Before entering the professorate, Dr. Li-Wen Zhang worked for the United Nations for more than 25 years. She has been teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University since 2005. Dr. Zhang’s undergraduate and graduate courses include Sino-US Relations, Global Health and International Development, and Bioterrorism and International Security, among others. In her years of teaching in the U.S., China, and Central Asia Dr. Zhang’s experience has helped students to learn knowledge and skills of global and cultural competencies necessary for them to succeed in the interconnected world of today while enhancing their leadership capacity to engage in and act on global issues of the future.
Dr. Zhang’s career with the UN spanned more than 25 years at the organization’s headquarters in New York. She worked at a variety of UN departments and offices including the Department of Political Affairs, Security Council, UN Charter Research Branch (2010-2013); Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2007-2010); Office of UN System Coordinator for Avian and Human Influenza (2006-2007); Department of General Assembly Management Affairs, Economic and Social Council Branch (1985-2006); Department of Public Information, Radio and Visual Division, Broadcaster for Chinese Language Programs (1990-1997). Prior to her career at the UN, Dr. Zhang worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.
Dr. Zhang holds a Ph.D. in International Trade in Service (WTO/GATGS Higher Education) from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. She held a full scholarship during those years. She also holds a Master of Economic Policy Management from Columbia University’s School of Business (CBS) and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).