Faculty Advisory Board

The Faculty Advisory Board of the Center in Hong Kong works with faculty across campus to plan academic events and ongoing programs around three broad and intersecting themes:

  • Business, Economics and Policy
  • Culture, Society and the Arts 
  • Science, Medicine and Public Health

For faculty and researchers who wish to utilize the Center in Hong Kong and its services, please also see Call For Proposals,  Facilities & Services  for more information on funding support and practical matters such as travel, visas, and hotels. Please contact the Center staff if you have any questions.

For past  and upcoming conferences, events, and workshops at the Center, please view Academic Proposals from past years and Upcoming Events.

Ka Yee Lee
Chair of the Faculty Advisory Board 
Senior Associate Vice President for Research
Professor of Chemistry

Ka Yee Lee has been Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago since 1998, and currently serves as Director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Lee conducts research on lung surfactant, a complex mixture of lipids and proteins that assists the breathing process. Other projects aim to elucidate the membrane disruptive mechanism of antimicrobial peptides, the effects of cholesterol on membrane structure and assembly, the role of lipids in immunological response, as well as the mechanism of membrane sealing by polymers.

Lee has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and is a fellow of the American Physical Society. Other honors include research fellowships from the Alfred Sloan Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Biophysical Society's Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award, and "40 Under 40" recognition from Crain's Chicago Business.

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Philip G. Berger
Faculty Advisory Board Member
Wallman Family Professor of Accounting and Deputy Dean of the Part-Time MBA Program

Phil Berger's research interests are mainly in the areas of financial reporting and corporate finance. Some of the major themes addressed in his work include: (1) the valuation consequences of diversification strategies; (2) the use of financial statement data to value real options; (3) the impact of managerial entrenchment on corporate finance and financial reporting decisions; (4) the effects of disclosure on capital markets; (5) the motives for choosing opaque versus transparent financial reporting practices and (6) factors influencing R&D investment and financing decisions including the use of off-balance-sheet financing.

Berger's research has been published widely in accounting and finance journals, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting & Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance, and the Review of Financial Studies. He has received several research prizes and counts among his publications one of the most widely cited papers by an accounting professor. He has been a co-editor of the Journal of Accounting Research since 2004.

He previously served on the faculty of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1991-2002) and also served as a visiting associate professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management (1998-99).

His teaching interests are mainly in financial accounting, financial statement analysis, and empirical accounting research. His teaching experience covers undergraduate, MBA, executive, and Ph.D. courses. While at Wharton, he won every MBA teaching award that the Wharton School offers. At Chicago Booth, he has been awarded the 2011 Phoenix Prize.

Berger holds Ph.D. and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Adam Green
Faculty Advisory Board Member
Associate Professor of American History and the College
Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division

Adam Green is Associate Professor of American History, Master of the Social Science Collegiate Division, and served as representative of the College on the Hong Kong architect and design committee. He received his BA from The University of Chicago (1985) and his Ph.D. from Yale University (1998). He teaches and research in a variety of fields, including twentieth century U.S. history, African American history, urban history, cultural studies and social movements. He has written and co-edited two books: Selling the Race: Culture and Community in Black Chicago, 1940-1955 (Univ. of Chicago Press: 2006) and Time Longer than Rope: Studies in African American Activism, 1850-1950, co- edited with Charles Payne (New York University Press: 2003). His current book research deals with the history of the black struggle for happiness, and he is developing several projects dealing with segregation, police torture, and post-1970 culture and society in Black Chicago.

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Christopher K. Hsee
Faculty Advisory Board Member
Theodore O. Yntema Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing

Christopher K. Hsee joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 1993 after earning a PhD from Yale University. Hsee conducts research in areas including happiness, consumer research, decision making, social cognition, behavioral economics, and cross-cultural issues. He has collaborated with researchers from North America, Asia and Europe. His recent publications include “Lay rationalism: Individual differences in using reason versus feelings to guide decisions” (Journal of Marketing Research), “Over-earning” (Psychological Science), “Approach aversion” (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology), “Fate or fight: On the hedonic costs of free competition” (Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes), and “Magnitude, time and risk differ similarly between joint and single evaluation” (Journal of Consumer Research). Hsee teaches managerial decision making and current topics in behavioral science. He has received several prestigious teaching awards, including the McKinsey Award for Excellence in Teaching from Chicago Booth.

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Kenneth Pomeranz
Faculty Advisory Board Member
Chair of the History Department
University Professor of Modern Chinese History and in the College
UChicago Center in Beijing Steering Committee Member

Kenneth Pomeranz is Chair of the History Department and Professor of Modern Chinese 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, which won the John K. Fairbank Prize from the AHA, and shared the World History Association book prize; The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853‑1937 , which also won the Fairbank Prize; The World that Trade Created , and a collection of his essays, recently published in France. He a former President of the American Historical Association as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Philosophical Society, American Council of Learned Societies, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other sources. His current projects include a history of Chinese political economy from the seventeenth century to the present, and a book called Why Is China So Big? which tries to explain, from various perspectives, how and why contemporary China's huge land mass and population have wound up forming a single political unit.

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Haun Saussy
Faculty Advisory Board Member
University Professor of Comparative Literature, the Committee on Social Thought, and East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Professor Haun Saussy joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011. He received his B.A. (Greek and Comparative Literature) from Duke University and his M.Phil and Ph.D from Yale (Comparative Literature); between undergraduate and graduate schools, he studied linguistics and Chinese in Paris. He has previously taught at UCLA, Stanford, Yale, the City University of Hong Kong, the Université de Paris-III, and the University of Otago (New Zealand). He was president (2009-2011) of the American Comparative Literature Association. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Faculty Advisory Boards for two new initiatives at the University of Chicago: the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society and the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, as well as of the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights.

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Dali Yang
Faculty Advisory Board Member
William C. Reavis Professor of Political Science
Senior Advisor to the President and the Provost (Global Initiatives)
Steering Committee Chair for the UChicago Center in Beijing

One of the leading scholars on China’s political economy, Professor Yang’s current research is focused on the politics of China’s development, particularly risk regulation and governance, and state-society relations. Dali L. Yang received his Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University and joined the University of Chicago faculty as a Professor of Political Science in 1992. He is the founding Director and Chair of the Faculty Steering Committee for the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, and has previously served as Chairman of the Political Science Department, Director of The Center for East Asian Studies, and Director of the Committee on International Relations of the University of Chicago, as well as Director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore and founding Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Chicago.

Yang is a member of the Committee of 100, a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and a member of the China Committee of the Chicago Sister Cities International Program. He was a contributor to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs report The United States and the Rise of China and India (2006), has served on the editorial boards of leading journals in political science and China studies, and co-directed the University of Chicago Workshop on East Asia: Politics, Economy and Society.

Judith Zeitlin
Faculty Advisory Board Member
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations and the College

Judith Zeitlin is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages & Civilizations and the College. Her research concentrates on Ming-Qing literary and cultural history, with specialties in drama and the classical tale.  Her publications include "Historian of the Strange: Pu Songling and the Chinese Classical Tale" and "Shared Dreams: The Story of the Three Wives' Commentary on The Peony Pavilion." She is currently working on a book on ghosts and the Chinese literary imagination, and her research interests also include gender and sexuality and the intersection of literature and medicine, particularly the case history.