Director and Staff

Michel Hockx 2018

Director and Professor of Chinese Literature

2150A Jenkins Hall
(574) 631-4415 

Michel Hockx is a professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and the Director of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies in the Keough School.

Hockx previously served as professor of Chinese and director of the China Institute at SOAS, University of London, where he oversaw a community of fifty China scholars in a dozen disciplinary departments. He has published widely, both in English and in Chinese, on topics related to modern Chinese poetry and literary culture, especially early 20th-century Chinese magazine literature and print culture and contemporary Internet literature. His latest book, Internet Literature in China, was listed by Choice magazine as one of the “Top 25 Outstanding Academic Titles of 2015.” His ongoing research focuses on the effects of moral censorship on the preservation and digitization of modern Chinese cultural products.

Hockx studied Chinese language and literature at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he earned his Ph.D., and at Liaoning and Peking universities in China. In addition to his scholarly work, he has been active as a translator of modern Chinese literature into his native Dutch.

Current CV 

Patrick W Deegan

Patrick W. Deegan

Associate Director, Director of Undergraduate Studies

2150B Jenkins Hall
(574) 631-4409

Patrick Deegan received his B.A. in Religion from the University of Iowa; an M.A. in Art History with a focus on the philosophy of art from the University of California, Riverside; and work toward a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism with a focus on contemporary Chinese art and new media at UCSD. Prior to arriving at the University of Notre Dame, Patrick helped develop Asia and China-related programs at Cornell University and the University of Oregon. A Midwesterner at heart, Patrick is committed to the University's and the Liu Institute's mission of promoting awareness, understanding, and knowledge of Asia with special focus on integral human development.

Megan McNichols

Megan McNichols


2150 Jenkins Hall
(574) 631-3222

Megan is the Coordinator for the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies in the University of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs. She is the first point of contact for those interacting with the Institute, and she coordinates a wide range of operational supportive services and events. Megan earned her BA in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Dayton and her Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University.