Professors Yu Wang, Melanie Manion, and other executive committee members consult regularly with a larger board of stakeholders.
Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies, Duke University
Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University. Born and educated in India, he received his PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University (1983).
Director of Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University
Richard Jaffe is Director of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University.
Gilhuly Family Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Duke University
Lisa Keister is Gilhuly Family Professor of Sociology and Public Policy.
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
Ralph Litzinger is Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. His early research focused on the culture and politics of ethnicity, nationalism, and post-socialism in China.
Professor of Public Policy, Sociology, and Global Health, Duke University
M. Giovanna Merli is Professor of Public Policy, Sociology and Global Health at Duke University, Director of the NIH-funded Duke Population Research Center, and a member of the Duke Global Health Institute.
Executive Vice Chancellor, Duke Kunshan University
Denis Simon is Executive Vice Chancellor of Duke Kunshan University. Dr.
Dr. Simon previously held international affairs leadership positions and faculty appointments at several universities in the United States and China. An expert on the role of science and technology in international relations, he also has extensive private sector experience, having held China-based leadership roles at both Monitor Consulting Group and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He has written and lectured widely regarding innovation, high technology development, foreign investment and corporate strategy in the Pacific-Rim and is frequently quoted in the Western and Asian business press regarding commercial and technology trends in China, Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region.
Having first visited Asia in 1976 and the China mainland in 1981, Dr. Simon has developed an extensive network of professional relationships throughout business, government, and academia in the region. A member of the editorial boards of Chinese Management Studies and the Journal of Science and Technology Policy in China, he also has served as a senior adviser to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on technology and innovation matters related to China. He is a member of the American Experts Group within the U.S.-China Innovation Dialogue organized by China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. In 2006, he received the China National Friendship Award from former Premier Wen Jiabao, China’s highest form of recognition for foreign experts.
Dr. Simon received his BA in Asian Studies from the State University of New York and his MA in Asian Studies and PhD in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley (1980).