Assistant Professor, Master of Arts in Chinese Studies (MACS)
Ph.D. – University of Toronto
M.A. – Beijing Normal University
Professor Zhang received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and M.A. from Beijing Normal University. He has taught various courses on Chinese language, literature, history, and culture as well as the broader topic of East Asian civilization. At Valparaiso University, he is teaching Chinese language courses at different levels, such as Beginning Chinese and Fourth Year Chinese, and literature and culture courses, such as Masterworks in Chinese Literature and Contemporary China in Mass Media. He is familiar with proficiency-oriented instruction, integrating it with current technological and multimedia resources into language and literature instruction. Part of the MACS curriculum includes the summer studies abroad program at Zhejiang University, one of the top universities in China. Professor Zhang’s doctoral dissertation on nostalgia in lore and poetry adopts a multidisciplinary approach to poems on history. Besides turning his dissertation into a monograph, he is currently undertaking two other projects that include a study into cultural memory and aesthetics in poems on history and a study on how commentaries shape literary writings of Chinese poets in late imperial China. He has published a translated book, book chapters, peer-reviewed articles, and book reviews in the field of Chinese studies. He has also contributed to several government-sponsored projects in the U.S., Canada, and China.