Associate Director for the Humanities & Social Sciences
Adjunct Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
Phone: (401) 863-9193
Laura Hess received her B.A. Magna Cum Laude with Honors in East Asian Studies from Yale University in 1984, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Washington in 1989 and 1994 respectively. After earning her doctorate, she served for two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor at St. Olaf College. She came to Brown in 1996, when she joined the faculty of the Department of East Asian Studies. Her teaching interests include modern and classical Chinese, and she has published a number of journal articles, book chapters and book reviews on various sinological topics.
In 2000, she became the Associate Director for the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Sheridan Center. In this capacity, she leads the Course Design Seminar: Certificate II Program and the Humanities & Social Sciences section of the Professional Development Seminar: Certificate III Program, organizes the Center’s New Faculty Orientations to Teaching at Brown, coordinates many of the Junior Faculty Roundtable sessions, organizes and leads workshops on a variety of pedagogical topics, and consults individually with members of the Brown teaching community. She also collaborates with colleagues to organize a workshop series on Teaching Foreign Languages and one on Teaching Literature, as well as the Academic Job Search Series.
In 2005, she received the Wilson-DeBlois Award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to graduate students at Brown.