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Board Of Directors

Scott L. Waugh (Chair)
Scott L. Waugh (Chair)
Scott L. Waugh (Chair)
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Huang Zhen
Huang Zhen
Huang Zhen
Vice President
Xu Min

Xu Min, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of International Student Center of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is dedicated to the development of educational opportunities, cultural exposure and other services to foster intercultural learning and meaningful interactions between students of unlike cultures.  Before she joined ISC, she was Assistant Dean of School of Mechanical Engineering, in charge of international cooperation programs with University of Michigan, Purdue University, University of Cincinnati, University of Karlsruhe, ParisTech, etc. She successfully designed the dual degree programs and global education programs between SJTU and its partner universities. 

Xu Min
Xu Min

Xu Min, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director of International Student Center of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, is dedicated to the development of educational opportunities, cultural exposure and other services to foster intercultural learning and meaningful interactions between students of unlike cultures.  Before she joined ISC, she was Assistant Dean of School of Mechanical Engineering, in charge of international cooperation programs with University of Michigan, Purdue University, University of Cincinnati, University of Karlsruhe, ParisTech, etc. She successfully designed the dual degree programs and global education programs between SJTU and its partner universities. 

Vice-Dean, School of International Studies
David Schaberg
David Schaberg
David Schaberg
Dean
Kathryn Atchison
Kathryn Atchison
Kathryn Atchison
Vice Provost
David Rousseve

A choreographer, writer, director, dancer, and actor, David joined WAC/D in 1996 and served as Chair 2003-4. As Artistic Director of the dance/theater company David Roussève/REALITY he has created thirteen full-length works that have toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America; including three critically and popularly successful commissions for BAM’s Next Wave Festival. For his choreography of Love Songs Roussève was awarded a “Bessie” Award. Roussève received a Guggenheim Fellowship to create 2009’s Saudade. The piece toured to major spaces throughout the U.S. (including REALITY’s debut at Jacob’s Pillow) and received the 2009 LA Horton Awards, for Best Choreography and Best Company Performance. Roussève’s other awards include the Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Dance, two Irvine Fellowships, seven consecutive NEA Fellowships, “First Place: Choreography” at the IMZ Int’l Dance Film Festival, and another Horton Award for his evening-length solo The Year Chat, which LA Weekly called “One of the Ten Best Performance Events of 2001.” David’s commissions for other companies include the 2013 piece Dumbo (a reimagining of the original, set in a public school) for Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels. He has also created works for Ririe-Woodbury; Cleo Parker Robinson; Ballet Hispanico (in collaboration with salsa great Eddie Palmieri); Atlanta Ballet (with a live performance by the 100-member Morehouse College Glee Club); and Houston Ballet (with a live playing of Copland’s Appalachian Spring). In 2006 Roussève spent 7 weeks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan creating Ecstasy of the Pomegranate for Ilkhom Theater company. In 2012 David premiered his third dance film, “Two Seconds After Laughter” which he directed, wrote, co-produced, and co-choreographed. Filmed in Java by Stardust collaborator Cari Ann Shim Sham* and with the support of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Two Seconds… has screened in India, Mexico, Australia, Egypt, Canada, Italy, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain, and across the US. The film was awarded Best Experimental Short at the New Orleans Film Festival, Best Film at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Best Film at the Delta Int’l Film Festival. It was a finalist for the Jury Award at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, and at Italy’s Souq Film Festival. David’s writing has been published in collections by Bantam Books and Routledge Press and he was twice a screenwriting Fellow in the prestigious Sundance Feature Film Development Lab. David has also served on the faculties of Princeton University, Bates Dance Festival, Columbia College, Randolph-Macon, and UC Berkeley Extension. From 2004-07 David was the first artist to sit on the Board of Directors of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

David Rousseve
David Rousseve

A choreographer, writer, director, dancer, and actor, David joined WAC/D in 1996 and served as Chair 2003-4. As Artistic Director of the dance/theater company David Roussève/REALITY he has created thirteen full-length works that have toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America; including three critically and popularly successful commissions for BAM’s Next Wave Festival. For his choreography of Love Songs Roussève was awarded a “Bessie” Award. Roussève received a Guggenheim Fellowship to create 2009’s Saudade. The piece toured to major spaces throughout the U.S. (including REALITY’s debut at Jacob’s Pillow) and received the 2009 LA Horton Awards, for Best Choreography and Best Company Performance. Roussève’s other awards include the Cal Arts/Alpert Award in Dance, two Irvine Fellowships, seven consecutive NEA Fellowships, “First Place: Choreography” at the IMZ Int’l Dance Film Festival, and another Horton Award for his evening-length solo The Year Chat, which LA Weekly called “One of the Ten Best Performance Events of 2001.” David’s commissions for other companies include the 2013 piece Dumbo (a reimagining of the original, set in a public school) for Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels. He has also created works for Ririe-Woodbury; Cleo Parker Robinson; Ballet Hispanico (in collaboration with salsa great Eddie Palmieri); Atlanta Ballet (with a live performance by the 100-member Morehouse College Glee Club); and Houston Ballet (with a live playing of Copland’s Appalachian Spring). In 2006 Roussève spent 7 weeks in Tashkent, Uzbekistan creating Ecstasy of the Pomegranate for Ilkhom Theater company. In 2012 David premiered his third dance film, “Two Seconds After Laughter” which he directed, wrote, co-produced, and co-choreographed. Filmed in Java by Stardust collaborator Cari Ann Shim Sham* and with the support of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Two Seconds… has screened in India, Mexico, Australia, Egypt, Canada, Italy, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain, and across the US. The film was awarded Best Experimental Short at the New Orleans Film Festival, Best Film at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival, and Best Film at the Delta Int’l Film Festival. It was a finalist for the Jury Award at Lincoln Center’s Dance on Camera Festival, and at Italy’s Souq Film Festival. David’s writing has been published in collections by Bantam Books and Routledge Press and he was twice a screenwriting Fellow in the prestigious Sundance Feature Film Development Lab. David has also served on the faculties of Princeton University, Bates Dance Festival, Columbia College, Randolph-Macon, and UC Berkeley Extension. From 2004-07 David was the first artist to sit on the Board of Directors of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

Dean (Interim)
Craig Ehrlich
Craig Ehrlich
Craig Ehrlich
Private Investor, Chairman of Novare Technologies Ltd.

Staff

Susan Pertel Jain

Susan Pertel Jain (简苏珊) holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese language and a doctorate from the University of Hawai'i in Theater (Asian theater focus).   Dr. Jain has worked in both the academic and professional theater worlds, taught and lectured widely on Asian theater, and served on the curatorial staff of several international arts festivals including the Los Angeles Festival, Silk Road Festival (Washington, DC), and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven).   In partnership with kunqu artist Hua Wenyi, she helped launch the first professional Chinese theater company in the US.  In her role as the Director of Academic Development for UCLA's Office of Summer Sessions and Special Programs, she worked with campus partners to develop innovative new credit- and non-credit bearing programs that served both domestic and international students.  In 2007 Dr. Jain helped open the UCLA Confucius Institute.  Under her leadership the Confucius Institute has been connecting the dots, filling the gaps, and tapping into the tremendous resources available at UCLA and in our community for the study of Chinese language and culture.   In 2011 the UCLA CI was named an "Outstanding Confucius Institute" among over 450 worldwide.  In 2012 Dr. Jain received the"Outstanding Confucius Institute Director" award.

Susan Pertel Jain
Susan Pertel Jain

Susan Pertel Jain (简苏珊) holds a bachelor's degree in Chinese language and a doctorate from the University of Hawai'i in Theater (Asian theater focus).   Dr. Jain has worked in both the academic and professional theater worlds, taught and lectured widely on Asian theater, and served on the curatorial staff of several international arts festivals including the Los Angeles Festival, Silk Road Festival (Washington, DC), and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven).   In partnership with kunqu artist Hua Wenyi, she helped launch the first professional Chinese theater company in the US.  In her role as the Director of Academic Development for UCLA's Office of Summer Sessions and Special Programs, she worked with campus partners to develop innovative new credit- and non-credit bearing programs that served both domestic and international students.  In 2007 Dr. Jain helped open the UCLA Confucius Institute.  Under her leadership the Confucius Institute has been connecting the dots, filling the gaps, and tapping into the tremendous resources available at UCLA and in our community for the study of Chinese language and culture.   In 2011 the UCLA CI was named an "Outstanding Confucius Institute" among over 450 worldwide.  In 2012 Dr. Jain received the"Outstanding Confucius Institute Director" award.

Executive Director | 院长
Xiaojie Ma

Xiaojie (Rita) Ma holds a M.A. in Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and a B.A. in English from the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and has used both languages in 10 years of work both in the U.S. and in China in international trade and project negotiation and implementation. She has worked for the UCLA Confucius Institute since September, 2008.

Xiaojie Ma
Xiaojie Ma

Xiaojie (Rita) Ma holds a M.A. in Pacific International Affairs (MPIA) from the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, and a B.A. in English from the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing. She is fluent in English and Mandarin and has used both languages in 10 years of work both in the U.S. and in China in international trade and project negotiation and implementation. She has worked for the UCLA Confucius Institute since September, 2008.

Assistant Director | 助理院长
Amelia Sargent

Amelia Sargent graduated from Yale University with a dual degree in Art and East Asian Studies. In 2014 she conducted research on the role of gender in Chinese contemporary art at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou through a Fulbright Student Research Grant. Amelia speaks Mandarin, French, and Spanish, which she uses in her work to promote cross-cultural understanding and social justice through education and the arts.

Amelia Sargent
Amelia Sargent

Amelia Sargent graduated from Yale University with a dual degree in Art and East Asian Studies. In 2014 she conducted research on the role of gender in Chinese contemporary art at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou through a Fulbright Student Research Grant. Amelia speaks Mandarin, French, and Spanish, which she uses in her work to promote cross-cultural understanding and social justice through education and the arts.

Program Coordinator
Pan Qianfei | 潘倩菲

PAN Qianfei holds a Ph.D. in Folklore in Literature from East China Normal University. Her primary research interests are Chinese Folklore, Shanghai Urban Culture and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.  She is the main editor of Dictionary of Chinese Customs (2013). She teaches at Shanghai Jiaotong University and is currently a visiting scholar at University of California, Los Angeles.

Pan Qianfei | 潘倩菲
Pan Qianfei | 潘倩菲

PAN Qianfei holds a Ph.D. in Folklore in Literature from East China Normal University. Her primary research interests are Chinese Folklore, Shanghai Urban Culture and Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.  She is the main editor of Dictionary of Chinese Customs (2013). She teaches at Shanghai Jiaotong University and is currently a visiting scholar at University of California, Los Angeles.

Visiting Scholar

Advisory Board

Helen Rees
Helen Rees
Helen Rees
Professor
Myung Hee Cho

Myung Hee Cho, Professor, Theater Department

Myung Hee Cho
Myung Hee Cho

Myung Hee Cho, Professor, Theater Department

Professor
Robert Chi
Robert Chi
Robert Chi
Associate Professor
Barbara Drucker

Barbara Drucker, Associate Dean, Community Engagement & Arts Education, School of Arts and Architecture

Barbara Drucker
Barbara Drucker

Barbara Drucker, Associate Dean, Community Engagement & Arts Education, School of Arts and Architecture

Associate Dean, Community Engagement & Arts Education
Kathryn Atchison (Chair)
Kathryn Atchison (Chair)
Kathryn Atchison (Chair)
Vice Provost