College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

CEAS Faculty Alphabetical

Associate Profesor, 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, 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, Architecture
Marvin Hall, 112

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

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

Professor Emeritus, History

Chinese imperial history; inner Asian history

Dear, Devon
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

Fiorentino, Robert
Associate Professor, Linguistics

Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics

Fowler, Sherry
Associate Professor, Art History

Japanese art history, Buddhist art history

Frederickson, H. George
Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor, 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; Director, Center for East Asian Studies

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
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

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, 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

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

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.

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
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

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

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

Decision science and finance; doing business and investing in China

Assistant 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
Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Commercialization of feelings, emotions, and romantic relationships

Associate Professor, Geology

Geography and culture, Tibetan plateau

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
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)
Assistant 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

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

Professor, Health Policy and Management, Courtesy Professor, Sociology

Comparative health care systems; health and social behavior; traditional Chinese medicine

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.  

Here's the schedule for the rest of the year for Jayhawks Without Borders. If you're a KU undergraduate studying East Asia or another world area, you should definitely check out this student club!
KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
The Jayhawks Without Borders are hosting a fundraiser on April 7th at Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers on 23rd & Iowa. The event runs from 5pm to 8pm, and a portion of every purchase during this time frame will go directly to JWB. More about JWB: Poster features JWB's spring 2015 events. Tags: Jayhawks Without Borders Freddy's Frozen Custard #KUSLLC

Just a reminder that this Chinese history lecture is tomorrow at 4!

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