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CEAS Faculty Alphabetical

Professor, School of Business

International finance, corporate finance, contracting and governance; international expertise in capital markets in Japan and South America

Aptilon, Sarah Fremerman
Research Associate, Religious Studies/ Center for East Asian Studies

Buddhism and Japanese religious history

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

Associate Professor Emeritus, Journalism

Consumer research on media habits and preferences in emerging democracies

Rice Distinguished Professor, School of Law

International trade regulation, advanced international trade regulation, Islamic law

Brown, Chris
Professor, Environmental Studies Program

Social relations in Amazonian rural development; expansion of soybean production in Amazonia; development and the Politics of Scale

Butler, James J. Jr.
Senior Scientist, Kansas Geological Survey

Well hydraulics, direct-push methods for hydrostratigraphic characterization, ground-water flow and transport in heterogeneous formations, stream-aquifer interactions, phreatophytes. Experience in China, Korea, and Japan.

Cai, Hui
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Design & Planning

Architecture; health care design; relationship between culture, human behavior and physical environment

Cai, Zongwu
Charles Oswald Professor, Economics

Econometrics, Financial Econometrics, Quantitative Finance and Statistics

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.

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

Cho, Hyesun
Assistant Professor, School of Education

TESOL, second language/literacy education, academic and social identities of language learners and teachers, critical literacy, participatory action research, critical multiculturalism and technology-integrated instruction

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

Professor Emeritus, History

Chinese imperial history; inner Asian history

Librarian, East Asian Library

Chinese and Korean Studies

Duan, Changming
Professor, School of Education

Cross-cultural understanding and multicultural perspectives that enhance the science and practice of counseling psychology

Dwyer, Arienne M.
Professor, Anthropology and Linguistics

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

Ercums, Kris
Associate Curator, Spencer Museum of Art

Curator, Global Contemporary & Asian Art

Fiorentino, Robert
Associate Professor, Linguistics

Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics

Fowler, Sherry
Professor, Art History

Japanese art history, Buddhist art history

Frederickson, H. George
Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Public Administration

Public administration, public administration ethics, theories of public administration, systems of multi-level governance, and American local government; experience in Korea and China

Gabriele, Alison
Associate Professor, Linguistics

Second language acquisition

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

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

General Manager Emeritus, University Daily Kansasn

International journalism

Graham, Patricia J.
Research Associate, Center for East Asian Studies

Japanese art history, Japanese devotional site 

Megan Greene
Associate Professor, History;

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

Professor, Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering

Geotechnical engineering; geosynthetics; earth-retaining structures, ground improvement, pile foundations, and pavement design. Experience in China.

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
Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration

Performance budgeting and management

Ho, Harper Virginia

Comparative corporate governance, corporate finance, and modern Chinese law

Associate Professor, Industrial Design

Furniture-based sculpture; Asian materials

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

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, Hak-Ze
Visiting Assistant Professor, Pre-modern Korea

Cultural history; Intellectual history; Early Confucianism, Daoism, Soen (Chan), Neo-Confucianism, and Practical Learning in China and Korea; Lexicography

Assistant Profressor, American Studies

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - American Studies

Kim, Minyoung
Assistant Professor, School of Business

International Business

Kleinberg, Jill
Associate Professor Emerita, School of Business

Cross-cultural interaction in organizational settings (U.S.-Japan, U.S.-China, U.S.-Japan-Mexico); comparative and cross-cultural management; Japanese organizational behavior; management issues in binational organizations; cross-cultural negotiation

Pok Chi Lau
Professor Emeritus, Art and Design

Traditional and digital photography, video and mixed media; social documentary photography on issues such as migration of Asians to the Americas; multiculturalism, diversity and ethnic identity; Chinese migration within and outside China

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

Korean language teaching

Jungsil Jenny Lee
Visiting Assistant Professor, Korean Art & Visual Culture

Tradition and modernism in Korean art during the first half of the twentieth century; Korean modern/contemporary art within East Asian and global contexts

Associate Professor, Journalism

Political communication, consumer behavior, media credibility, international communication and race and gender issues

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

Tibetan language

Li, Xingong
Associate Professor, Geography

Geographic Information Systems

Li, Yan
Associate 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.

Assistant Professor, Marketing

Social cognition and social perception, influences of social contexts on judgments and decisions, cross-cultural comparisons

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

Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
Minai, Utako
Associate Professor, Linguistics

First Language Acquisition, Child Language

Minor, Robert N.
Professor Emeritus, Religious Studies

South Asian religions, history of religions methodology, religion and gender

Mitscher, Lester A.
Professor Emeritus, Medicinal Chemistry

Natural products, antibiotics, antivirals, antimutagenics/ chemopreventive agents, antitumor agents; traditional Chinese medicine; green tea

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.

Moos, Felix
Professor Emeritus, Anthropology

Socio-cultural anthropology

Nam, Yoonmi
Associate Professor, Visual 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

Professor, History

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

Hyunjin Seo
Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications

digital media, network analysis, public diplomacy, nation branding, public relations

MBA Director, School of Business, Director of Applied Portfolio Management, Senior Lecturer

Decision science and finance; doing business and investing in China

Associate Professor, Architecture

Social, cultural, and psychological dimensions in design; global heritage management and architectural preservation; nonwestern traditions in architecture and urban design (special focus on South, Southeast, and East Asian countries); Community design practices (affordable housing and post-disaster resettlement)

Slusser, Dale
Assistant Vice President, Development, Kansas University Endowment Association

Japanese culture and tea ceremony

Stevenson, Daniel B.
Professor, Religious Studies

Buddhism in China, Tiantai and Pure Land traditions

Stevenson, Miwha
Research Associate, Center for East Asian Studies

Korean history

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
Associate Professor, Anthropology

Commercialization of feelings, emotions, and romantic relationships

Associate Professor, Geology

Geography and culture, Tibetan plateau

Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Associate Professor, Industrial Design
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

Associate Professor, Journalism, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Development
Vu, Hong Tien
Assistant Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

International communication, development communication and changes in newsroom practices amid the rise of technological innovations

Weiss, Thomas
Professor Emeritus, Economics

Economic issues in East Asia

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)
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures

Specialization: Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature and film

Yamamoto, Akira Y.
Professor Emeritus, Anthropology and Linguistics

Linguistic anthropology; Japanese culture

Yamamoto, Kimiko
Professor Emerita, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Yoon, Jiso
Assistant Professor, Political Science

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

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cutltures

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

Zhang, Jie
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, School of Business

Strategic management, corporate strategy; expertise in China

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CEAS offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies.This interdisciplinary degree focused on 20th and 21st century East Asia provides students with in-depth interdisciplinary knowledge of a selected East Asian country (China, Korea, Japan); a broad knowledge of modern East Asia; and social science research skills and methods appropriate to international area studies. For more information click here, or contact Ayako Mizumura, CEAS Assistant Director: or 785-864-1478.

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