Director and Staff

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Michel Hockx
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.

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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.

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Megan McNichols
Institute Coordinator 

2150 Jenkins Hall
(574) 631-3222

Megan McNichols 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 manages a wide range of programing and events for the Institute. Megan earned her BA in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Dayton and her Master of Science in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.

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Christine Cox
Senior Content Specialist

2164 Jenkins Hall 
(574) 631-2673

Christine Cox divides her time between the marketing and communications team for the Liu Institute and the Keough School of Global Affairs. With a background in journalism, she has covered government, politics, faith, and health, among other topics. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree in English education from Michigan State University and was awarded a fellowship from Michigan State’s Knight Center for Environmental Journalism.

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Jennifer Lechtanski
Graphic Designer

1060 Nanovic Hall
(574) 631-3548

Jennifer Lechtanski is the Graphic Designer for both the Liu Institute for Asia & Asian Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies in the Keough School of Global Affairs. She earned her BA in theatre from Indiana University South Bend where she concentrated in costume design and technology as well as stage management.  She has worked at the University of Notre Dame in communications, event publicity, multimedia, and publication production since 2002.