Faculty

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Erik Braun

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Religious Studies

Teaching Interests: Early Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism, South and Southeast Asian Buddhisms, Historical development of Buddhist meditation traditions, Buddhism in America
Research Interests: Burmese Buddhism, Buddhism and the modern world, Psychology/neurology of Buddhist meditation
Regional Specialization: Myanmar
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Yuhjoo Byun

LECTURER OF KOREAN, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Regional Specialization: Korea
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Jack Chen

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

Teaching Interests: Chinese literature, Classical Chinese
Research Interests: Medieval Chinese literature and culture, Digital humanities
Regional Specialization: China (premodern)
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Shu-chen Chen

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

Teaching Interests: Chinese language instruction
Research Interests: Pedagogy and new language acquisition
Regional Specialization: China, Tibet
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James Su-ting Cheng

Lecturer in Science, Technology & Society, School of Engineering

Teaching Interests: Entrepreneurial finance, Government and entrepreneurship
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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: Cultural Studies, Film & Violence
Research Interests: Orientalism, Racial Identification
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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, Derivative securities
Research Interests: Capital markets, Insider trading, Investment, Portfolio management options
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Dale Copeland

Professor of international relations, Department of Politics

Teaching Interests: IR theory, Security studies, International political economy
Research Interests: Origins of economic interdependence between great powers, Logic of reputation-building and inter-state bargaining, Interconnection between trade, finance, and militarized behavior
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Kerem Cosar

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Teaching Interests: International trade, Economic Geography
Research Interests: Industrial Organization
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Fred Damon

Professor, Department of Anthropology

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

Assistant Professor, Department of History

Teaching Interests: Cultural history, War memory, Urban reconstruction, Empire, Postwar culture & politics, Film studies, Cultural memory studies
Research Interests: 1950s Japanese film industry's presentation of developments of democracy and war narratives, History of the physical body in modern Japan
Regional Specialization: Japan
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Ronald Dimberg

Corcoran Department of History (Emeritus)

Research Interests: Korean Christianity
Regional Specialization: Korea, Traditional China
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Howard Epstein

Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: Ecosystem and plant community ecologist; climate-plant-soil interactions: grassland, shrubland and tundra ecosystems; field studies, remote sensing and simulation modeling
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Camilla Fojas

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

Director of Studies at Hereford Residential College, 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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Feng Gao

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

Teaching Interests: Culture & Experimental teaching in foreign language learning
Research Interests: Second language acquisition, Teaching Chinese as a foreign language
Regional Specialization: China
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Ying Gao

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

Teaching Interests: Chinese Language Instruction
Regional Specialization: China
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Ziyi Geng

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

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David Germano

Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Teaching Interests: Contemplative ideas, values, & practices involving scientific methodologies & new applications
Research Interests: Nyingma & Bön lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, Tantric traditions, Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan historical literature
Regional Specialization: Tibet
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Miyabi Goto

Postdoctoral Research Associate of East Asian Studies, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Teaching Interests: Critical theory, media culture
Research Interests: Japanese literature during and since the Meiji period (1868–1912)
Regional Specialization: Japan
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Paul Groner

Department of Religious Studies (Emeritus)

Research Interests: Chinese & Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Tendai tradition, ordinations & monastic discipline, Eison & the status of nuns in medieval Japan
Regional Specialization: Japan
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Harry Harding

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

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

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

Teaching Interests: Language, literature, and cultural history of Japan prior to contact with the West
Research Interests: Gender, poetics, ritual practices, comparative historiography, and mythology of medieval Japan
Regional Specialization: Japan to 1600
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Natasha Heller

Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies

Teaching Interests: Chinese Buddhism in the context of cultural and intellectual history
Research Interests: Chan Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, Children's Literature, Song-Ming Dynasties
Regional Specialization: China: Taiwan
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Diane Hoffman

Associate Professor, Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy; Curry School of Education

Teaching Interests: Anthropology of Education, Multicultural Education, Globalization, Ethnography of Education, Cultural Education & Global Health
Research Interests: Cultural foundations of education in modern societies, self & identity, anthropology of childhood
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Youjia Hua

Associate Professor of Education, Dept. of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education; Curry School of Education

Research Interests: Pedagogy for youth with cognitive disability
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Andrew Johnston

Associate Professor of Architectural History and Director of Historic Preservation Program, Department of Architecture

Research Interests: Industrial and Infrastructure Heritage, Cultural Landscapes, Critical Heritage Studies, and Heritage and Preservation in China
Regional Specialization: China
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Mieko Kawai

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

Teaching Interests: Japanese Linguistics & Pedagogy
Research Interests: K-16 Education
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Anne Kinney

Professor of Chinese, 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
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Aynne Kokas

Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies

Teaching Interests: Intersections between Chinese and US media and technology industries
Research Interests: US media investment in China, Chinese cybersecurity policies
Regional Specialization: China
On Leave: 2019-2020
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Sharon Tsai-hsuan Ku

Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering

Teaching Interests: International Standardization and Global Innovation
Research Interests: Sociology of science/science policy; Science, Technology and Culture in US and China; Standardization: history, politics and practice
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Krishan Kumar

University Professor & William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology

Teaching Interests: Nationalism and nation identity, Europe, global history, and problems of historical sociology
Research Interests: Stratification, Social & Political Thought, Political Sociology, Culture and Comparative-Historical Sociology
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Charles Laughlin

Ellen Bayard Weedon Chair Professor of East Asian Studies, 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)
On Leave: 2019-2020
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Seung-Hun Lee

Commonwealth Professor, Physics Department

Teaching Interests: Entanglements of Science, Religion, and Politics in history
Research Interests: New solar cell materials that will fight against climate change
Regional Specialization: Korea
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Manuel Lerdau

Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: Physiological ecology of metals; Biological mechanisms underlying ecosystem responses to climate change
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Shiqiao Li

Ellen Bayard Weedon Professor of Asian Architecture, School of Architecture

Teaching Interests: Issues in contemporary Chinese urban planning, History, Theory & Design studio instruction
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Hsin Hsin Liang

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

Lecturer, Department of Politics

Teaching Interests: Theories of International Political Economy, Taiwan-China relations, political economy of East Asia
Research Interests: National identity, political economy of Japan, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan & Hong Kong
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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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Esther Lorenz

Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Architecture Program, Department of Architecture

Teaching Interests: Urban & Architectural Design, Urban Design Theory
Research Interests: Emerging Typologies in Chinese Urbanization, Urban Morphology and Culture of Hong Kong, Space Perception in Architecture and Film
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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

Senior 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, Philosophy of History
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Mark Metcalf

Lecturer of Global Commerce, McIntire School of Commerce

Teaching Interests: Cross-cultural challenges of doing business in China, Early Chinese philosophy, Chinese Military ethics and strategic thought, Contemporary Chinese politics
Research Interests: Contemporary Chinese military perspectives regarding strategy and ethics
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Yumiko Morita

LECTURER OF JAPANESE, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Regional Specialization: Japan
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Philip Potter

Associate Professor, Department of Politics

Research Interests: Collaborative relationships between terrorist organizations
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Allison Pugh

Professor, Department of Sociology

Teaching Interests: Sociology of work, culture, inequality & qualitative methods
Research Interests: Standardization & automation of interpersonal work
On Leave: 2019-2020
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Bradly Reed

Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History

Teaching Interests: Modern Law, Social & Political Thought, Cultural Revolution
Research Interests: Influence of bureaucratic administration on the judicial process during the Qing era
Regional Specialization: Chine (Late Imperial)
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Bruce Reynolds

Department of Economics (Emeritus)

Teaching Interests: Economics, Political Science
Regional Specialization: China
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Tomomi Sato

Senior 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

Frances Myers Ball Professor and Department Chair, Department of Religious Studies

Teaching Interests: Buddhism, Global Religion
Research Interests: Buddhist history and culture, Indian Buddhism, spiritual literature of Tibet and the Himalayas
Regional Specialization: Tibet, Nepal
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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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Joseph Seeley

Assistant Professor, Department of History

Teaching Interests: Modern and premodern Korean history, North Korea, East Asian environmental history
Research Interests: Modern Korean history, Japanese empire, Manchuria, Borderlands & frontiers
Regional Specialization: Korea, Japan
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Jessica Ellen Sewell

Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning and Co-Director of Center for Cultural Landscapes, School of Architecture

Teaching Interests: Urban and Architectural History and Theory, Cultural Landscapes, Material Culture, Gender
Research Interests: Gender and the Built Environment, Public Space, Chinese Cultural Landscapes
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Shiran Shen

Assistant Professor of Environmental Politics, Department of Politics

Teaching Interests: Environmental Politics
Research Interests: Politics of air pollution, Social impacts of climate change
Regional Specialization: China
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John Shepherd

Professor, Department of Anthropology

Teaching Interests: Historical anthropology, Political economy, Social organization, Marriage and domestic groups
Research Interests: Demographic anthropology, Chinese culture and society, Taiwanese aboriginal culture and society
Regional Specialization: Taiwan, China
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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

Teaching Interests: Ancient wisdom (Mental consciousness)
Research Interests: Buddhist studies, Contemplative traditions, Tibetan studies, Modern science (Quantum physics, neuroscience and psychology)
Regional Specialization: Tibet
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Sylvia Tidey

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Teaching Interests: Phenomenological anthropology
Research Interests: Corruption, Bureaucracy, The State, Kinship, Sexuality, (Trans)gender, HIV/AIDS
Regional Specialization: Indonesia
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Miao-fen Tseng

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 & pedagogy, Curriculum development, Language proficiency, Teacher preparation, Task-based language teaching
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Wei Wang

Research Librarian for East Asian Studies

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Yingyao Wang

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Teaching Interests: Economic & political sociology, Comparative & historical sociology, Sociology of development
Research Interests: Formal and complex organizations, Political corruption, Street-level taxation, Subnational logic of global investment
Regional Specialization: China
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Brantly Womack

Professor of Foreign Affairs and holder of the C.K. Yen Chair at the Miller Center, 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

Professor, McIntire Department of Art

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

Lecturer, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Regional Specialization: Korea
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Dennis T. Yang

Dale S. Coenen Free Enterprise Professor of Business Administration, Darden School of Business

Research Interests: Economic Development & Growth, Labor & Demographic Economics, Economics of China & Transition
Regional Specialization: China
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Anri Yasuda

Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures & Cultures

Teaching Interests: Contemporary and modern Japanese literature, film, & culture, Advanced-level Japanese language
Research Interests: Late Meiji to Taisho period Japanese literature, Aesthetics and the links between literature and other artistic media, Cosmopolitanisms
Regional Specialization: Japan
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Ellen Zhang

Associate Professor, Corcoran Department of History

Teaching Interests: Chinese History
Research Interests: Socio-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

Associate Professor of 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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