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

Jean-Pierre Dubé | 2019-2022
Sigmund E. Edelstone Professor of Marketing and Charles E. Merrill Faculty Scholar, Booth School of Business; Director, The Kilts Center for Marketing
Jean-Pierre Dubé’s research interests include empirical quantitative marketing and empirical industrial organization, with specific interests in pricing, advertising, branding, digital marketing and retailing. This empirical focus is also reflected in his MBA course on pricing strategies, which is designed to teach students how to apply marketing models and analytics to develop pricing strategies in practice. Several of his recent research projects are in collaboration with companies in the US and in China. Dubé earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in quantitative methods in economics in 1995, a master's degree in economics in 1996, and a PhD in 2000 from Northwestern University. He joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2000.

Thomas Talhelm | 2019-2022
Associate Professor of Behavioral Science, Booth School of Business
Thomas Talhelm studies how culture affects the way we behave. He studies how rice and wheat agriculture have given northern and southern China two very different cultures, even influencing whether people move chairs in Starbucks. His research also finds that liberal culture in the US is more individualistic and that getting people to think more analytically increases support for liberal social policies, whereas thinking holistically increases support for conservative policies. Thomas occasionally lectures and writes about research and culture in Chinese.
Thomas lived in China for five years teaching high school in Guangzhou as a Princeton in Asia fellow, a freelance journalist in Beijing, and a Fulbright scholar and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. While living in Beijing, Thomas founded Smart Air, a social enterprise that ships low-cost air purifiers to help people breathe clean air without shelling out thousands of dollars for expensive purifiers.
Thomas earned his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia and a B.A. with Highest Honors in psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan.

Culture, Society & the Arts 

Zhiying Ma | 2019-2022
Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
Zhiying Ma is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist and a scholar of disability studies. Her work in general examines how cultural, politico-economic, and technological factors shape the design and implementation of social policies, and how national policies and global development initiatives in turn impact health in/equity, vulnerability, and rights, with a focus on contemporary China.
Professor Ma holds a joint Ph.D. in Comparative Human Development and Anthropology at the University of Chicago. She received her bachelor degrees in psychology and in philosophy from Peking University, China.

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 | 2015-2021
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.

Gary Herrigel | 2020-2023
Professor, Department of Political Science; Paul Klapper Professor in the College and Division of Social Sciences
Gary Herrigel is interested in comparative political economy, organizations and alternative forms of governance throughout the developed and developing world. He is author of three books, most recently Globale Qualitätsproduktion. Transnationale Produktionssysteme in der Automobilzulieferindustrie und im Maschinenbau (Frankfurt aM: Campus Verlag, 2017—with Volker Wittke and Ulrich Voskamp). This book examines recursive learning processes, upgrading and governance in German manufacturing globalization. Currently, he is working on a variety of projects, all having to do with the relationship between transnational self-optimizing governance architectures, learning and sustainability in industry and agriculture.

Kenneth Pomeranz | 2013-2022
University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College, Department 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 | 2017-2023
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.

Young-Kee Kim | 2020-2023
Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor, Chair, Department of Physics
Professor Kim does research on particle physics to understand how the universe works at the most fundamental level by discovering and understanding the fundamental constituents (elementary particles) and the forces acting among them and on accelerator physics to design and build much more powerful accelerators for future particle physics and other sciences.

Zhe-xi Luo | 2013-2022
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).

Yingming Zhao | 2019-2022
Professor, The Ben May Department for Cancer Research
Yingming Zhao received his Ph.D. degree from the Rockefeller University under Professor Brian Chait in 1997. Yingming’s main research interests lie in developing and applying mass spectrometry-based proteomics technologies to discovery of undescribed cellular pathways (with current focus on protein post-translational modification (PTM) pathways and epigenetic mechanism) and identification of biomarkers for precision medicine. He uses an integrated approach, involving proteomics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology to decode PTM networks that have implications for human health and are not easily amenable to conventional techniques. His laboratory recently discovered nine types of new lysine acylation pathways, and identified and characterized their protein substrates, specific binders and regulatory enzymes. These PTM pathways play an important role in epigenetic regulation and cellular metabolism, and contribute to physiology changes and cellular dysfunctions associated with diverse inborn metabolic diseases.

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.