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NYU Shanghai courses are also taught by distinguished part time faculty, listed below:

Chinese Language Instructors


Qiyi Zhang is Chinese language Coordinator for the Chinese Language Program at NYU in Shanghai and has a MA in Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. She has been teaching Chinese to foreigners since 2002. Ms. Zhang taught for two years at Zhejiang Normal University and three semesters at CIEE before joining NYU in Shanghai in August 2006. She is mature, well-organized and very dynamic in classroom instruction and highly evaluated both at NYU in Shanghai and other teaching institutions for her sense of responsibility and skillful teaching. Her research interest centers on Chinese language pedagogy and cross-cultural studies.



Peng (Mark) Chen graduated from the International Chinese Study College of ECNU with a M.A. degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. Chen Laoshi has been teaching in NYU Shanghai for almost 2 years. Before joining NYU Shanghai, he had taught elementary-level and intermediate-level Chinese for more than 3 years at ECNU, USST and CIEE.


Hong Liu earned his BA and MA in the International Chinese Studies College at East China Normal University. He has been a full-time instructor in ECNU since 1996 and has taughtat CIEE and NYU in Shanghai for several years. The courses he has taught include elementary-level Chinese, intermediate-level Chinese, advanced-level Chinese and business Chinese. With so much experience teaching and a great sense of humor, he is very popular with his students. Mr. Liu is currently a second-year doctoral student and his research area is teaching methodology. 

Ping Ma has a MA in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language and is a holder of the Certificate for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language (granted by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China). “Sunny” Ma has beenteaching Chinese as a foreign language at Tongji University and East China Normal University for more than six years. With her professional teaching skills and dynamic teaching style, she has gained a good reputation with her students. Her hobbies include singing karaoke and playing ping pong. 

Content Course Instructors

Barbara Edelstein is a sculptor and multi-media artist that has lived and worked in both New York and Shanghai since 2000. Edelstein has several large-scale permanent public artworks in the United States and China, including sculptures for the Guangdong Museum of Art, and both the Shanghai and Hangzhou Municipal Governments. She exhibits worldwide, with recent shows in China, the United States, and Europe. Having a western perspective on art, yet currently working in China, has given her a unique viewpoint to combine both culture’s art, and develop her multi-media artworks. She uses this insight to help the students develop their own way of utilizing their experiences to create artworks.


Amy R. Goldman’s passion is literature and culture and she has spent nearly 20 years in Europe and Asia, on and off, following the call of both. She received both her Ph.D (UC Davis, 1996) and her BA (Princeton, 1978, honors) in Comparative Literature. Her undergraduate formation centered in the modern European novel, with a secondary interest in Near Eastern studies. Her doctoral work, which expanded her early interest in cross-cultural perspectives, was based in an interdisciplinary comparison of Chinese and Western culture and included emphases in British literature, French medieval literature and Chinese myth. Her research interest in women and creation narratives—mythological, philosophical, religious and literary—shaped her dissertation “Beginning With Women: Reverence and Subjection in Cosmogonies of China and the West,” which drew on the Daodejing, Chinese ethnic minority myths, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Genesis, Gnostic texts, and others.

Dr. Goldman has taught Comparative Literature at the University of California at Davis, Fudan University, Colorado College, and the University of Memphis, for which she was also Resident Director of their China Program in Shenzhen. In addition to her teaching, Dr. Goldman is also a professional editor and writer; her current narratives are inspired by the odd yet rich syncopations intrinsic to the intercultural life. When she is not teaching in China she can be found on retreat in India.

Anna Greenspan received her Ph.D in philosophy and cyberculture at the University of Warwick (UK). She did her postdoctoral research in association with McMaster University in Canada where she is from. Her work, which resulted in a book, focused on India and the IT Revolution. Anna first came to Shanghai in 2002. Gradually her research interest shifted to China’s  - and especially Shanghai’s - fascinating rise. She began teaching at NYU in the spring of 2009. Anna maintains a website at

Dan Guttman is a lawyer and teacher.  He is currently a visiting Professor at the Peking University School of Law public interest law program, Fellow at the Tsinghua University US/China Center, Fellow (and teacher) at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara Bren School Center for Sustainability and Governance.  He is engaged in cooperative environmental research and teaching with the Nanjing University School of Environment.  As a Fulbright scholar in China he taught at Tsinghua, Peking, Fudan, Nanjing, and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities.

Dan Guttman served in the Clinton administration as Executive Director of a Presidential Advisory Commission that investigated biomedical experiments, and was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Commissioner of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He served as special counsel to Senator David Pryor in U.S. Senate investigations of the use of contractors to do the government’s basic work.


Duncan Hewitt has worked as a journalist in China for the past 15 years. From 1997 – 2002 he was a BBC correspondent, based first in Beijing and later in Shanghai. He now writes for Newsweek from Shanghai, and has also contributed to publications including the Guardian, the Economist, and the Asia Literary Review. His book Getting Rich First: Life in a changing China was published in the UK by Vintage Books in 2008, and in the US by Pegasus as China: Getting Rich First – A modern social history. It focuses on social change in China over the past two decades, including urbanization, media and Internet development, youth culture and the sexual revolution, education, welfare reform and the development of civil society.

He has a degree in Chinese from Edinburgh University, and later worked as an editor and translator of Chinese literature at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also has an MA in Area Studies (Southeast Asia) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In 2011 he was a journalist fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Oxford University, where he wrote a paper on China’s relationship with the international media. He has taught at NYU Shanghai since 2007. His translation of a Chinese crime novel is due to be published in 2012 by Penguin Books.

Dr. Jiang Jin received her Ph.D in East Asian History since 1600 from Stanford University (1998) and her MA in Modern Chinese History from East China Normal University (1984). Dr. Jiang taught at Vassar College in upstate New York (1998-2004) before she returned to Shanghai to take up her current position as Professor of History at East China Normal University, where she has also served as Director of the Center for Gender and Cultural Studies since 2005. Dr. Jiang is the recipient of many grants including the recent Radcliffe-Yenching Fellow in Residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University (2011-12). She is the author of numerous articles in both English and Chinese, including “Times Have Changed: Men and Women are the Same,” “Modernity East and West: Melodrama and Yanqing in Shanghai’s Popular Culture,” “Gender, History and Medicine in Feminist Scholarship: An Interview with Charlotte Furth,” and “Liang Shuming and the Emergence of Twentieth-Century New Confucianism.” She has also edited many anthologies, and her book, Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Shanghai, was published by the University of Washington Press in Seattle in 2009.

Frank Mulligan (MBA) has worked and lived in China for the past 17 years, and he has had a wide range of experience that has included engineering, executive search, diplomatic and teaching roles; and he is currently completing his PhD(Social Networking in Management) in Nyenrode University in The Netherlands. Frank has been lecturing and training for a number of years on subjects such as human resources, organizational behavior, communications and general management. In these roles he has assisted students to understand themselves; manage their careers; understand others’ motivations; and manage people/teams.

Frank previously served as the Chief Representative of Norman Broadbent Executive Search(UK) in China, as 1st Sec. (Commercial) for the Irish Embassy in Beijing, and as Strategic Planning Manager, Siemens Ltd. China. He started out as an IT Engineer in the mid-90’s in his native Ireland, and has lived in the US, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai. Before coming to China he was the Strategy Manager, Business Process Re-Engineering for PWC in Singapore.

David Perry received an MFA in Literary Translation in 1993 from the University of Iowa’s Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature. In 1994, he moved to New York, where he was active in the downtown poetry community, publishing his first book of poems, Range Finder in 2003. He has published numerous poems, translations, and critical writings on contemporary poetry and art in a number of magazines and journals. In 2006, David moved to Shanghai, where he has been teaching creative writing at NYU Shanghai and serving as faculty adviser for the student publication zaiShanghai since 2008; in the fall of 2011, he began teaching writing in the Liberal Studies Core Program and launched the NYU Shanghai Writing Center, which specializes in offering international students assistance with English for Academic Purposes (EAP). David has taught literature, creative writing and literary magazine editing and production at colleges and universities including the University of Iowa, St. John’s University, the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. His writing and research interests include the effects of globalization on contemporary English-language writing and literature, translation theory and practice, the history of the avant-garde, contemporary North American poetry, urbanism and cyberculture.

Erik Ringmar has a Ph.D in Political Science from Yale University, where he specialized in international relations and political philosophy. For 12 years he worked in the Government Department at the London School of Economics where he was in charge of a Master's program in comparative politics. His research deals with relations between East and West, European political development, economic history and sociology, as well as issues of political philosophy and research methods. He has written some 40 academic articles and 5 books. His most recent book, Lilberal Barbarism, deals with European imperialism in China in the 19th century. His next book, to be published by Cambridge University Press, will be a study of comparative international systems.


Raymond Ro is an engineer, lawyer and professor. He has been in Shanghai since 2010 and is currently a Lecturer at the Sino-British College in conjunction with the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, and a Senior Advisor at Addison-Clifton LLC where he assists clients with international trade compliance issues and intellectual property matters. Dr. Ro holds a B.A. in Physics and Biology from Lake Forest College in Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia. The focus of his doctoral dissertation was using ultrasound technology for early detection of cancer. Later, due to legal issues related to a start-up company, Dr. Ro went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. Accordingly, his academic interests include the intersection of law, business and technology, entrepreneurship, and comparative intellectual property law. Raymond enjoys playing sports, learning Chinese, trying unique foods, and watching American football.


Dr. Song Guoyou is Associate professor at the Center for American Studies, Fudan Univeristy, Shanghai. He got his Ph.D and MA in International Relations in 2006 and 2003 respectively from Fudan University. His study focuses on China-U.S. relations, International Political Economy and American foreign economic policy.

Dr. Song is the author of Balancing Social Interest and State Security (Beijing: Shishi Publishing House, 2007) and also published articles in journals such as World Economy and Politics, Contemporary International Relations, and The Journal of Chinese Political Science among others. He was a Fox Fellow at Yale University from 2005-2006 and did his postdoctoral research at Georgetown University from 2009-2010.


Shaoyi Sun is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Shanghai University’s School of Film & TV. He has taught Chinese film, literature, and cultural studies at the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California at Irvine (UCI), and NYU Shanghai. He was the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) juror of the 2009 Singapore International Film Festival (Chair), the 2007 Brisbane International Film Festival, the 2001 Hawaii International Film Festival, and a jury member of the 2008 Shanghai International Film Festival’s International Student Shorts Award and the 2000 Dhaka International Film Festival.

Sun received his Ph.D. in Asian literature and film from the University of Southern California in 1999. He is the author of The Matrix of Cinema: Cinematic Space and Cultural Globalism (Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2010), Lights! Camera! Kai Shi!: In-Depth Interviews with China’s New Generation of Movie Directors (New York: EastBridge, 2008), The Imagined City: Literary, Filmic, and Visual Shanghai, 1927-1937 (Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2009), Structural Transformation of the Media Industry in Asia (co-editor; Shanghai: Shanghai Joint Press, 2009), Global Media Policies: New Perspectives (co-editor; Shanghai: Shanghai Joint Press, 2005) and the Chinese translator of Rey Chow’s Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography and Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Taipei: Yuan-Liou Publishing Co., 2001). 

Francesca Tarocco received her MA in Chinese Studies from Venice University and her PhD in Chinese History from SOAS, University of London. She is the author of The Cultural Practices of Modern Chinese Buddhism: Attuning the Dharma (Routledge, 2007) and has co-authored two books: Karaoke: The Global Phenomenon (Chicago University Press, 2007) and Made in China (Mondadori, 2008) and more than thirty articles on Chinese Buddhism, Shanghai intellectual history and media and religion in China and East Asia. Her current book project is entitled The Re-enchantment of Modernity: Photography and Buddhist History in China and focuses on the twentieth-century Shanghai religious world and its interactions with a new urban audience through such channels as illustrated books and journals, portraiture, and the mass media.


Tim Tomlinson holds an MFA in Fiction from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. At Columbia, he studied with Richard Price, Russell Banks, Robert Stone, and Edmund White. While his time at university was valuable, he’s always been a believer in experiential learning, and of writing that comes from imaginative handling of personal experience. To that end, he’s pursued all sorts of occupations, locations, dead-ends and execrable follies. Don’t get him started, he’s likely to tell you a story.

But since you asked: a short list of the jobs Tim has held includes janitor, ship’s hand, scuba diver, ranch hand, laborer, landscaper, blood donor, carpenter’s helper, railroad man, phone operator, travel agent’s assistant, furniture mover, word processor, travel writer, bartender, yoga instructor, film critic, counterman, music critic, caterer, technical writer, editor, script consultant, and professor. He’s held the last position for twenty years, teaching writing and contemporary culture in New York University’s Global Liberal Studies Program, in New York, London, Florence, and now Shanghai. He’s also an avid scuba diver with over a half-dozen advanced certifications and hundreds of logged dives.

Tim is president and a co-founder of New York Writers Workshop (, and co-author of its popular text, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing.  His fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous venues, in print and online, including The Missouri Review, The Gettysburg Review, The North American Review, The New York Quarterly, Pank, the Asia Writes Project, and Salt River Review, to name a few. In December 2011, he was featured poet in Saxifrage Press, and his poem, “Blue Surge, with Prokoviev,” in Sea Stories, has been nominated for Best of the Net 2011.“Snow Job,” a short story, appears in Long Island Noir (Akashic Books) in Spring, 2012. Tim has run writing workshops since 1991, and he's taught or consulted in the US, the UK, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, and China.

Mingqi Xu is a senior professor and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Institute of World Economy and Director of European Studies Center at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, where he also served as Editor in Chief of Social Sciences and Academic Quarterly from 1998-2001. Xu Mingqi graduated with an M.A. in economics from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in 1982 and obtained his Ph.D. in International Economics from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences in 1994. His international experiences includes working as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Western Ontario in Canada from 1987-1988, Harvard-Yenching Institute at Harvard University from 1995-1996, International Institute of Asian Studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands in 2001, and of recent, he worked as a guest Professor in the School of International and Area Studies at Seoul National University in South Korea, where he researched regional monetary cooperation. Professor Xu also works as Chief Economist of Shanghai Far East Credit Rating Corporation at present and Executive Director of Municipal Research Center for International Finance. He is also a guest professor of Fudan University. His main research areas are in the theory of world economy, international finance, monetary economics and monetary policy, and China’s financial system reforms. He published ten books and more than 100 papers in both Chinese and English. He is frequently invited to give public lectures and consultancy to government officials and business executives for international economic issues.

Jian-Jun Zhang is an artist that lives and works in both New York and Shanghai, and has been teaching art at NYU since 1997. He exhibits worldwide, with recent museum shows in the United States, Europe, Beijing and Shanghai. Zhang utilizes his experience living in Chinese and Western cultures to create multimedia artwork that integrates this unique outlook. His art class has the ability to negotiate cultural differences and therefore creates a pan-global outcome. He has been an Assistant Director & Head of the Curatorial Department of the Shanghai Art Museum, and participated in the International Curatorial Program at MoMA in NY.

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Dan Guttman


Dan Guttman is a lawyer and teacher. He is currently a visiting Professor at the Peking University School of Law public interest law program, Fellow at the Tsinghua University US/China Center, Fellow (and teacher) at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Advanced Governmental Studies and Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara Bren School Center for Sustainability and Governance. He is engaged in cooperative environmental research and teaching with the Nanjing University School of Environment. As a Fulbright scholar in China he taught at Tsinghua, Peking, Fudan, Nanjing, and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities.

Dan Guttman served in the Clinton administration as Executive Director of a Presidential Advisory Commission that investigated biomedical experiments, and was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a Commissioner of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. He served as special counsel to Senator David Pryor in U.S. Senate during investigations of the use of contractors to do the government’s basic work.

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