Visiting Scholars

The Center for East Asian Studies hosts a small number of visiting scholars each year who reside in the area and conduct research in consultation with a Stanford faculty member. Normally in residence for one academic year, scholars work independently on their own research projects while participating at CEAS events and in the intellectual life at Stanford. For more information about applying to become a CEAS Visiting Scholar, click here. Please note that to become a visiting scholar, you must find a Stanford faculty member to sponsor your visiting scholar status prior to applying at CEAS.

In addition to the scholars listed here, more visiting scholars and visiting fellows who research on East Asia may be found in the following departments, centers, or programs:

Shorenstein-Asia Pacific Research Center
Korean Studies Program
John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships Program
Stanford Humanities Center

Title / Sponsor
Home Institution
Research interests
Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch'ien
Visiting Scholar, CEAS
Jean-Moulin Universite Lyon III
Evelyn Nien-Ming Ch'ien is currently a senior researcher at Jean-Moulin Universite Lyon III in France.  In 2014 she was awarded funding from the European Union to develop an archive on descendants of the Republican period in China (1911-49) and is currently working on this project.  In 2012 she was a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow at Sun-Yat Sen University.  Her most recent publication project is a two-volume set of annotated poetry by a diplomat and poet who wrote during these periods (forthcoming Guangdong People's Press, 2015 and co-edited with Puk Wing-kin).  Her first book, Weird English (Harvard University Press 2004) examined diaspora writers and their culturally hybrid Englishes.
Ming Chan
Distinguished Practitioner, CEAS
Stanford University
Ming Chan was a Research Fellow (’76-80/99-09) in the Hoover Institution at Stanford where he obtained his PhD. He has taught at UCLA, Duke, Mount Holyoke, University of Hong Kong, and held endowed chairs at Swarthmore and Grinnell. Chan is author/editor of 13 volumes and 70+ articles/book chapters on Chinese history, Sino-foreign ties and Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao studies, and is currently editing 2 Macao volumes while continuing his efforts on Hong Kong oral history-documentary archives.
Jui-fen Rachel Lu
Visiting Scholar, CEAS
Chang Gung University
Jui-fen Rachel Lu, Sc.D., is a Professor at Chang Gung University (CGU) in Taiwan, where she teaches comparative health systems, health economics, and health care financing and has served as department chair (2000-2004), Associate Dean (2009-2010) and Dean of College Management (2010-2013). She earned her B.S. from National Taiwan University, and her M.S. and Sc.D. from Harvard University, and she was also a Takemi Fellow at Harvard (2004-2005). Prof. Lu is currently the President of Taiwan Society of Health Economics (TaiSHE) and an Honorary Professor at Hong Kong University (2007-2017). Dr. Lu was also the recipient of IBM Faculty Award in 2009. Her research focuses on 1) the equity issues of the health care system; 2) impact of the NHI program on health care market and household consumption patterns; 3) comparative health systems in Asia-Pacific region. She is a long-time and active member of Equitap (Equity in Asia-Pacific Health Systems) research network and was the coordinator for the catastrophic payment component of Equitap II research project which involved 21 country teams and was jointly funded by IDRC, AusAID, and ADB. Professor Lu has also been appointed to serve as a member on various government committees dealing with health care issues in Taiwan.
Steven Nam
Distinguished Practitioner, CEAS
Columbia University
Steven S. Nam, Esq. is a commission member of the Model International Mobility Treaty Commission under Columbia University's Global Policy Initiative, where he is helping to draft the International Convention on the Rights and Duties of All Persons Moving from One State to Another.  His book chapter on transnational corporate accountability is forthcoming in the Routledge History of Human Rights (2017).  From 2015 to 2016, he was a Visiting Professor of Law at UC Davis Law School and taught business & human rights, Asia-Pacific politics of memory, and antitrust; in 2014, he was a Visiting Fellow at Columbia Business School's Center on Japanese Economy and Business.  Prior to transitioning into academia, Nam practiced antitrust & competition law at Jones Day's New York office.  His Stanford research focuses on treatment of foreign labor in South Korea and on the evolution of corporate accountability in liberal (versus illiberal) East Asian states.  He earned his B.A. at Yale and his J.D. and M.A. degrees at Columbia.
Lingyi Rao
Visiting Scholar, CEAS
Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
Dr. Rao is an assistant professor of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.  Her research centers on culture communication between China and the West in modern China since 1840.  Her PhD dissertation focuses on a cultural institute, The International Institute of China, which was established by American Presbyterian missionary Gilbert Reid in 1897.  The dissertation provides substantial surveys of the personal and social networks that facilitated the daily operation of this institution and uncovers the intellectural resources that sustained its cultural and religious dialogues.  Specifically, it seeks to shed light on the complex and rich role played by liberal Christian missionaries and their institutions in shaping the cultural identity of modern China.
Janice Stockard
Distinguished Practitioner, CEAS
Stanford University
Janice E. Stockard is a cultural anthropologist currently completing two writing projects, including an innovative digital multimedia text that focuses on China as one of its primary ethnographic cases.  Six years in development at Cengage/Wadsworth, Cultural Anthropology: Mapping Cultures Across Space and Time is now moving into production. During her recent voyage around the world as professor with ‘Semester at Sea,’ Stockard completed research on another long-term project. The resulting manuscript, “Silk Road to New England, 1760-1840,” is a work in historical ethnography -- and a companion volume to her earlier ethnography, Daughters of the Canton Delta: Marriage Patterns and Economic Strategies in South China, 1860-1930.  Each focuses on the rise and decline of a silk industry, as well as tracks developments in silk technology and the growth of a regional silk ‘culture.’  Stockard also serves as Editor of the ‘Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology’ Series (Cengage), as well as serves as a Member of the Social Science Advisory Board at the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).  She received her degrees in anthropology from Stanford.
Qing Xiao
Visiting Scholar, CEAS
Chinese National Academy of Arts
Dr. Qing Xiao is an Associate Professor in Chinese National Academy of Arts.  She received her Doctoral Degree in Arts from Beijing Normal University and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Communication University of China, researching film arts and Chinese arts.  After working in Chinese National Academy of Arts, she researched Chinese arts and conducted comparative studies of Chinese and American culture.  At Stanford, she will mainly dedicate herself to research projects relating to Chinese arts and culture policy.
Tingting Xu
Visiting Scholar, CEAS
Nanjing University of the Arts
Dr. Tingting Xu is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Department of Conservation and Studies of Cultural Relics at the College of Humanities, and the Chief of the Institute for Cultural Heritage Preservation and Management in Nanjing Univesrity of the Arts, China.  Her reserach concentrates on Chinese ceramics of the Six Dynasties and Ming Dynasty and ancient Chinese calligraphy.  She has authored and co-authored more than ten articles and a book.
Haiyan Yang
Visiting Scholar, CEAS
Peking University
Dr. Haiyan Yang is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Humanities at Peking University.  With backgrounds in the life sciences and in history and philosophy of science (her PhD was received in 2003 from the Department of Philosophy, Peking University), Dr. Yang's research focuses on the social history of reproductive medicine and cultural history of evolution, seen in global and transnational perspectives.  She has published on the history of the evolution in Victorian Britain and China, and on medical humanities education and history of medicine in China, including "Knowledge across Borders: The Early Communication of Evolution in China,' in The Circulation of Knowledge between Britain, India and China: The Early-Modern World to the Twentieth Century (Brill, 2013); and 'Encountering Darwin and Creating Darwinism in China,' in The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought (Cambridge University Press, 2013).  She has held grants for research in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University (2008-2009) and in the History of Science Collections at the University of Oklahoma (2014 & 2015).  Her current project at Stanford is the comparative study on the development of the contraceptive pill in China and the United States.
Helen Young
Distinguished Practitioner, CEAS
Independent Scholar
Helen Young is author of Choosing Revolution: Chinese Women Soldiers on the Long March (University of Illinois Press, 2001). She continues to pursue research, writing, and lecturing on the experience of women in modern Chinese history.