I am a Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Deputy Programme Leader for MSc Intercultural Business Communication. My academic speciality is based in Educational studies. My research primarily concerns the intercultural dimension of human identity, communication and relations, with a particular interest in the narrativity of/in individuals’ lived experiences. My published work to date has explored university students’ reflective and dialogic practices in intercultural learning. I have edited (with Nick Pilcher) a special issue entitled "Interrogating the 'Third Space': Negotiating meaning and performing 'culture'" for the journal Language and Intercultural Communication (Volume 19, Issue 1). My current research interests revolve around individuals’ agential reflexivity when they engage with power-imbued communicative spaces vis-à-vis intersecting sociocultural identities/identifications (e.g. culture, race, gender, generation).
At the Business School, I lead postgraduate modules in intercultural communication and intercultural competence. I have also developed and delivered two popular undergraduate modules on intercultural competence through studies of Mandarin Chinese.
I hold a BA and an MA in English Language and Literature from Peking University, China. My PhD is in Intercultural Communication from the University of Manchester, UK. I was a committee member of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC) from 2014 to 2018. Currently I am the Book Review editor of the journal Language and Intercultural Communication.