Steering Committee

David See-Chai Lam Centre for International Communciation is headed by a Director and governed by a Steering Committee. It also has an Advisory Board and members that participate in the activities of the Centre.


Michael Hathaway

Professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
BA (California, Santa Cruz), MA , PhD (Michigan)

Michael Hathaway is an associate professor of Anthropology and associate member of the School for International Studies. His first research project examined global environmentalism and the politics of indigeneity. This work was published as Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China (University of California Press, 2013). Michael's current ethnographic project examines issues of globalization, commodification, and the making of transnational science through a study of a newly created global commodity, the matsutake mushroom. This project is carried out by a collaborative team of researchers based in Canada and the US. They are tracing the social worlds fostered by this high-value wild mushroom in diverse social and physical settings such as British Columbia, the US Pacific Northwest, Northern Japan, and Southwest China.

Shuyu Kong

Professor, Department of Humanities
BA, MA (Peking University), PhD (UBC)

Shuyu Kong is a professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University. She taught at University of Alberta and University of Sydney before coming to SFU where she teaches Chinese literary and cultural studies and Asian Diaspora studies. Besides numerous articles in referred journals and book chapters, Shuyu is the author of two books Consuming Literature: Bestsellers and the Commercialization of Literary Production in Contemporary China (Stanford University Press, 2005), and Popular Media, Social Emotion and Public Discourse in Contemporary China (Routledge, 2014, 2017). She is also co-translator of Beijing Women (with Colin S. Hawes, Merwin Asia, 2014).

Shuyu’s current research projects include: the screening of foreign films in China in the late 1970s and 1980s; Taiwan literature and creative industry; the early modernization of Chinese arts in the first half of 20th century; and Chinese-language television in Canada. She is also interested in introducing Chinese classics to post-secondary liberal education curriculum.

Shuyu was visiting fellow/scholar or guest lecturer at College of Communication, National Chengchi University (2016), School of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University (2015), International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden University (2013), School of Culture, History & Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australia National University (2012), and School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong (2011).


Jeremy Brown

Associate Professor, Department of History
PhD (University of California, San Diego)

A white settler born in Iowa, Jeremy Brown (he/him) specializes in the social history of modern China. His latest book is June Fourth: The Tiananmen Protests and Beijing Massacre of 1989. Brown's digital history projects include the SFU Tiananmen ProjectPRC History Transparency Project (supported by the DLC), and Grassroots Chinese History Archive (supported by the DLC). Brown has two sons and is an avid middle-distance runner and a fan of 1990s hip-hop.

Rosalie L. Tung

Professor, The Ming and Stella Wong Professor of International Business, Beedie School of Business
BA (York), MBA, PhD (UBC), FRS(C), Fellow of the Academy of Management, Fellow of the Academy of International Business, Fellow of the British Academy of Management

Rosalie L. Tung completing a five-year term as vice-president, president and past president of the Academy of Management (2000–2005). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Academy of Management, and the Academy of International Business, she also won the 1998 Vancouver YWCA Woman of the Year award in Management, the Professions and Trades; in 1997 she won the American Society for Advanced Global Competitiveness Research Award. Rosalie joined SFU Business in 1991 after serving on the faculties of a number of American universities, including a Wisconsin Distinguished Professorship with the University of Wisconsin System and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting professor at universities around the world, including Harvard, and has served on the United Nations’ Task Force on Human Resource Management. Rosalie is also involved in management development and consulting activities around the world. In her spare time, she enjoys Chinese brush painting, and meditation.

Irene Pang

Assistant Professor, School for International Studies
BA (Johns Hopkins), AM, PhD (Brown)

Irene Pang is a political sociologist who studies issues of labor, citizenship, and rights contestation in contemporary China and India. Her ongoing research examines how low-income internal migrant construction workers in Beijing and Delhi navigate relations with capital, the state, and civil society in their struggle to achieve substantive citizenship beyond its formal bureaucratic status. This work engages with and speaks to academic debates on precarious labor, civil society, and the dynamics of capitalism, and draws on ethnographic data collected from two years of fieldwork funded by the National Science Foundation (US), the ZEIT-Stiftung (Germany), as well as the Watson Institute and the Center for Contemporary South Asia at Brown University.

David Zandvliet

Professor, Faculty of Education and Director for the Institute for Environmental Learning
PhD (Curtain University of Technology)

David Zandvliet is a Professor at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) and Director of the Institute for Environmental Learning. He has held additional appointments as associate faculty and teaching fellow in the Faculty of Environment (SFU) and is currently an associate member in the Faculty of Science (SFU).  He was recently appointed as the  newly established UNESCO Chair in Bio-cultural Diversity and Education at Simon Fraser University.

An experienced teacher and researcher, David has published numerous articles in international journals and presented refereed conference papers on six continents and in over 17 countries. His career interests lie in the areas of science, technology and environmental education. As a former director of the Faculty’s Centre for Educational Technology, he has also considerable experience in the physical design and evaluation of classrooms and in provision of teacher professional development. He has conducted research and development on learning environments in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Taiwan.