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The Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies (HNC) opened in 1986 as a one-of-a-kind graduate center for international studies in China. This year marks the HNC’s 30th year providing bilingual education and training graduates who contribute to Sino-global relations across a variety of fields. Learn more about the HNC 30th Anniversary Celebration and the HNC’s impact over three decades of US-China relations.
An educational collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, it is located on the downtown campus of Nanjing University. Chinese and international students live and learn international relations together in a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to free and open academic exploration and intellectual dialogue. At the heart of the HNC is its superior research library featuring more than 120,000 volumes in English and Chinese and the electronic assets of both the Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University.
The HNC upholds the highest academic standards in the pursuit of educating future leaders. International students take most of their courses in Chinese taught by Chinese faculty, while Chinese students are taught by international faculty with courses primarily in English. This target language curriculum is a unique feature of the HNC program that gives our graduates a strong competitive edge in the increasingly dynamic world of Sino-global relations.
HNC students can choose from a range of courses in six concentrations, and may pursue one of three graduate study options:
Learn more about the HNC
The HNC Admissions Team invites you to attend one of our virtual information sessions in the fall. Admissions representatives will be joined by HNC faculty and students who will share their valuable advice and firsthand experiences.
Meet HNC and China Studies Students, Alumni, and Faculty
“The Hopkins-Nanjing Center was not only a great institution for learning, but before graduating from the HNC I was contacted by an employer in Beijing who had received my resume from the career center. The HNC had not only prepared me for the future, but had given me greater visibility in the job market.”
-Rina Makena Mwiti, HNC Certificate '14
Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
No one was better than Confucius at defining a win-win proposition," said former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a convocation address marking the 30th anniversary of the HNC "and that is precisely the kind of partnership that the United States and China should continue building."
More than 200 Chinese and international alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center returned to Nanjing June 17 to June 19, 2016 to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the HNC, joined by the leaders of Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University, distinguished guests, and several hundred students, friends, and supporters. The centerpiece of the weekend was the 30th Anniversary Convocation, featuring former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming, an HNC alum himself who is currently the President of the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits.Special events hosted over the anniversary weekend included a tea ceremony and discussion by Secretary Albright, a forum on U.S.-China relations, a foreign policy toolbox presentation by Secretary Albright, a traditional folk music performance by Nanjing University musicians, a gala dinner, and commencement recognizing the 175 members of the HNC Class of 2016.
HNC alumnus and former Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen cited recent positive developments between the two nations, including the Joint Statement on Climate Change announced by President Xi Jinping and President Obama prior to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, and the upcoming inclusion of China's currency in the special drawing rights of the International Monetary Fund. Chen credited his experiences at the HNC with broadening his horizons and deepening his understanding of market economics.
Looking back at the role of academic and cultural exploration in strengthening the U.S.-China ties, Secretary Albright said that "What the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has achieved affirms my belief that the most important institutions are those that contribute to international education," Albright continued, "few institutions have been, and will be, as important as the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.”
Learn more about the Hopkins-Nanjing Center 30th Anniversary Celebration
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Johns Hopkins SAIS gives its students a truly international perspective on today's global issues. A worldwide reach- with locations in Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy, and Nanjing, China- allows HNC students the opportunity to choose between two study options in Nanjing or to combine their studies in China with programs in other regions of the world.
Click on the tabs to the left for more details on each of our three programs.
Hopkins-Nanjing Center faculty are an integral part of the HNC community. Nine international professors and approximately 30 Chinese professors offer courses taught in English and Chinese on topics related to international law, politics, economics, environmental issues, and more. In addition to their teaching and research interests, HNC faculty members are also actively involved in campus life. They can often be found joining students for lunch in the Center's cafeteria, cheering on the HNC basketball and dragonboat teams, and advising students in co-curricular activities like moot court. For the profiles of individual faculty members in Nanjing, click here.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers courses in English and Chinese in the following concentrations:
Certificate in Chinese and American Studies
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center (HNC) awards a graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies to international students who attend the HNC for one academic year and take a minimum of six academic courses in Chinese. Many choose to take additional classes each semester in English, resulting in a mix of international and Chinese students in a given class. Certificate and master's students choose from the same courses, and with more than 75 classes offered, students have more choice in matching their studies to their particular interests.
Certificate students can choose to take courses from any of the following areas of study:
The following certificate information includes program-related disclosures provided pursuant to federal regulations issued by the United States Department of Education required for title IV eligible certificate programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Certificate in Chinese and American Studies
Master of Arts in International Studies (MAIS)
This two-year program is the only master’s degree fully accredited in both China and the United States. With an emphasis on target-language study, students complete coursework and a thesis entirely in Chinese, which demands a high level of Chinese language proficiency and well-developed cultural sensitivity.
The International Politics concentration is designed to equip students with a thorough understanding of the interaction of nation-states and other actors in the international arena. Contemporary, historical and cultural factors that influence international behavior are emphasized. Students master basic theories and methods currently used in the field and will gain practice in applying them to policy formulation and analysis.
Recent International Politics Thesis Topics
The goal of International Economics concentration is to prepare students for international careers that require economic skills and knowledge. The foundation that students develop in international economic theory, applications, systems and policy also prepares them for the further study of economics.
Recent International Economics Thesis Topics
Comparative and International Law
The Comparative and International Law concentration presents courses on the legal systems of both China and the United States, as well as courses that look at legal structures and behavior in the transnational arena. Students develop an understanding of the legal basis of international relations and insight into how the legal traditions of China and the United States shape the behavior of the two countries.
Recent Comparative and International Law Thesis Topics
Energy, Resources and Environment (ERE)
Recognizing the importance of US-China cooperation on energy and environmental issues, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center added a specialization in Energy, Resources, and Environment (ERE) in 2014. Students can examine global concerns in these areas by taking courses on China’s Development and the Environment, Environmental Economics, Water Resources, Air Pollution and its Control, and Environmental Risk Assessment and Management.
Recent ERE Thesis Topics
The Chinese Studies concentration is designed to provide advanced study of Chinese history, culture and society. They will prepare students for further study of Chinese history, politics, society and culture, and careers requiring sophisticated knowledge of China. Many of the courses in the concentration are cross-listed with the four disciplinary concentrations.
Recent Chinese Studies Thesis Topics
Required Coursework for MAIS Students
Students will have several requirements outside of their concentration:
*Please note that many courses are cross listed between programs and may count for multiple requirements. For example, Chinese Legal System would count toward both Law and Chinese Studies.
MAIS students will be required to take 13 courses, including a thesis, while at the HNC.
First-Year MAIS Tutorial - This course is intended to encourage entering MAIS. students to think broadly and deeply about a topic area of relevance to our center's Sino-American academic mission. This will help students consider how their own concentration might be linked to larger issues in Sino-international relations. It also is designed to provide MAIS students with practical guidance in planning and carrying out their two-year course of study. Chinese and international students will be combined together in this course, and the language of the tutorial will be determined by the professor.
Second-Year MAIS Thesis Preparation - This course will provide a forum in which students will 1) report on and discuss with each other and the professor their progress on their thesis work; 2) interact with visiting scholars and current faculty who will discuss their own research and comment on the students' projects; and 3) meet bench-mark requirements intended to measure progress in the preparation and writing of their thesis. Chinese and International students will be combined together in this course, and the language of the tutorial will be determined by the professor.
HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA
Students who meet admissions requirements for both the HNC and China Studies program complete two semesters in Nanjing and receive a Certificate in Chinese and American Studies, followed by two to three semesters in the Washington MA program. Through these joint programs, students can apply their regional and linguistic skills to the broader study of international relations or business. Note: An offer of admission to either the Hopkins-Nanjing Center or to Johns Hopkins SAIS does not constitute admission to the other institution.
Certificate Program (Two Semesters)
The HNC awards a graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies to students who attend the Center for one academic year and take a minimum of six courses in Mandarin. The certificate is a flexible interdisciplinary program in which students gain a deeper understanding of contemporary China and its modern history while pursuing the study of international relations, politics, law, economics and environmental issues.
Master of Arts (Two to Three Semesters)
After completing the one year Certificate program at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, HNC Certificate/MA students matriculate into the MA program in Washington, DC. The Washington, DC campus offers 18 different concentrations with an emphasis on international economics, global themes, world regions and languages. Learn more about the MA program here.
HNC Certificate students:
In addition, HNC Certificate students pursuing China Studies:
All students are strongly encouraged to have taken courses in both Chinese domestic and foreign policy.
*To receive credit for courses offered by the Hopkins-Nanjing Center toward the China Studies concentration, students with a certificate from the HNC entering Johns Hopkins SAIS must submit to the China Studies Program for review and approval a list of those courses completed at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center that they wish to have count as fulfilling the courses on China required for the concentration. As part of the course approval process, students will be asked to provide an official transcript from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and may be asked to provide supporting materials from the courses for which they are seeking credit, such as syllabi. Courses from the HNC for which a student has received a grade below a B- will not be eligible for credit.
Chinese Proficiency Testing
All applicants to Hopkins-Nanjing Center programs are required to take the Avant Assessment STAMP Chinese proficiency test. Students who intend to have further Chinese language study between taking the test and enrolling in the program should make this clear on the application, as this information can play a role in admissions decisions.
The STAMP test is used to measure proficiency in understanding Mandarin and reading in Chinese. It is composed of two sections: listening comprehension and reading comprehension. It is an online multiple-choice test that takes about two hours to complete.
Recommended Chinese Language Scores
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|MAIS||1300 or above
Your language background will be taken into consideration in addition to your STAMP score.
First, applicants should find a proctor who will agree to administer the test and then complete the STAMP test request form. Anyone in a professional capacity (not a friend or a family member) can serve as a proctor. Professors, work supervisors, university administrators and librarians are all suitable choices to proctor a STAMP test. Test materials will be emailed directly to the proctor, so be sure to include the proctor's current email address. Please email, mail or fax the form along with your $25 testing fee to:
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Johns Hopkins-SAIS, Rome Building, Room 509
1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
After you have completed the test, the HNC Office of International Admissions will notify you of your score within two business days.
The test can be taken once every 3 months. All tests should be completed by the application deadline of February 1st.
NOTE: This test is meant to be challenging. Do not be discouraged if you find it to be difficult!
As an adaptive test, questions become more difficult as you answer previous questions correctly. Even if you do not know the answer to a question, try to answer to the best of your ability. We have found students are generally pleasantly surprised by their score. We hope that all interested students will take the test to gauge their level rather than assuming their language ability is not high enough. You may know more than you think!
If you have questions about the application process or your qualifications, please call 1.800.362.6546 to speak with an admissions coordinator, or email email@example.com.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial financial aid including fellowships based on a combination of merit and need. To qualify for financial aid and all fellowships, please complete the Financial Aid Application Form included in the HNC application.
A basic tuition and housing fee break-down for our programs can help you plan for financing program costs. Be sure to learn about our new and guaranteed fellowships and federal funding options.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center makes every effort to support students with funding their education. 100% of students who apply for financial aid by the application deadline will receive a fellowship. In honor of the 30th anniversary year, the HNC is offering new fellowship opportunities.
Federal Funding and Other Financial Aid Resources
As a U.S.-accredited institution, US students are eligible for federal loans and work study. We also encourage students to explore external fellowship opportunities.
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|Housing, double occupancy||$1,600|
|Health Insurance (estimated)||$1,900|
|Matriculation Fee (non-refundable)||$500|
Note: All prices are estimates and subject to change. The school reserves the right to change information contained on this website without prior notice.
Johns Hopkins health insurance is mandatory for all international students without comparable coverage.
Tuition bills are emailed in July and November. Tuition fees are due by the beginning of classes each semester
The cost of living in Nanjing is low compared to the US, or even compared to Beijing and Shanghai. The amount individual students need to live will vary greatly depending on their habits and preferences, so it is difficult to predict precisely how much money an individual student will spend. Factors influencing the cost of living are frequency of eating outside the Center (especially at foreign restaurants) and the frequency and style of any traveling done during breaks.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center offers substantial financial aid including fellowships based on a combination of merit and need. To qualify for financial aid and all fellowships, please complete the Financial Aid Application Form included in the HNC application. In honor the HNC’s 30th Anniversary, we are also offering new fellowships for students enrolling in the Fall of 2017. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center has a financial aid budget to support students who have both financial need and academic merit. Fellowships covering differing levels of need are available to incoming students. 100% of HNC students who apply for financial aid before the February 1 deadline will receive a fellowship, regardless of their program choice. The HNC also has a limited number of full tuition fellowships available.
The short three-page financial aid application can be found in the downloadable forms section of the online application.
Future Leader Fellowship for MAIS Students
Thanks to the generosity of HNC alumni and donors, we are able to offer guaranteed Future Leader Fellowships to incoming MAIS students in the amount of $10,000 per year of study. Fellowship awardees are also eligible for additional HNC funding based on need, merit and availability.
Amount: $10,000 per each year of study
Program: MAIS students only
International Scholar Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to an international student (non-US citizen or dual citizen) enrolling in the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in the Fall of 2017.
Amount: Full-tuition fellowship; MAIS students who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal
Program: Open to all HNC programs; students enrolled in the HNC Certificate/Johns Hopkins SAIS MA will receive full tuition funding for the Certificate portion of the program only.
Student Ambassador Fellowship
This fellowship will be awarded to a student who has successfully completed one year in the US-China Strong Ambassador Program by the time of enrollment at the HNC. Fellowship awardees are also eligible for additional HNC funding based on need, merit and availability.
Amount: $10,000 for one year of study; awardees who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal of the fellowship
Program: Open to all HNC programs
US-China Exchange Scholars Fellowship
Students who have successfully completed a US government-supported Chinese language study program that includes a minimum of 8 weeks of study in China prior to the time of enrollment will be considered for this fellowship. Fellowship awardees are also eligible for additional HNC funding based on need, merit and availability.
Amount: $10,000 for one year of study; awardees who maintain a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be considered for renewal of the fellowship
Program: Open to all HNC programs
Eligible US government-supported programs include, but are not necessarily limited to:
These fellowships were made possible due to generous donations from companies, foundations, and individuals such as:
Federal direct loans are available to US students who demonstrate need as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA may be completed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Paper copies of the application are typically available at your local library or university. The HNC uses the Johns Hopkins SAIS Title IV FAFSA code, which is E00474.
Loans are handled through the Department of Education Direct Lending program, in which loan money is dispersed directly to the university without banks or guaranteeing agencies. Loan amounts will show on the bill as a credit, and refunds will be mailed to you or deposited in a bank account of your choice.
Other Financial Aid Resources
Many organizations can provide funding for your studies. We encourage you to look for additional funding. You should, however, begin applying for fellowships as soon as possible because many organizations require that you apply months in advance of attending graduate school.
The following links may provide you with some useful information:
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center’s bicultural and bilingual learning community extends to all areas of the HNC—including the student dormitory. Certificate students are required to live in the dorms with a roommate, and although it can't be guaranteed, we do our best to pair international and Chinese students together. MAIS students may choose to live with roommates or in a single room. We often hear from students that living with a Chinese roommate was one of the most positive aspects of the program. International and Chinese students not only form lasting friendships, but also can support each other’s coursework.
The HNC hosts modern facilities to make students feel at home while living in China. Both single and double rooms have a private bathroom with a western-style amenities, a desk with lockable drawers and sufficient closet space. Clean linens are provided once a week. The on-site student laundry room is equipped with inexpensive token-operated washers and dryers.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center hosts modern, first-rate facilities. In addition to the on-site library, classrooms and residence hall, there spaces for students to study, hang out, exercise and play music. All facilities are heated and air-conditioned, and wireless internet access is provided throughout the HNC. In addition to HNC facilities, students can also use the facilities located on Nanjing University’s campuses. The HNC facilities include:
Student Groups and Activities
The HNC is a small, active community with a student body of about 170 Chinese and international students. Student interests and activities vary from year-to-year based on student interests. HNC students tend to be very involved in campus life and bring their favorite activities from home to the HNC. In past years, students have organized interest groups focused on environmental awareness, public speaking, education, alumni relations, dance, and fitness, to name a few. View the photos below for a snapshot of HNC student life.
To see the HNC from the student perspective, visit the HNC Blog. Student bloggers regularly write posts on daily life at the HNC.
The HNC student committee, known as the banwei, is elected each semester with two international and two Chinese student representatives. The banwei meets with the HNC co-directors on a regular basis and plans student events throughout the year. One of the most popular events is the annual HNC Halloween Party.
Living in Nanjing
Despite a population of about 8 million people, Nanjing is only the thirteenth-largest Chinese city. It is conveniently located just about an hour and a half by train to Shanghai. It is the capital of Jiangsu province, the former capital city of multiple Chinese dynasties. Nanjing is a relatively “green city” with tree-lined streets, city parks and nearby mountains.
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center is located on Nanjing University’s old campus, in the heart of Nanjing. The surrounding area is filled with Chinese restaurants, western-style restaurants, coffee shops and markets. Students can also find some favorites from home at a nearby store that sells imported food and other items. The HNC is also located within walking distance of the city metro, making the city of Nanjing even more accessible to students.
China’s increased importance on a global stage is now well established. Regardless of your interest, be it government relations, law, energy and the environment, travel and tourism, human rights, education, or financial markets, China will continue to have a major impact. The Career Services provided at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center will help you in the process of identifying and achieving your career goal.
HNC alumni can be found working in dynamic roles around the world that include a wide range of career industries.
Click here for an overview of recent career outcomes.
The HNC provides an on-site career counselor to help you in your career planning. Students can schedule appointments with the career counselor to discuss individual career needs. Topics typically range from narrowing your career path to assessing offers and how to succeed on the job. In addition to appointments, career services offers weekly drop-in hours for any immediate career needs that develop.
In addition to individual appointments, the HNC career counselor conducts group workshops on career development topics. These workshops are sequenced to help give students a step-by-step foundation in their career planning. Topics include:
Additional topics may be offered throughout the course of the year.
Professional Development Course
HNC students have the option of participating in the Professional Development Course (the PDC). This course is designed to provide structure and guidance for students in defining and achieving their career objectives. As part of the course, students will complete a Professional Development Plan (PDP), a step-by-step guide to work towards achieving their career goals.
HNC students have the opportunity to participate in Career Services career trips, or “treks.” Career Treks are designed to have students meet face-to-face with practitioners from a variety of sectors to gain first-person insights as to organizations’ strategies, operations, challenges, and hiring needs and processes. Additionally, trek participants have the opportunity to meet and network with supportive alumni. In Asia, there are treks to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Some employers who have hosted students in the past include:
For a complete list of the other career trek locations, please visit the Career Services page.
Presentations by External Organizations
Throughout the year, organizations send representatives to the HNC to share information about their organization, industry, strategy, and recruitment process. During these presentations students learn first-hand about various career paths and how they may be able to leverage their education and previous experience in a professional capacity.
Andrew Au, CEO of Citi China, speaks at the HNC
Employer visits include private, nonprofit and government organizations. Recent visits have included:
Mini-Courses and Skills Courses
The HNC hosts professionally focused mini courses throughout the year taught by practitioners in various fields. Through mini courses students can learn about current issues companies and organizations face in China today while also developing skills needed for professional success. Recent mini courses have included the following topics:
Mini courses are non-credit, non-graded courses that do not appear on students’ transcripts. Registration information will be provided as courses are scheduled.
In addition to the courses taught as part of the HNC curriculum, students can register for online skills courses through SAISWorks, the school's online career management software. These courses are taught throughout the year and are available to all HNC students. Available courses include:
HNC Students have access to SAISWorks, the school's Career Services online career management software. SAISWorks gives students access to job and internship postings, various guides and career development resources, and a wide range of other functions.
HNC Career Outcomes
HNC graduates can be found globally and in a wide range of career industries. With the HNC’s 30 years of history, the HNC has a network of more than 2,800 alumni. The close-knit feel of the HNC community often extends past the end of the program, and alumni organize events in major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Washington, DC, San Francisco and New York. The HNC often invites alumni back to Nanjing to share their experiences and connect with current HNC students.
Employment by Industry
Perspectives from Alumni of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center
Starting with just 60 students in 1986, the Hopkins-Nanjing Center now boasts an extraordinary alumni community of more than 2,800 graduates, working throughout the United States, China, and the broader international community. We asked a few to share their thoughts with us on the impact that the HNC has had on their lives in our alumni video: Why Hopkins-Nanjing?.
HNC Alumni Recollections
Alumni of the HNC have been improving understanding between China and the world through careers in government, business, teaching, journalism, and more for almost three decades! As we prepare to celebrate the HNC’s 30th anniversary in June 2016, we are collecting alumni recollections about what their experience at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has meant to them and their career.
Have a story to tell about your HNC experience? Let us know! Stay tuned as we add the stories of HNC alumni.
Connect with Alumni
If you have questions about finding alumni in your area, would like to arrange an alumni event, please contact the alumni relations team at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office. If you would like to update your contact information, please click here.
Annual Alumni Events
HNC alumni events are held worldwide—DC, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore. Join us at one of our alumni events this year. All HNC and Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni, community members, and donors are welcome.
In Washington, DC:
In New York, NY:
Peoples Republic of China
Sign up for the Johns Hopkins Shanghai Alumni Club mailing list or the Hopkins Club of Beijing mailing list to learn more about the activities and events they hold year-round.
Other Alumni Activities
HNC alumni are welcome in all Johns Hopkins SAIS alumni communities. They can also learn more about other HNC alumni activities through the Chinese HNC website or by contacting Zhang Jipei in Nanjing.
If you have questions about finding alumni in your area, would like to arrange an alumni event, or need to update your contact information, please contact the alumni relations team at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center Washington Office.
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Rosemary (Draper) Gallant HNC ’87 is a member of the senior foreign commercial service. She served as the principal commercial officer at the US Embassy in Beijing from 2008-13 and is currently the senior commercial officer in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is married to Jonathan Gallant, a US State Department Foreign Service Department specialist.
Harry Sullivan HNC ’87 departed as principle officer in the US Consulate Nagoya to assume the position of the political counselor in the US Embassy in Baghdad during the summer of 2014. He returned recently to the Washington metropolitan area to start work on a Master of Strategic Studies degree at the Marine Corps War College, specializing in leadership and ethics.
Daniel Xi Fu HNC ’87, JHU ’90 is a Chinese language assistant professor at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Ca. During the past years, he has received the teaching excellency award twice from the DLI commandant.
David Youtz HNC ’88 became the Yale-China Association Executive Director in June 2015. David, Mary Child ’88 and their daughters returned from Hong Kong in 2011, where David was CEO of Mother’s Choice, an NGO providing family and social services in China, Hong Kong, India, and Cambodia. David has also held senior positions at World Monuments Fund and the National Committee on US-China Relations. He and Mary left their long-time New Jersey home in August 2015 and moved to Woodbridge, CT.
Brian Linden HNC ’88 opened his third heritage hotel in one of pre-revolutionary China's largest private residences. The Linden Centre, Brian's first site, was recently selected by Tripadvisor.com as the top hotel in China. He and his wife, Jeanee, who are playing a major role in China's move toward a more sustainable development of rural tourism resources, are working on sites in protected structures along the Burmese border in Tengchong and the Wa ethnic area of Cangyuan.
Qunjian (John) Tian HNC ’88 was promoted to full professor in May 2016 at Connecticut College. He resides in New London, CT.
Charles Ragen HNC ’89, is an entrepreneur in Seattle providing stone fabrication and logistics for the creation of public and private spaces such as Stern Grove in San Francisco, St James in Seattle, and carvings for sculptor R. Deutsch at Chevy Chase Metro and Penrose Square in Arlington, VA. He and his spouse, Wenjun, enjoy showing visitors from China and beyond the grand vistas and culture of the Pacific North-west. Their Beijing-born daughter, Sarah, graduates with the JHU class of 2016.
Cynthia Griffin HNC ’89, MA ’86 is completing her tour in Perth, Australia where she is serving as U.S. Consul General. Her next Foreign Service assignment will take her to Beijing where she will serve as Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs beginning in the summer of 2017. Since it will be a three-year posting, she looks forward to being actively engaged with events surrounding the Hopkins-Nanjing Center.
Since 2005, Kenneth Jarrett HNC ’89 has been living in Shanghai. Since September 2013, he has been president of the American Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai), which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2015, providing the occasion for special programming and rediscovery of the organization's rich history, now immortalized in a book and a short video. Ken did most of the research for both and wrote the historical survey section of the book.
Lisa Claypool HNC ’90, professor, historian of art and design, and expanded fielder at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is writing a book about intersections of science and art in modern China. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies; positions: Asia critique Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Art in China; Cross-Currents: East Asian Culture and History Review; The International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society; and other volumes and exhibition catalogues.
Yan Peng HNC ’90, former regional director of East Asia for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and China director of Clean Air Asia, works on the Expert Group of China Green Freight Initiative is led by the Ministry of Transport of China. She is also chief expert with the Wuhan Research Center of C40 Cities Low Carbon Actions and senior advisor of the Smart Freight Center. Once of China’s leader in advancing pro bono culture, she is chairman of China Pro Bono Link in Beijing.
After many years working in the electric power industry, Heather Mehta HNC ’91 plans to transition into the non-profit world and return to her passion and roots in the Asia/international arena. Mehta lives in Dublin, Calif., in San Francisco East Bay. She married to Rahul Mehta and the have two daughters. In 2015, she resigned from firm where she worked for more than 16 years as a consultant to the electric power industry.
Anthony Kuhn HNC ’92 has worked as Beijing correspondent for NPR since 2005, also spending time reporting on Europe and Southeast Asia. Previously, he worked for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Los Angeles Times, and other media. He said he feels lucky to be researching and informing listeners/readers about topics that intrigued him as a student at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. He has interviewed his former teachers and returned to the center to speak to students about his work.
Katherine Casey HNC ’92, A&S ’01, who is director for Asia Pacific in the Government Relations Department at ExxonMobil in Washington, D.C. They have once son, Austin.
Francis Bassolino HNC ’93 works out of Shanghai consulting for (mostly) private equity finds building businesses in Asia. The rapid pace of change is causing destruction and creation on a large scale and, last summer, the demand for consulting services spiked. Bassolino plans to continue to sell picks and axes to those who are building businesses to capture their share of the China dream (because, as he notes, there will be winners) and ambulance and repair services to those injured in the battles.
France Pepper HNC ’93 is the founder and director of China Insider, a China cultural consultancy focused on art, business and culture. Pepper advises and appraises art for private collectors and institutions and curates high-level cultural trips to China and Asia. Her company also consults for US luxury and lifestyle businesses interested in offering high-touch services to Chinese travelers to the United States. Concurrently, she lectures at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Chinese and Asian art.
Kevin Crowe HNC ’94 lives and works in Hong Kong in the marine electronics and boating and yachting industry, combining his love and passion for yachting and his 20+ years of Asia business experience. He also enjoys using his Chinese now and again.
Huaijin Bao HNC ’96 is managing director of Citi Commercial Bank at Citibank in China. She run Citi China middle market business, which provides banking support and services to fast-growing medium and large Chinese private-sector corporations. She manages a team with more than 30 people across the China franchise. Bao is married, has one son, and currently based in Shanghai.
Malia K. Du Mont HNC ’97 moved to New York City to undertake new challenges and now works as director of strategy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She remains in the Army Reserve, where she is an intelligence officer and serves on the China Desk in the US Pacific Commands Directorate for Strategic Planning and Policy.
James Leibold HNC ’97 is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on ethnic issues in China and has published widely on the modern history of China’s early 120 million ethnic minorities; contemporary ethnic relations; ethnic policy and theory; ethnic minority education; the Han majority; and ethnic identity articulation online. He is currently a senior lecturer in politics and Asian studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
Brock Wilson HNC ’97 is a private banker in the Asian Client Group at Citi where he advises ultra-high net worth clients on their investments. After many years in greater China as a US diplomat and banker at Credit Suisse, Wilson and his family relocated to the United States in mid-2014. Brock and his wife have two children, aged 12 and 14.
Xinghong Hua HNC ’93, ’98 is managing director and head of China at Cereberus Capital Management LP, a leading global investment company headquartered in New York City. He recently joined the Hopkins-Nanjing Advisory Council.
Mingjiang Li HNC ’98 is an associate professor at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also the coordinator of the China Program at RSIS. His main interests include China-ASEAN relations, Sino-US relations, Asia-Pacific security, and domestic sources of Chinese foreign policy. He is the author or editor of 12 books and has published in various peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Strategic Studies and Harvard Quarterly. Li frequently participates in track-two events on East Asian regional security.
Jiayang Jin, the 10-year old son of Zhendai Yang HNC ’99, had a successful solo piano recital at the Steinway Music Hall of Nanjing, China, on July 17. Jin started learning piano at age 5 and was admitted to the precollege at Manhattan School of Music in 2013. He won the Gold Award in the 7th International Youth Culture and Art Festival Piano Competition in 2015. His proud mother, Zhendai, lives in New York.
Christies Caldweel HNC ’00 is the director of consulting for APAC at Aperian Global, a consulting firm focused on global talent development and strategy. She is the co-author of the recently published Leading Across New Borders: How to Succeed as the Center Shifts, which looks at economic and political power shifts and asks what they mean for global business leaders and organizations. Caldwell currently lives in Shanghai, China.
Karen Fang HNC ’00 is working in Beijing and Shanghai, as Director and Partner of G2S Creative Workshop.
Bradley Turner HNC ’00 serves as the founding American principal at Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School in Shanghai, China.
Christina Wu Covault HNC ’01 is an assistant United States attorney in Phoenix, Ariz., where she prosecutes violent crimes that occur on Indian reservations. In June, she completed her term as president of the Phoenix Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and remains active on its board. She and her husband, Jason, are happily juggling full-time careers and parenting their son Grayson, who will turn 2 in December.
Ah-Young Kin HNC ’01 is a political affairs officer in the Department of Political affairs in the Security Council Affairs Division at the United Nations in New York. She is working on sanctions related to the Democratic People Republic of Korea and supports the work of the Panel of Experts. She had worked for the United Nations since 2005, covering political humanitarian affairs focused on the Asia-Pacific region. She is a mother of three: Gabriella, 9; Luke, 6; and Max, 4.
Mahlet Getachew HNC ’02 lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is Senior Legal Counsel at GoPro. He looks forward to the 30th Anniversary of the Hopkins Nanjing Center this June.
Gary L How HNC ’02 is a freelance photo journalist and writes. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan. He is also an adjunct instructor at Northwestern Michigan College, teaching world regional geography-class, he says, where in each chapter he is compelled to mention China. In addition, he has pursued an interest in urban planning and currently holds an elected position on the City Commission in Traverse City. He maintains a photography website blogs about urban planning.
Xiaoping Zhao HNC ’02, a leading member of the Hopkins Club of Beijing, is the deputy director-general at Kunming National Hi-tech Park. He is in charge of investment promotion, economic development, scientific and technical innovation, and international cooperation for the park. He finished his post-doctoral research with the Chinese Academy of Governance in July 2015 and has been on the reviewing committee for the recruitment program of Global Experts (Chinese Qian Ren Jia Hua).
Luke Robinson HNC ’03 is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Film Studies in the Department of Media and Film Studies, University of Sussex. He resides in London, UK.
Edwin Van Bibber-Orr HNC ’04 is assistant professor of Chinese at Syracuse University. After graduating from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, he pursued a PhD in Chinese literature at Yale University, taking a year off in between to live with two friends in a diminutive, uninsulated cabin on a Vermont lake. He finished his PhD in 2013. He is working on a book, Writing Women: A Genealogy of the Chinese Female Poet.
Morgan Jones HNC ’05 finished his Executive MBA with Cornell University and started a new role as Senior Emergency Management Specialist with NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, focusing on the entire medical center's business Continuity, Risk Management and Emergency Response. Morgan resides in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY with his wife, Zoe, and still manages to use his Mandarin.
Jimmy Lau HNC ’06 is a co-founder and creative director at Stuart & Lau, an e-commerce men’s luggage and accessories lifestyle brand based in New York and Hong Kong started this year. He divides his time between both cities.
Xi Chen HNC ’06 is assistant professor pf public health and economics at Yale University. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, research fellow at the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, and faculty adviser of the Yale-China Association. He serves as associate editor of China Health Review and is on the planning committee of the China Health Policy and Management Society. Chen lives in New Haven, Conn with his wife and daughter.
Desmond Fang HNC ’06, ’08 is director of finance and business operations with Samba TV, a television data analytics software provider in San Francisco, where he manages day-to-day business operations and investor relations. Previously, Fang was vice president with AKP Capital, a private equity firm in Hong Kong. There he co-managed an RMB public-private fund with the Chinese city of Nanjing. Fang is on the University of Arizona Alumni Leadership Council and advises on the university’s China growth initiatives.
Bryan Pruden HNC ’08 is a director of asset protection at Ralph Lauren in Hong Kong. After graduation from the HNC, he joined a China-based consultancy helping multinational companies navigate fraud and security risks throughout greater China. Since moving to an in-house position with Ralph Lauren, he conducts a wide range of investigations, audits, and security assessments throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Carlos Casanova HNC ’11 is an economist at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in Hong Kong. He is responsible for following key macroeconomic and geopolitical developments in Asia and China. Casanova’s expertise focuses on aspects of Chinese trade and foreign investments, particularly with other emerging markets in Asia and Latin America. He has publisjed numerous academic articles and has appeared in several international media outlets including: Bloomberg, Bruegel, Business Spectator, Expansion, La Tribune, and Nikkei Asian Review.
Jansen Givens HNC ’11 is working at the Confucius Institute at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.
Bernard Geoxavier HNC ’11, a middle school Chinese teacher at Avenues: The World School in New York City is a member of the New York Army National Guard. In September 2015, he graduated from the accelerated Officer Candidate School program at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penn., and was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He teaches Chinese to students in grades five through eights and leads spring break language and cultural immersion trips to Beijing.
Jonathan Hwang HNC ’11 is a US Foreign Service officer serving as a consular officer in Shenyang, China. In his previous posting, Hwang served as a political officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.
Christopher Liu HNC ’09, ’11 is director of Mobile Gaming at VNG Corporation, the largest Internet Company in Vietnam and Southeast Asia, reaching more than 10 million users, and lectured on online gaming in Korea, China, Singapore, and Thailand.
Brendon Stewart HNC ’11 is a retail management professional with Amazon.com in Seattle. He leads Amazon’s digital video games category and is responsible for profit-and-loss management and content acquisition. In his two years at Amazon, Stewart has led some of the largest product launches in the company’s history and had managed strategic partnerships with Microsoft Xbox, Disney, Riot Games, and Mojang.
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian HNC ’12 was recently promoted to assistant editor at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington, DC. After receiving a highly competitive fellowship from the International Reporting project to report on religion in China, her research was featured in two long-form covers on Foreign Policy’s website, with another feature length article upcoming.
Jake Clark HNC ’12 will receive his JD from Michigan State University College of Law in May 2016. He is currently interning in the appellate chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at The Hague, Netherlands for the duration of the fall 2015 semester. After graduation, he hopes to continue to pursue a career in law with a focus on US/China legal relations, immigration law, public interest, and human rights.
Maximilian Dunn HNC’12, ’13 lives in Chicago and works with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York doing foreign exchange analysis. He focuses on China and the UK.
David Fishman HNC’14 lives in Shanghai, China, where he is a project manager at Nicobar Group, a consulting firm helping US firms in the nuclear energy space do business in China.
Hannah Hindel HNC’14 is a second-year master’s student in the Asian studies program at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Last summer she interned for the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Affairs. She is now a research intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies China Power Project and her research appears in the Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief.
HNC Alumni Profiles
In celebration of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's 30th anniversary in June 2016, we are sharing alumni profiles about what their experience at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center has meant to them and their career. Click here if you would like to share your HNC experience with us.
Shirlene Yee, HNC MAIS 2012
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
"Many incredible people go through HNC that you will connect with again down the road. These friends and classmates will become your professional colleagues. I've had the good fortune of connecting with alumni around the world--in Hong Kong, Chengdu, Manila, Washington, DC, and New York.” Read more.
Sam Brummitt, HNC Certificate 2013 and MA 2014
International Trade Analyst, International Trade Administration
“As a Certificate student at HNC I had the flexibility to take classes in a range of subjects, from politics and history to economics and statistics. Most of my courses were taught in Chinese so I had to push myself to learn new vocabulary, write academic papers in Chinese, and debate substantive issues in class.” Read more.
Sean Ages, HNC MAIS 2013
Presidential Management Fellow, US Department of the Treasury
“HNC is a great place to deepen your understanding of China, Sino-US relations, and everything in between. The language component is challenging, of course, but nowhere else can you really live and breathe Chinese in such a unique academic setting." Read more.
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, HNC Certificate 2012
Assistant Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine’s Tea Leaf Nation Channel
“I would not be where I am today if I hadn't studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. I must be able to swiftly skim and analyze Chinese-language media for an English-speaking audience; I must be able to conduct interviews in Chinese; and above all, I must understand the context for events and trends in China. Read more.
Matt Ferchen, HNC Certificate 2001
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