Instructor Bios

NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai High School Academy Instructor Bios

Week 1 第一周

 

China - U.S. Dialogue: Joining The Discussion -- Ivan Rasmussen

Ivan Willis Rasmussen is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College and a Research Fellow with the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. He holds a Ph.D. from Tufts University along with a Master’s degree also from Tufts and a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has taught and researched at a variety of institutions including Hamilton College, Tufts University, Harvard Kennedy School, Boston College, and People’s University in Beijing. He previously worked for the US Department of State, Duke University/Gates Foundation, and the RAND Corporation. Professor Rasmussen is a member of the American Political Science Association, International Studies Association, and Association of Asian Studies along with acting as a reviewer for various journals such as International Security. His research has appeared in the Asian Journal of Public Affairs and the Chinese Yearbook of International Law and Affairs. More information can be found on his website: http://ivanrasmussen.com.

 

Integrated Marketing: Consumer, Experience and Strategy -- June Bu

June is an accomplished Independent Marketing Consultant and Executive Coach. She has worked with various companies, including Johnson and Johnson, Merck Consumer Care, Wonder Milk, Church & Dwight, Mattel, Jahwa, Omey as well as start-up businesses such as Abest Education, Aedify Group, cakeland.com, wowyoung.org, and Ustore. She has a wealth of experience in strategic marketing, brand equity management, integrated brand communication, consumer relationship management, insight and new product development, professional marketing, and marketing talent development. June also actively participates in marketing talent education, teaching "Brand Management" at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics as well as "Fashion & Lifestyle Marketing" at Conde Nast Center of Fashion and Design. June also works as an executive mentor for CEIBS MBA ICSP and the NYU Shanghai Real Business Case program.

 

Introduction to Creative Coding -- Aven Le Zhou

Le Zhou, also known as Aven, is a cross-disciplinary designer and researcher based in Shanghai. His recent work focuses on creative coding, interactive technology, computational geometry, and digital fabrication. He graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a degree in architecture and is currently a consultant at Interactive Media Arts, NYU Shanghai as well as an adjunct professor at the Shanghai Art and Design Academy.

 

Week 2 第二周

Global Finance -- Nicole Wang

Nicole Wang is a Shanghai-based financial trainer for banks (eg. Bank of China), and a guest lecturer for finance courses in many Chinese universities (eg. Shanghai Foreign Language University). She is also the founder of Mitang Academic Services, helping hundreds of overseas Chinese students with their studies when they are studying abroad. Prior to that, she was the youngest fund manager in one of Europe's largest asset management companies ING, managing over 10 billion euros together with her Fixed Income team. She also had investment banking experience while she worked with Royal Bank of Scotland in London. She obtained her Master's degree in Statistics from Columbia University, and her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Finance from University of Amsterdam.

 

Programming Web Design: Creativity Meets Technology -- Aven Le Zhou

Le Zhou, also known as Aven, is a cross-disciplinary designer and researcher based in Shanghai. His recent work focuses on creative coding, interactive technology, computational geometry, and digital fabrication. He graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a degree in architecture and is currently a consultant at Interactive Media Arts, NYU Shanghai as well as an adjunct professor at the Shanghai Art and Design Academy.

 

Sports Business in a Globalized World -- Jane (Rizhen) Wang

Jane (Rizhen) Wang currently serves as Manager, Sports Business Intelligence at HKS Architects, one of the world’s top 10 architect firms. HKS Architects has 30 international offices and 1500 employees, and has designed the U.S. Bank Stadium, AT&T Stadium, American Airlines Center, USTA National Campus, and many more. Jane specializes in the areas of sports marketing, revenue strategy, business development, client relationship management, and project management. Previously, she has worked in various areas of the sports industry, including event operations at the Beijing Sports Bureau, sports broadcasting at FOX Sports, social media at Bayern Munich, ticketing and digital strategy at the U.S. Tennis Association, sponsorship at Engine Group, and management consulting at Bain & Company. Jane holds an M.S. in Sports Management from Columbia University, B.S. in Economics from Peking University and B.A. in Sports Industry Management from Beijing Sport University.

 

Creating Space: Exhibition Practice in the 21st Century - Maya Kramer

Maya Kramer is an artist, arts writer, educator, and art consultant. She was based in New York City for nine years during which time she worked in the curatorial department of the Guggenheim museum and for private collectors. In 2010 she relocated to Shanghai, and has since exhibited internationally in conjunction with institutions such the Hong Kong Arts Centre (Hong Kong) and the Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven, Holland) among others. She is a recipient of the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship and is a 2016-2018 NYU Critical Collaborations Fellow. She previous taught art history, theory and practice at AIVA (Academy of International Visual Arts) in Shanghai and she has written catalogue essays for The Shanghai Gallery of Art, and Bank Gallery. She is a regular contributor to Frieze magazine and Cobo Social. Maya has an MFA from Hunter College in New York.

 

Week 3 第三周

Global Finance -- Nicole Wang

Nicole Wang is a Shanghai-based financial trainer for banks (eg. Bank of China), and a guest lecturer for finance courses in many Chinese universities (eg. Shanghai Foreign Language University). She is also the founder of Mitang Academic Services, helping hundreds of overseas Chinese students with their studies when they are studying abroad. Prior to that, she was the youngest fund manager in one of Europe's largest asset management companies ING, managing over 10 billion euros together with her Fixed Income team. She also had investment banking experience while she worked with Royal Bank of Scotland in London. She obtained her Master's degree in Statistics from Columbia University, and her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Finance from University of Amsterdam.

Video Game Design: From Concept to Completion -- Aven Le Zhou / Jianghao Hu

Le Zhou, also known as Aven, is a cross-disciplinary designer and researcher based in Shanghai. His recent work focuses on creative coding, interactive technology, computational geometry, and digital fabrication. He graduated from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology with a degree in architecture and is currently a consultant at Interactive Media Arts, NYU Shanghai as well as an adjunct professor at the Shanghai Art and Design Academy.

Jianghao Hu (Sam) is a game designer and developer who will graduate from NYU Shanghai IMA this year. His recent work focuses on action and adventure games as well as games with social aspects. He is passionate about video games, technology, and music.

 

Tourism: Digital Marketing and Social Media -- Jiayi Du

Jiayi Du graduated from New York University with a Master's in Tourism Management and from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with a PhD in Marketing. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. Her main research topics include social media and digital marketing, consumer behavior, and the entertainment industry. She also works in the training program of the Shanghai Shendi Group, which holds a 57% share of the Shanghai Disney Resort project. She has been the event leader of Shanghai NYU Alumni Club since 2013. Under her leadership, the Shanghai Alumni Club has held numerous events, including the 2nd Pan Asia Alumni Conference, happy hours, academic seminars, and the Annual Gala Dinner, among others.

 

Week 4 第四周

Creative Writing: Finding Truth In Fiction -- Clemon Courtney

Clemon Courtney graduated from Lake Forest College with a degree in Creative Writing. At 14, the Chicago native attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, where he enjoyed reading and writing short stories when he wasn't studying or watching The Simpsons. At Lake Forest College, he worked  as a columnist for the College's newspaper and a peer tutor. After college, Clemon moved to Shanghai, intending to stay for just a year. Instantly charmed by this dynamic city, he has made Shanghai his second home after living here for 13 years. After over a decade of teaching writing, literature and test preparation at schools including Livingston American School and the Lycée Francais de Shanghai, he is now the owner and founder of a writing services company, aptly called The Write Place. Clemon is absolutely elated to share his love of English with students in a city brimming with energy and possibility! 

 

Digital Filmmaking: Telling a Story Through Technology -- Yifan Hu / Jianghao Hu

Cindy Yifan Hu is a new media artist, designer and researcher based in Shanghai. Her work focuses on exploring how technology enables new narratives in storytelling, education and visual culture. She graduated from NYU Shanghai Interactive Media Arts program and is now an Associate Fellow here.

Jianghao Hu (Sam) is a game designer and developer who will graduate from NYU Shanghai IMA this year. His recent work focuses on action and adventure games as well as games with social aspects. He is passionate about video games, technology, and music.