Assistant Professor of History at the University of St. Thomas. He is a world historian of Qing China (1636-1912) whose research focuses on empire, borderlands, and sovereignty. He is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled "Asymmetry and Elastic Sovereignty in the Qing Tributary World: Criminals and Refugees in Three Borderlands, 1630s-1840s," which looks at how Qing China and three of its tributary states (Chosŏn Korea, Vietnam, Kokand) handled interstate refugees and criminals from the 1630s to the 1840s.

Ujin Kim |
Research Associate, Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan
Ujin Kim is a linguistic anthropologist, working on the ethics of speech among Kazak nomads in the Chinese Altai. His recently completed dissertation, Ethical Management of Speech among Kazak Nomads in the Chinese Altai (University of Michigan, 2018), examines how moral character is communicated through speech and other signs in the everyday interactions of Altai Kazaks. In particular, it highlights the Kazak nomads’ honorific speech as a powerful means for invoking the morally loaded ideal of modesty. He is also working on the genetic affinity between Turkic and Korean.

Ellen Johnston Laing |
Center Associate
Professor Emerita of Art History

Yi Li |
Center Associate
Professor of Biostatistics, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Bo Liu |
Center Associate
Associate Professor, East Asian History, John Carroll University
Dr. Liu's research interests include paintings of the Tang, Song, and Yuan dynasties.

Sidney X.
Center Associate
Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University.
Professor Sidney Lu is an historian of modern East Asia, with research interests in the areas of colonialism, migration and gender from transnational and global perspectives. His research seeks to bridge the fields of Asian area studies and ethnic studies in North and South America.


Emily Mokros |
Assistant Professor, History, University of Kentucky
Emily Mokros is a historian of politics and culture in late imperial China. She is interested in relationships between state and society as seen through the histories of news and information, both in Chinese and global contexts. Her current research focuses on the “Peking Gazette” (dibao) and its role in the shaping of Chinese political culture.

Jun Ni |
Center Associate
Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor Jun Ni's research interests include manufacturing innovations and global sustainable manufacturing. He has given invited talks on China’s manufacturing strategies, comparisons of US and China higher educational systems, and innovation systems in China.

Julia Ya Qin |
Center Associate
Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
Professor Julia Qin's research interests include international trade law, public international law and Chinese law.

Mary-Ann Ray |
Center Associate
Taubman Centennial Professor of Practice
Mary-Ann Ray's research focuses on new forms of human habitation and their constant fluctuations in China including the villages in the city, the ant tribe and mouse tribe, and nail households especially in the area the Greater Municipal area of Beijing. With her partner Robert Mangurian she has coined the term "Ruralopolitan" to describe a new space that exists in and between urban and rural China and this research has led to studies of government projects under the “Urban-Rural Integration” initiatives and close studies of northern rural Chinese Village environments and their conditions and potentials at the outset of the 21st century. Along with Robert Mangurian and LRCCS Faculy member Robert Adams, she is the co-founder and co-director of the urban/rural laboratory "BASEbeijing" based in the rural village Shangshuigou and in the urban village of Caochangdi where she has collaborated with the artist and activist Ai Weiwei.

Xuefei Ren |
Center Associate
Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Urban Studies, Michigan State University
Xuefei Ren’s work focuses on urban development, governance, architecture, and the built environment in global and comparative perspective.

Terry Sicular |
Center Associate
Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Economics; Co-Director, Centre for Study of International Economic Relations (CSIER), University of Western Ontario
Dr. Sicular's research focuses on income distribution in China. Since around 2000 she has been involved in the China Household Income Project (CHIP), a large household survey project that collects data on household characteristics, economics activity, and income.  Using these data in combination with field work and other materials, she has analyzed recent trends in inequality in China, the minimum guaranteed income or dibao program, the relationship between education and incomes, the urban-rural income gap, and other topics.

Kidder Smith |
Center Associate
Professor Emeritus of Asian Studies and History, Bowdoin College
Kidder Smith is working on a book of translations of poems, letters and encomia by the great Tang writer Li Bo 李白 (701-62).

George Steinmetz |
Charles Tilly Collegiate Professor of Sociology and Germanic Languages and Literatures
Professor Steinmetz's work mainly involves completing his book on French and British sociologists working in their respective colonial empires between 1930s-1960s. Some of the work focuses on French Indochine. He is also working on the history of social science in general.

Sarah C. Swider |
Center Associate
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Wayne State University
Professor Swider's research interests include informal and precarious labor, gender, and global inequality, and migration. Her recent work includes a Cornell Press book entitled, Building China: The Rise of Informal Work and the New Precariat, which is based on data collected from in-depth ethnographic field illuminating the conditions of male workers building China’s new cities, both physically and socially, as they migrate to the city for work and are integrated but segregated into urban spaces on walled off jobsites, in tenuous enclaves and in semi-hidden public spaces.

Glenn D. Tiffert |
Center Associate
Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
LRCCS Postdoctoral 2015-16, University of Michigan
Dr. Tiffert’s research interests include Law, Modern China, Late Modern Europe, Law/Legal History, and Post-1949 Shanghai 

Hitomi Tonomura |
Center Associate
Professor Tonomura is a Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Her fields of study include premodern patterns of gender construction and representation; war and manhood; work and environment; reproduction and lineage; impurity and law; violence and heroism, and samurai films.

Yuan-kang Wang |
Center Associate
Associate Professor of Political Science, Western Michigan University
Dr. Wang specializes in international relations, historical China, Taiwan security, and U.S.-China relations. His research examines the nexus between international relations theory and historical China.

Timothy Wixted |
Center Associate
Professor Emeritus of Asian Languages, Arizona State University

Yiching Wu
Center Associate
Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto

Yi-Li Wu |
Center Associate
Research Affiliate, EASTmedicine, University of Westminster
Social and cultural history of China (16th to 19th centuries), history of women and gender, history of medicine and the body (China and comparative)

Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University
Professor Yulian Wu is a historian of Late Imperial China. Her research focuses on material culture, gender history, ethnicity and borderland politics of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). Dr. Wu’s first book Luxurious Networks: Salt Merchants, Status, and Statecraft in Eighteenth-Century China examines Huizhou salt merchants’ interactions with objects in High Qing China, revealing a dynamic connection between merchants and imperial court. Her current project focuses on the production and consumption of nephrite jade from Xinjiang in eighteenth-century China. 

Chuanwu Xi |
Center Associate
Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health
Dr. Xi's research focuses on biofilms, water quality and treatment and human health. He is interested in studying water quality across the countries including China, Peru and Qatar and its impact on public health. He is currently a co-director of Global Environmental Health program and a co-Chair of Faculty China Interest Group in the School of Public Health.

Louis Yen |
Center Associate
Associate Research Scientist, Health Management Research Center, School of Kinesiology

Fang Zhang |
Center Associate
Lecturer, U-M Department of the History of Art
Fang Zhang was a 2016-17 Hughes Scholar at the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. A teacher of contemporary art for a wide range of audiences for the last ten years, her scholarship includes writing, curating and organizing contemporary art exhibitions.