Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Center

Duke Kunshan University Humanities Research Center (HRC) promotes research and creative expression in the arts and humanities, and encourages interdisciplinary efforts. Working in close partnership with Duke’s Franklin Humanities Institute, the HRC functions as a key research bridge between faculty and students at Duke and DKU. In addition, the HRC facilitates co-curricular research training, treating the entire DKU campus as a laboratory for humanities research.

The HRC lies at the core of DKU’s mission to reinvent liberal arts and science education in a 21st century global context. We bring students, researchers and faculty together to investigate the fundamental questions of human being, and to bring the power of the humanities to bear on the pressing questions of the present age. In particular, humanities research contributes to DKU’s seven animating principles.

  • Rooted Globalism
    The HRC seeks to interpret the contemporary global context in terms of its relation to the world’s cultures and traditions.
  • Collaborative Problem-Solving
    Through its research into cultural, ethnic, and gender diversity the HRC strengthens collaboration across and within diverse groups of people.
  • Research and Practice
    The HRC trains student researchers so as to enhance their learning experience and develop their capacity to produce capstone signature works.
  • Lucid Communication
    The ability to read, write, and speak with critical rigor lies at the heart of humanistic endeavors.
  • Independence and Creativity
    The HRC fosters research and creative practice in the arts on the DKU campus with the goal of developing the human capacity for creativity and imagination.
  • Wise Leadership
    Through research into the world’s ethical traditions and the practice of contemporary philosophical inquiry the HRC place humane wisdom and ethical responsibility at the heart of the liberal arts and science university.
  • A Purposeful Life
    Research into literature, history, philosophy and religion all provide insight into the fundamental humanistic questions of what a purposeful life consists of, and how it should be pursued.


Humanities Research Center
Suite CC2114
Duke Kunshan University
8 Duke Avenue
Kunshan, Jiangsu
215316 China


James Miller: j.e.miller@dukekunshan.edu.cn
Carlos Rojas: c.rojas@duke.edu

Administrative Assistant

Chi Zhang: chi.zhang323@dukekunshan.edu.cn



作者:于明鑫 & 朱润洲  何春蕤教授是台湾国立中央大学的讲席教授(Chair Professor)和荣誉教授(Professor Emeritus),是远东最前卫的性别研究学者之一。她广泛而又立场鲜明地研究很多焦点问题,从1990年开始,她便在她所处的地区倡导有关女性性行为、性别与性教育、酷儿研究、性工作者研究、跨性研究的积极观点。她创建并继续领导着以其持久并卓有成效的智囊作用和社会实干主义而闻名的国立中央大学性/别研究室。她最近的研究集中于记录与分析在不断加强的良性、文明的全球治理体系下,不断增长的非传统性行为法制化趋势。


作者:朱伦稷 & Eldar Wang 2019年9月20和21日,我参加了于昆山杜克大学主办的人文学的未来:性/别转向会议,也参加了黄盈盈教授主持的本科生专题交流会。 先是9月20日,我去听了黄盈盈教授的公开讲座,觉得她非常可爱,有两个原因。第一个原因是,她尽力用通俗易懂的英文词汇去解释一些中国特色的词语,比如“扫黄”、“阶级敌人”,让全场观众欢笑不止,笑过仔细想想,又觉得她翻译的其实非常妙。 第二个原因是,从她的语气与词措里,我能感觉到她的“试探”。这里的学生对性学的接受度到底如何?说到哪个程度,才是又能被理解又不失原意的?黄盈盈教授的词措越是小心,我越感受到她这些年在中国做性学会议汇报与田野调查的不容易,越对她感到钦佩。


作者:赖効祺 &朱润洲 9月20-21日我校人文研究中心筹办的“人文学的未来:性/别转向”主题活动邀请到了著名学者何春蕤教授、黄盈盈教授、甯应斌教授与《琥珀》作者闻⼈人悦阅作专题讲座。讲座主题涉及“Gender as Governance”、“Changing Sexualities”、“Sex Work and Modernity”、“Commonsense Morality in History”等。我有幸参加了整个活动,而印象尤为深刻的,是甯应斌教授的主题演讲。


The Humanities Research Center funds a number of labs and projects from DKU and Duke faculty with a DKU connection. Please see our ongoing call for proposals.

Humanities Labs

Humanities Labs engage undergraduates in advanced research alongside faculty and graduate student mentors/collaborators from DKU and Duke. Organized around a central theme, each lab brings together at least two faculty and students from the humanities and other disciplines in interdisciplinary, vertically integrated research projects. Labs may be co-located at Duke.

Experimental Initiatives

The Humanities Research Center supports a number of faculty-led experimental initiatives through its regular calls for proposals.

Annual Conferences

The Humanities Research Center hosts two annual conferences. A fall conference showcases the research of DKU faculty. A spring conference fosters research capacity among undergraduate students.

Book Manuscript Workshops

Book Manuscript Workshops support DKU professors in the tenure and promotion process.

Research Workshops

Research Workshops support the production of an edited book or special issue of a journal by bringing researchers together for meetings on the DKU campus.


Apply for Funding from the Humanities Research Center


Faculty affiliated with DKU or Duke are invited to apply for funding for projects with a humanistic aspect to be undertaken at DKU or jointly between DKU and Duke.


All students at DKU are eligible to apply for positions as student fellows in a number of activities and research labs at the Humanities Research Center.

Applications are now being accepted for the following projects and activities:


The Humanities Research Center is led by two co-directors, James Miller at Duke Kunshan University, and Carlos Rojas at Duke University. The co-directors work with an advisory board of scholars from both universities. The center welcomes the involvement of all Duke faculty, DKU faculty, and affiliated scholars whose work has a humanistic dimension.


James Miller

James Miller, PhD
James Miller is a member of the undergraduate program inaugural faculty and Professor of Humanities at Duke Kunshan University. He is co-director of the Humanities Research Center and responsible for fostering interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and interpretive social sciences at DKU. His research lies at the intersection of religion, philosophy, culture and ecology, and he is a noted expert on Daoism, China’s indigenous religion. He has published six books including, most recently, China’s Green Religion: Daoism and the Quest for a Sustainable Future (Columbia 2017).

Carlos Rojas

Carlos Rojas, PhD
Carlos Rojas is Professor of Chinese Cultural Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies; and Arts of the Moving Image. His research focuses on issues of gender and visuality, corporeality and infection, and nationalism and diaspora studies, particularly as they relate to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the global Chinese diaspora. He works primarily in the early modern, modern, and contemporary periods. He is the author of three books: The Naked Gaze: Reflection on Chinese Modernity, The Great Wall: A Cultural History, and Homesickness: Culture, Contagion, and National Transformation. He is the co-editor of five books: Writing Taiwan: A New Literary History (with David Der-wei Wang), Rethinking Chinese Popular Culture: Cannibalizations of the Canon (with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow), The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas (with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures (with Andrea Bachner), and Ghost Protocol: Development and Displacement in Global China (with Ralph Litzinger). He is also the translator of five volumes of literary fiction, including Yu Hua’s Brothers (translated with Eileen Cheng-yin Chow, and shortlisted for the 2008 Man Asian Literary Prize), Yan Lianke’s Lenin’s Kisses, The Four Books, The Explosion Chronicles, and Marrow (of which The Four Books shortlisted for both the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and the 2016 FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award), and Malaysian Chinese author Ng Kim Chew’s Slow Boat to China and Other Stories.

Advisory Board

Ttitas Chakraborty, PhD
Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University

Chris Chia, PhD (ex officio)
Associate Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University

Michaeline Crichlow,  PhD
Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Duke University

Thomas J. Ferraro,  PhD
Frances Hill Fox Professor of English at Duke University

Ranjana Khanna, PhD (ex officio)
Professor of English, Women’s Studies, and the Literature Program at Duke University, and Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute

Selina Lai-Henderson, PhD
Assistant Professor of American Literature and History at Duke Kunshan University