Associate Professor in Chinese Studies

ASB 353


Ph.D. – University of Toronto
M.A. – Beijing Normal University



Professor Zhang has taught courses on all levels of Chinese language, Chinese literature and culture, as well as the broader topic of East Asian civilization. In his courses, he focuses on proficiency-oriented instruction and integrating new technologies and multimedia resources into language and literature instruction. He has been nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award and VUAA Distinguished Teaching Award.

Professor Zhang has published three books: Lore and Verse: Poems on History in Early Medieval China (under contract), Interaction between Poetry and History in Medieval China (Shanghai: Fudan University Press, 2019) [an edited volume], and Yuedu Tao Yuanming (Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 2016) [a Chinese translation of Wendy Swartz’s Reading Tao Yuanming].

In addition to the books above, he has published many peer-reviewed articles in English and Chinese about pre-modern Chinese literature and culture, particularly poems on history.   His work has appeared in English in such journals as the Journal of Oriental Studies, Early Medieval China, and Journal of Chinese Humanities, and in Chinese in Guoji hanxue (International Sinology), Gudian wenxian yanjiu (Journal of the Institute for Chinese Classics Studies at Nanjing University), and Wenxue yanjiu (Research on Literature). Research and teaching are complementary activities. Professor Zhang has published articles on Chinese language and literature pedagogy in The ASIANetwork Exchange and Education about Asia.

Professor Zhang has received external research grants and fellowships from Princeton University, the Library of Congress, and Harvard University. He has also received support for his research from Valparaiso University in the form of Summer Fellowships, Research Expense Grants, and CELT Travel Grants. Professor Zhang has been a visiting scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fudan University, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He has also contributed to several government-sponsored research projects in the U.S., Canada, and China, including projects sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and the Chinese National Program in Humanities and Social Sciences.