Dr. Marcia Frost is Associate Professor of Economics and East Asian Studies. She earned her B.A. in history from Carleton College, her A.M. in South Asian Regional Studies and her Ph.D. in
Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She began teaching at Wittenberg in the fall of 2001. In addition to the summer study abroad program On the Silk Road she offers three courses for the East Asian Studies program: The Silk Road, Economies in Transition and The Economy of China. She also teaches Economic Development, Labor Economics, and American Economic History for the Economics Department, and a first-year interdisciplinary seminar From the Steppes of Chinggis Khan on Mongolia.
Dr. Frost brings to the Wittenberg in China: On the Silk Road program her research and living experiences in India, China and Mongolia. She was one of 16 participants in the Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminar in China in 2002, and led the Wittenberg Faculty Development trip along the Silk Road in July 2004. In the summer of 2006 she returned to travel the Silk Road, and was one of 16 participants in the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute The Silk Road: Early Globalization and Chinese Cultural History. In the summer of 2007 she co-directed the Wittenberg in China: On the Silk Road program and taught a course on China’s economy for the CET program in Beijing. In 2011 she explored the eastern links of the Silk Road through faculty development programs in China’s three Dongbei provinces (Manchuria) and both North and South Korea.
Dr. Nona Moskowitz is Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Sociology Department and East Asian Studies Program. She earned her B.A. from Cornell University and her M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. She began teaching at Wittenberg in the fall of 2011. The classes she offers explore the cross-cultural diversity we find around the globe. Courses she has taught include Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to East Asia, Anime and Japanese Youth Culture, Gender in Society, Culture in the Classroom, and Crime in the Media and Film.
Dr. Moskowitz has traveled widely in Asia including Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand, India and Indonesia. In 2005, she received a Fulbright Dissertation Research Fellowship to conduct ethnographic research on the way and extent to which a national identity was inculcated at the local middle school on Chichijima Island. In her research in general, she is interested in education, youth culture and the relationship between local and national cultures. She brings to the Wittenberg in China: On the Silk Road program expertise on the study of foreign cultures, an enthusiasm for the exploration of different peoples and places, and a desire to share her appreciation of the vast range of diversity that continues to exist in the world despite the somewhat homogenizing effects of corporate capitalism and the Internet.
Zhang Xu “Matthew” is the national guide and interpreter for the program. Based in Beijing, Zhang Xu has organized and led tours along the Silk Road for two decades (including the trips with Dr. Frost in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 20107), and has a well deserved reputation for successfully working with American academics and students over many years. Zhang Xu has excellent English skills, and was instrumental in developing this program. In addition he is a highly skilled connoisseur of jade, particularly Hotan jaden and a gourmet cook.
In addition to his responsibilities co-ordinating all program activities in China (transportation, housing, police permits, guest speakers, site visits, etc.) and with facilitating interactions with local guides, he translates, helps students acquire some basic survival Chinese, and lectures on jade. As one of our students wrote, “Matthew is AWESOME!”