APSI Staff use their diverse professional and academic backgrounds in support of APSI’s many programs and opportunities.

Giovanni Zanalda

Acting Director, APSI; Director, Duke University Center for International and Global Studies

An economist with interdisciplinary research interest, Zanalda's areas of expertise include economic history, international economics and finance and history of economics. View his full profile here.

Yan Li

APSI Associate Director

Yan received her BA in English at Beijing Normal University and her Ph.D. in History at the University of Connecticut. She works closely with APSI faculty to oversee APSI’s programs and activities, manages APSI’s budget and grants, and liaises with other offices at Duke and beyond to promote APSI’s mission.

Renate Kwon

APSI Communications Coordinator; Southeast Asia Research Group Program Manager

Renate serves as communications coordinator for APSI and as program manager for the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG). She has a master’s degree in Pacific International Affairs from UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (now the School of Global Policy and Strategy). She is proficient in German with intermediate Korean ability and has also studied Japanese and French.

Mary Lagdameo

APSI Program Coordinator

Mary manages the Duke Study in China program, APSI's visiting scholars program and the EAS-MA degree program. She has an MA in East Asian area studies from the University of Southern California and is passionate about fostering the growth of Asian studies in the U.S. education system.


APSI Office Manager

A position is available for a full-time staff assistant (Level 8) to serve as APSI's financial specialist and office manager. This individual will also provide support for the visiting scholar programs as well as other programs and events. Familiarity with Duke's accounting system, work experience in academic settings, and knowledge of East/Southeast Asia is preferred. The position requires good communication and interpersonal skills, the ability to multitask, and attention to detail.

Interested candidates should review the full job description and requirements and submit an application through Duke University Careers (req # 401203739) and also directly contact Dr. Yan Li.