College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Core Faculty

Baskett, Michael
Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies

Asian films, particularly Japanese, silent and early world cinema, colonial and diasporic cinemas, film/media history and criticism, and postcolonial film studies

Canda, Edward R.
Professor, Social Welfare

Spiritual diversity in social work theory and practice; philosophy of social work; qualitative research methods; international social work; Korean social welfare in relation to Korean philosophy and religions; East Asian and international perspectives on social welfare.

Cheong, So-Min
Associate Professor, Geography

Environment, marine policy, economic geography, tourism, East Asia

Chi, Tailan
Professor, International Business

International business, the global regime of international business, and business in China.

Childs, Margaret H.
Associate Professor, East Asian Language & Cultures

Pre-modern Japanese literature, Japanese language pedagogy

Chong, Kelly H.
Associate Professor, Sociology

Gender, religion, race and ethnicity, and East Asian studies; politics of gender and conversion in contemporary South Korean evangelicalism

Devon Dear
Assistant Professor, History

Pre-modern China

Chinese Studies Librarian, East Asian Library
Dwyer, Arienne M.
Professor, Anthropology and Linguistics

Linguistic anthropology, typology, field methods, media archives; endangered-language documentation; China and Central Asia.

Ercums, Kris
Curator, Spencer Museum of Art

Curator, Global Contemporary & Asian Art

Fowler, Sherry
Associate Professor, Art History

Japanese art history, Buddhist art history

Gerbert, Elaine T.
Associate Professor, East Asian Language & Cultures

Modern Japanese literature, play in Japan, translation, Japanese language pedagogy

Megan Greene
Associate Professor, History; Director, Center for East Asian Studies

Modern Chinese history, Republican Chinese history, especially ROC science policy on Taiwan

Haufler, Marsha
Professor, History of Art

Chinese art history, Korean art history

Head, John W.
Professor, Law

Comparative law, international commerce and investment, public international law international economic law, international public law, comparative law legal history, dynastic Chinese law

Ho, Alfred Tat-Kei
Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration

Performance budgeting and management

Ho, Harper Virginia
Associate Professor, Law

Comparative corporate governance, corporate finance, and modern Chinese law

Ito, Michiko
Japanese Studies Librarian, East Asian Library

Japanese Studies Librarian, East Asian Library

Kaneko, Maki
Associate Professor, History of Art

20th-century and contemporary Japanese art history

Kennedy, John
Associate Professor, Political Science, Director, Center for Global & International Studies

Comparative politics, Chinese politics, rural political development

Kim, Changhwan
Associate Professor, Sociology

Specialized in the areas of work and organizations, race and ethnicity, Korea studies, and quantitative methodology

Kim, Dongbin
Assistant Professor, School of Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

Lee, Ji-Yeon
Lecturer and Academic Program Associate, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Korean language teaching

Lee, Karen Kyeunghae
Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare

Mental health treatment outcomes for adults with serious mental illness; improving care for people with serious mental illness through collaboration with community-based agencies; Asian and Asian American mental health.

Lhunpo, Venerable Champa Tenzin
Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Culture

Tibetan language

Li, Xingong
Associate Professor, Geography

Geographic Information Systems

Li, Yan
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures

 Chinese linguistics and second language acquisition

Lindsey, William Robert
Associate Professor, Religious Studies

Religion in Japan; popular religious expression and ritual in the Tokugawa period.

McMahon, Keith
Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Chinese language and literature; Late Ming to early modern fiction, gender, and sexuality

McNair, Amy
Professor, Art History

Early Chinese art; calligraphy, aesthetics, and Buddhist sculpture of the medieval period in China

Minai, Utako
Assistant Professor, Linguistics

First Language Acquisition, Child Language

Mitsugi, Sanako
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Japanese language acquisition, adult second language processing (L2) of Japanese

Mizumura, Ayako
Lecturer and Assistant Director, Center for East Asian Studies

Research interests are interracial marriage, sociology of Japan, Asian military wives and globalization in East Asia.

Nam, Yoonmi
Associate Professor, Art

Drawing, printmaking, painting, and installation art; Japanese woodblock printing methods

Pan, Yue
Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Chinese language

Peterson, Deborah E.
Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Chinese language pedagogy, Tibetan culture

Rath, Eric
Professor, History

Premodern Japan; social and cultural history, especially traditional Japanese theater, foodways, and urban agriculture; Tibetan history

Stevenson, Daniel B.
Professor, Religious Studies

Buddhism in China, Tiantai and Pure Land traditions

Maya Stiller
Assistant Professor, Art History

Specializes in Korean Art and Visual Culture; Research interests include traditional and contemporary Korean Buddhist art and culture and Korean ceramics.

Takeyama, Akiko
Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Commercialization of feelings, emotions, and romantic relationships

Uchiyama, Benjamin T.
Assistant Professor, History

Modern Japan, Japanese colonialism, history and memory of World War II in East Asia, and urban legends in interwar Japan

Williams, Crispin
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Specialization: Early Chinese paleography, language and culture; Chinese language teaching.

Associate Professor, Music

Latin American art, folk, and traditional music, nationalism, identity, migration, globalization, and ballroom dancing in China

Xiao, Hui (Faye)
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Specialization: Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature and film

Yoon, Jiso
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Comparative public policy, political communication and media, East Asian politics and public policy in Korea and Japan

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cutltures

Specialization: Korean folklore, Korean language teaching, popular culture in East Asia

Zhang, Jie
Associate Professor, Linguistics

Phonology, phonetics, phonology-phonetics relations, tone languages, Chinese languages

Zhang, Yan Bing
Associate Professor, Communications Studies

Intercultural/intergenerational/mass communication in regard to cultural values, age stereotypes, conflict management, and media effects; expertise in China

Zhao, Jane
Associate Professor Professor, School of Business

Strategic management, corporate strategy; expertise in China


New M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas is offering a new M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies, beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year. Full-time students with prior East Asian language training will be able to complete the degree within 12 months. For more information about this M.A. program including specific requirements for admission, visit, or contact Ayako Mizumura, Assistant Director of CEAS, by email ( or call 785-864-1478. You can also download our program flyer (PDF) Please share this information with your friends, colleagues and students! We are looking forward to hearing from you.

KU Works for Kansas: A Free Undergraduate Study Tour of Japan

CEAS conducted a Kakehashi Project-Bridge for Tomorrow study tour to Japan for 23 students from colleges and universities throughout Kansas in summer 2014. The tour, which was funded by the Japan Foundation and led by CEAS members Maggie Childs (core faculty) and Nancy Hope (staff), visited selected sites in Tokyo and Shizuoka June 23rd - July 3rd.  For more about the Project, view the video, the itinerary, or excerpts from participant reports. This fall, the Kansas students will make presentations about Japan at local elementary and secondary schools, while CEAS will host 23 students from Shizuoka University who are visiting KU in early spring as part of their Kakehashi tour of America.  

These Korean women are part of a long tradition of sea diving.
The Sea Women of South Korea - The New Yorker
For hundreds of years, women in the South Korean island province of Jeju have made their living harvesting seafood by hand from the ocean floor.

We have a great Chinese history lecture coming up! The Wallace Johnson Memorial Lecture is April 2.

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