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CCCI Advisory Board

Nick Admussen

Nick Admussen

Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature, Director of the Contemporary China Initiative (2018-2019)

Nick Admussen holds an M.F.A. in poetry writing from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Ph. D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton. At Cornell, his teaching centers on modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture. His first book manuscript is called Recite and Refuse: Contemporary Chinese Prose Poetry, and he is also working on research into Lu Xun's Wild Grass, as well as translations of contemporary poetry and prose.


Larry Brown

Larry Brown

Sidney Kaufman Professor in Geophysics, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Research Interests: Larry D. Brown earned a B.S. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Ph.D. in geological sciences from Cornell. Brown's primary research interest is the application of multichannel seismic reflection methods to the exploration of the continental lithosphere.

Oliver Gao

Oliver Gao

Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Gao is an Associate Professor in the graduate fields of 1) Civil and Environmental Engineering (Transportation Systems Engineering), 2) Systems Engineering, 3) Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (CIPA), and 4) Air Quality in Earth and Atmospheric Science at Cornell University. His research focuses on transportation systems, environment (especially air quality and climate change), energy, and sustainable development. He also studies sustainable food systems, quantifying and mitigating green-house gas emissions from food supply chains.

Ming Huang

Ming Huang

Professor of Finance, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management

Research Interests: Professor Huang's academic research interests have focused mainly on behavioral finance and, in particular, the applications of cognitive psychology to understanding the pricing of financial assets. He has also worked on credit risk and derivatives, on the effects of illiquidity on asset prices, and on the application of auction theory to takeovers.

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Robin McNeal

Program Director of EAP, Associate Professor of Asian Studies


Research Interest: Social organization and mobilization as evidenced in early military treatises, discovered texts, and works of political philosophy from the pre-Qin period. Robin McNeal's current research focuses on myth and narrative in traditional and contemporary China. 

Robin McNeal received both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington (1995, 2000), majoring in ancient Chinese history. His teaching at Cornell includes classical Chinese language, text studies, and history and thought of the pre-imperial and early imperial eras.

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Andrew Mertha

Professor, Government (Chinese and Cambodian politics)

Research Interests: Andrew Mertha is professor of government, specializing in Chinese and Cambodian politics, particularly on political institutions, the policy process, and the exercise of power. He is the Director of the China and Asia Pacific Studies Program. He is currently working on two projects. The first is an institutional mapping of the organizational structure and policy making process in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, from 1970 to 2003. The second project is a comparison of political rectification, purges, and political indoctrination in China and Cambodia.

Michael Tomlin

Michael Tomlan

Professor, Director of Historic Perservation Planning, City and Regional Planning

Research Interests: Michael A. Tomlan directs the graduate program in historic preservation planning. He teaches courses that deal with documentation techniques; fieldwork; preservation practice and urban change; the relationships between museums and the public; and preservation, planning, and religion. He assists students in archaeology, architecture, engineering, history, hotel administration, landscape architecture, public affairs, real estate, and urban studies.

Xingzhong Yu

Xingzhong Yu

Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Professor in Chinese Law, Cornell Law School

Research Interests: Professor Xingzhong Yu’s academic interests include Chinese law and legal history, social theory, comparative legal philosophy, constitutional law, and cultural studies of law.