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Faculty Affiliates

Baotong Gu‎, English and the Confucius Institute
75 Piedmont Avenue, Suite 926

Baotong Gu is director of the GSU Confucius Institute and Associate Professor of English at Georgia State University. Dr. Gu's research interests lie at the intersection of several different areas: technology theories, writing technology development, technology transfer, digital literacy, cross cultural communication, content management, etc. Over the years, his research activities have largely been committed to bringing together his interests in these areas to form a more concerted research orientation toward critical examinations of the relationships between writing technologies on the one hand and writing behaviors, cultures, and ideologies on the other, both in the field of writing in general and in the discipline of technical communication in particular.

Qian Gu
Institute of International Business
Dr. Qian Gu is an assistant professor in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business School at the Georgia State University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of strategic management and international business. In particular, Dr. Gu is interested at understanding how various institutional contexts can influence firm's strategic decisions and the consequent performance implication. Her works have been published in the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies and Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings. Dr. Gu was a recipient of the IACMR Li Ning Dissertation Proposal Award and China's National Scholarship for Excellent International Student. She was also a runner-up for the AOM Douglas Nigh Award, the AIB Best Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award, and the IACMR Best Conference Macro Paper Award.

Jonathan Herman, Religious Studies
34 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 1100

Dr. Herman is an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Asian Studies at Georgia State University, an officer in the Society for the Study of Chinese Religion, and is a member of the Committee on the Public Understanding of Religion with the American Academy of Religion.

Kevin Hsieh, Welch School of Art & Design
10 Peachtree Center Ave.

Dr. Hsieh joined the Art Education team at the Georgia State University in 2008. Before he joined the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at the GSU, Dr. Hsieh worked as a research assistant under the Department of Eastern Asian Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006. He taught art at the Si-Wei Elementary School for six years in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Dr. Hsieh received his Ph.D. in art education from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008, MFA in art history and BA in visual art education from the National Ping-Tung University of Education in Taiwan. He was elected as the Director of Higher Education Division at the Georgia Art Education Association in 2009 and is serving for the terms of 2011 to 2012. His research and teaching interests include: interdisciplinary art education, Chinese art history (Northern Song Dynasty landscape painting), museum education, art administration, and instructional technology in art education. He presented his research articles and papers both in the U.S. and oversea. His articles have been published in several research journals, such as Museology Quarterly, Humanities and Social Sciences Research, Journal of Fine Arts, and Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Hongmei Li‎, Communication
630-B One Park Place South

Dr. Hongmei Li (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2006) is an assistant professor and specializes in international communication and global media and culture. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for International Media Education.

Her research analyzes advertising and consumer culture, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, public diplomacy, nation branding, gender and sexuality, youth culture, and the culture of new communication technologies. She studies China to examine the profound changes of globalization and new communication technologies.

For two academic years (2008-2009 and 2009-2010), Dr. Li undertook a prestigious two-year George Gerbner Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, which provided her with the opportunity to pursue further research that is now enabling her to complete a book manuscript on the Chinese advertising industry.

Dr. Li has just started a new project that compares and contrasts the youth culture between Brazil and China. She is also a founder of the Atlanta-based Consortium for Global Media Culture and Communication, which meets once a semester and provides opportunities for scholars interested in international communication, media and culture to exchange research ideas, conduct collaborative work and network.

Shuai Li, Modern & Classical Languages  
841 General Classroom Building

Dr. Shuai Li serves as an assistant professor of Chinese. He coordinates Chinese classes and oversees the development of GSU’s Chinese program. In terms of research, Dr. Li is interested in understanding the development of second language (L2) pragmatic competence in instructed and uninstructed environments, with a primary focus on learners of Chinese as a second language. He has also examined the role of individual difference factors in the process of developing pragmatic competence in L2 Chinese. Other than that, he has surveyed the Confucius Institute Network in the U.S. In terms of teaching, Shuai has taught applied linguistics courses (e.g., Learning about language learning) and Chinese language courses across all proficiency levels.

Jun Liu‎, Applied Linguistics & ESL
10 Park Place South, Suite 410

Dr. Jun Liu is Associate Provost for International Initiatives at Georgia State University. Prior to this position, Liu was Professor and Head of the English Department, Director of the Confucius Institute, and Assistant Vice-Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Arizona. Dr. Liu has also held multiple leadership roles as an international educator. He served as Past President of TESOL International (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc.), Vice President of ISCLT (International Society of Chinese Language Teaching), and Senior Advisor to "Hanban" (Office of the Chinese Language Council International). Dr. Liu has published extensively in the area of intercultural communication, communicative competence, and language education. He authored the book Asian Students' Classroom Communication Patterns in US Universities (Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 2001), and co-authored Studying in the United States (Tsinghua University Press, 2007). Dr. Liu is well traveled and has given more than 60 plenary and invited speeches in more than 20 countries since 2000.

Leigh Anne Liu
Institute of International Business
Professor Liu's research centers on individual and group behavior in cross-cultural settings. She studies culture, cross-cultural cognition, negotiation and conflict resolution, and global leadership. Her research activities have involved investigating individual difference in negotiation, international conflict management, diversity and justice, global leadership mental models, global virtual teams, and shared mental models in international negotiation and emotional influence. Dr. Liu currently teaches Global Business, a foundation course of the Global Partners MBA (GPMBA) program and International Business Negotiation.

Penelope B. Prime
Institute of International Business
Dr. Prime is professor of international business in the Institute of International Business, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University.   Her teaching and research focus on development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China's economy and business environment.  Her most recent books are Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game? (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and Taiwan's Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges, (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011).
Dr. Prime's experience includes directing study abroad programs, taking over 300 students to China; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; traveling across most of China and living in Nanjing and Beijing for extended periods of time; analyzing China's economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding. 
Dr. Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center (, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China.  Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College.

Douglas Reynolds, History
34 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2050

Dr. Douglas Reynolds is a specialist of modern Chinese and Japanese History. His research focus lies in China's late-Qing period and Japan's Meiji period, with an emphasis on cultural interactions, 1868-1912. This interest is reflected in the titles of his two major books, "China, 1898-1912: The Xinzheng Revolution and Japan" (Harvard, 1993; published in Chinese translation 1998, 2006), and "Chinese Discover the Modern World - in Japan, 1854-1898" (forthcoming, Association for Asian Studies, 2012). Dr. Reynolds teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in all periods of Chinese and Japanese history, as well as the World History survey course. 

Andrew Wedeman, Political Science
1021 General Classroom Building

Andrew Wedeman received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1994 and is a Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. Prior to this appointment, he spent eighteen years with the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where he also served as the Director of the Asian Studies Program and the Director of the UNL International Studies Program. In addition he has held posts a visiting research professor at Beijing University, a Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins Nanjing University Center for Sino-American Studies and a Fulbright Research Professorship at Taiwan National University during 2001-2. His publications include Double Paradox: Rapid Growth and Rising Corruption in China (Cornell); From Mao to Market: Rent Seeking, Local Protectionism, and Marketization in China (Cambridge); articles in a academic journals including China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China; and China Review; and chapters in numerous edited volumes. Professor Wedeman is now beginning a new book project examining social unrest in China.

Heying Jenny Zhan, Sociology  
1071 General Classroom Building

Dr. Heying Jenny Zhan joined Georgia State University faculty body in the fall of 2000 after receiving her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. Her research and teaching have focused on three major fields: a) aging and social policies in global perspectives; b) gender and families in global perspectives; and c) issues of Asian American elders in the U.S. In 2008, she won a Fulbright Fellowship Award to conduct a semester-long research in China on issues of social policy and long term care. In 2009 and 2010 she is continuing this research with grants from NIA and Fogarty International Center, collaborating with Brown University faculty in the U.S. and Nanjing and Nankai Universities in China. She has published over 20 articles and book chapters in both Chinese and English on issues of aging and social policies, intergenerational relations among Chinese and Chinese Americans, and family and gender issues in China and among Asian Americans.