Dr. Weihua Niu, Directorreceived her degrees in psychology from Beijing Normal University (BA), Chinese Academy of Sciences (MA), and Yale (PhD) and joined the Pace faculty in 2003. Author of more than 30 papers, her interests include creativity, educational testing, cultural influence on higher cognitive functioning, and global education.

Dr. Min Zhu, Chinese Director, earned her PhD in Linguistics and was Associate Professor at the International College for Chinese Studies and Director of the Department of Short-term Training at Nanjing Normal University.  Experienced in teaching and management, she has published over 25 papers and contributed to over 10 textbooks.

Lindsay Bennett, Program Manager, earned her BA in Asian Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, MN, studying abroad in Hong Kong and Harbin.  Following graduation, she returned to Hong Kong to work at Lingnan University.  Lindsay received an MA in Regional Studies – East Asia from Columbia University in 2011.

Ansel Lurio, Program Coordinatorholds a BA in American Studies from Columbia University and an MA in Museum Studies from SUNY Oneonta.  In addition to his work at the Confucius Institute, he is Manager of the Wagner Education Program for Children with Disabilities at the Historic House Trust of New York City.  
Dr. Shihong Liang, Chinese Teacher, received her PhD in teaching Chinese as a second language from Nanjing Normal University, where she is currently Associate Professor at the International College for Chinese Studies.
Dr. Juan Yang, Chinese Teacher holds a PhD in Linguistics and has been teaching Chinese as a Second Language for several years at the International College for Chinese Studies at Nanjing Normal University.


Xiang (Benjamin) Ye, Chinese Teacher, holds bachelors and masters degrees in English from Shandong University of Technology, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2012.  A Chinese-English Translator and Proofreader at China Central Television (CCTV), one of the world’s largest TV stations, his research interests include language planning and policies as well as translation studies.