Faculty

Faculty

Bard Early College at Houde Academy faculty members are experienced college professors with a special interest in working with younger students in China. 

Our Faculty

Miaojuan Chen 陈淼娟
Theater Faculty 
M.F.A. in Acting, The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University; M.A. and B.A. in English Literature, Peking University. Was also trained at Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, The Barrow Group, and Stella Adler School of Acting. As an actress, she has performed in over 25 plays with a wide range of styles, including Shakespeare, Chekhov, physical theater, devising theater, in both New York and Beijing. As a teaching artist, she has adapted and directed a series of plays for children: Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Grimm’s tale of Hansel and Gretel, The Reynard Fox and the Happy Village, etc. 
E-mail: chenmiaojuan1989@gmail.com 

Jesse Field 方哲升
Dean of Studies
A.B., Harvard College; M.A., University of Texas, Austin; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Dr. Field’s areas of interest include Chinese intellectual history, Chinese literature, biography and life writing, world literature and humanities education. Scholarly and literary translator for authors including Yang Jiang, Qian Zhongshu, Ge Zhaoguang, Zhu Weizheng, Cai Jun, and others. 
Email: jfield@bard.edu

Daniel Hobbs
Physics and Mathematics Faculty
M.S. in Physics, Vanderbilt University, B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, Berry College.
In 2006, he did his master’s thesis on the possibility of extra spatial dimensions being responsible for the dominance of matter over anti-matter.  More recently, he has developed an interest in astrophysics in topics such as black holes, neutron stars, and new planets being discovered outside of the solar system.  In 2014, he attended a winter school on black holes at Fudan University.  At Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea, he made a series of online calculus lectures for the incoming freshman to become better acquainted with university level mathematics.  Finally, he is an avid traveler and among other places, he has been to the historical houses of the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and the science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke.
Email: dhobbs@bec.bard.edu​

Matthew Couri Jacobs 马奇
Social Science Faculty
Matthew is a PhD Candidate at the University of Minnesota in Political Science. He received a dual B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Illinois State University and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. In his graduate studies, he specialized in Comparative Politics and Research Methods. He has taught social science in international joint programs at Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University and University of Colorado Denver at the China Agricultural University as well as serving as a visiting lecturer at China University of Political Science and Law and Communications University of China. His areas of interest are in society and religion, new media and Internet, and the development of China.
Email: mcjacobs@bec.bard.edu​​​​​​​

Brett Kho
Physics and Mathematics Faculty
M.Eng in Civil and Environmental Engineering, National University of Singapore; B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Brett is a Research Engineer by profession with research and teaching experience in the Physics, Engineering, and standardized examination fields. The scope of his curriculum spans a wide range of physical, chemical, and biological topics that culminate in a thorough understanding of physical behavior. Professional experience is rooted in education, with over 5 years of teaching experience including college-level instruction, high school teaching, one-on-one tutoring, and teaching assistance in math and science-based subjects. Although Brett was born and raised in Chicago, he has previously studied, taught, or performed research in Hong Kong (1 year), Hanoi (1 year), Singapore (2 years), Honolulu (1 year), and Shenzhen (2 years) and looks forward to continuing his contributions at Bard Early College and the Houde Academy.
Email: bkho@bec.bard.edu

Alexander C. Wille 魏立德
Chinese Language & Culture (Humanities) FacultyAlexander C. Wille 魏立德
Chinese Language & Culture (Humanities) Faculty
A.B. Lawrence University; M.A., Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Dr. Wille’s areas of interest include narratology, Comparative Literature, and the short vernacular fiction of late imperial China. He has previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Email: awille@hdacademy.cn ; awille@bec.bard.edu

Kun Yue 岳坤​
Chinese Language & Culture (Humanities) Faculty 
Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Oregon, M.A. in English Language and Literature at Peking University, and B.A. in English Teacher Education at Sichuan International Studies University. Kun received his academic training in linguistics and Chinese language & culture from the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, respectively. As a scholar-teacher, his research interests include cognitive/functional linguistic theory, Chinese linguistics and translation studies.
Email: kyue@bec.bard.edu