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Welcome Alumni!

The CEAS Alumni page is designed to help alumni stay in touch with each other and with East Asian studies at KU. Please update your information by using the Alumni Update Form.

KU graduates who earned degrees (B.A., M.A., or Ph.D.) in East Asian fields or developed East Asian concentrations during their undergraduate careers are welcome to participate in the Alumni page. If you fit in one of these categories and are not listed, please fill out the web form and bring us up to date on your activities.

If you can help us find more of your classmates or other alums, please let us know. We hope to keep this list current and accurate to facilitate networking among our alumni.

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We've run a number of short profiles of alumni in recent annual reports. Check them out below. You can also read our full annual reports.

 Alumni Profiles: Matthew Schlosser • Sooa Im McCormick  •  Michael Priddy • Owen Grieb 

We've also collected a lot of information from the history of CEAS. See below for a video interview with one alum, and visit the CEAS History page for interviews, photos and more.




Allen, Darrell
History, 2004
Darrell Allen is teaching at Seattle Pacific University.
Atkinson, Alan
Art History, 1997
Alan Atkinson is a lecturer at the University of Oklahoma.
Avril, Ellen
History of Art, 1983
Ellen Avril is Chief Curator and Curator of Asian Art at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University
Baker, Janet
Art History, 1991
Janet Baker is Curator of Asian Art at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Baker, Brian
BA EALC, 2000
New York University School of Law, JD, 2006
Davis Polk Wardwell, New York, Hong Kong
Bass, Michael
Art History, 1998
Michael Bass works for the Chinese art department of Christie's New York, Rockefeller Center.
Blick, Sarah
Art History, 1994
Sarah Blick is Assistant Professor at Kenyon College, teaching Chinese and Japanese art history as well as medieval art.
Brock, Karen
Art History, 1974
Karen Brock is Professor Emerita at Washington University in St. Louis.
Brown, Claudia
Art History, 1985
Claudia Brown is Associate Professor of Art History at Arizona State University.
Burlingham, Robin
Art History, 1993
Robin Burlingham is the Asian art cataloger at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.
Callahan, Joy
Political Science, 2004
Joy Callahan is teaching English in Japan.
Carney (Xie), Margaret
Art History, 1989
Margaret Carney (Xie) is director and chief curator of the Ross C. Purdy Museum of Ceramics in Bowling Green, Ohio, and past director and curator of the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art at Alfred University, New York.
Carpenter, Janet
Art History, 1994
Janet Carpenter is a lecturer at San Jose State University and the City College of San Francisco.
Cha, Jaekwon
Political Science, 2004
Jaekwon Cha serves as the Deputy Director at the Korean Institute of Public Administration in the office of the Korean Prime Minister.
Chance, Frank
Art History, 1976
Frank Chance is Associate Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Chang, Tsenti (Joseph)
Art History, 1995
Tsenti (Joseph) Chang is Associate Curator of Chinese art at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Chang, Qing
Art History, 2006
Research Curator at Crow Collection of Asian Art (Dallas, TX), 2016-.
Cho, Insoo
Art History, 2002
Insoo Cho is Assistant Professor of Art History at the Korean National University of Arts, a new institute in Seoul established by the Korean Ministry of Culture.
Chou, Diana Y.
Art History, 2001
Diana Y. Chou is Assistant Professor of Art History and Humanities at John Carroll University of Cleveland.
Chu, Christina
Art History, 1990
Christina chu is Chief Curator at the Hong Kong City Museum.
Clark, Paul
EALC, 1994 
Cleveland, Brian
EALC, 2003
Brian Cleveland is doctoral student in Religious Studies (Japanese) at the University of Illinois.
Dunfield, David
Art History, 1977
David Dunfield is a practicing architect in Lawrence, Kansas, and (happily) a former mayor of the city. He and Pat Graham have a son Lee, age 22, an architecture grad student at the University of Cincinnati.
Dunscomb, Paul
History, 2001
Paul Dunscomb is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alaska in Anchorage.
Dusenbury, Mary
Art History, 1999
Mary Dusenbury is Acting Curator of Asian art in the Spencer Museum of Art at KU.
Faulk, Robin L.
International Studies, 2004
Robin L. Faulk is working for GE as the Senior Learning and Development Manager in Kansas City.
Fister, Patricia J.
Art History, 1983
Patricia J. Fister is Associate Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto.
Gerhart, Karen
Art History, 1992
Karen Gerhart is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Pittsburgh.
Giuffrida, Noelle
Ph.D., Art History, 2008
Assistant Professor of East Asian Art, Case Western Reserve University (2009-present)
Goodall, Hollis
Art History, 1980
Hollis Goodall is Curator at the Pavilion for Japanese Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Graham, Patricia
Art History, 1983
From 2002 (through June 2006), I directed the Japan section of the Kansas-Asia Scholars Program at KU's CEAS. Now I work full-time as an independent scholar/curator and Asian art appraiser. My new book, "Faith and Power in Japanese Buddhist Art, 1600-2005," was published by the University of Hawaii Press in Sept. 2007. My son Lee (with husband David Dunfield), is now 24, and will soon finish his graduate study in architecture, following his father's footsteps (but not into politics we hope-David is happily now a former mayor of Lawrence).
Greene, Kevin
EALC: Japanese, 2003
After Graduation from KU I participated in the JET program from August 2003 until August 2006. I was based in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture and taught English at levels K-12. After retuning to the U.S. I accepted a job at the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago. I work in the cultural outreach section of the Consulate known as the Japan Information Center. Here my main responsibilities consist of maintaining the Consulate's website and writing the monthly Consulate web letter.
Greenwood, Kevin
Art History, 2006
Kevin Greenwood, a doctoral candidate in art history, is teaching at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. kevin and his wife, Jill Vessely, are the proud parents of Max Jon Edward Greenwood born October 6, 2005.
Gridley, Marilyn
Art History, 1985
Marilyn Gridley has retired from the University of Missouri, Kansas city, and continues her research on the art of the Liao. She contributed "Liao Painting and the Northern Grasslands School" to the forthcoming festschrift for Dr. Chutsing Li.
Han, Junghee
Art History, 1988
Junghhee Han is Professor of Art History at Hongik University in Seoul, Korea.
Handler, Sarah
Art History, 1983
Sarah Handler is a free-lance curator based in California. She does research and publishes on Chinese furniture.
Hope, Nancy
Art History, 1992
Nancy Hope is Associate Director of the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia based in CEAS at KU.
Hsieh, Shih-ying
Art History, 1993
Hsieh Shih-ying is a curator at the National History Museum in Taipei.
Jensen, Edith
Anthropology/EAS double major, 1972
After graduating from KU in 1972, I became a Peace Corps Volunteer in Korea from 1973-1975 as a teacher of English as a second language. I stayed on for an additional year and a half, leaving for good in 1977. Unfortunately, I have not had a chance to return. In 1980, I married a Swedish exchange student and have been living in Sweden ever since, on an island off the west coast. My background comes in handy, however, since I am still teaching ESL, now in a virtual classroom on the Internet, and most of my students come from China, Japan, and Korea. I would like to hear from the gang who took Korean from Kim Ho Soon back in 1970.
Jordan, Brenda
Art History, 1993
Brenda G. Jordan is Assistant Director of the Asian Studies Center, University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Assistant Professor, History of Art and Architecture. She serves as Director for the University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA), one of seven national coordinating sites. She also is the Japan Studies Coordinator. She is married to Hiroshi Nara (Linguistics, 1987), who is now Chair and Professor of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. They have one daughter, Erika (b. 1997), and live in Forest Hills, near Pittsburgh, PA.
Ju, Jane C.
Art History, 1989
Jane C. Ju teaches at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan.
Kao, Arthur Mu-sen
Art History, 1980
Arthuur Mu-sen Kao is Associate Professor of Art History at San Jose State University.
Kim, Hong-nam
Art History, 1976
Hong-nam Kim is Director of the Korean National Folk Museum and Professor at Ewha University in Seoul, Korea.
Kim, Sung-lim
Art History, 2000
Sung-lim Kim is a curatorial assistant at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and finishing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.
Kindall, Elizabeth
Art History, 1995
Elizabeth Kindall is Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Utah.
Koike, Yuko
Linguistics, 2002
Yuko Koike is Visiting Instructor in Japanese at Colby College.
Kucera, Karil
Art History, 2002
Karil Kucera is Luce Assistant Professor of East Asian Visual Culture in the departments of Asian Studies and Art & History at St. Olaf college in Northfield, Minnesota.
Kurata, Thomas
EALC, 1975
Thomas Kurata is a Chief Representative of OSIsoft, Inc. in Shanghai.
Lai, Hsiang-liang
Art History, 1987
Lai Hsiang-ling is Executive Director, Dimension Foundation for Art Education, Taipei.
Li, He
Art History, 1990
He Li is Associate Curator of chinese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Liu, Frank
Political Science, 2006
I graduated in 2006 from the department of Political Science. I am now working as an assistant professor, teaching research methods, public opinion, and political communication in the Institute of Political Science at the National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Lu, Ling-en
Art History, 1995
Ling-en Lu is Assistant Curator of Chinese Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in kansas city.
MacLaren, Bruce
Art History, 1999
Curator of Chinese Art, Peabody Essex Museum Salem, MA
Maniwa, Kazumi
Linguistics, 2002
Kazumi Maniwa, former EALC GTA, is teaching at Carnegie Mellon.
Martin, Hui Wang
Art History, 1999
HHui Wang Martin and her husband Braian, are the proud parents of William Brian En-hong Martin, born October 1, 2004.
Mayo, Christopher
EALC, 1996
After nearly ten years living in Japan, where he worked first as an English instructor, and later as a freelance translator and translation instructor, Chris returned to KU from 2005-2007 for an M.A. in Japanese Language and Literature. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the East Asian Studies Department at Princeton University.
McIver, Adam Stuart
EALC, 2003
Adam Stuart McIver is currently working for the Federal Government.
McNeal, Eric
Art History, 2002
Eric McNeal is Assistant Registrar for Exhibitions at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, AL.
Morton, Dianne
Art History, 2001
Dianne Morton is teaching at Oklahoma State University
Mowry, Robert
Art History, 1974
Robert Mowry is Alan J. Dworsky Curator of chinese Art and Head of the Department of Asian Art at the Harvard University Art Museums.
Niswander, Rex
Chinese; East Asian Studies, 1976
I am an attorney and record producer in New York City. I am also a member of the board and Secretary/Treasurer of Tibet Aid, Inc. in Woodstock. I was executive producer of a CD of international lullabies, called Night Wheel, released by Laughing Buddha Music in October 2006, with half of the proceeds dedicated to the support of orphaned and impoverished Tibetan children, including those in Tibet and those in exile. Send me an e-mail for a complimentary copy.
Oka, Midori
Art History, 1995
Midori Oka is Museum educator for Asian Collections at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.
Pan, An-yi
Art History, 1997
An-yi Pan has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Cornell University. He and Robin Burlingham (M.A., Art History), have two sons, Julian and Aidan.
Patterson, Mina
EALC, 2007
After Graduation from KU I participated in the JET progmamme from August 2003 to August 2004. I was placed in Ebina, Kanagawa ken and taught at three different high schools. I currently teach English at a junior high school in Ofuna, Kanagawa ken.
Pine, Charles Sidney
EALC, 2004
Charles Sidney Ray Pine has moved to china to teach intercultural communications.
Richardson, Munro
EALC, 1993
MA, East Asian Studies (Harvard 1995); M.Phil., International Relations (Oxford University 1996); Candidate, Ph.D., Political Science (Univ of Illinois 2006-Present). Employment: Director of Special Projects, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
Saito, Yumi
Linguistics, 2004
Yumi Saito, former EALC GTA, is working for Cisco Inc. in Tokyo and teaching Japanese to international business people.
Seo, Audrey
Art History, 1997
Audrey Seo is Assistant Professor of Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia.
Steuber, Jason
EALC, 1996 
In 2008, Jason Steuber was named the Cofrin Curator of Asian Art at the University of Florida's Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.  Previously, he worked for 12 years in the Asian Art Department at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City as an Assistant Curator as well as served as the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Fellow at Glasgow University, Scotland in the History of Art Department.
Tamura, Yuichi
Sociology, 2002
Yuichi Tamura is teaching at SUNY Geneseo.
Tenckhoff, Diana Y.
Art History, 2002
Diana Tenckhoff is Assistant Professor of Art History at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Thorp, Robert L.
Art History, 1980
Robert L. Thorp is Professor Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis.
Tsai, Hsing-li
Art History, 1997
HHsing-li Tsai is an independent scholar living in Vancouver, Canada.
Wan, Qingli
Art History, 1991
Wan Qingli is Professor of Art History at the University of Hong Kong.
Weitz, Ankeney
Art History, 1994
Ankeney Weitz was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Colby College.
Welch, Matthew
Art History, 1995
Matthew Welch is curator of Korean and Japanese Art at Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Wetzel, Sandra Jean
Art History, 1991
Sandra Jean Wetzel is Assistant Professor of Art History, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She continues to research courtesan painters in Ming China.
Williams, Tim
Oriental Lang & Lit, 1972
Spent the last 30-odd years doing business in China. Now live in Hainan where I have a company providing advice to inward and outward investors and promoting three professional golf tournaments for the Asia Tour
Wilson, Richard L.
Art History, 1985
Richard L. Wilson is Prfoessor of Art and Archeology as well as Director of Japan Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo. His research includes japanese archaeology, especially of the early modern period; painting, ceramics, lacquerware, and publishing of the Rimpa school of japanese art; and Japanese tea ceremony.
Wood, Donald
Art History, 1985
Donald Wood is Chief Curator at the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, AL.
Wu, Philip
Art History, 2002
Philip Wu is Associate Professor in the Department of Fine Arts at Tunghai University in Taiwan.
Yang, Siliang
Art History, 1996
Siliang Yang is Regional Managing Director at PROS Revenue Management in Houston. On June, 14, 2006 PROS Revenue Management announced the successful completion of the first all-China Revenue Management Workshop, which was held in the Zhejiang Xizi Government Guest House in Hangzhou, China. Yang chaired the workshop. He also remains engaged with contemporary Chinese painting.
Yi, Jeong-Kweow
American Studies, 2002
Jeong-Kweow Yi works at the Korean Buddhist Association of New York in Flushing.
Ying, Yen-chuan
Art History, 1979
Yen-chuan (Grace) Ying is a member of Academia Sinica in Taipei and the Graduate Institute of Art History of national Taiwan University.
Yoshiaiki, Shimizu
Art History, 2006
Shimizu Yoshiaiki is Marquand Professor of Japanese Art at Princeton University.
Yu, Fangfang
Geography, 2002
Fangfang yu is a Lecturer in Environmental Studies at Albright College in Bern, PA.
Zhang, Qiuxia
Political Science, 2002
Qiuxia Zhang is teaching at the Lanzhou University in China.
Zhang, Yan Bing
Communication Studies, 2002
Yan Bing Zhang is Associate Professor at KU.

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