Ph.D. Student
Chinese Language Pedagogy

Research Fields:

Qiaoqi Chen’s research interests include Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages, Sociolinguistics, Sociocultural Theories, and Chinese Cinema and Cultural Studies.

Personal Statement:

I am always fascinated by how humans employ different signs, including language, sound, image, number and other potential signifiers to represent themselves as well as to represent the world that they understand, either consciously or unconsciously. I believe that diversity, despite engendering conflicts, also cultivates an atmosphere of mutual understanding and propels creativity which stimulates social development.  Academically, through studying Chinese language, cinema (literature) and culture, I want to take from this particular perspective of the world’s diversity and participate in the multicultural dialogue in the age of globalization. In my spare time, I love to travel, make friends from diverse backgrounds, try out various kinds of cuisines and explore different cultures.

Academic History

▪ B.A. Northwest Normal University (China), Chinese Language and Literature (Educational Emphasis)
▪ M.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, TESOL

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistantships:

  • Spring 2014   Chinese 6: Intermediate Modern Chinese
  • Winter 2014   Chinese 5: Intermediate Modern Chinese
  • Fall 2013        Chinese 1: Elementary Modern Chinese

Other Teaching Experience:

  • 2012              Chinese Tutor for American College Students
  • 2011- 2012    English Teacher, American Language Institute, IUP
  • 2010              Chinese Tutor for American College Students
  • 2010              English Tutor for Chinese Immigrants


  • 2012-2013: UCSB Graduate USAP Fellowship


  • Professor Hsiao-Jung Yu, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Professor Michael Berry,  Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Professor Mayfair Yang, Departments of Religious Studies & EALCS