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CEAS M.A. Program in Contemporary East Asian Studies

Contemporary East Asia Faculty

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.

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

Megan Greene
Associate Professor, History;

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

CEAS Director; Associate Professor, Geography and Atmospheric Science

disaster management, climate change adaptation, coastal environment

Baskett, Michael
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Film & Media Studies
Oldfather Studios, Room 220

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

Cai, Hui
Assistant Professor
Marvin Hall, Room 112

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

Canda, Edward R.
Professor, Coordinator of KU Spiritual Diversity and Social Work Initiative
Twente Hall, Room 203

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, Carl A. Scupin Faculty Fellow
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 4183

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

Chong, Kelly H.
Associate Professor, Associate Chairperson
Fraser Hall, Room 748

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

Dwyer, Arienne M.
Professor, Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities
Fraser Hall, Room 638

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

Ho, Alfred Tat-Kei
Wescoe Hall, Room 4060U

Performance budgeting and management

Ho, Harper Virginia
Green Hall, Room 412

Comparative corporate governance, corporate finance, and modern Chinese law

Kaneko, Maki
Associate Professor
Spencer Museum of Art, Room 209

20th-century and contemporary Japanese art history

Kennedy, John
Associate Professor
Blake Hall, Room 521

Comparative politics, Chinese politics, rural political development

Kim, Changhwan
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Fraser Hall, Room 707

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

Li, Yan
Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Chinese Program
Wescoe Hall, Room 2111

 Chinese linguistics and second language acquisition

Mitsugi, Sanako
Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2108

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

Nam, Yoonmi
Associate Professor
Chalmers Hall, Room 212A

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

Hyunjin Seo
Associate Professor, Docking Young Faculty Scholar
Stauffer-Flint Hall, Room 207A

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

Maya Stiller
Assistant Professor
Spencer Museum of Art, Room 231

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
Fraser Hall, Room 611

Commercialization of feelings, emotions, and romantic relationships

Uchiyama, Benjamin T.
Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3603

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

Xiao, Hui (Faye)
Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2109

Specialization: Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature and film

Yoon, Jiso
Assistant Professor
Blake Hall, Room 411

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

Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2100

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

Zhang, Jie
Blake Hall, Room 420E

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

Zhang, Yan Bing
Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director
Bailey Hall, Room 114

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

Zhao, Jane
Associate Professor
Capitol Federal Hall, Room 4134

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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