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Huang is new China Initiative Director

After serving two terms as faculty chair of the Wisconsin China Initiative, Law Professor John Ohnesorge is stepping down from his leadership role. Succeeding him as Wisconsin China Initiative Director is Nicole Huang, professor of Chinese literature and visual culture.

Nicole1Professor Huang (pictured at left) intends to use her experience in building international alumni connections and fundraising to seek creative ways to ensure the long-term sustainability of the China Initiative. She plans to focus on building alliances and partnerships across campus, within Wisconsin and across the Greater China region, where UW–Madison has strong alumni and academic connections.

A native of China, Professor Huang received her bachelor’s degree from Beijing University and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. She joined UW–Madison’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literature in 1998. She previously directed the university’s Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS). Under her leadership, CEAS expanded Korean Studies, inaugurated Taiwan Studies, and helped shape a more integrated and cohesive East Asian Studies community at UW-Madison.

During his term as faculty chair of the Wisconsin China Initiative (2009-12), Professor Ohnesorge oversaw the development of the briefing document, Strategy of UW-Madison Engagement of China; the hiring of the WCI’s first staff person; the hosting of numerous campus China-related programs and conferences; and also the development and opening of the Shanghai Innovation Office, the university’s first overseas outpost. Professor Ohnesorge, who also serves as director of the Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center, accompanied two chancellor-led delegations to China, including the June 2012 trip to inaugurate the Shanghai Innovation Office.

Click here to read the press release, “Wisconsin China Initiative welcomes new director, seeks new connections.”


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