Joanna Nichols Visiting Scholars

The Joanna Nichols Visiting Scholar and Joanna Nichols Artist in Residence programs bring relevant, distinguished, and stimulating figures to TAS each year to share singular insights and experiences with students.

Over the years, experts in their fields have spent up to one month at TAS, sharing a wealth of knowledge with students. From intergalactic explorations to historical journeys into Asia’s past, visiting scholars' and artists’ expertise has strengthened the educational opportunities for everyone at Taipei American School.

The programs are the result of the continuing, extraordinary generosity and vision of a former parent, who has previously honored the memory of his late wife, Joanna Nichols, with tremendous support for the library project and valuable professional development awards for TAS faculty. Learn more about supporting TAS.

2018-2019 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Aaron Kyle, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University


2017-2018 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Jacob Soll, Professor of History and Accounting at the University of Southern California

2016-2017 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Nancy Steinhardt, Professor of East Asian Art at The University of Pennsylvania and Curator of Chinese at at Penn Museum

2015-2016 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Michael Littman, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University

2015-2016 Artist in Residence

Maestro Richard Gill, Education Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra


2014-2015 Visiting Scholar

Dr. David Spergel, Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation at Princeton University

2013-2014 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Benjamin Elman, Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies and Professor of East Asian Studies and History at Princeton University

2012-2013 Visiting Scholar

Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College


Mike Chinoy, Senior Fellow at the US-China Institute