New Faculty 2020-2021
NYU Shanghai is the third degree-granting campus in NYU’s global network, joining NYU in New York and NYU Abu Dhabi. It is a world-class, comprehensive liberal arts and sciences research university in the heart of Shanghai, and unlike any other university in the world. NYU Shanghai exemplifies the highest ideals of contemporary higher education by uniting the intellectual resources of New York University’s global network with the multidimensional greatness of China. It guides students toward academic and moral excellence, preparing them for leadership in all walks of life, and it contributes to the endless quest for new insights into the human condition and the natural world.
Yuan Tian is Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations. She received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Tian’s research interests center upon status and reputation, people and organizations, the sociology of strategy, and computational social science. Her current manuscript, in progress, focuses on inflated expectations and the cost of status in financial markets. During her studies at Northwestern, Tian was a teaching assistant in courses such as "Strategy Implementation," "Leadership in Organizations," and "Strategic Change Management."
This is Tian's first academic appointment. She previously served as a teaching assistant at Northwestern and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
Geoffery Zheng is an Assistant Professor of Finance at NYU Shanghai. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
Zheng’s research focuses on asset pricing, inequality, misallocation, and executive compensation. In his job market paper, “Wealth Shares in the Long Run,” Zheng explored the growth of top wealth shares to present a model that distinguishes those terms on assert prices. Currently, Zheng is completing research on the fortunes of the “self-made rich” and heterogeneity and inequality. Zheng’s teaching experience includes teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on topics such as option markets, empirical methods in finance, and stochastic calculus.
This is Zheng's first academic appointment.
Lala Zuo is Assistant Professor of Art History. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania.
Zuo’s research interests focus on the history of Chinese architecture. Her recently published manuscript, Diversity in the Great Unity: Regional Yuan Architecture is the first in-depth English-language work to present regional traditions of Chinese architecture based on a detailed study of the timber construction system. Zuo also exhibits a passion for the preservation and protection of art and architecture - an outgrowth of her scholarly research on the subject.
Before joining NYU, Zuo held appointments at the United States Naval Academy and Swarthmore College.
Brian Hall is Associate Professor of Global Public Health. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University.
As a researcher, Hall focuses on quantifying the social determinants of population health and health disparities, especially amongst migrants, and on how to adapt, develop, and test culturally informed scalable clinical and health promotion interventions. Hall has routinely engaged in fieldwork collaboratively with community agencies in Chinese and South East Asian communities. As a teacher, he demonstrates a commitment to mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students in global health with particular interests in mental health issues and the consequences of adversity.
Prior to joining NYU, Hall held an academic appointment as an associate professor within the Department of Psychology at the University of Macau.
Wei Wu is Associate Professor of Mathematics. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.
Wu’s research focuses on probability, analysis, and mathematical physics. Specifically, his current research centers on phase transitions and scaling limits of lattice Gibbs measures and spin models. His most recent research has appeared in Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics, Bulletin of American Mathematical Society, and Electronic Communication in Probability. Wu sees teaching as a crucial part of academic life and strives to engage both undergraduate and graduate students to understand mathematical concepts beyond just memorization.
Prior to joining NYU, Wu was an assistant professor of statistics at the University of Warwick and an instructor at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.
Xiaogang Wu is Yufeng Professor of Social Science and the director of the Center for Applied Social and Economic Research. He received his B.A. from Renmin University of China, his M.A. from Peking University, and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Wu is a leading scholar in research on Chinese inequality and social stratification. He was the recipient of the US National Academy of Education/Spencer Post-doctoral Research Fellowship for 2006-2007, the Asia and Asian American Early Career Award from the American Sociological Association in 2007, and the Prestigious Fellowship in Humanities and Social Sciences by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong in 2012. He was also a social science panel member of the European Research Council (ERC) from 2017-2019.
Prior to joining NYU, Wu was Professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In the past, he was Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Center and a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Wu is currently the President of the International Chinese Sociological Association and the Chief Editor of the Chinese Sociological Review. Prior to his graduate study at UCLA, Wu was a staff member/speech writer in the Research Office for the Mayor, Shanghai Municipal Government.
Daniel Jin Blum
Daniel Jin Blum is Research Assistant Professor of Psychology. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.
A sleep psychologist and an expert in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, Blum trained at UC Berkeley’s Sleep & Mood Research Clinic and Stanford’s Center for Sleep Sciences & Medicine, where he was a clinical fellow. Blum is also the author of Sleep Wise, a book designed to improve wellbeing through sleep and mindfulness. Outside of patient care, Blum also consults companies focused on integrating sleep, behavior change, and technology.
Prior to joining NYU, Blum held an academic appointment as an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.
Joshua Borja is Lecturer of Creative Writing. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City University of New York.
Borja brings to his practice a strong commitment to teaching composition and critical thinking to students in the college and university context. He strives to bring in diverse cultural and language experiences so students can expand their writing and thinking simultaneously.
Prior to joining NYU, Borja held appointments with the Department of English at Brooklyn College, the New York City College of Technology, and STAR Early College High School. He is currently working on a novel manuscript that explores language variation in multicultural settings with attention to communication, sound, assumptions, and attitudes expressed by third-person narration in rhetorical situations of everyday life.
Kelly Donovan is Lecturer of English for Academic Purposes. She holds an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Donovan joins the university with extensive experience in teaching English as a foreign language. She has been a recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and a Critical Language Scholarship.
Prior to joining NYU, Donovan has held teaching and instructor positions with the US Department of State English Language Program, the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, and the AmeriCorps ACCESS Project.
Leon Eckert is Clinical Instructor in Interactive Media Arts. He holds an MPS from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU Tisch and a B.A. in Design from Goldsmith's, University of London.
As a programmer, researcher, and artist, Eckert focuses on the critical discussion of technology and its impact on society. His work is inspired by the psychology, cultural, and geopolitical processes at play in a time of large-scale data collection and analysis. Recent projects of Eckert’s include “Watched Over,” an Instagram account run entirely by an algorithm and “Biometric Intimacy,” which explores the possibility of making inferences about a typist’s mental state by analyzing keystroke rhythms.
Prior to this appointment, Eckert was a research fellow in the IMA Department at NYU Shanghai.
Cori Gabbard is Lecturer of Creative Writing. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center at City University of New York and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York.
An acclaimed writer, Gabbard was the winner of the Arkansas Scottish Festival Celtic Poetry contest in 2019, the recipient of the Professor Daniel Albright Essay Award for the best essay published in the Yeats Journal of Korea in 2017, and a semi-finalist in The Nation’s poetry contest in 2005 and 2003. Her poems have appeared in Summerstock, The Revelator, Phoenix, and the International Feminist Journal of Politics. She has also presented her research in pedagogy and literature review at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, Georgetown University, and Western Michigan University.
Prior to joining NYU, Gabbard taught courses in creative writing, world literature, and English composition at Lyon College, New York City College of Technology, Brooklyn College, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Andy Garcia is Clinical Instructor of Interactive Media Arts. He holds an M.Sc. in Advanced Product Design Engineering from Kingston University London.
Garcia’s research and programmatic interests center on 3D concept design, manufacturing, innovation, urban farming and sustainability. Experienced in industry work, he began working with NYU Shanghai as a fabrication lab technician in the Interactive Media Arts program, where he was responsible for the support and training of students in the digital fabrication lab.
Prior to this appointment, Garcia was a product designer at TOKYLABS in Shanghai, where he developed new projects for the community and designed visuals and branding for various elements of products.
Katherine Girvin is Clinical Assistant Professor of Arts. She holds a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota.
Girvin is a highly experienced educator within the performing arts, having over thirteen years of experience in the field. Her work with students has included the recruitment and maintenance of talented professionals in choral direction, with a speciality in a cappella music and musical theater production. She is the founder and director of Chamber Bravura, Inc., and internationally recognized and award-winning a cappella youth choir.
Prior to joining NYU, Girvin was the District-Wide Principal for the Borrego Springs Unified School District in Borrego Springs, California.
Jin Gong is Clinical Assistant Professor of Chinese. She holds a Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Culture from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and an M.A. in Judaic Studies from Hebrew Union College.
Gong’s primary teaching and research interests are in Chinese language pedagogy, modern Chinese history, and the culture and art of contemporary China. In regard to language instruction, Gong focuses her pedagogical approach in a communicative and task-orientated manner by fully engaging with traditional and technology-enhanced teaching methods. Gong has most recently presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies at SUNY New Paltz and at the New York International Conference on Teaching Chinese.
Prior to joining NYU, Gong taught courses in both Chinese language and culture within the foreign languages department at The New School.
Catherine Journeaux is Senior Lecturer of English for Academic Purposes. She holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Manchester.
An instructor of English language with over 30 years of experience, Journeaux has spent her career teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level in post-secondary institutions. As a teacher, she believes that instruction should center upon coherence, effective feedback, and ensuring a well-managed learning environment for students. In regard to scholarly practice, Journeaux has presented research and insights at the Global Forum Dubai, the SOTL Annual Conference, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, Journeaux was a senior instructor in English composition and rhetoric at Zayed University in the UAE.
Travis Klingberg is Assistant Professor of Practice. He holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Klingberg is a human geographer specializing in the culture and politics of geographic knowledge in contemporary China. His research has focused on the relationship between domestic independent tourism and new knowledge of China's places, regions, and national geobody. He has worked primarily in the Sichuan Province, between the Chengdu metropolitan area and the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
Prior to joining NYU, Klingberg was a Visiting Scholar at the Rachel Carson Center at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich.
Marcos Martínez is Lecturer of Creative Writing. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Fiction Writing, from George Mason University.
An accomplished writer, Martínez was recognized as the Macondo Latinx Literary Fellow in July 2018, was a Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence in June 2017, and was a Lambda Literary Emerging Writers Fellow in August 2014. He is also the co-founder of Stillhouse Press, a non-profit book publisher located in Fairfax, Virginia.
Prior to joining NYU, Martínez served as a lecturer in Global Liberal Studies at NYU Washington, DC. He has also held appointments teaching writing at George Mason University, the George Washington University, and Georgetown University.
Laurent Mertz is Associate Professor of Practice in Mathematics. He holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Paris VI.
Mertz’s research interests are in applied stochastic analysis, random mechanics, reflected diffusions, and nonlocal elliptic operations. His work has appeared in various publications, including SIAM, Asymptotic Analysis, Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics, and IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics. In regard to teaching experience, Mertz has extensive experience teaching courses in discrete mathematics, numerical analysis, and partial differential equations.
Prior to joining NYU, Mertz was an assistant professor at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and a Courant Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor with NYU Courant.
Wenting Sun is Assistant Arts Professor of Dance. She holds an MFA from the University of Utah.
An acclaimed performance artist, Sun received the Audience Favorite Dance Film Award in 2019 at Young ARTISTS China, awarded the Best Selected Piece for “Adaption” at the 2018 Shanghai International Arts Festival, and recognized as the Audience Favorites Performance for “ReArrange” by the Trust of Governors Island in 2016. Her choreography has appeared at the Shanghai Theater Academy Music School, the Tenmangu Gallery in Osaka, the Modern Art Museum Shanghai, and the Laguardia Performing Arts Center.
Prior to joining NYU, Sun has taught courses in contemporary dance technique, choreography, and dance composition at the Shanghai Theatre Academy Music School, the Shouze Art Center, and as a guest artist at the UK China Performing Arts.
Emily Tsiang is Associate Arts Professor of Interactive Media & Business, with an affiliation with NYU's Program on Creativity + Innovation. She holds an MBA in Organizational Strategy and Design from the University of Michigan.
Tsiang's current research areas and interests explore the first year experience and function of human agency in global learning. Before embarking on a career in academia, she worked in industry and co-founded CULTURE LABx, led global M&A integrations for Cisco, and managed urban economic development initiatives for New York City.
Prior to joining NYU, Tsiang was appointed at Stanford, where she taught courses such as "Design Thinking" and launched the Life Design Accelerator.
Daniel Woody is Lecturer of Creative Writing. He holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
During his time at SAIC, Woody was a recipient of the James Nelson Raymond Postgraduate Fellowship, the Kurtich Fellowship, and co-authored the text Research: Intersecting Inquiries at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Woody’s recent works have been published in the Chicago Review, the Academy of American Poets, and the Art Institute of Chicago Press. Trained as a poet, Woody enjoys bringing that artistic practice into his classroom pedagogy for both creative and professional writing for students.
Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, Woody taught writing courses at Loyola University and in Dalia, China with Liaoning Normal University-Missouri State University's joint-degree program.
Ku Xia is Senior Language Lecturer of Chinese Language. She holds a Master’s in Teaching of a Foreign Language from New York University.
An experienced language instructor, Xia has taught courses in both language delivery and theory at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. As a Mandarin teacher in Wisconsin, she has developed and implemented Mandarin curricula into her district's World Language Program and advised on the Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate Program at Pewaukee High School.
Prior to joining NYU, Xia worked in the Pewaukee School District in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.
Allen Young is Clinical Assistant Professor of Spanish. He holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
An educator and translator, Young has translated the works of Xiaoyu Lu, Ivo Fornesa, and Da Tou Ma and taught courses on Spanish culture and art. Additionally, Young’s academic writing has appeared in the Shanghai Literary Review and the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies.
Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, and returning to academia, Young was a managing editor at Neocha in Shanghai, China.
New Faculty by School
- Arts & Science
- College of Dentistry
- Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
- Division of Libraries
- Gallatin School of Individualized Study
- Leonard N. Stern School of Business
- NYU Abu Dhabi
- NYU Shanghai
- Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
- Rory Meyers College of Nursing
- School of Global Public Health
- School of Professional Studies
- Silver School of Social Work
- Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development
- Tandon School of Engineering
- Tisch School of the Arts