Feng Qu, Professor in Anthropology and the founding director of the center. He received his BA in archaeology from Jilin University, MA in archaeology from Leiden University, and PhD in anthropology from University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has archaeological excavation experience in China and Alaska and has conducted ethnographic field work in many indigenous villages in Alaska and North China. His research interests include circumpolar anthropology and archaeology, ethnography of Chinese near-Arctic peoples, prehistoric belief systems and cosmology, and ontological theories. His current research project is of Inuit prehistory and archaeology and is funded by Social Science Foundation of China. He has numerous publications including peer-reviewed articles in both Chinese and English and is authors of several monographs. He is also the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Arctic Studies.