Board of Directors & Staff


The Board of Directors of the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation is composed of specialists in late imperial Chinese history, art, language, business, and culture.

Pieter “Paize” Keulemans
Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University

Paize Keulemans has studied Chinese language and literature at Leiden University, Nankai University, Cambridge University, National Taiwan University, Beijing University, and the University of Chicago, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2004. Keulemans specializes in late-imperial novels and opera, but his interests also include modern Chinese literature, contemporary Chinese film, Dutch-Chinese interactions from the 17th-century onwards, and the adaptation of China’s great novels, such as The Three Kingdoms, into video games. He has taught Chinese literature at Columbia, Yale, and Princeton Universities.

Vice President
Kathlene Baldanza
Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

Kathlene Baldanza is a historian of China and Vietnam, teaching in the History and Asian Studies Departments at Penn State University. Her first book is Ming China and Vietnam: Negotiating Borders in Early Modern Asia (Cambridge, 2016). Her current research project explores the role of climate and disease in limiting both Chinese southern expansion as well as Vietnamese expansion to its northwest in the late imperial (15th–19th century) period. She earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

Dora C.Y. Ching
Associate Director, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University

A specialist in Chinese painting and calligraphy, Dora Ching has served as associate director of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University since 2002. Throughout her career, Ching has been deeply engaged in book editing and publication, with more than a dozen books to her credit as co-editor or managing editor. She is the author of numerous book chapters and articles, has co-curated three major museum exhibitions, and occasionally serves as a lecturer at Princeton University. Ching received her A.B. from Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2011.

Martin Heijdra
Director, East Asian Library, Princeton University

Martin Heijdra studied Sinology and Japanology at Leiden, Beijing, and Kyoto before receiving a Ph.D. in Ming history at Princeton University. Since then, he has published in Ming socio-economic history, and more recently, on the history of the East Asian book and non-Western typography. He currently is the treasurer of the Society for Ming Studies, book review editor for the journal East Asian Publishing and Society, and a member of the advisory board for the Bibliography of Asian Studies.

Zoe S. Kwok
Associate Curator of Asian Art, Princeton University Art Museum

A specialist in Chinese art history, Zoe S. Kwok joined the Princeton University Art Museum in 2013. Her most recent project was the exhibition and publication The Eternal Feast: Banqueting in Chinese Art from the 10th to the 14th Century (2019). She holds a B.A. in history and art history from Wellesley College, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, and earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2013. Kwok has been an adjunct visiting professor at Franklin & Marshall College and a Fulbright Fellow in China. She has also worked at the National Palace Museum in Taiwan.

Christian Murck
Senior Counselor, APCO Worldwide

Christian Murck has more than 30 years of experience in finance, public affairs and foreign business operations. He has held senior positions at APCO Worldwide, J.P. Morgan Chase (China), AmCham China, and Chemical Bank, Taipei. In 2003, Murck was nominated to the board of directors of the Bank of Shanghai, after serving as the managing director and senior country officer of the Chase Manhattan Bank in Beijing. A graduate of Yale University, he earned his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University in 1978. He is a trustee of the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

Yijun Wang
Assistant Professor of History, New York University

Yijun Wang received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in 2019 and her B.A. in History from Tsinghua University. Her research interests include material culture, the history of technology, and gender in early modern China. Her current book project, tentatively titled From Tin to Pewter: Craft and Statecraft in Qing China, examines the transmissions of technology and changes in the culture of statecraft in China from 1700 to 1850s. Before joining the faculty of NYU, Wang was a pre-doctoral fellow at Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science.


John D. “Jack” Langlois, Jr. (1942–2010)

A member of the GHF Board through 2010, Ming scholar Jack Langlois earned his AB and PhD in East Asian studies from Princeton University, earning the latter degree in 1974. He also held an MA from Harvard and an MBA from New York University. Langlois joined the faculty of Bowdoin College in 1974, chairing the History Department before departing in 1982 for a successful career in international banking. He held positions with J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Global Strategic Associates, and served on the board of Chinese banks. He was a popular teacher, colleague, and a valued GHF director.

Susan Naquin
Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Emerita, Princeton University

Susan Naquin works on the social and cultural history of late imperial and early modern China (1400–1900). She earned a B.A. from Stanford and a Ph.D. in History from Yale in 1974. She taught at the University of Pennsylvania between 1977 and 1992 before coming to Princeton in 1993. Professor Emerita since 2013, Naquin has written about millenarian peasant uprisings, families and rituals, pilgrimages, temples, and the history of Beijing. Her current work is on the material culture of religion in late imperial North China.

David Robinson
Robert H.N. Ho Professor in Asian Studies and Professor in History, Colgate University

As an undergraduate at Hobart College, David Robinson studied in Beijing and Taipei, where he developed a strong interest in local history. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Robinson’s first book, Bandits, Eunuchs, and the Son of Heaven, reconstructs a world where bandits and enforcers in and around Beijing were tied to the emperor and his senior court officials. His later work has focused on regional and global history, exploring the court culture of the Ming dynasty, early modern Chinese military history, Northeast Asia, and the Mongol empire and its Eurasian successor states of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.


Program Officer
Christine Minerva

Christine Minerva began her not-for-profit career in Chicago museums, working in communications, education, and grant writing at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium. She has taken on freelance writing and editing assignments for not-for-profits, worked in residential life at the University of Chicago, served as an Admissions Reader for Princeton University, and currently splits her time between the Geiss Hsu Foundation and the Princeton University Art Museum. She holds an A.B. in Fundamentals: Issues and Texts from the University of Chicago.