As Associate Director for East Asian Partnerships for the Office of Global Strategies, Chris is responsible for supporting and managing Nebraska's East Asian initiatives and programs. He sees his mission as a cultural and academic interlocutor, striving to build engagement with China and East Asia in U.S. education. His doctoral dissertation, Saving the People from Fire and Water: Post-war Reconstruction after the Taiping Civil War, 1864-1894, focused on issues of post-war institutions, trauma, war memory and commemoration, refugees and veterans following one of the largest conflicts in human history.
Chris is deeply interested in many contemporary Chinese issues, from agricultural and water resources in the North China plain, to teaching Chinese as a second language and Chinese culture and arts. He speaks Chinese, Classical Chinese and Spanish.
Prior to UNL, Chris lived in Beijing, China for seven years and travelled through much of East Asia.