International Visiting Scholars 2017-18

This fall St. Olaf College hosts five international visiting scholars from Shanghai, China’s East China Normal University (ECNU).  One Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) is on campus for the academic year, assisting with Russian language classes.  Listed below are brief introductions of the fall scholars and language teaching assistant. Please feel free to contact them and welcome them to St. Olaf College and the Northfield community.

Fall Scholars

Gao, Fangfang (Mary) is from Shanghai, China. She has a B.A. from East China Normal University in Shanghai. Ms. Gao is a graduate student from ECNU and will conduct research on, “A Game of Balancing – A Comparison of Minor Parties and Independents in American and Australian Politics”. Her academic liaison is Professor of Political Science, Dan Hofrenning. Mary will live at the Ansgar Sovik House from September – November 2017, phone 786-3963. Email:gao5@stolaf.edu

Li, Yamin is from Yangzhou, China. Dr. Li received her doctorate from Fudan University and is an Associate Professor of Economics and Management at East China Normal University. Dr. Li’s research interests include Chinese retirement policy/pensions and, reverse mortgages. Her academic liaison is Associate Professor of Economics, Xun Pompoio. Dr. Li will live at the O’Neill House for International Scholars from September – December 2017, phone 786 8509. Email:li22@stolaf.edu

Shili, Dan (Daisy) is from Panzhihua, China. She received her M.A. from East China Normal University and is a graduate student in the Australian Studies Center at ECNU. Ms.Shili will focus her research on tourism as cultural diplomacy between China and the U.S. Her academic liaison is Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies, Karil Kucera. Daisy will live at the Ansgar Sovik House from September – November 2017, phone 786-3963. Email:shili1@stolaf.edu.

Xu, Ling is from Fu Zhou, China. She has a M.A. in English from East China Normal University in Shanghai. Ms. Xu’s research interests include American studies, English public speaking and teaching ESL.  Her academic liaison is Director of Writing and Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Diane LeBlanc. Ms. Xu will live at the O’Neill House for International Scholars from September – December 2017. Email:xu3@stolaf.edu.

Zhang, Xin is from Chongqing, China.  He has a M.A. in English Literature and Language from Sichuan international Studies University in Chongqing. Mr. Zhang will conduct research on ESP/EAP instruction, andragogy, second language acquisition, translation and cross-cultural study. .His academic liaison will be Jill Watson, Assistant Professor. Mr. Zhang will live at the Ansgar Sovik House from September – December 2017, phone 786-3963. Email:zhang18@stolaf.edu.

 

Fulbright Scholar

Komyshan, Daria is our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant from Russia. She will be assisting in Russian language classes, helping in the Russian Department and living at the Russian House from August through May 2018.

 

Kierkegaard Scholars

Albertsen, Rev. Andrés Roberto  is a Kierkegaard House Foundation Fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. During this year he plans to complete his dissertation and translate a section of Kierkegaard’s journals and papers into Spanish. Albertsen is originally from Argentina and is a Ph.D. candidate at Luther Seminary in Systematic Theology working on a dissertation on the connection between love and politics, founded on a convergent reading of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right and Kierkegaard’s Works of Love, and in conversation with the contemporary political philosophers Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Martha Nussbaum, and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. At Luther Seminary Albertsen serves as well as editor of Spanish-language content on WorkingPreacher.org.After pursuing a MDiv at Instituto Universitario ISEDET in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at Aarhus University, Denmark, Albertsen was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark and was the pastor of the Danish Lutheran Church in Buenos Aires (associated with the Danish Church Abroad/Danish Seamen’s Church) for twenty years before coming to the U.S. 2011. He will be living at the Kierkegaard House and his email is albert2@stolaf.edu

Henriksen, Claus Juel  is a Kierkegaard House Foundation Scholar for the fall semester. After finishing his Candidate Degree in Theology (1995) in Århus University, Denmark, he worked as a Lutheran Pastor until 2001. Since then, he has been engaged in health care work with Alzheimer patients – specializing in this area via Franklian Psychology, Logo-Therapy. Presently, he is working on his PhD Dissertation with the working title:  Kierkegaard and The Mirror of The Word in the New Testament with special regard to the Danish Golden Age painters and the engravings, drawings, cobber-plates and water-colour paintings used as illustrations in Kierkegaard’s authorship from 1835 to 1855. Claus will be living at the Kierkegaard House and his email is: juel1@stolaf.edu.