Two Columbia Scholars Will Conduct Research in Beijing Center's Scholar-in-Residence Program

The second scholar-in-residence cohort includes Thomas Hatch, education professor, and Joanna Lee, a Ph.D. candidate.

February 05, 2024

Two scholars from Columbia University will visit Columbia Global Centers | Beijing in Spring 2024 as part of the Scholar-in-Residence program.

Their research endeavors will delve into compelling subjects, exploring the changes that COVID-19 has brought to schools and education and examining the intersections of Islam, socialism, and third-world internationalism in China from the historical lens of the Cold War to contemporary times.

The program will provide Columbia scholars with rich opportunities to immerse themselves in the vibrant academic environment of Beijing, a city renowned for its rich cultural heritage and intellectual vibrancy.

By residing at the Beijing Center, they will have direct access to local resources, scholars, and institutions, facilitating meaningful scholarly partnerships and collaboration with Chinese academics and experts.


Thomas Hatch


Professor of Education; Director of the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching (NCREST)

Project Title: What will change in schools and education after COVID? A study of the challenges and opportunities for transforming education

Professor Hatch's research includes studies of school improvement efforts at the school, district, and national levels. His latest book, The Education We Need for a Future We Can’t Predict (Corwin, 2021), focuses on efforts to create more powerful learning experiences both inside and outside schools in developed and developing contexts. 

In 2010, he founded a Twitter feed and blog,, to provide access to news and research on educational policy and educational change around the world. Over the years, he's been involved in a variety of efforts to develop images of practice that take advantage of multimedia and the internet to document teachers’ expertise and build public understanding of high-quality teaching.


Joanna SW Lee-Brown 李素文


Ph.D. student of modern Chinese Literature associated with the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Project Title: Visions of Emancipation: Islam, Socialism, and Third World Internationalism in the People’s Republic of China from the Cold War to the Present

Joanna's proposed dissertation project examines literary exchanges between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Arab World to explore the shifting relationship among global Islam, socialism, and Third World internationalism from the 1940s to the present. Her broader research interests include Marxist thought and problems of translation, difference, and alterity. Joanna received a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and worked at Yale-NUS College in Singapore prior to beginning her PhD at Columbia University.