Visiting Scholar

ShuiMei Bao

Associate Professor

ShuiMei Bao is currently a Visiting Scholar at Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), UC Berkeley. She is also working as associate professor of LanZhou University in China.

Her research focuses on Teacher Professional Development, Comparative Higher Education, Postgraduate Education, Higher Education Policy and Management. Her most recent research focuses on the objective diagnosis and evaluation of the professional development level of graduate supervisors in China(take all graduate supervisors of 56 universities with graduate schools as the survey sample), and discusses...

Marco Bitschnau

Doctoral student, Université de Neuchâtel

Marco Bitschnau is a Ph.D. candidate at the Université de Neuchâtel and research fellow at the NCCR – on the move. He previously studied Sociology, Politics and Economics at Zeppelin Universität (B.A., 2017) and Political Sociology at the University of Cambridge (MPhil, 2018).

Additional stays include a semester at Sciences Po Paris (Certificate in International Strategy summa cum laude, 2016) as well as internships in Berlin, St. Petersburg, and New York. He has been a lecturer at the...

Nelson Casimiro Zavale

Associate Professor, Faculty of Education at the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), and affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences

Nelson Casimiro Zavale is currently Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), in Maputo, Mozambique and an affiliate of the African Academy of Sciences. He holds PhD Degree (2012) in Educational Sciences (Sociology of Education) from Aix-Marseille University (France) and a Master Degree (2008) in Social Sciences, specialization in Education) from the same university. Before being Fulbright visiting scholar (2021-2022) at the Centre for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), University of California, Berkeley (2021-...

Lin Cong

Doctoral Student, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Lin Cong is a Ph.D. student in school of education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She holds a Master’s degree in pedagogy from Sichuan University (2016). Her research interests focus on the coordinate development between University discipline ecology and regional industry, as well as internal discipline ecology management in universities, etc.

She has participated in the National Natural Science Foundation of China "Research on the Formation Mechanism and Promotion Strategies of Research Universities' Social Reputation" project. She has...

Hong Liu

Associate Professor

Hong Liu is currently a Visiting Scholar at Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), UC Berkeley. She is also working as an associate professor of Business School at University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in China.

Liu received her B.A. in law from Fudan University, her M.A. in public management from Fudan University, and Ph.D. in public policy from Fudan University. Her research area mainly focuses on higher education policy, higher education management and university governance. Up to now, she has been awarded seven research funds by the Ministry of Education of...

Maria Veronica Santelices

Maria Veronica Santelices, PhD, is an associate professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Department of Education. Her research interests include educational measurement and educational policy. In higher education, she has researched admissions to selective institutions both in Chile and in the United States, and college-going decision-making, transition to higher education, persistence and the impact of financial aid on educational outcomes. Her research has been funded by several competitive research grants and she is the author of two books about Higher Education in...

Marc Torka

Research associate, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney (Australia) and WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Marc is a sociologist of higher education, science and the profession. His general interest is how, if at all, institutional changes impact on the practice of academic and professional work. His current research project 'International comparison of doctoral training practices' compares practices of doctoral research and supervision in the social sciences and physics within the German chair, Australian lecturer and US graduate school system.

Marc is currently visiting scholar at the Center of Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at UC Berkeley, research associate at the Department of...

Xiao Jia

Xiao Jia is a Ph.D. student in Graduate School of Education, Dalian University of Technology (DUT). He is currently a visiting student researcher at the Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley.

He got Bachelor degree in Engineering and Master degree in Management at DUT. His research interests includes the regional disparity in higher education, university governance, and student experience in higher education. He has participated in four national projects and one provincial project and publish several papers in these areas.


During his stay at...

Xiaoyu Chen

Xiaoyu Chen is currently a professor in Graduate School of Education, Director of the Center for Basic Education Research at Peking University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Technology from Peking University (PKU), Master of Arts in Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Economics, from PKU. He has served as the Deputy Director of Finance Office of PKU (2001-2014), Deputy Dean (2006-2009), Party Secretary (2006-2014), Dean (2014-2018) of Graduate School of Education, PKU. His major research area includes Educational Economics and Educational Finance....

Xiang Yao

Assistant Professor

Xiang Yao is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), UC Berkeley. She is an Assistant Professor at the National Academy of Education Administration (NAEA) in China. Her research interests include but not limited to performance management and human resource management in public sector, citizen trust in government, citizen participation, etc. She has been leading (PI) two research projects and has participated in (Subproject PI or Associate Researcher) six research projects funded or commissioned by China national government agencies, such...