Beau James is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies. He is currently researching and writing his dissertation on American Protestant missionaries in contemporary China. He is planning to graduate after successfully defending his dissertation in Spring 2018. He completed his MA in Near Eastern Studies at U of A in 2009, and followed up by completing his PhD coursework in 2012. He currently lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he works as the International Student Recruitment Specialist for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Previously he has worked as Director of International Recruitment and International Student and Scholar Support Services at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in China from 2005 to 2007.