Kunming Faculty & Administration
WANG JIAJIA, Director, Kunming. A native of Beijing, Jiajia received her B.A. in Chinese Archaeology from Peking University in 1999. After graduating from college, she went to the University of Pennsylvania and received her Ph.D. in 2009. Jiajia has broad research interests, including Medieval Chinese history, art history, folk religion, archaeology, and the cultural exchanges along the ancient silk routes.
Jiajia also has considerable Chinese language teaching experience. She received her training in Chinese language teaching as an instructor with Associated Colleges in China (ACC) from 1999 to 2000. While studying at UPenn, she then worked as a TA and later lecturer in the Chinese program. From 2003 through 2008, Jiajia taught at the Princeton-in-Beijing program. She was the head coordinator of Level 2 at Princeton-in-Beijing for two terms. Jiajia has taught Chinese to beginning, intermediate and advanced students, including Business Chinese, to help students understand economic development and business practices in modern China.
Jiajia looks forward to working with students and instructors to explore the rich cultural resources of Kunming and Yunnan University.
PETER ROBBINS, Assistant Director. Peter’s connection with Middlebury College began when he participated in the Middlebury Summer Chinese Language school and later studied at the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Hangzhou. After graduating from Kenyon College with a BA in Chinese Language & Area Studies, Peter returned to China several times to lead educational trips for American high school students. Since then he has worked as a translator at the Beijing Olympics, a journalist for a Chinese newspaper in Oregon, a ski patroller in New Hampshire, an English teacher in Taiwan, and an international education specialist in his home state of Maine. In his free time, Peter enjoys scouting out exciting new excursion destinations, bicycle touring, playing ultimate frisbee, learning to cook Chinese food, and digging in his garden.
LI LI 李黎, Program Assistant. A native of Kunming, Li Li received her B.A. in Japanese Language from Yunnan University. She began working as the program assistant for the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Kunming in 2010. Li Li helps students navigate visa and passport issues, organizes activities, and coordinates with the students’ Chinese roommates. Li Li is passionate about Yunnanese cuisine and in her spare time enjoys playing badminton and hiking.
LIU DAN 刘丹. Lecturer. After graduating from the Department of Chinese Language and Literature at Yunnan University (云南大学) in 1996, Liu Dan started her career in teaching Chinese at the School of International Students at Yunnan University. She is experienced in teaching various levels of Chinese language courses, including beginning, intermediate, and the advanced Chinese. She also teaches undergraduate courses at Yunnan University. Liu Dan has also taught intermediate and advanced Chinese for 3 summers at the Middlebury Chinese School. As a native of Kunming, Liu Dan currently coordinates our regional study Kunming Impressions. Teaching Chinese as a second language is Liu Dan’s long term pursuit, and currently she is obtaining a M.A. degree in comparative literature. Liu Dan is very happy help students to gain a deeper understanding of the culture, society and people in Yunnan.
ZHANG YOULAN 张友兰. Lecturer. Youlan graduated from Xianning University (Hubei Province) in 2008 with a major in Chinese Language and Literature. She received her Masters degree in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Yunnan Normal University in 2011. While pursuing her masters degree, she worked as a part-time teacher at Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University. She joined the C.V. Starr-Middlebury School at Kunming in 2010 as a part-time teacher. She has taught the Kunming Impressions and Business Chinese courses. Youlan has a keen interest in literature, music and travelling, and she is passionate about teaching and introducing the Chinese culture to international students.
MA TIANYAO, Lecturer. Tianyao graduated from Tianjin Polytechnic University (天津工业大学) in 2008 with a major in fashion design and textile engineering. She continued her study in Beijing Institute of Fashion and Technology (北京服装学院) and obtained her master degree in Art Design in 2011. After graduating, she worked for a magazine in Beijing as an editor before she returned to her hometown Kunming. Tianyao joined MiC Kunming in 2013 and has received a rigorous training as a Chinese language instructor.
Tianyao is passionate about her new career and sees teaching Chinese as creative as designing. She has a strong interest in drawing, handicrafts, ethnic arts and Chinese contemporary literature.