Visiting Scholar

Aray Saniyazova, Ph.D.

Aray Saniyazova is a senior manager at the Office of President of Nazarbayev University (NU). She holds a Master’s degree in education from Vanderbilt University (2011), and PhD in education from NU (2017). Her research interests focus on contemporary issues of higher education: transition from high school to university; student experience and college climate; gender issues in education; institutional development of newly established universities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.