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.

JESSICA COLWELL, Assistant Director.
Jessica moved to China in 2009 after graduating with her BA in History and Sociology from the University of Washington. She worked odd jobs, studied Chinese, and eventually began blogging for Shanghaiist.com, where she was allowed to cultivate her love of all things media and the Chinese internet. She returned to Seattle to get her MA in China Studies, after which she received a Blakemore Freeman fellowship to study intensive Chinese in Taiwan. She now returns to the mainland excited to cultivate future China enthusiasts and xiaolongbao lovers. A Pacific Northwest native, Jessica has a very confused relationship with the sun, enjoys both kinds of football, and drinks her coffee black.