Instructor Bios

NYUSPS at NYU Shanghai High School Academy Instructor Bios

Week 1 第一周

Leadership: Building Skills for College Success -- Sarah Kimmet

Sarah Kimmet is director of literature at Shanghai Wenlai International School, a satellite school of Qibao Dwight High School. Her past roles include working as a foreign expert at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou and as a lecturer in the English Departments of University of Maryland, College Park and Louisiana State University. She also served as program coordinator and career advisor in the Honors Humanities Program at Maryland, where she received her PhD in English Language and Literature in 2011. Dr. Kimmet’s areas of expertise include transatlantic literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, philosophy and literature, rhetoric and composition, and women’s studies.

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.

U.S. History and Culture -- John Robertson

John Robertson is the assistant provost of academic affairs at NYU Shanghai. Prior to working at NYU Shanghai, he held a similar position from 2004 to 2012 at Carnegie Mellon Qatar, which had a student population of 40 percent Qataris, 40 percent children of expats working in Qatar, and 20 percent international students. There, he helped develop curriculum and recruit students for the first class of each school. In addition to his administrative duties, he teaches courses on globalization, including the Fall and Rise of Modern China, Trade in World History, the Globalization of Warfare, and Globalization of the Arabian Gulf.

Video Game Design: From Concept To Completion -- 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

Leadership: Building Skills for Career Success -- Sebastian Martin

Sebastian Martin is the founder and CEO of Cambio Coffee, an organic specialty coffee company that focuses on impactful sourcing, and developing wholesale, online, and retail distribution channels in China. He has been a mentor and adviser to dozens of early stage entrepreneurs and start ups and specializes in the areas of cross-cultural branding, strategy, business planning, and fundraising. An expert and practitioner in the field of social enterprise, Sebastian is on the board of Fresh Start Rotary Club, a volunteer group dedicated to empowering social entrepreneurs in China. He has extensive experience in creating hands-on learning environments and leading classes, talks, and workshops on the subjects of entrepreneurship, leadership, social enterprise, and doing business in China. He is passionate about helping individuals and organizations identify their purpose to accomplish their goals. Sebastian holds master's degrees in international management and in global entrepreneurship.

Integrated marketing: Innovation 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.

U.S.-China 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.

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.

Web Design: Creativity Meets Technology -- Jiwon Shin

Jiwon Shin is an interdisciplinary artist and programmer. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Computer Science and Visual Arts from New York University Abu Dhabi. Her past work ranges from full-stack web development to artwork such as public sculptures, performances, and generative visuals, most of which utilize programming in environments such as Arduino, Processing, p5.js, three.js and node.js. Most of her work explores new methods of communication that are simultaneously digital and analog. More detailed information about her work is available on her website: jiwonshin.com

 

Week 3 第三周

Entrepreneurial Problem Solving -- Sebastian Martin

Sebastian Martin is the founder and CEO of Cambio Coffee, an organic specialty coffee company that focuses on impactful sourcing, and developing wholesale, online, and retail distribution channels in China. He has been a mentor and adviser to dozens of early stage entrepreneurs and start ups and specializes in the areas of cross-cultural branding, strategy, business planning, and fundraising. An expert and practitioner in the field of social enterprise, Sebastian is on the board of Fresh Start Rotary Club, a volunteer group dedicated to empowering social entrepreneurs in China. He has extensive experience in creating hands-on learning environments and leading classes, talks, and workshops on the subjects of entrepreneurship, leadership, social enterprise, and doing business in China. He is passionate about helping individuals and organizations identify their purpose to accomplish their goals. Sebastian holds master's degrees in international management and in global entrepreneurship.

Digital Filmmaking: Telling a Story Through Technology -- Jiwon Shin

Jiwon Shin is an interdisciplinary artist and programmer. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Computer Science and Visual Arts from New York University Abu Dhabi. Her past work ranges from full-stack web development to artwork such as public sculptures, performances, and generative visuals, most of which utilize programming in environments such as Arduino, Processing, p5.js, three.js and node.js. Most of her work explores new methods of communication that are simultaneously digital and analog. More detailed information about her work is available on her website: jiwonshin.com

 

Week 4 第四周

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.

Creative Writing: Finding Truth In Fiction -- Anjuli Pandavar

Anjuli Pandavar is an emerging British writer, social critic and a lecturer at NYU Shanghai. Born in South Africa, she holds a Doctorate in political economy from the University of Glasgow and is a fiercely independent thinker. Having come to fiction relatively late in life, Anjuli completes her MFA in creative writing at NYU Paris in July. She is working on her first novel, set in the twelfth-century Eastern classical world. She also writes essays, blogs and has recently started writing short stories. She has read her work in Asia, Europe and North America, including in KGB Bar, New York. Anjuli lives in Shanghai with her Australian wife, Belinda Allan.

Fashion Beyond Borders: Exploring the Global Fashion Industry -- Shawndria Grant

Shawnie Grant is an American fashion instructor, fashion designer, and international distributor for her own clothing brand, Tailored. She opened her fashion store, Tailored Boutique, in 2013, offering custom clothesmaking to men and women living in the United States. In 2015, Shawnie moved to Shenzhen and started producing her women’s clothing brand, Tailored, using local manufacturers in China to sell to fashion buyers in America. She also started teaching her fashion curriculum, Dress for Success, at English First to Chinese adults working internationally. In 2016, she began teaching her second fashion curriculum, Fashion House, to Chinese middle school students at World Foreign Language Middle School Academy. In 2017, Shawnie taught Fashion Beyond Borders: Exploring the Global Fashion Industry for the NYUSPS High School Academy program and she founded and led a fashion club in Morocco at American Language Center. She is also the founder of a charity organization, Tailored Hearts, which donates clothes to teenage girls from low-income families and those suffering from natural disasters.