Chinese Language & Literature Faculty
Xiaoru (Sharon) Guan (关小茹), Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty in Chinese Language, Department of Modern Languages
Dr. Sharon Guan teaches Chinese language classes in the Modern Languages department. She treats her class as a place to implement emerging technology and innovative teaching strategies that she has been promoting among faculty in her other role as the director of Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) at DePaul. Sharon received her undergraduate degree in International Journalism from Beijing Broadcasting Institute (China Media University) and her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Technology from Indiana State University. She has nearly 20 years of experiences in the fields of language instruction, eLearning, instructional design and faculty development. She has published and presented research papers on learning science, course design, methodologies for language instruction, ePortfolio and faculty development.
Li Jin (金丽), Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages
Director, Chinese Studies Program
Professor Li Jin is Director of Chinese Studies Program and Associate Professor in Department of Modern Languages. She obtained her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition/Instruction Technology at University of South Florida in 2007. She is an award-winning teacher at DePaul University where she teaches both Chinese language courses and Chinese studies courses. The courses she regularly teaches include the hybrid track of CHN 104-105-106: Intermediate Chinese, CHN 252: Introduction to Commercial Chinese, CHN 301/401: Advanced Speaking, CHN 320/420: Chinese for Business, CHN 360/460: Chinese Pop Culture and Social Media, CHN 370/470: Chinese Culture through Films, CHN 395: Foreign Languages Across Curriculum, LSP 112: China in American and Chinese Media, MOL 247: China and Social Media, MOL 249: Modern Chinese Language and Society. Her research interests include technology-enhanced second language teaching and learning, study abroad, Chinese pragmatics learning, identity (re-)configuration, sociocultural theory and ecology in language education, language partner collaboration and intercultural learning. For her recent research, please visithttp://works.bepress.com/lijin/
Litan Rath （李檀）, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty in Chinese Language, Department of Modern Languages
Litan Rath, otherwise known as “Li Laoshi “ by her students, is passionate about culture and teaching. She worked as Art project manager and branding consultant before she was a teacher. Inspired by her deep appreciation for language and culture, she ran her own language school in China from 2005 to 2007, which provided Mandarin instruction to China-based business people from all over the world. After she moved to Chicago from Beijing in 2007, she taught Mandarin at Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute and Westinghouse College Prep. In classroom, Litan values student interests and student engagement. She uses a lot of immersion and “natural approaches” to help the students develop language fluency such as story telling and rap songs which are created by her. Litan loves arts, reading, traveling and cooking.
Yingfang Zhang (张英芳), Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of Chinese Literature, Fudan University
Professor Zhang’s fields of interest include Chinese contemporary poetry in the Dunhuang writing, the modernity of Yan’an literature and the Chinese dream of the preliminary practice, contemporary new vernacular narrative comparative study, etc.
Yingcai Xu （徐英才）, M.A.
Adjunct Faculty in Chinese Language and Literature/ Language Learning Center Director, Department of Modern Languages
Professor Xu is a scholar both in Chinese and English language and literature. Prior to teaching at DePaul University, he was teaching in Fudan University–one of the few most prestigious universities in China. He then went as a visiting scholar to McMaster University and the University of Toronto in Canada, where he taught courses on Chinese language and literature while studying Canadian literature. Once Yingcai returned to Shanghai, China, he continued his English teaching in Fudan for more than a decade before migrating to the U.S. with his family to obtain his MA in English Literature at DePaul.
Chinese Studies Faculty/Advisory Board Members
Angelica Cedzich, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Cedzich obtained her Ph.D. 1987 from the University of Würzburg, Germany, in Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, and Art History, with a dissertation on early Daoist ritual. 1980 – 1986 researcher in the European Daozang Project, the results of which were published in 2004 under the title The Taoist Canon: A Historical Companion to the Daozang (3vols., edited by Kristofer Schipper and Franciscus Verellen) by the University of Chicago Press. Other major publications: “The Cult of the Wu-t’ung/Wu-hsien in History and Fiction,” “Corpse Deliverance, Substitute Bodies, and Feigned Death,” “The Organon of the Twelve Hundred Officials and Its Gods.” Current research on early modern/late imperial Daoist healing rituals and their interface with Buddhist and Chinese popular religious ritual practices. Courses taught: REL 143 The Buddhist Experience; REL 241 Religion in Chinese History, Society, and Culture; REL 245 Religion in Japanese History, Society, and Culture; REL 246 Traditions of Chinese Popular Culture; REL 247 Literature and Religion in Japan; REL 248Literature and Religion in China; REL 341 Daoism: China’s Indigenous High Religion;REL 343 Moral Philosophy, Political Power, and Religion in Pre-modern China.”
Shu-Chuan (Kelly) Chu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/ Interim Chair, Public Relations and Advertising, College of Communication
Professor Kelly Chu teaches advertising courses such as Principles of Advertising, Digital Advertising, and Public Relations and Advertising Capstone in the Public Relations and Advertising program. Areas of Interest and Specialization: Professor Chu’s research interests include social media, electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM), cross-cultural consumer behavior, and consumer-brand relationships. Her recent projects investigate how social relationship factors relate to eWOM transmitted via online social websites. She also examines how national culture influences consumers’ decision to engage in behaviors in social media. Chu’s work has been published in Journal of Global Marketing, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Interactive Advertising, Journal of International Consumer Marketing, Journal of Marketing Communications,International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, Journal of Global Fashion Marketing, International Journal of Strategic Communication, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, Chinese Journal of Communication, and Asian Journal of Business Research, among others. Her work has also appeared in Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Advertising: User Generated Content Consumption (Vol. I), Computer-Mediated Communication Across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments, Advances in Advertising Research (Vol. II), Handbook of Research in International Advertising, and Effective Advertising Strategies in the Social Media Age. She reviews articles for several journals such as Journal of Advertising, European Journal of Marketing,International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Interactive Advertising, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Marketing Communications, Cyber Psychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, among others. She serves on the editorial review board of International Journal of Advertising and Journal of Interactive Advertising.
Chu has been a Visiting Professor in China. She is currently the chair of the International Advertising Education Committee at the American Academy of Advertising and she chaired the 2013 American Academy of Advertising Global Conference. She participated in the Advertising Educational Foundation’s 2012 Visiting Professor Program. Chu is a member of American Academy of Advertising (AAA), American Marketing Association (AMA), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), and International Communication Association (ICA).Kelly received her MA and PhD in Advertising at The University of Texas at Austin, and BA in Advertising in National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. She speaks and writes fluently in English and Chinese.
Kyle Grice, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Health
Dr. Grice is an Assistant Professor of Inorganic Chemistry in DePaul’s Chemistry Department. He obtained his PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 2010. His interest in China stems from his study abroad experience when he was an undergraduate at Harvey Mudd College. He traveled to Beijing for 3 months to study Chinese Culture, Chinese Language, and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He teaches general chemistry, organic chemistry, and inorganic chemistry and researches catalytic reactions of metal complexes with small molecules. Dr. Grice is particularly interested in making connections between DePaul’s College of Science and Health and scientific departments in China to build collaborations in research and teaching.
Curt Hansman, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Global Asian Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Curt Hansman has taught courses on the history of Chinese, Japanese, and Asian American art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at DePaul since 1997. She holds the B.A. and M.A. in the history of art/Asian Studies from the University of Oregon and the M.PH. and Ph.D. in the history of art and Chinese intellectual history from the University of Kansas. She is a board member of Global Asian Studies and Chinese Studies Advisory Committee. Her early research focused in and around painting and painting style as a political tool in Song/Yuan China. Recent projects have focused on the interaction of art/politics/language/identity in modern China and Asian America including the recent paper “Yayoi Kusama: Another Mirror”. She has been the recipient of grants from the Kress Foundation and The American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia and was an NEH Summer Institute Fellow in 2012. She has lived, worked, and traveled extensively in Asia. Outside the academy she is a mother, potter, runner, and like so many art historians, an aficionado of detective fiction. She has worked actively through the Empty Bowls Project to raise awareness and funds to fight hunger and food insecurity. She is a faculty member in The Odyssey Project (a Bard College Illinois Humanities Council educational humanities project in underserved communities). Twitter @achinatiger
Li Jin （金丽), Ph.D.
Director, Chinese Studies Program
Department of Modern Languages, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Li Jin is Director of Chinese Studies Program and Associate Professor in Department of Modern Languages. She obtained her Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition/Instruction Technology at University of South Florida in 2007. She is an award-winning teacher at DePaul University where she teaches both Chinese language courses and Chinese studies courses. The courses she regularly teaches include the hybrid track of CHN 104-105-106: Intermediate Chinese, CHN 252: Introduction to Commercial Chinese, CHN 301/401: Advanced Speaking, CHN 320/420: Chinese for Business, CHN 360/460: Chinese Pop Culture and Social Media, CHN 370/470: Chinese Culture through Films, CHN 395: Foreign Languages Across Curriculum, LSP 112: China in American and Chinese Media, MOL 247: China and Social Media, MOL 249: Modern Chinese Language and Society. Her research interests include technology-enhanced second language teaching and learning, study abroad, Chinese pragmatics learning, identify (re-)configuration, sociocultural theory and ecology in language education, language partner collaboration and intercultural learning. For her recent research, please visithttp://works.bepress.com/lijin/
Daryl Koehn, Ph.D.
Wicklander Chair of Business Ethics, Institute for Business and Professional Ethics. Driehaus College of Business & College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Daryl Koehn is the Wicklander Chair in Professional Ethics at DePaul University. She has published widely in the fields of ethics and corporate governance. Her monographs include The Ground of Professional Ethics; The Nature of Evil; Rethinking Feminist Ethics; Local Insights, Global Ethics; and Living with the Dragon: Thinking and Acting Ethically in a World of Unintended Consequences.Edited volumes include Corporate Governance: Ethics across the Board and Ethics and Aesthetics in Business Ethics. In addition, she has published scores of articles in the Harvard Business Review, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethicsand numerous other journals. She consults regularly with major corporations and has served on a major corporation’s compliance committee. She has been profiled inTime magazine and has appeared often on National Public Radio, PBS TV stations and in other venues.
Yan Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Science and Health
Dr. Yan Li is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at DePaul University. Her research focuses on children’s social development particularly in peer relations, parenting behaviors, and cultural influences. She has taught Psy333 Child Psychology, Psy303 Human Development, and Psy242 Research Methods II. She has offered thePsychology in Contemporary China study abroad program. Additionally, Dr. Li has taught graduate courses, including Psy419 Factor Analysis and Path Modeling and Psy555 Social and Emotional Development.
Hui Lin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Accountancy & MIS, Driehaus College of Business
Dr. Hui Lin is an associate professor in the School of Accountancy & MIS at DePaul University. She received her Ph.D. in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Tech in 2008. Her main research interests include knowledge management, accounting information systems, information security and internal controls. Her research has been published or accepted for publication at leading academic journals in Accounting and Information Systems such as Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Information & Management, and Computers in Human Behavior. She has also published in topnotch professional journals such as Internal Auditor and the ISACA journal. Her teaching interests include financial accounting and accounting information systems.
John Shanahan, Ph.D.
Associate Dean & Director of Liberal Studies
Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
John Shanahan earned his Ph.D. in English at Rutgers University, and joined the faculty at DePaul in 2002. He teaches courses on 17th and 18th century literature and digital humanities. With an interest in Chinese literature — particularly the 18th century novel The Dream of the Red Chamber — John recently created joint coursework with Fudan University (Shanghai, China) to begin trans-Pacific instruction in Chinese literature in English translation. He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in English (2007-2010) and Director of the Graduate Program in English (2010-2015). He currently directs the Certificate Program in Digital Humanities, and is Associate Dean and Director of Liberal Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.
Maureen Sioh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Geography, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Maureen Sioh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at DePaul University. She trained as a hydrologist and has worked in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore and with First Nations communities in Canada. Her research focussed on erosion, deforestation, agriculture before moving on to mathematical modelling of industrial and urban pollution. Concerned with the subjective process of how communities made decisions when faced with environmental issues, her research evolved to postcolonialism, and then to psychoanalysis and economics. She has published on the geographies of anxiety and territorialization and, more recently, on psychoanalysis, sovereignty and foreign investment in East Asia.
Phillip Stalley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science Fulbright Scholarship Program Advisor, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Phillip Stalley has been an assistant professor at DePaul University since 2007. He teaches courses on a variety of subjects including Chinese politics, environmental politics, and international relations. Prior to joining DePaul, Phillip was a visiting research fellow at Princeton University in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World program. Professor Stalley also served as a visiting scholar in the environmental economics department at Fudan University in Shanghai. He is a member of the Public Intellectuals Program of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Phillip’s research focuses primarily on Chinese environmental politics. He is the author of Foreign Firms, Investment, and Environmental Regulation in the People’s Republic of China (Stanford University Press, 2010) and his work can be found in academic journals such as The China Quarterly and Journal of Contemporary China. His current research project focuses on China’s environmental diplomacy and its approach to international environmental institutions.
Nicholas Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Director, The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Center for Student Development and Engagement, School of Hospitality Leadership, Driehaus College of Business
Dr. Nicholas Thomas is an Assistant Professor and Director of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation Center for Student Development and Engagement in the School of Hospitality Leadership located within DePaul University’s Driehaus College of Business in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. He teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses related to customer service, human resources, and technology in the hospitality industry. His academic research focuses on gender issues in the lodging industry, as well as best practices in teaching hospitality within higher education. Additionally, Dr. Thomas serves as an Academic Advisor for the Marriott China Hospitality Education Initiative (CHEI), a charitable program of The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation. Dr. Thomas has conducted multiple industry and academic focused workshops throughout Asia. Prior to joining higher education, he occupied leadership positions in some of the world’s most successful luxury hospitality organizations, with the majority of his career focused on human resources and lodging operations. Dr. Thomas earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Hospitality Administration, Master in Hospitality Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Chi Jang Yin, M.F.A.
Associate Professor, Department of Art, Media, and Design, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Professor Chi-Jang Yin’s award-winning videos have been featured in U.K, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Bulgaria, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the U.S – and venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Kassel Dokumentarfilm-und-Videofest in Germany, the Contemporary Center of Art in Bulgaria, the Pacific Film Archive, the Nashville Cheekwood Art Museum, the National Museum of Women in Arts, The Phoenix Art Museum, the Gene Siskel Film Center, Los Angeles Film Festival, and The Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA). She received her BFA and MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.