Dr. Joseph Tse-Hei Lee

Executive Director

Dr. Lee is Professor of History and Co-director of the B.A. program in Global Asia Studies. He earned his BA (Hons), MA and PhD from the University of London. Since joining the Pace University faculty in 2001, he has developed and taught a number of new courses including “Nonviolent Activism in Modern Asia,” “Wars in the Asia-Pacific,” “Hong Kong and Bollywood Cinemas,” and “Confucian Capitalism and Finance in China.” He has published widely on the history of Sino-Western cultural interactions and his recent work includes co-editing the volumes: China’s Rise to Power (New York: 2012) and Marginalization in China (New York: 2009).

Dr. Wenqin Wang

Chinese Director

Dr. Wang is a professor of English linguistics and applied linguistics. She earned her BA from Lanzhou University, and PhD from Nanjing Normal University. She has taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at Nanjing Normal University in China for over thirty years. In addition, she has published widely in the field of language teaching and learning, cross cultural communication, discourse analysis, and EFL textbook analysis, particularly from a cultural perspective. She has edited a couple of textbooks on EFL available in China.

Ansel Lurio

Program Coordinator

An MA in History Museum Studies, with a BA from Columbia University, Mr. Lurio is an expert in designing educational programming for those with special needs and has more than seven years of experience working at non-profit organizations in various educational, administrative, and front-line roles.  In addition to coordinating our cultural events and other programming, Mr. Lurio is our English language editor for all printed and digital materials, social media and technology guru, and office manager.


Qiqi Wang

Program Manager

Mr. Wang holds an M.S.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from the University of International Relations in Beijing.  He has more than ten years of experience managing international exchange programs beginning at Penn GSE (Graduate School of Education) International and then at the Office of International Affairs at Teachers College, Columbia University, coordinating various culture exchange and training programs at the high school, college, graduate and executive levels.  Mr. Wang is an avid swimmer, and loves the arts, jazz and classical music.

Prof. Bo Li

Chinese Teacher

Li is an English Teacher from Shenyang Ligong University. She holds degrees in both English and Business Management.


Prof. Jiayi Wang

Chinese Teacher
Testing Coordinator

Prof. Wang, a Chinese teacher from Shanghai, China has taught English at East China Normal University since 2002.  She obtained her master’s degree from Jilin University of Technology in English of Special Purpose in 1995.  Besides her many years as a teacher she has also spent time working as an interpreter.

Prof. Xingzhi Sun

Chinese Teacher
Scholarship Coordinator

Prof. Sun is a Chinese Language Teacher from Changchun University in Jilin Province.  In addition to his passion for teaching he is also interested in spreading knowledge about his home province, especially its culinary traditions.

Prof. Qin Zhang

Zhang, a Chinese Language Teacher from Nanjing Normal University, brings her expertise in linguistics and psychology to the Pace CI.


Ruifen Guo

Volunteer Chinese Teacher

Ms. Guo is a visiting graduate student from Southeast University in Nanjing, where she is pursuing a Master’s in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.


Asanté Simons

Student Assistant

Ms. Simons is a Senior at Dyson College at Pace University majoring in English.


Elizabeth Powell

Student Assistant

Ms. Powell is a Senior at Dyson College at Pace University majoring in History.  She also works in the Welcome Center at Pace, introducing prospective students to the New York City campus.