My current research examines the rise of NGOs in the People's Republic of China. NGOs are a new phenomenon in China -- they barely existed at all 30 years ago, but now there are millions. You can learn a little bit about this research by checking out my talk at the Brookings Institute
from Dec 2016 (the full video is here
). Or you can read an editorial I wrote for East Asia Forum
in 2015 or a piece I wrote for the Colgate Scene
, autumn 2008, titled Serving the People
To see a more scholarly work on the subject, check out my most recent articles, published in Voluntas (2016), The Asia-Pacific Journal (2016)
and The China Quarterly (2015).
I also conducted the 2003 and 2009 Colgate Campus Climate Surveys. Working with my co-author, Dr. Landon Reid, we surveyed the entire student body to examine how students' experiences of campus life differentiated by race, gender, socioeconomic class, and other factors.
Download a copy of my CV 2016
I am married to Christopher Henke, who is also a sociology professor here at Colgate. We have one daughter, Lin, born in 2001.
I serve as an elder at my church, Hamilton Bible Fellowship
, although I don't feel old enough to be called an "elder."
In the winter of the 2011-12 academic year, I traveled to India with 26 other Colgate faculty members. Our mission was to confront questions of identity, culture, and knowledge across intellectual boundaries in order to support our instruction within Colgate's Core program. Read more about our experiences at our blog Reflections from India