Dr. Yanqiu Zheng is Program Officer for the new China and the Global South Project. Beginning as a philosophy major at Peking University in China, he further studied education and history at Indiana University Bloomington. For his Ph.D. in modern Chinese history from Northwestern University, Yanqiu completed a dissertation on the Chinese efforts in institutionalizing cultural diplomacy in the United States in the twentieth century with the support from Doris Quinn Foundation and China Times Cultural Foundation (California). Broadly interested in the politics of intercultural encounters, Yanqiu has conducted extensive archival research in the United States, mainland China, and Taiwan, and published peer-reviewed articles in Journal of American-East Asian Relations, Trans-Asia Photography Review, and Twentieth-Century China, among others. Prior to joining SSRC, Yanqiu taught East Asian and world history full-time in several American universities. He is a native speaker of his hometown dialect and Mandarin Chinese, and is fluent in English.