University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Faculty

Erik Braun

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Teaching Interests: Early Buddhism; Meditation; Buddhism and Psychology; Buddhism in the U.S.; Forms of Buddhist Modernity
Research Interests: Burmese Buddhism (Colonial); Burmese & American Buddhism; Psychology/Neurology of Buddhist Meditation
Regional Specialization: Burmese Buddhism (19th & 20th Centuries); Buddhism in the U.S. (Contemporary)
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Jack Chen

Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Chinese Literature; Classical Chinese
Research Interests: Medieval Chinese Literature & Culture; Digital Humanities
Regional Specialization: China (Premodern)
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Shu-chen Chen

Lecturer of Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Pedagogy and New Language Aquisition
Research Interests: Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan Buddhism
Regional Specialization: Indian, Chinese, and Tibetan Buddhism
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Yoon Hwa Choi

Lecturer of Korean, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Korean Language Instruction
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Sylvia Chong

Associate Professor, Department of English

Teaching Interests: American/Asian American Film
On Leave: Spring 2017
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Robert Conroy

J. Harvie Wilkinson, Jr. Professor of Business Administration, Darden Graduate School of Business

Teaching Interests: Corporate Finance, Valuation in Financial Markets, and Derivative Securities
Research Interests: Capital Markets
Regional Specialization: Capital Markets, Derivative Securities, Insider Trading, Investment, Portfolio Management Options,Stocks and Bonds, Valuation in Financial
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Fred Damon

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Teaching Interests: Pacific & East Asian Cultures; Ritual, Ecology & Society; History & Culture
Research Interests: Malaysia/East Asia Relations; Ritual; Economy & Environment
Regional Specialization: South Pacific; East Asia (4000BC to Present); Contemporary Culture
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Ronald Dimberg

Corcoran Department of History (Emeritus)

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Camilla Fojas

Associate Proffessor, Department of Media Studies

Teaching Interests: Borderlands and Pop Culture
Research Interests: Transnational Asian, Pacific, and Latin/o American Cultural and Media Studies
Regional Specialization: Transnational Asian, Pacific, and Latin/o American Cultural and Media Studies
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Caren Freeman

Special Academic Programs Coordinator, Department of Anthropology

Regional Specialization: Contemporary Korea and China; gender, kinship, marriage; diaspora and ethnic identity; transnational family formations; migrant labor; citizenship and illegal migration.
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David Germano

Department of Religious Studies

Teaching Interests: Contemplative Ideas, Values, and Practices Involving Scientific Methodologies and New Applications in Diverse Fields
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Paul Groner

Department of Religious Studies (Emeritus)

Research Interests: Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, with a research focus on the the Japanese Tendai tradition, how precepts and practice affected doctrine, and the relationship between monastic and lay Buddhism in medieval Japan.
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Harry Harding

Professor of Public Policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership & Public Policy

Teaching Interests: U.S. - China Relations; Chinese Foreign Relations; Cross-Cultural Relations between Asia & the West
Research Interests: U.S. - China Relations; Chinese Foreign Relations; Cross-Cultural Relations between Asia & the West
Regional Specialization: Greater China (Contemporary)
On Leave: Spring Semesters
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Gustav Heldt

Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Japan to 1600
Research Interests: Japan to 1600
Regional Specialization: Japan to 1600
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Natasha Heller

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Teaching Interests: Chinese Religion; Buddhism
Research Interests: Chun Buddhism; Pure Land Buddhism; Children's Literature
Regional Specialization: China:Taiwan; Song-Ming Dynasties; Contemporary China
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Diane Hoffman

Curry School of Education

Teaching Interests: Anthropology of Education, Comparative Education, Social Foundations of Education, Multicultural Education, Globalization Childhood and Culture, Ethnography of Education, Culture Education and Global Health
Research Interests: Cultural foundations of education in contemporary societies
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Mieko Kawai

Lecturer of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Japanese Linguistics
Research Interests: K-16 Education
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Susie Kim

Assistant Professor of Korean Literature and Film, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Korean Film, Modern Korean Literature, Korean Cultural Studies
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Jung Hee Kim

Assistant Professor of Korean Literature and Film, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Teaching Korean courses
Research Interests: Second language acquisition, Language assessment, Teaching and learning language through culture, Project-based foreign language education.
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Anne Kinney

Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Early Chinese literature, thought and social history; history of childhood in China; history of women in China
Regional Specialization: Premodern China
On Leave: through Spring 2018
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Aynne Kokas

Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies

Teaching Interests: China; Hollywood; Environmental Studies; Policy
Research Interests: China
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Yunpeng Kou

Lecturer in Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Chinese Language Instruction
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Charles Laughlin

Ellen Bayard Weedon Chair & Professor, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Modern Chinese Literature & Film; Translation
Research Interests: Socialist, Revolutionary Cultures; Nonfiction Literature; Documentary Film
Regional Specialization: Modern China (1900 to Present)
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Jong Min Lee

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Research Interests: Transnational, technology-based environmental governance: how engineers, scientists, bureaucrats, and workers define problems of the environment and of health, and how they establish management regimes by combining technology with regulation.
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Shiqiao Li

Weedon Professor of Asian Architecture, School of Architecture

Teaching Interests: Emerging issues in contemporary Chinese cities, History and theory courses and design studio instruction.
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Hsin Hsin Liang

Associate Professor of Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Chinese Language Instruction
Research Interests: Pedagogy of Chinese, Teacher training, Curriculum design, and Chinese linguistics
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Syaru Shirley Lin

Adjunct Professor, Department of Politics

Teaching Interests: Theories of International Political Economy
On Leave: Spring Semesters
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Xiaoyuan Liu

David Dean Professor of East Asian Studies & Professor of History, Corcoran Department of History

Teaching Interests: East Asian International History
Research Interests: China’s Ethnic-frontier Affairs in International Politics; Chinese-American Relations in the 20th Century
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Shuishui Long

Visiting Lecturer of Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Chinese language instruction
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Shawn Lyons

Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean, Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures

Regional Specialization: Central Asia
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Tomoko Marshall

Lecturer of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Japanese Language Instruction
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Trey Maxham

Associate Dean for Graduate Programs & William Stamps Farish Entrepreneurial Research Professor of Marketting, McIntire School of Commerce

Research Interests: Global Brand Strategy; Customer Loyalty; Management; Customer Service; Multichannel Customer Management
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Allan Megill

Professor, Corcoran Department of History

Research Interests: Modern European History of Ideas; Historical Theory/Philosophy of History
On Leave: Fall 2016
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Mark Metcalf

Lecturer in Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Research Interests: Applications of Sunzian principles to modern warfare as reflected in contemporary Chinese military writings; Contemporary Chinese views regarding military ethics; Rhetorical practices in early Chinese (5c BCE-2c CE) texts
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Tsetan Nepali

Lecturer of Tibetan, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Tibetan Language Instruction
Research Interests: Clarifying the similarities and differences between literary and Lhasa colloquial grammar; Contextual teaching methodology * Tibetan cultural heritage (East 1559 New Course); Tibetan language and Tibetan Buddhist concepts
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Bradly Reed

Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History

Teaching Interests: Late Imperial & Modern China
Research Interests: Late Imperial Law
Regional Specialization: Chine (Late Imperial); Modern Law; Social & Political Thought
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Bruce Reynolds

Department of Economics (Emeritus)

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Tomomi Sato

Lecturer of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Japanese Language Instruction
Research Interests: Japanese Pedagogy
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Kurtis Schaffer

Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Research Interests: Tibet; Buddhism; Tibetan History; Indian Buddhism; Nepal; Dalai Lama
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Len Schoppa

Professor, Department of Politics

Research Interests: Politics and Foreign Relations of Japan, in Comparative and Regional Context
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John Shepherd

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Teaching Interests: Disease History; Demographic Anthropology; Anthropology of Taiwan/China
Research Interests: Historical Anthropology of Taiwan
Regional Specialization: Taiwan (17th to 20th centuries); Chinese Society; Footbinding; Siraya
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Robert Stolz

Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History

Teaching Interests: Japanese history; Social Theory; Environmental History
Regional Specialization: Japan (Modern)
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Nawang Thokmey

Research Librarian for Tibetan Studies

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Miao-fen Tseng

Associate Professor of Chinese & Director of the Institute of World Languages, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Chinese Language Instruction
Research Interests: Second language acquisition; Chinese language acquisition and pedagogy; Curriculum development; Language proficiency, Teacher preparation, and Task-based language teaching.
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Hsiang-Ning Wang

Lecturer in Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Chinese Language Instruction
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Wei Wang

Research Librarian for East Asian Studies

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Michiko Wilson

Professor of Modern Japanese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Japanese Literature
Research Interests: Modern Japanese Literature; Literary and Feminist Criticism; Literary Translation
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Brantly Womack

Professor, Department of Politics

Research Interests: Asymmetric International Relationships; Relationship of Public Authority and Popular Power in China; Provincial Diversification in China; Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of Vietnam; China’s relations with Southeast Asia.
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Dorothy Wong

Associate Professor, McIntire Department of Art

Teaching Interests: Chinese, Japanese, and Buddhist Art; The Silk Road
Research Interests: Chinese Buddhist Art; Art, Religion, and Society; Images and Relics
Regional Specialization: China (Medieval Period); Japan (Classical Period)
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Dennis Yang

Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business

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Ellen Zhang

Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History

Teaching Interests: Chinese History
Research Interests: Social Cultural History of the Song Dynasty; Elite Culture; Filial Piety; Biji Writing; Cultural Geography
Regional Specialization: China (Song Dynasty)
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Ran Zhao

Lecturer in Chinese, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Chinese Language Instruction
Research Interests: Teacher Training; Translation Theories and Practices
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