Dr. Una Aleksandra Berzina-Cerenkova is Head of Riga Stradins University China Studies Centre and Head of the New Silk Road programme at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. She obtained her PhD in Political Science at Riga Stradins University, defending her thesis on traditional Chinese discourse in Hu Jintao's report to the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Dr. Berzina-Cerenkova has studied at Beijing Language University, Beijing Normal University et.al., and spent two semesters as a Senior visiting research scholar at Fudan University School of Philosophy, Shanghai. Currently, her research focuses on PRC political discourse, contemporary Chinese ideology, as well as Belt and Road and other transcontinental interconnectivity initiatives. She teaches courses related to China's foreign policy and is fluent in English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese and French.
Wankyo Chung is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Science, Graduate School of Public Health at Seoul National University, South Korea. His research interests include economic evaluation of health care programs, equity in health, health policy, and prevention. He has been active as a board member of the Korea Expert Committee on Immunization Practices at Korea CDC, the Information Disclosing Council at Korea HIRA, and an editorial board member of the Korean Journal of Health Economics and Policy and the KDI Journal of Economic Policy. His work has been published regularly in leading international journals. He is currently studying risk prediction models for diabetes at Stanford.
Shinji Iwamasa is a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at Shirayuri University, Tokyo. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Faculty of Comparative Culture at Sophia University, majoring in comparative philosophy, before entering the doctoral course in the Graduate School of Humanities where he specialized in American literature. His research interests include toxic discourse, Asian thoughts, and ecocriticism. He is a recipient of the governmental scientific research fund for 2017-2019 with his project titled, "A Study of Toxic Discourse hinted by the Mythification of Narratives in Obama's Hiroshima Speech." His publications include "Reading Gary Snyder from the Viewpoint of the Place of Nothingness" Literature and Environment, 2008. "The Mechanics of Place in the Writings of Rachel Carson" Ecocriticism Review, 2010; "A Study of Thoreau's Prayer in the Writings of Terry Tempest Williams." Shirayuri Christiano-Cultural Studies, 2013; "Toxic Discourse and the Creation of the Myth of Land in the Writings of Terry Tempest Williams" Themes of Environmental Humanities, 2017, which he edited as well. He edited and translated Terry Tempest Williams's The Hour of Land, 2019 with Shoko Itoh and Mitsushige Sago. His professorial affiliations include Stanford University, where he was a visiting scholar from 2011-2012 and currently 2019-2020.
Dr. Jidong Nie is currently a Professor of Chinese Classical Philology at the Advanced Institute for Confucian Studies, Shandong University, China. She has published Literature and Literati in East Han Dynasty and Collection of Annotations on Salt and Iron, etc. Now Dr. Nie’s main research interest is the history of Chinese ancient books. At present she explores the procedure of how some Chinese ancient books became recognized as classics. The research focuses on Chinese ancient books from the Han dynasty to the Tang dynasty, the evolvement and differences of formats and circulation of different versions, and the characteristics of the scholars’ and society’s acceptance toward Chinese ancient books in the era following.
Menglei Ren received his Bachelor of Education at Nankai University, and he is a second-year PhD candidate of Tsinghua University majoring in Modern Chinese History. His research focuses on social and cultural history of twentieth-century China, in particular rural China; history of work, technology, and everyday life. His publications include "Recreating the Cooperatives: The Economic Cooperation and Value Identification of the CPC and the 'International Committee for the Promotion of Chinese Industrial Cooperatives' (Gung Ho) in Yan'an." (CPC History Studies, 64-76, April 2018), and "A Study on the Relationship between 'Science' and 'the Masses' in the Natural Sciences Movement in Yan'an." (Studies on Core Socialist Values, 78-89, March 2017).
Dr. Janice Stockard is a cultural anthropologist trained in the area of Chinese studies. Her research and publications focus on the effects of globalization and technological change on gender, family, and marriage primarily in China, but also more broadly cross-culturally.
This year, one of Stockard’s long-term writing projects has published as a ‘digital-first’ anthropology text, Mapping Cultures Across Space and Time (Cengage 2018), which provides greater in-depth focus on China than any previous text. Stockard is currently completing a second long-term project, “Silk Roads to New England, 1760-1860,” which 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 (Stanford 1989). Both works focus on the rise and decline of a silk industry, tracking developments in technology, marriage, and gender within regional silk cultures.
Stockard has also co-edited an anthology (Globalization and Change in Fifteen Cultures), authored a widely used text on cross-cultural marriage practices (Marriage in Culture), and served as Co-Editor of the Spindler anthropology series ‘Case Studies in Cultural Anthropology’ (2005-15). She currently serves on the Social Science Advisory Board at the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). Stockard received her degrees in anthropology from Stanford.
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.
Juan Zhang currently serves as an Associate Professor of the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Communication at the School of Public Health, Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) & China Academy of Medical Science (CAMS). She conducts research on risk factors of noncommunicable disease (NCD), such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, using policy, socio-ecological, and behavioral approaches. She also serves as technical advisor for RESOLVE to save lives led by Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining PUMC, Dr. Zhang has had diverse working experience over 10 years across national government agencies, WHO, academic institutions, and multinational pharmaceutical companies. She has led the design, implementation, and evaluation of a nation-wide, and government-led program on NCD control and prevention, i.e., China Healthy Lifestyle for All from 2011 to 2014. She also has led the evaluation of the National Demonstration Area of NCD prevention and control. Her work at Stanford is to collaborate with Prof. Karen Eggleston to evaluate the public health policies and programs in China to address NCD.
Haolan Zheng is an associate professor at the Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University, Japan. Her research field is grassroots politics in modern and contemporary China. Her first book, published under the title of Chinese Rural Society and Revolution: The Historical Transformation of Jinggangshan's Villages (in Japanese), examined how Chinese rural society interacted with the different waves of political campaigns from the 1920s to the 1960s. She is currently working on youth politics under Mao at Stanford, focusing on college students' daily lives and political campaigns in the 1950s. Her edited book on the daily lives of ordinary people under Mao will be published in 2021.
Dr. Zheng specializes in religious art in the ancient and medieval period of China and inner Asia, with particular emphasis on art history of medieval Chinese Buddhist grottoes. His study could be characterized as dealing with physical cultural relics as historical phenomena. He received his PhD in Art History from Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) in 2015, with the dissertation "Faith, Location and Image: A Transition Study of Buddhist Art in Dunhuang During the Northern Zhou Dynasty and the Sui Dynasty." He is now an associate professor at CAFA since 2018 (previously a Lecturer at CAFA, 2015-2018). His recent publication includes 38 papers and translations on Art Research, Journal of National Museum of Chinese History, etc.