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. In 1997-2003, she worked in Beijing at the Beijing Lufthansa Center, the American Chamber of Commerce in China, and the International School of Beijing. Read more about Lydia Chen
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. Read more about Karen Christopher
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 earned her bachelor's degreein art history from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before coming to Harvard, she taught English at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi'an, China. As staff assistant, she supports the Director, Executive Director, and the Center's many associates. Read more about Adrienne C. Fitzgerald
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. Read more about Mark J. Grady
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.
Linda Kluz brings many years of Harvard administrative experience to the Fairbank Center. She previously worked at the Harvard Negotiation Project and the Radcliffe Institute for Public Policy. Read more about Linda Kluz
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.