Dr. Cheryl L. Brown
is Associate Professor of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at UNC Charlotte. She teaches courses on Chinese domestic and foreign policy; East Asian foreign policy; cybersecurity policy; privacy, ethics, and governance of big data; and law and policy of the Internet of Things. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in political science from the University of Michigan. Her Ph.D. concentration in Chinese studies included field research in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China and internships with the American Institute in Taiwan and the United Nations. She conducted post-doctoral research at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Brown’s current research addresses China’s international role in science and technology policy development. She has published work on China’s second-generation ID card and biometrics in the health care policy. She has worked with research teams at various universities and think tanks in China and has given presentations at Beijing University, Fudan University, Nanjing University, Suzhou University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Brown has played an integral role in international, national, state and local initiatives and programs on China. Some of the activities include serving as a scholar-escort for the Delegation of Presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to the People’s Republic of China commissioned by President Ronald Reagan; accompanying the People’s Republic of China Ambassador to the United States Han Xu on a tour of the Charlotte campus of IBM and delivering the farewell statement in Mandarin at the UNC Charlotte community banquet honoring Ambassador Han; translating the Charlotte-Baoding Sister City Agreement and reading it in Mandarin and English at the signing ceremony and escorting the Baoding Sister City Delegation to Washington, DC; writing op-ed articles on China for The Charlotte Observer as a selected guest columnist; working with executive-level leaders of organizations, industries, and universities in Charlotte and the United States to forge ties with China; and presenting talks and moderating discussions on China in businesses, schools, universities, faith-based organizations, and for UNC Charlotte donors.
Dr. Yang Cao
is Associate Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at UNC Charlotte. He was born in China and attended Renmin University for undergraduate education. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell in 2000. He then taught at Louisiana State University (LSU) for three years before joining UNC Charlotte in 2003. As a sociologist, Yang Cao is primarily interested in understanding how China’s institutional change in the post-1978 era impacts its economy and society. His research focuses on social inequality, employment relations, and changing values in contemporary China. His projects have received support from several institutions including the National Science Foundation, East West Center, and Society for Human Resource Management Foundation. He has published a number of articles in leading sociology journals and also in journals in economics, management, and area studies. He once served as Consulting Editor for American Journal of Sociology and is currently Associate Editor for Social Science Research. Yang Cao has been affiliated with several Chinese universities. In 2013 he took a leave from UNC Charlotte for a three-year fulltime faculty appointment at Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou, China. While there, he was highly instrumental in the development of ZJU’s sociology program. He served as Director of the Sociological Research Institute, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Academic Committee Member for ZJU’s Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr. Shi Chen
is an assistant professor of Health Informatics in the Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Health & Human Services, UNC Charlotte. He acquired his dualprogram Ph.D. degree of entomology and operations research from Penn State University in 2006, and worked as a postdoc researcher at University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University prior to joining UNC Charlotte. His research interests include using advanced computational and mathematical techniques to understand various biologically and epidemiologically relevant problems. He has published more than 15 peer-reviewed journal articles. Currently, he is working on two projects with Chinese colleagues: one with colleagues in the Academy of Sciences, investigating the potential interaction between environmental factors and socio-economic factors on Inner Mongolia’s grassland animal husbandry; the other with colleagues at Nanjing Medical University and Center for Disease Control of Jiangsu Province on the potential factors that influence occupational health for workers in China as well as the epidemiology of a kidney disease (AD PKD) in China in order to identify early warning signals for it.
Dr. Maren Ehlers
is an Assistant Professor of History at UNC Charlotte. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 2011, and an M.A. in Japanese Studies from the University of Hamburg in Germany. Her main research interest is the social history of early modern Japan. Her first book, a microhistory of domain government and poor relief in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japan, is due to be published with the Harvard Asia Center. Other publications include “Benevolence, Charity, and Duty: Famine Relief and Domain Society During the Tenmei Famine” in Monumenfta Nipponica (2014); “Charity Reconstructed: The Transformation of Social Welfare in Rural Japan in the Nineteenth Century” in Charities in the Non-Western World: The Development and
Regulation of Indigenous and Islamic Charities, ed. Rajeswary Ampalavanar Brown and
Justin Pierce (Routledge, 2013); “Executing Duty: Ōno Domain and the Employment of Hinin in the Bakumatsu Period” in Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2010); as well as several publications in Japanese and German. She has presented her research in China on several occasions, most recently at conferences of urban history at Shanghai University in 2014 and 2015 co-organized with the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. She also teaches Chinese history at UNC Charlotte as part of her History of Modern Asia survey course.
Dr. Shawn Long
is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte Charlotte. He served as Department Chair (July 2010-July 2015) of the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Communication Graduate Program (2007-2010) at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Long is a Full Professor of Communication. He also holds an appointment as Full Professor in Organizational Science. He received a Master of Public Administration at Tennessee State University and his PhD from the University of Kentucky. His teaching and research interests include organizational communication, organizational dialogue, virtual work, diversity communication, virtual-team assimilation and socialization, health communication and qualitative methods associated with the study of organizational culture and symbolism. Along with numerous peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Long has also published three books: Communication, Relationships, and Practices in Virtual Work (2010), Virtual Work and Human Interaction Research (2013), and Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication (2016).
Dr. Scott Kissau
is an Associate Professor, Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching Foreign Languages program, and Chair of the Department of Middle, Secondary, and K-12 Education. Dr. Kissau was the recipient of the College of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, he was the Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in the state of North Carolina, and in 2016, was the recipient of a national award, the prestigious Anthony Papalia Award for Excellence in Teacher Education. Dr. Kissau is a regular presenter at the conference of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina. In 2013, his session was voted as the “Best of FLANC”. Dr. Kissau has authored more than 30 articles that have appeared in top-tier journals, and has shared his research findings at conferences around the world. In 2012, he was the recipient of the College of Education Award for Excellence in Research. Dr. Kissau currently serves as a Site Visitor for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and a Lead Program Reviewer for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). He has also served as the Treasurer of the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina.
Dr. Zhongjie Lin
is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism and Director of Master of Urban Design program at UNC Charlotte. He is also a co-founder of Futurepolis, an award-winning cross-disciplinary design practice. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture from Tongji University. He has held several prestigious research positions including a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2012 Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He is the author of Kenzo Tange and the Metabolist Movement (2010) and The Making of a Chinese Model New Town (2012) among several other books on architecture and urbanism in Asia. At UNC Charlotte, he spearheads the School of Architecture’s China Program. He has led five summer study trips to China, facilitated the collaborations of UNCC with several Chinese institutions. Among them, Tongji University and Suzhou University of Science and Technology have signed MOUs with UNCC and have partnered in various academic collaborations including continuing faculty and student exchanges and a Double-Master-Degree program between UNCC and Tongji.
Dr. Christina Sanchez
has worked as a full-time professional in Student and Academic Affairs for the past 20 years. In 2011 she joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the role of Associate Director for the Office of International Programs. In addition to her deputy responsibilities for the office’s operations, her work focuses on strengthening and expanding the internationalization of campus through the establishment of seminar courses, residential-based learning, and other student-centered engagement opportunities. Christina received her doctorate in Intercultural Communication at the University of New Mexico, her master’s degree is in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University, and her Bachelors’ of Psychology and English Literature from the College of William and Mary. She has taught courses in communication, sociology, business, and education. Over the past few years, her work and personal interests have enabled her to travel to 34 different countries. She has lived in Japan and Spain as well as several places throughout the United States. On two occasions, Christina received grants with the U.S. Administrators in International Education Fulbright Program in Germany (2006) and India (2014).
Dr. Yu Wang
is a Professor of Computer Science at UNC Charlotte. He holds a Ph.D. from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MEng and a BEng from Tsinghua University, all in
Computer Science. His research interest includes wireless networks, mobile social networks, smart sensing and mobile computing. His research has been continuously supported by the US National Science Foundation. He has published over 150 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences, with four best paper awards. He has served as general chair, program chair, program committee member, etc. for many international conferences (such as IEEE IPCCC, IEEE INFOCOM, ACM MobiHoc and IEEE ICDCS). He has also served as Editorial Board Member of several international journals, including IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. He is a recipient of Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (2006) and Outstanding Faculty Research Award from College of Computing and Informatics at UNC Charlotte (2008). Dr. Wang has extensively collaborated with researchers in China and hosted thirteen visiting scholars from China at his lab since 2007. He has also hold visiting positions in several Chinese universities, such as Tsinghua University, University of Science and Technology of China, and Ocean University of China. In 2014, he was awarded the Overseas Young Scholars Cooperation Research Fund from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.
Dr. Jian Zhang
is Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at UNC Charlotte. He is also the President of Chinese American Association of Charlotte. Zhang has twenty years of leadership experience in nonprofit organizations. He served as president and board chairman of Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce and stepped down as the board chair between 2008 and 2012. Dr. Zhang also served as president of Johns Hopkins Medical Institution Chinese Student and Scholar Association, board member of American Red Cross Great Carolinas Chapter and North Carolina China Council. Dr. Zhang is current active board director of Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Charlotte International Cabinet and Chinese American Association of Charlotte. He is current serving as the board chair of Chinese American Association of Charlotte. As scholar, Dr. Zhang has published over 50 articles in national and international journals and made over 100 presentations at national and international meetings in the area of regulation of liver microcirculation and chronic liver diseases. He has generated over $4 million of research funding. Dr. Zhang was born in Sichuan, China. He received his B.S. in sports medicine from Chengdu College of Physical Education and MA in sports medicine from Springfield College, Springfield, MA. He received his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from USC School of Medicine, Columbia, SC and postdoctoral training in Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr. Yong Zhang
is Bissell Distinguished Professor with Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Adjunct Professor with Department of Physics and Optical Science, at UNC Charlotte. He received his PhD in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1994, MS and BS in Physics from Xiamen University in 1985 and 1982. He was with National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) from 1994 to 2009, initially as a postdoc then Senior Scientist before he joined UNC Charlotte in the current position. He has over 200 publications, including more than 160 in peer reviewed journals, with an H index of 34 (Google Scholar). He is Guest Professor with Institute of Semiconductors, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Guest Professor, School of Physics and Engineering, Xiamen University; Oversee Review Committee Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He was “Chaires d’excellence”, Nanosciences Foundation (France), 2009-2012; Member of Technical Advisory Committee, State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Science and Technology, China, 2010 – 2014.
Dr. Kexin Zhao
is an Associate Professor of Management Information Systems in the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor degree in Management Information Systems from Tsinghua University. Her research interests include economics of information systems, e-business standardization, and electronic commerce. Her papers have been published in journals such as Decision Support Systems, Electronic Markets, Industrial and Corporate Change, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, and Journal of Management Information Systems.
Dr. Wei Zhao
is Associate Professor of Sociology and of Organizational Science at UNC Charlotte. His research focuses on social inequality, organizational sociology, economic sociology, and China studies. His recent research projects investigate social inequality in multiple dimensions, such as income disparity, housing inequality, and subjective well-being, during China’s market transition. He has also examined network patterns, corporate social responsibility, and human resources management practices through China’s market transition and globalization processes. His publications have appeared in prominent journals in sociology and management, such as American Sociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Social Science Research, and Organization Science. His publications have also shown in those specialty journals focusing on China, such as Management and Organizational Review, Chinese Sociological Review, and Sociological Studies (shehuixue yanjiu).