Xinyin CHEN

Applied Psychology and Human Development Division
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Xinyin Chen received his academic training in China and Canada.  He is currently Professor at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.  His research interest is mainly in cross-cultural issues in the development of socioemotional characteristics (e.g., shyness-inhibition, aggression, and social competence) from early childhood to late adolescence, peer groups and networks, family processes, and the implications of macro-level social changes.  Dr. Chen has been conducting, with his international collaborators, a series of large-scale, longitudinal projects in Brazil, Canada, China, Italy, the United States, and other countries.  Most of their empirical articles have been published in developmental journals such as Child Development and Developmental Psychology.  He has received a Scholars Award from the William T. Grant Foundation, an Eastern Scholars Award from Shanghai Institutions of Higher Learning, and several other awards for his scientific work.  Dr. Chen is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA, Div. 7) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the President of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD).  


Associate Researcher & Vice Director
Institute of Youth and Juvenile Studies
Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Dr. Fucai Cheng is Associate Researcher and Vice Director of the Institute of Youth and Juvenile Studies at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. His research focuses on issues related to street children, child welfare, and social policy. He has published over 30 articles on domestic and international academic journals.

Sandra Danziger

School of Social Work
University of Michigan

Sandra K. Danziger is Professor of Social Work and Research Professor of Public Policy at University of Michigan. Her research interests are the effects of U.S. public policies, particularly public assistance programs for the poor, on the well-being of families and children, poverty policy and social service programs.  Her broad areas of interest include demographic trends in child and family well-being among low income families, program implementation and evaluation, and qualitative research methods. She is a Co-Investigator on the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study and was Principal Investigator on the Women's Employment Study that tracked the effects of the 1996 welfare reform. She has a Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston University and received the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Excellence in Research Award in 2006. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation, Scholar in Residence, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, and Visiting Research Scientist, Office of the Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. 

Sheldon Danziger

President of Russell Sage Foundation

Sheldon Danziger is the President of the Russell Sage Foundation which supports social science research “for the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” Previously he was the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Research Professor at the Population Studies Center, and Director of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and was a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.
From 1989 through 2013, Danziger directed the Research and Training Program on Poverty and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, a training and mentorship program for developing the careers of emerging scholars from underrepresented groups. He also directed the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin, Madison from 1983-1988. 
Danziger’s research focuses on social welfare policies and on the effects of economic, demographic, and public policy changes on trends in poverty and inequality.  Among his publications, he is the co-author of America Unequal (with Peter Gottschalk,1995) and co-editor of Legacies of the War on Poverty (with Martha J. Bailey, 2013).

Jinhong DING

Population Research Institute and School of Social Development (SSD)
East China Normal University

Dr. Ding is a Professor of Population Research Institute and School of Social Development (SSD) at East China Normal University. Dr. Ding received his Ph.D. of Human Geography at the Population Research Institute of the East China Normal University in 1989 and was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Sociology, Aberdeen University, UK during the year of 1995-1996. Dr. Ding was dean of SSD from 2009 to 2014. Before that, he was a Professor and Associate Director at the Department of Geography, ECNU from 1999-2002 and was a Professor and Chair for the Population Research Institute at ECNU from 2002-2009. Dr. Ding’s recent publications focus on how internal migration and population density may shape the urban development in China. His research also pays attention to how household registration system may be restructured to accommodate the recent massive flow of internal migration.

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Professor & Chair
Department of Social Work
East China University of Science and Technology

Bin Fan, Professor, doctoral faculty member, and the Director of the Social Work Program at East China University of Science and Technology. Dr. Fan also holds position including such as Director of Social Welfare and Policy Research Institute, Chairman of Shanghai Oriental Social Work Office, Council Member of Chinese Sociological Association, and Distinguished Experts of the United Nations Children's Fund and Ministry of Civil Affairs. Dr. Fan’s research focus includes social welfare and social policy, social work, non-profit organization (NGO), public organizations, and project evaluation.

Donghui GU

School of Social Development and Public Policy
Fudan University

Donghui GU, is currently a professor at the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Fudan University. Dr. Gu held a master degree in economics and social work and a Ph.D. degree in social welfare. Dr. Gu’s research direction includes such as social services assessment, social work professionalization and specialization, social service agency management, social welfare for the unemployed, youth social work, and poverty relief policy. Dr. Gu has published many highly regarded academic articles and books. 

Xinping GUAN

Professor & Director
Department of Social Work and Social Policy
Nankai University

Dr. Xinping Guan has extensive knowledge on social policy and social work. His primary research focus includes, but not limited to, social policy and development theory for contemporary China, poverty and social assistance, migrant issues and related social policy solutions. Dr. Guan's current research include topics on “Directions of Social Policy in the Context of Transforming Market-Economy” funded by the National Social Science Foundation and on ”Social Policies and Services for Migrant Population” funded by the Ministry of Education, among other research projects. Dr. Guan has published extensive research work in these areas.

Chenxi HUANG

Professor of Population Study and Social Welfare
Deputy Director of Population Research Institute (PRI)
East China Normal University

Chenxi Huang, is a Professor of population study and social welfare, deputy director of Population Research Institute (PRI) of East China Normal University, research fellow of the Center of Chinese Modern City Studies (key Humanities and Social Science Research Bases approved by the Ministry of Education). He is currently a Council Member of Shanghai Population Association and Council Member of Shanghai Women Study Association. He was awarded New Century Excellent Talents in University by the Ministry of Education, China in 2013. Dr. Huang has engaged in research of population and social welfare policy issues in China, and published influential work on social assistance and social policy. His recent research interests focus on the migratory intention and behavior, social policies for floating population, family support for the elderly, and social welfare development in China. Dr. Huang received his PhD in social policy in 2003 from Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong.

Xuesong HE

Associate Dean & Professor
School of Social and Public Administration
East China University of Science and Technology

Dr. Xuesong He, Associate Dean and Professor at the School of Social and Public Administration of East China University of Science and Technology. Dr. He holds a master degree from Department of Sociology at Nanjing University in 1998 and a Ph.D. degree from Department of Social Work and Social Administration at University of Hong Kong in 2004. Dr. He has been a faculty member at ECUST since 1998. He was a visiting scholar at the University of Bristol from 2009 to 2010. He was one of the chosen scholars for the “Dawn” Program of Shanghai Education Commission (2007), and was awarded as Shanghai Excellent Young Teacher (2008), Shanghai New Scholar of Social Science (2010), Distinguished Alumni of 60th Anniversary of Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong (2010) and Excellent Young Teacher of Fok Ying-Tong Education Foundation of Ministry of Education, China. His research focuses on social work theories, mental health, social issues and social policy. He has also been a leading researcher for many of the local and national research projects including ones funded by China’s National Social Science Foundation. He has published over 40 articles in Chinese and English core journals such as Studies of Sociology and British Journal of Social work. He also published six books and was either a chief editor or an author in the publication of Social Work and Administration Series, Collection of Translated Classic Social Work Scholarship, Series of Social Work Theories, and Collection of Translated Social Work Practice.

James Jaccard

Professor of Social Work
Associate Dean for Research
Co-director, Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health
Silver School of Social Work
New York University

Dr. James Jaccard is currently Professor of Social Work, Associate Dean for Research, and Co-director of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health in the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana in 1976. Previously, and he was the director of the Institute for Child Health and Development at Florida International University in Miami, and a Distinguished Research Professor at the State University of New York in Albany, where he had appointments in both the department of psychology and the School of Social Welfare.
Dr. Jaccard was trained as a psychologist with specialties in attitude change and decision making. His research focuses on adolescent problem behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and substance use. He has developed parent-based interventions to teach parents how to more effectively communicate and parent their adolescent so as to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancies and problems due to substance use. He was involved in the seminal work on the influential Theory of Reasoned Action. Dr. Jaccard was one of the designers of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which interviewed over 20,000 adolescents and their mothers in a multi-wave wave panel design. Add Health is one of the largest and most influential secondary databases on adolescent health in the United States.
Dr. Jaccard also has an extensive background in psychometrics and statistical methods. He has written numerous books and articles on the analysis of interaction effects in a wide range of statistical models, and teaches advanced graduate courses on structural equation modeling. He is currently developing a general framework for statistical analysis that eschews p values and focuses instead on magnitude estimation and margins of error.

Finally, Dr. Jaccard has written about theory construction and how to build conceptual models. He recently completed a book with Professor Jacob Jacoby that gives social scientists practical, hands-on approaches for generating ideas and translating them into coherent theories.

Yeun-wen KU

Department of Social Work
National Taiwan University

Yeun-wen Ku is currently Professor at Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University.
He was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Manchester (U.K.) in 1995, and since then taught social policy at Department of Social Policy and Social Work (National Chi Nan University, Taiwan) for twelve years. He was the Department Head during 2001-4 and involved into the establishment of a comprehensive social policy education from undergraduate to Ph.D. level. Together with some important social policy scholars, Professor Ku founded the Taiwanese Association of Social Policy (TASP), a copy of Social Policy Association (SPA) in Britain, that owns over 200 members from social welfare and social work institutes in Taiwan. Its official journal, Social Policy and Social Work, is the highest recommended social policy journal in Taiwan and also the only social policy journal listed in the Taiwan Social Science Citation Index (TSSCI).
In 2007, Professor Ku was recruited to National Taiwan University and then elected to be the Head for Department of Social Work during 2008-2011. Once again, he helped to set up new Ph.D. programme in this elitist university. He takes part of social welfare policy-making in the government, as expert adviser, as well as university education in social policy and social work, as academic consultant and reviewer. Professor Ku is also one of key members in founding the East Asian Social Policy (EASP) research network, established in January 2005 to facilitate research exchange and co-operation among East Asian social policy analysts and to provide a forum and network of communication for the development of East Asian social policy analysis as a field of research. After Bath, Kent, Bristol, and Tokyo universities, He hosted the 5th EASP Conference entitled ‘Welfare Reform in East Asia: Meeting the Needs of Social Change, Economic Competitiveness and Social Justice’ that gathered over 200 scholars and 100 papers from East Asia, Europe, and America with a great success. He then was the Chair for EASP during 2011-2012.
Professor Ku has written widely on welfare development and policy debates in Taiwan, extending to comparative study on East Asian welfare. He has published 10 books and over 30 papers both in English and in Chinese. His English publications include single-authored Welfare Capitalism in Taiwan (1997, Macmillan), many collected volumes (e.g. Welfare Capitalism in East Asia, Palgrave, 2003; Social Cohesion in Greater China: Challenges for Social Policy and Governance, World Scientific Press, 2010), and journal papers (e.g. Social Policy & Administration, Social Policy & Society, Journal of Poverty).
Professor Ku is now the Chair for TASP and Chief Editor of Social Policy and Social Work.

Yingsheng LI

School of Sociology and Population Studies
Renmin University of China

Dr. Yingsheng Li is currently a professor and doctoral faculty member at the School of Sociology and Population Studies of the Renmin University of China. He held a Ph.D. degree in Sociology. Dr. Li is also a researcher at Center for Studies of Sociological Theory and Method, and the Director of Research Institute for Social Policy at Renmin University of China. He was the founding Director for the Department of Sociology at Renmin University. He is also an Adjunct Professor for several universities and colleges. Dr. Li was selected for the program for New Century Excellent Talents by the Ministry of Education of China (2006) and was the Associate Director of expert panel for the Master Degree Accreditation in Social Work at the Academic Degree Commission of the State Council (2007-2009), Academic Advisor for the journal of Sociology at Informational Center for Social Sciences at Renmin University. Dr. Li is currently a member of expert panel for the Basic Medical Insurance Evaluation of State Council, member of Expert Consultation Committee of Ministry of Civil Affairs, member of Expert Panel of China Social Welfare Forum sponsored by 34 ministries and commissions, chief editor of the journal of Social Work of Information Center for Social Sciences at Renmin University, academic advisory specialist for research institute for Beijing Social Work Talent Team Construction, board member of China Health Insurance Research Association, board member of China Professional Committee of Social Policy, member of China Professional Committee of Social Welfare, permanent board member of Shanghai Social Work Education Association, board member of Chinese Research Association for People With Disabilities, and editorial board member of several journals including Sociological Review, Social Welfare, Research on People with Disabilities, Gansu Social Sciences, Social Work. Dr. Li has published more than one hundred articles on international and domestic journals, such as China Social Sciences, Sociological Research, Journal of Renmin University of China and Journal of Social Work Education. Dr. Li also published several books, such as Introduction to Social Work, Contemporary Social Policy of China. He has been leading more than ten state and provincial research projects and his research and teaching achievements have won several first and second place at the national, provincial and ministerial level scientific research prizes.

Xiangping LI

Head of Department of Sociology
Director of Centre on Religion and Society
East China Normal University  

Xiangping Li is currently a Professor at the ECNU School of Social Development, Head of Department of Sociology and Director of Center on Religion and Society at the East China Normal University.  Dr. Li also holds many academic and professional positions including being a Board member of Society of Religion in China and Vice president of Society of Religion in Shanghai, among others.

Zeng LIN

Professor & Chair
Department of Sociology
Wuhan University

2013-present Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Wuhan University
2009-present Professor
2007 Fall Visiting Professor, College of Education, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
2005 Associate Professor (Tenured)
2001-2005 Assistant Professor Dept of Educational Administration & Foundations, College of Education Illinois State University

Chu-Li Julie LIU

Professor, Director
Department of Social Work 
Tunghai University

Dr. Chu-Li Julie Liu is currently professor and director at Dept. of Social Work, Tunghai University in Taiwan. She got Ph.D. in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada) in 2002. Her research topics include female gender role identity, women with traumatic experiences, intimate partner violence survivors and feminist approach. She teaches courses such as “working with individuals,” “working with groups,” “working with women,” and “social work practice—feminist perspective.”

Dr. Liu published her work in Chinese as well as English social work journals. She had been a visiting professor at Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto from August 2007 to January 2008. 



Professor & Director
Department of Sociology
Fudan University

Xin Liu, is currently a professor and Director for the Department of Sociology and Director for the Department Academic Committee at Fudan University. Dr. Liu held a Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Dr. Liu was selected to be the New Century Talents Project and Excellent Talents by the Ministry of Education in China. Dr. Liu also holds positions as the Executive Director of Chinese Sociological Association, Vice-Chairman of Professional Committee of Social Stratification and Mobility, and Vice-President of Shanghai Sociological Association. Dr. Liu’s current teaching areas include Social stratification, political sociology, economic sociology, social research methods, and multivariate statistical analysis. His current research projects focus on "The Study of China's Current Social Stratum" funded by the Ministry of Education Philosophy and Social Sciences Research," Contemporary Chinese Institutional Change, Class Structure Transformation and Social Construction" (Phase III of "985 Project" of Fudan University overall advancement in social science research projects), and "The Study on Income Distribution and Social fairness” funded by the National Social Science Foundation.


Professor, Vice Chancellor, Dean of School of Social Science
The Hong Kong Institute of Education

Professor Ka Ho Joshua Mok is Chair Professor of Comparative Policy, concurrently Associate Vice President (Research and International Exchange) and Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences of The Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). Professor Mok has been awarded as Changjiang Chair Professor since 2010, a highly distinguished national chair professorship conferred by the Ministry of Education, People’s Republic of China, to serve at Zhejiang University, China. He has been elected as President of East Asia Social Policy Research Network (EASP), a regional research consortium in promoting social policy research in the Asia-Pacific region, since July 2012 and he also serves as an executive member of Asian Political and International Studies Association (APISA).
Before joining the HKIEd, he was Associate Dean and Professor of Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Being appointed as founding Chair Professor in East Asian Studies, Professor Mok established the Centre for East Asian Studies at the University of Bristol, UK before taking the position at HKU. Professor Mok has published extensively in the fields of comparative education policy, comparative development and policy studies, and social development in contemporary China and East Asia. In particular, he has contributed to the field of social change and education a variety of additional ways not the least, of which has been his leadership and entrepreneurial approach to the organization of the field.
His membership on numerous editorial boards, commissions, in key scholarly societies all contribute to the recognition that he is among the best in his field. He is a founding editor of Journal of Asian Public Policy and Comparative Development and Policy in Asia Book Series (published by London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group). He is also editor-in-chief of Asian Education and Development Studies (published by Emerald). In the last few years, Professor Mok also worked closely with the World Bank and UNICEF as International Consultant for comparative development and policy studies projects.  Since June 2011, Professor Mok has been appointed as International Distinguished Expert of Higher Education Studies by Ministry of Education in Taiwan, working closely with academics and researchers in Taiwan to promoting international research collaboration.


Sumie Okazaki

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York University

Sumie Okazaki, Ph.D., is Professor of Applied Psychology in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, and is also the current President of the Asian American Psychological Association. She conducts research on the impact of immigration and race on Asian and Asian American adolescents and emerging adults within local and transnational contexts. With colleagues in anthropology, education, and developmental psychology as well as community partners, she has ongoing research projects with urban immigrant Chinese American adolescents and emerging adults in New York City; Chinese parents and adolescents in Nanjing, China; Korean American adolescents and parents in Chicago; and current and former Korean early study abroad students in New York City and Seoul, South Korea. She is currently on a W. T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellowship to examine research-policy-practice partnership in education research with the New York City Department of Education. She earned her B.S. in psychology from University of Michigan and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. She has previously held faculty positions in the psychology departments at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Huamin PENG

Professor & Associate Dean
School of Sociology
Nanjing University 

Professor of Social Welfare of Nanjing University, China
Vice Executive President of China Social Welfare Academy

Xizhe PENG

Professor & Director
State Innovative Institute for Public Management and Public Policy Studies
Fudan University

Xizhe Peng, is currently a Professor and Director for the State Innovative Institute for Public Management and Public Policy Studies at Fudan University. Dr. Peng held a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1982 from Fudan University. From 1983 to 1988, studied in UK and earned the Master’s and Ph.D. degree in demography from the London School of Economics. Dr. Peng has been a faculty member at Fudan University since 1988. In recent years, Dr. Peng is mainly engaged in research and teaching in the areas of relatively independent but closely related research fields, such as Chinese population dynamics and population policy, aging and social security, population and sustainable development, social gender and anti-poverty, population mobility, and labor and employment. An expert of Chinese Population and Development who has great impact on international academic circles, Dr. Peng’s achievements include such as leading more than 40 provincial, national, and international collaborative research projects, published 16 co-authored or edited scholarly monographs in China and abroad, published more than 100 papers, presented more than 40 times in international academic conference. Dr. Peng’s work has been awarded with many provincial and ministerial scientific research achievement awards, including outstanding achievements award in scientific research of the State Board of Education, in Chinese Population Science of National Population and Family Planning Commission, and Shanghai philosophy and social sciences. He has twice attended major international conferences as a member of the Chinese government delegation, been invited to visit international organizations and university research units as international expert for many times, and been employed as a senior visiting research fellow and visiting professor by the London School of Economics and National University of Singapore.

Tazuko Shibusawa

Associate Professor of Social Work
Associate Dean, Professional Programs
Director, MSW Program
Silver School of Social Work
New York University

Tazuko Shibusawa is Associate Dean of Professional Programs and Director of the MSW Program at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is also the co-director of the MSW Program at NYU Shanghai, which is scheduled to open in Fall 2015. Dr. Shibusawa's research, which has been funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse and the John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program, focuses on the health and mental health of older adults and their families, elder abuse and mistreatment, and clinical practice with Asian and Asian immigrants. She is co-author of Asian American Elders in the Twenty-First Century: Key Indicators of Well-Being (2008, Columbia University Press with Ada Mui). 
Dr. Shibusawa received her MSW and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and completed post-graduate training in family therapy, psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy, and international trauma studies.  Her clinical experiences include director of social services, Keiro Nursing Home in Los Angeles, California; psychiatric social worker, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Center; co-director of Counseling International in Tokyo, Japan; and mental health consultant for the World Health Organization.  Dr. Shibusawa also teaches annual summer intensives on family social work and clinical practice in Tokyo, Japan.

Nicholas Tapp

Professor Emeritus of The Australian National University
Director, Research Institute of Anthropology 
East China Normal University

Under a Chiang Ching-kuo Research Project, 'Communal Diasporic Voluntary Public Cultures', I have examined the impact of returns of overseas migrants to their Asian homelands, in collaboration with Dr Gary Lee. We were working in China, Thailand, Laos and Australia and included Hmong communities in France and the USA. Currently based in Shanghai, I am examining the impact of ethnic minority rural migrants in the city and their source locations. I have also recently completed projects on the self, consumerism and romanticism in China and among the diasporic Hmong community.

Yipeng TIAN

Associate Dean, School of Philosophy and Society
Director, Department of Sociology
Jilin University

Dr. Yipeng Tian is Associate Dean of School of Philosophy and Society, Director of Department of Sociology, Kuang Yaming Distinguished Professor, and doctoral faculty member at Jilin University. He is also a member of Sociology Teaching Guidance Committee at the Ministry of Education of China, permanent board member of China Sociological Association, panel member of National Social Science Foundation, member of Jilin Advisory Committee for Policy Decision, and vice president of Jilin Sociological Association. Dr. Tian was awarded Baogang Excellent Teaching Award (2005), New Century Excellent Talents by the Ministry of Education of China (2006), and was chosen as one of the the National Thousand Talents Project (2013). His primary research interests are Sociology of Development and Urban Sociology. Dr. Tian has published over 100 academic articles. Dr. Tian is also a leading researcher with research projects focusing on such as “Formation and Change of Contemporary China Unit System” and “Model Choices and Implementing Path for the Reform and Innovation of Social Administrative System” and funded by such as National Social Science Foundation.

Zhaoyuan TIAN

Professor of Folklore and Culture Research
Head of Institute of Folklore
East China Normal University

Dr. Tian’s research focuses on folklore and anthropological studies. He is a member of the board of directors of the Chinese Folklore Society and the Chinese Han Nationality Society, and also an expert appointed by the Shanghai Intangible Cultural Heritage Preservation project. His primary research areas include folklore studies (Mythological beliefs), social anthropological studies, and intangible cultural heritage preservation. He has published many influential work including more than fifty journal articles and several well-known books including such as “Myth and Chinese Society”, “History of Oath of Alliance, Series of Social Folklore History”, “History of Merchants, Series of Social Folklore History”, and “Cultural Anthropology Tutorials”. Dr. Tian’s current research project focuses on the Development History of Chinese Myth.

Lynn Videka

Professor of Social Work; Dean; McSilver Faculty Fellow
Silver School of Social Work
New York University

Dr. Lynn Videka joined the Silver School of Social Work as Dean in September 2009. Since that time she has led the School in advancing its reputation for strong preparation for clinical social work practice; in broadening the mission of the School to embrace social justice, human diversity, and global social work; and in strong engagement with the School’s local and global communities. 

Ruijun WU

Dean of School of Social Development
Director of Institute of Population Research
Director of Center for Studies of International Migration and Overseas Chinese Policies
East China Normal University

Ruijun Wu, Dean of School of Social Development,  Director of Institute of Population Research and the Director of Center for Studies of International Migration and Overseas Chinese Policies at East China Normal University, Shanghai, China. Dr. Wu holds many academic positions including: Executive Member of the China Population Association, Executive Member of Shanghai Association of Gerontology, Vice President of Shanghai Overseas Chinese Historical Society, Member of Expert Committee of Overseas Chinese affairs office of the State Council, Advisory Board Member of Shanghai population comprehensive management office, among others. Dr. Wu’s primary research interests are in the areas of City Population Development and Public Policies, Population Aging and Elderly Security, and International Migration and Overseas Chinese Policies. She has published over 70 journal articles and 6 books. Dr. Wu received her B.S. (1985) and M.S. (1988) in Economics from Fudan University, and Ph.D. in Demography from East China Normal University in 2005.

Yuegen XIONG

Department of Sociology
Peking University

Yuegen Xiong, currently a Professor at the Department of Sociology at Peking University. Dr. Xiong held a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Jilin University in 1988, a Master’s degree in Law from the Population Research Institute of Jilin University in 1992, and a Ph.D. Degree in Social Work from the Department of Social Work at The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1998. From 1998 to 2000, Dr. Xiong was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Sociology of Peking University and then a faculty member since July 2000. Dr. Xiong is also a honorary associate professor of Social Work and Social Administration of University of Hong Kong (2000-2002), honorary assistant professor of Social Work and Social Administration of University of Hong Kong (2003-2007), adjunct professor of Nanchang University (2005), and a council member of China Youth Development Foundation (2001-2004). His main research areas include social policy, social work, aging and elderly care, non-profit organizations and Chinese civil society relations. From 2002 to 2003, Dr. Xiong received fellowship from the British K.C. Wong Fellowship to conduct research at the University of Oxford. From December 2003 to February 2004, Dr. Xiong was engaged in collaborative research in the Lufthansa Institute for Advanced Study as a visiting scholar. Over the past few years, he was invited to Australia, Britain, Germany, France, Canada, Japan, Singapore, the United States, Hong Kong and other countries and regions for academic visits and attended international academic conference.

Xiong YANG

Institute of Sociology and Institute of Youth and Juvenile Studies
Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences

Dr. Xiong Yang is currently Director of the Institute of Sociology and Institute of Youth and Juvenile Studies at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He is also a member of the 12th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. His research focuses on sociology of youth, social investigation and decision-making process, the trend in social thoughts and youth culture, etc. He has been leading several key projects including the key research projects funded by the ninth and tenth Five-year Plan of National office of Education Sciences Planning, the National Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, the Shanghai Planning Office of Philosophy and Social Science, the Ford Foundation, and the International Olympic Committee.
Dr. Yang’s research has won many prestigious awards, including Outstanding Achievement Award of 7th Shanghai Philosophy and Social Science and the second prize in the Outstanding Achievement Awards of the seventh Shanghai Research and Propagandize Deng Xiaoping Theory Conference.  He personally was awarded several honors such as National Excellent Individual on Family Education in 2007, Shanghai Excellent Individual on the Development of Family Civilization in 2011, National One Hundred Family Figures on Family Education in 2012 and Shanghai's top ten professionals with outstanding contributions to social work. 
Dr. Yang also holds positions including such as the Director of Social Research Centre at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, Director and Chief Editor of the journal of Contemporary Youth Research, Vice President of Shanghai Social Psychology Association, Shanghai Youth Education Association and Shanghai Family Education Research Association, permanent board member of Shanghai Sociological Association and Shanghai Pedagogy Association, and board member of China Sociological Association and China Social Psychology Association.

Hirokazu Yoshikawa

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York University

Hirokazu Yoshikawa is the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University.  He is a community and developmental psychologist who studies the effects of public policies and programs related to immigration, early childhood, parental employment and education, and poverty reduction on children’s development. He conducts research in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries.  He currently serves as co-chair of the education workgroup of the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the research and technical group working under the auspices of the Secretary-General on the post-2015 global development goals.  His recent books include Immigrants Raising Citizens: Undocumented Parents and Their Young Children.  He previously was on the faculty of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he was the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and the Academic Dean.  He has served on the Board on Children, Youth and Families of the US National Academy of Sciences and the US DHHS Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation for the Clinton and Obama Administrations. In 2011 he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as a member of the National Board for Education Sciences. In 2013 he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Education. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from New York University. 


Haidong ZHANG

Professor & Deputy Director
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Shanghai University

Dr. Haidong Zhang is currently the Deputy Director for the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of School of Sociology and Political Science at Shanghai University. His research primarily focuses on social quality and social inequality with recent projects examining issues such as “Constructing Social Quality and Harmonious Society”, “Emerging Poverty Issues for industrial cities in Northeast China.” Dr. Zhang has published many highly-regarded articles in core Chinese journals.


Wenhong ZHANG

Professor & Dean
School of Sociology
Shanghai University

Wenhong Zhang, current is a Professor and Dean of School of Sociology at Shanghai University. He is also the Associate Dean for the School of Arts at Shanghai University.  Dr. Zhang also holds positions as a council member of Chinese Sociological Association, vice chairman of Chinese Social Network Professional Committee, Executive Director and Deputy Secretary General of Shanghai Sociological Association, Executive Director of Shanghai Community Research Institute, editorial board member of "Organization, Network and System Series", editorial board member of the journal "Society", Evaluation Expert of Chinese Postdoctoral Science Foundation, the National Social Science Fund Project, Ford Foundation Sociology Project, and Distinguished Research Fellow of E-Institutes of Sociology in Universities in Shanghai. His main areas of research and expertise are in the analysis of social networks, social capital, social stratification and social mobility, organizational sociology, social research methods. He was one of the first cohort of scholars to introduce the international forefront theory and research methods of social network analysis to mainland academics and to carry out empirical studies of social networks localization. In recent years, as the project principal investigator, Dr. Zhang has been involved with projects such as funded by the National Social Science Foundation on “The New Immigration in the Urban Areas” and “Social Network System for Re-employment of Laid-off Workers” among many other national and provincial projects. Dr. Zhang’s work has earned himself many prestigious awards such as the first prize of Shanghai City Excellence Achievements in Philosophy and Social Science (Class of book) in 2008 and Outstanding Paper Award of Annual Conference of Chinese Sociology in 2006.
Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. degree in Sociology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2003 and completed postdoctoral research at College of Humanities and Social Sciences of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2004.