Faculty Steering Committee

Faculty Director

J. Michael Millis | 2019-2022
Professor of Surgery; Vice Chair, Global Surgery; Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Beijing
Michael Millis, MD, is an expert in adult and pediatric transplant surgery. His clinical interests include liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery. Dr. Millis's research explores the application of cellular technology to patient care. His research interests also include health and policy ethics. He has consulted with the National Health Commission of PRC to help them transform their transplant system, including the development of a donor system for volunteer citizen deceased donors.  Dr. Millis has developed a Clinical Leadership Development Fellowship to help clinicians learn how to lead teams, programs, hospitals and health systems.  He has focused the fellowship towards young physicians in China who have been recognized by their institutions as future leaders. 

Business, Economics & Policy

Daniel Black | 2013-2019
Professor, Harris School of Public Policy; Senior Fellow, NORC
Dan A. Black serves as Research Director of the CWICstat program, a research group that aides Chicago in their workforce development programs. He also serves as the project director for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, and Journal of Urban Economics. His research focuses on labor economics and applied econometrics. His papers have appeared in the top journals in economics, statistics, and demography. Black holds a BA and MA in history from the University of Kansas and an MS and PhD in economics from Purdue University.

Thomas Ginsburg | 2013-2020
Leo A. Spitz Professor of International Law, Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar and Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago Law School
Thomas Ginsburg focuses on comparative and international law from an interdisciplinary perspective. He currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project, an effort funded by the National Science Foundation to gather and analyze the constitutions of all independent nation-states since 1789. His book, Judicial Review in New Democracies (Cambridge University Press 2003), won the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the American Political Science Association for best book on law and courts. He served as a legal adviser at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, The Hague, Netherlands, and consulted with international development agencies and foreign governments. He holds BA, JD, and PhD degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Zhiguo He | 2015-2019
Professor of Finance
Zhiguo He is interested in banking, corporate finance, financial market and crisis, with a special focus on contract theory. His research has been published in leading academic journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science. He was awarded the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in Economics. Before joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2008, he was visiting the Bendheim Center for Finance at Princeton University as a post-doc fellow.

James Heckman | 2013-2019
Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics
James Heckman is an economist and Nobel laureate. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation and Professor of Science and Society at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin. Heckman’s research combines methodological and empirical techniques in evaluating the impact of a variety of social programs on the economy and on the society at large. He has written on the impact of civil rights and affirmative action programs in the U.S., on the impact of taxes on labor supply and human capital accumulation, on the impact of public and private job training on earnings and employment, on the impact of unionism on labor markets in developing countries, and on the impact of skill certification programs.

Culture, Society & the Arts 

Paul Copp | Ex-officio
Associate Professor in Chinese Religion and Thought, East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Director, Center for East Asian Studies
Professor Copp’s research focuses on the history of religious practice in China during the eighth through the twelfth centuries. In particular, he studies material sources (manuscripts, amulets, seals, archaeological sites, etc) for the practices of Chinese Buddhism in this period. More recently, he has sought to broaden his work by beginning to study the histories of Manichaeism and Christianity at Dunhuang and Turfan, key sites on the eastern “silk roads.” In general, he has a strong interest in exploring premodern China in its broader eastern Eurasian contexts.

Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer | 2018-2021
Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and the Program in Gender Studies
Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer works on Roman imperial literature, the history of rhetoric and philosophy, and on the reception of the western classical tradition in contemporary China. She is the author of 5 books on the ancient novel, Neronian literature, political theatricality, and Stoic philosophy. She has also edited or co-edited several wide-ranging essay collections and the “Seneca in Translation” series from the University of Chicago. Bartsch has been a Guggenheim fellow, edits the journal KNOW, and has held visiting scholar positions in St. Andrews, Taipei, and Rome. Starting in academic year 2015, she is the Founding Director of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, which is a university-wide initiative to explore the historical and social contexts in which knowledge is created, legitimized, and circulated.

Paola Iovene | 2015-2019
Associate Professor in Chinese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Paola Iovene’s work focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century Chinese literature and film. Her areas of research include contemporary Chinese fiction and criticism; popular science; conceptions of Chinese realism, modernism, and avant-garde; the translation of foreign literature in socialist China; narrative temporality in fiction and film; late 1940s cinema; opera film; and post-1989 Chinese independent documentary film. Professor Iovene is working on several projects, including a book tentatively titled Precarious Testimony: The Poetics of Presence in Chinese Independent Documentary Film.

Kenneth Pomeranz | 2013-2019
University Professor of History
The work of Kenneth Pomeranz focuses mostly on China, though he is also very interested in comparative and world history. Most of his research is in social, economic, and environmental history, though he has also worked on state formation, imperialism, religion, gender, and other topics. His publications include The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (2000), which won the John K. Fairbank Prize from the AHA, and The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853‑1937 (1993), which also won the Fairbank Prize.

Science, Medicine & Public Health

Guangbin Dong | 2017-2020
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Guangbin Dong specializes in organic synthesis, catalysis, organometallics, and medicinal chemistry. His research group collaborates with cellular biologists and animal pharmacologists to identify effective small-molecule agents that target new molecular mechanisms for cancer treatment. He has received a number of awards for his groundbreaking work, including a Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and, most recently, the Mr. and Mrs. Sun Chan Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the science of organic chemistry. He holds a BS in Chemistry from Peking University and a PhD in Chemistry from Stanford University. Before joining the UChicago faculty, he taught at the University of Texas at Austin and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology.

Zhe-xi Luo | 2013-2019
Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and the College
Zhe-xi Luo heads The Luo Lab, devoted to the understanding of the origins and earliest evolution of mammals. In his fieldwork to search for dinosaurs and fossil mammals, he works in many parts of United States and China. Luo also studies the evolution of whales. Luo and his international team of scientists have made discoveries of many early fossil mammals including Hadrocodium (the “paper clip” mammal from the Early Jurassic), Castorocauda (the earliest known swimming mammal), Juramaia (the earliest known fossil of the eutherian lineage), and Sinodelphys (the earliest known member of the metatherian lineage).

Olufunmilayo I. Olopade | Ex-officio
Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor, Medicine and Human Genetics; Director, Hematology and Oncology Fellowship Program; Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics; Associate Dean for Global Health
Dr. Olopade is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, having developed novel management strategies based on an understanding of the altered genes in individual patients. She stresses comprehensive risk reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations, as well as earlier detection. She is a recipient of the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist and Exceptional Mentor Award, an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship, and a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship.

Jonathan Lio | 2018-2021
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Dr. Lio is Co-Director of Residency Training for Wuhan University Medical Education Reform Project (WUMER) and Co-Director of the International Medical Educators Program at University of Chicago. His interests include residency education in China, competency-based medical education, and faculty development in clinical teaching skills.