Administrative Staff

Lydia Chen (陳蒙惠)

Lydia Chen (陳蒙惠)

Executive Director

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.

617-384-6606
Karen  Christopher

Karen Christopher

Finance/Administrative Associate, Asia Center

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.

617-496-3975
Mark C. Elliott (歐立德)

Mark C. Elliott (歐立德)

Director
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 C. Fitzgerald

Adrienne C. Fitzgerald

Staff Assistant

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. 

617-495-8120
Mark J. Grady

Mark J. Grady

Events Coordinator

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.

617-496-1181
Nancy Hearst

Nancy Hearst

Librarian

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.

617-495-5753
Linda Kluz

Linda Kluz

Communications Coordinator

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.

617-495-0711
Ying-Ming Lee

Ying-Ming Lee

Library Assistant

Ying-Ming Lee has been working at the Fairbank Center Library since 1998 after several years of library work at the Harvard-Yenching Library.

617-496-9342
Shirley Sun

Shirley Sun

Program Coordinator

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.

617-495-4007
Justin Thomas

Justin Thomas

Front Desk Assistant

Justin Thomas manages Mark C. Elliott's calendar and assists with events, publicity, and office tasks. He joined the Fairbank Center in July 2014 after putting in long hours uncorking bottles and pouring wine as a student worker during the 2013-2014 academic year.