Meet our Team

Faculty Chair

Sophie Volpp | Contact Sophie

Sophie Volpp is Professor at Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard in 1995. She specializes in Chinese literature of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. Research interests include the history of performance, gender theory, the history of sexuality, and the representation of material culture. Her book Worldly Stage: Theatricality in Seventeenth-Century China (Harvard) concerns the ideological niche occupied by the theater in seventeenth-century China. Her current research examines the depiction of material objects in late-imperial literature, focusing on the relation between the representation of objects and the representation of the self.


Program Director

Xiaojie Ma (马晓洁) | Contact Xiaojie

Xiaojie Ma manages the Center for Chinese Studies' programs, lectures and conferences and administrative matters. She holds a B.A. in English from University of International Business and Economics, and a Master's Degree in Pacific International Affairs from University of California, San Diego, with a career track of International Management. Prior to joining the CCS team, she served as the Program Manager from 2008-2012, and Assistant Director from 2013-2018 at UCLA Confucius Institute, working on connecting the dots, filling the gaps and tapping into the tremendous resources available at UCLA and in the community for the study of Chinese language, arts and culture.


Program Coordinator

Skye VanValkenburgh (吴思凯) | Contact Skye

Skye VanValkenburgh manages all aspects of the Visiting Scholar Program at CCS. She earned her B.A. in Chinese from San Francisco State University and is an alumni of the Chinese Language Flagship Program. As part of the Flagship Program, Skye studied Chinese language and culture intensively at National Taiwan University, conducted several summer internships in Taiwan, and completed a yearlong intensive language capstone at Nanjing University, which included a six-month internship as the Program Assistant for the American Councils Chinese Language Flagship Nanjing Center. She previously worked as a student assistant at San Francisco State University’s Office of International Programs where she cultivated her skills and passion for a career in International Education Management. Currently Skye is also pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Educational Administration.