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Zhiqiang Liu, PhD

Zhiqiang Liu was appointed Director of the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo in February 2017. He is Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and Associate Director of Center of Excellence for Human Capital, Technology Transfer, and Economic Growth and Development. He is also Special-term Professor and Deputy Director of the China Center for Human Capital and Labor Market Research at Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. He earned an MBA and a PhD from UB and a B.S. from Tianjin University.

Professor Liu’s research interests include applied microeconomics, economic growth and development, the economics of crime, and the Chinese economy. He has published numerous articles in leading economics journals, including Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Political Economy, and Journal of Urban Economics, among others. He has served on the board of directors and board of regents of the Chinese Economists Society. He also sits on an advisory committee of the Natural Science Foundation of China. He is currently on the editorial board of China Economic Review.

2 Lu photoQiaomei (Maggie) Lu
Associate Director

Professor Qiaomei (Maggie) Lu is Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo. While serving in Buffalo, she is on leave from her position as Associate Professor at the College of Foreign Languages, Capital Normal University (CNU).

Professor Lu’s research addresses language teaching and testing. She has published twenty-five textbooks, one book translation, and nineteen research papers concerning teaching and testing of English to Chinese learners. She is an advisor of graduate students majoring in language teaching at CNU. Many of her students have won CNU Excellent Dissertation Awards, and her class received the Excellent Class of Higher Education award from the Beijing Education Commission. She also won the Annual Award for Excellent Teacher at CNU.

As a Chinese language and culture promoter, Professor Lu was invited twice as Chinese Cultural Lecturer sponsored by the Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) to deliver a series of lectures on Chinese culture in the United States.  She is a member of The International Society for Chinese Language Teaching.

3 Acker photoBruce Acker
Associate Director

Bruce Acker is Associate Director of the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. His previous positions include assistant director of Asian Studies at UB, development director at the International Institute of Buffalo, and codirector of Eurasia Policy Studies at The National Bureau of Asian Research (Seattle). He began his career as a Russian language teacher at Calasanctius School in Buffalo and the Northwest School in Seattle. He holds a BA in Russian Language and Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA in Russian Studies from the University of Washington.

Yin Wuwu-yin-photo
Program Assistant

Yin Wu is a Ph.D. student in Educational Psychology and Quantitative Methods at UB. She assists the Confucius Institute with Chinese cultural activities, teacher orientation and workshops, translation, document preparation, organization of the library, and other office tasks. She has teaching experience both in China and the U.S.


Qichang (Ryan) Tangryan-tang-photo
Program Assistant

Qichang Tang is a Ph.D. student in the Educational Culture, Policy and Society (ECPS) program at UB. His responsibilities at the Confucius Institute include assisting with planning, publicity and logistics of UBCI events; assisting guest teachers get settled and maintaining regular connections; translation; and office tasks.