The Fairbank Center’s visiting scholar program promotes scholarly exchange by bringing academics and experts in China-related fields from across world to spend one year in residence at Harvard University. Our 2017-18 visiting scholars join us from universities and corporations in the People’s Republic of China, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Singapore, with research interests spanning history, literature, economics, government, business, law, film, and urban planning.


Maria Adele Carrai 马晓冉

Maria Adele Carrai joins the Fairbank Center from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she was a Max Weber Fellow in Law, researching Chinese conceptions and attitudes towards the international legal order from a historical perspective. She is also currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at KU Leuven in Belgium. Her project, “Self‑orientalism and the reforms of the criminal justice system in Republican China” explores Eurocentrism and legal orientalism in the history of international law in China’s late Qing and Republican era. Maria received her Ph.D. in Law from the University of Hong Kong. From 2017-18, she will also be a Princeton-Harvard China and the World Fellow.

Research Interests: Western and Chinese legal and political philosophy, legal history, and international law and relations. 


Chih-Cheng Chang 張智程

Chih-Cheng Chang is an Assistant Professor at Kyoto University, Japan, where he researches Japanese and Taiwanese labor and employment law. His project, “A Comparative Study on the Transformation of the ‘On Demand Economy’ to Labor Provisions in Taiwan, the United States, and Japan,” analyses how the ‘on demand economy’ affects employer-employee relations, particularly employment law and qualification for social programs. Dr. Chang received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Law at State Kyoto University in Japan.

Research Interests: Labor law, labor markets, labor movements, labor in Taiwan and Japan


Yougang Chen 陈有钢

Yougang Chen is a Partner at McKinsey & Company in Shanghai, China. He received his MBA from INSEAD. At the Fairbank Center, he is working on a project titled “The fabric of growth – how China’s entrepreneurs and family owned business will shape the country’s future development,” with Professor William Kirby.

Research Interests: China’s economy, business, economic development, entrepreneurship, China’s private sector


Donghoon Hahn 韩东训

Donghoon Hahn is a Full Professor of economics at The Catholic University of Korea, in Seoul, where he researches China’s growing economy. At the Fairbank Center, he will research the “Changing Global Environment and its impacts on China.” He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Peking University, and has published widely on China’s society and economy.

Research Interests: China’s economy, Chinese development model, economics of the firm, international economy


Jian Hao 郝建

Jian Hao is a professor at Beijing Film Academy, and a widely-published film critic and screenwriter. He has been a regular participant at New York University’s “Reel China @NYU Film Biennial” which screens independent films from China that are otherwise unable to be screened in the Mainland. Jian Hao previously presented at the Fairbank Center in 2012 as a discussant for a documentary screening of Ai Weiwei’s film “So Sorry” (2012).

Research Interests: Chinese cinema, independent cinema, film noir, Hong Kong cinema


Changping Liang 梁长平

Changping Liang is a Lecturer at the Marxism College of the Hunan University of Science and Technology, where she examines foreign and overseas research on Mao Zedong, particularly research on Mao from the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and Law from Fudan University, and has previously held visiting positions at the University of Hong Kong, and the University of West Scotland.

Research Interests: Mao Zedong studies, foreign research of Maoist thought


Nick R. Smith 倪轲

Nick R. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at Yale-NUS College, Singapore. His research explores urban transformation and planning, and his current work focuses on urban policy and village planning in contemporary China. Nick received his A.B. from Harvard College ’04 (East Asian Studies) and his Ph.D. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences ’15 (Urban Planning). He has held visiting positions at the University of Oxford, Chongqing University, and Renmin University.

Research Interests: Urbanization, urban planning and policy, community development, urban-rural systems, international development


Zhilei Tong 童之磊

Zhilei Tong is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ChineseAll Digital Publishing Group. He holds an IMBA from M.I.T. and Tsinghua University, and is the deputy chairman of the China Copyright Association, as well as other anti-piracy and publishing associations.

Research Interests: Chinese culture, new media, intellectual property protection, digitized education


Fanmei Wang 王凡妹

Fanmei Wang is an Assistant Professor at Donlinks School of Economics and Management at the University of Science and Technology, Beijing, where she researches the social influence of ethnic policy and career-related issues of ethnic minorities. At the Fairbank Center, her research project is entitled, “Research on Career Development for Ethnic Minority Employees in Organizations in Chinese Ethnic Areas.” She holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Peking University.

Research Interests: Ethnic policy, ethnic minorities in China, enterprise management in ethnic areas


Yuda Zhang 张郁达

Yuda Zhang is a Researcher at the School of Public Administration, Tsinghua University, and a part-time distinguished professor and doctoral advisor of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Yuda holds double doctorates in finance (2012) and public administration (2015) from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He is the present Chairman of The China Postdoctoral Association, and the Vice-President of the Western Returned Scholars Association. From 2014 to 2015, Yuda served as the Vice Mayor of Chaoyang District in Beijing. At the Fairbank Center, he will research urbanization in China.

Research Interests: Urbanization in China, macroeconomics, public management, finance


Wuping Zhao 赵武平

Wuping Zhao is the Vice-President of Shanghai Translating Publishing House and a published author on China’s twentieth century intellectual history. Wuping will research Lao She and the cultural politics of wartime literature in China, as part of a project that reconciles Lao She’s original Chinese writing with their English translations.

Research Interests: Wartime literature, translation, intellectual history, modern Chinese literature

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