Scholarship on China

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Dr. Zhihui Sophia Geng receiving the Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction Award, 2018

Zhihui Sophia Geng, PhD

Dr. Sophia Geng teaches Chinese language, culture and folklore. Dr. Geng serves as the advisor to the China Cross Cultural Communication Club (5C).She currently serves as Chair of the ASIANetwork Board of Directors. ASIANetwork is a consortium of 150 American Colleges, that works to combine liberal arts education with Asian Studies, to prepare students for future careers with/in Asia.

Dr. Geng is from Shandong Province, China. She has been at CSB+SJU since 2007, gaining her Tenure in 2013. Geng received her B.A. at Shandong Teachers’ University, China, her M.A. from Beijing Foreign Studies University, China, and her Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota. In 2018, Geng received the Robert L. Spaeth Teacher of Distinction Award for engaging her students both inside and outside the classroom.

Dr. Geng has been particularly active in engaging students with her research, and has been awarded two competitive ASIANetwork Student-Faculty Fellowships. In 2010, she worked with students Shazreh Ahmed, Abbie Helminen, Katlynn Nelson, Taylor Peterson, and Philip Whitcomb to study The Storytelling Tradition of Geng Village. During this trip, Dr. Geng and her students learned about papercutting from Du Jun. Her 2019 project, with students Ian Bush, Runmin Geng, Cameron Odden, and Meghan Reeves examined Cultural Identity and Sustainable Future: A Case Study of Two Heritage Towns in China.   Dr. Geng explains her interest in folklore in the video "Why I'm A Folklorist" for the American Folklore Society.  

See more of Dr. Geng's research on CSB/SJU's DigitalCommons.  


Dr. Carol Brash

Carol Brash, PhD

Dr. Carol Brash teaches courses on art history and Asian art.  Her research interests focus on Chinese gardens and garden culture, photography in China, and China gardens in the United States. 

Dr. Brash serves as an advisor to the Minnesota China Friendship Garden in Saint Paul, where she has been able to share her expertise with the City.  She has also represented the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University on the collaborative Mapping Transitions Through Art project.  That program examines cultural, social, and economic transitions, both historical and contemporary, as they apply to artistic education, practice, and exhibition in China. 

Listen to Dr. Brash speak about the Garden of Solitary Delight (Dule yuan), built in the 11th century by scholar-official Sima Guang for The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, East Asian Garden Lecture Series.  And see more of Dr. Brash's scholarship on CSB/SJU's DigitalCommons. 


Dr. Qiang (Tony) Yan

Qiang (Tony) Yan, PhD

Dr. Qiang Yan teaches marketing, business history, strategy, business ethics, public policy, quantitative modeling, and consumer behavior in CSB/SJU's Global Business Leadership department.  

Dr. Yan's research has included studies of international business practices, using China as a comparator.   

See more of Dr. Yan's research on CSB/SJU's DigitalCommons.  

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Clement Dai, among students presenting on the Minnesota-China Business Opportunity Conference Consortium

Student Scholarship

Birkholz, Charis, "Transcultural Intellectuals Throughout the Cultural Revolution in China" (2022). Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity Day. 168.

Dai, Clement; Holupchinski, Richel E.; Gonzalez, Cindy L.; Chikate, Paidamoyo; Huang, Yifei; Lin, Licheng; Gou, Rongfei; and Kong, Liangyifeng, "Minnesota-China Business Opportunity Conference Consortium" (2012). Forum Lectures. 18.

Garbe, Elaine A., "Human Rights in U.S.-China Relations" (1998). Honors Theses, 1963-2015. 666.

Maxbauer, Molly, "Beyond Blue Skies: The Political Implications of China's Environmental Movement" (2009). Honors Theses, 1963-2015. 203.

Neunsinger, Kathryn M., "Freaking Out, Fitting In, And Finding My Way: Looking Back on Four Months in China" (2000). Honors Theses, 1963-2015. 693.

Yin, Licheng, "Get In or Get Out: The Impact of Financial Liberalization on China's Economic Growth" (2013). Honors Theses, 1963-2015. 56.

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Scholarship on China