Faculty & Administration
Hangzhou Faculty & Administration
TAO HONG, Director, Hangzhou. A native of Beijing, Tao Hong received her B.A. in English Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University (Bei Wai) in 1988, a Certificate in Applied Linguistics from the University of Warwick, England, in 1994, an M.A. in Chinese Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducting research on Chinese phonology. She taught English at Beijing Foreign Studies University from 1994-1998, winning a Best Teacher Award (ChenMeijie Jiang) in 1996, and has taught all levels of Chinese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then at Princeton University from 1998 to 2004. She was also a Foreign Student Advisor and Administrator in the International Students Office at Beijing Foreign Studies University, 1988-1993. In 2002, Tao Hong was one of the lead instructors, coordinating the 4th level, for the Princeton-in-Beijing program at Beijing Normal University (Bei Shi Da). She is familiar with both the city of Hangzhou and Zhejiang province and has long been captivated by the cityscapes and surrounding countryside, which are so typical of southern China, as well as the local cuisines.
TIM LIU, Assistant Director. Tim has been living in China since graduating from Middlebury College in 2011. He received a Fulbright scholarship in 2011-2012 and conducted ethnographic research on Chinese elementary schools in Hangzhou. For his research, he lived with a Chinese host family and completed eight months of observation at a public elementary school and one month of observations at a private school. This unforgettable experience persuaded Tim to remain in China by enrolling at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. There, he honed his Chinese language skills by taking masters level classes in Chinese and once again living with a Chinese roommate. After graduating with a certificate in Chinese Studies, Tim will be returning to Hangzhou to help enrich future students' China experience. When he is not in the office, Tim enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, reading, and hiking.