Lydia Chen is executive director of the Fairbank Center and of the Harvard China Fund. She received her master's degrees in Asian studies and journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been travelling to China since 1981. She lived in Beijing in the mid-1980s working for the Foreign Languages Press and studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Karen Christopher has worked in the Asia Center’s financial office since February 2000, assisting staff, affiliates, faculty, and students with financial and administrative issues. While the Fairbank Center is her first priority she also supports the other Asia-related research centers.
Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History
Research interests: late imperial Chinese history; Manchu studies; Mongolian studies; history of relations between China and Inner Asia; the Silk Road; history of cartography; frontier studies; comparative empire; ethnicity and ethnic policy; contemporary historiography
Adrienne Fitzgerald oversees special projects and digital media development, including web design, content marketing, and print production support. She also coordinates administrative operations and provides calendar assistance for Professor Mark C. Elliott during the 2013-14 academic year.
Mark Grady joined the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies as its events coordinator in December 2013. Previously, he worked as a government contractor managing events for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in domestic and international locations, including Beijing and Guangzhou, China.
Nancy Hearst is the librarian in the Fairbank Collection of the H.C. Fung Library. She makes periodic trips to China and Hong Kong to select new acquisitions. She also does free-lance editing and proofreading for China-related books, and English polishing for a number of state and party organizations in Beijing. Nancy has worked at Harvard for a long time.
Shirley Sun comes to the Fairbank Center from Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research, where she worked as a research assistant. She received her Ed.M. in Urban Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. As program coordinator, she manages the visiting scholar and postdoctoral fellowship programs.