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CEAS M.A. Program in Contemporary East Asian Studies

Contemporary East Asian Faculty

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cutltures

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

Mitsugi, Sanako
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures

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

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.

Dear, Devon
Assistant Professor, History

Pre-modern China

Kim, Changhwan
Associate Professor, Sociology

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

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

Kaneko, Maki
Associate Professor, History of Art

20th-century and contemporary Japanese art history

Zhao, Jane
Associate Professor Professor, School of Business

Strategic management, corporate strategy; expertise in China

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

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

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

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

Yoon, Jiso
Assistant Professor, Political Science

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

Cheong, So-Min
Associate Professor, Geography

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

Nam, Yoonmi
Associate Professor, Art

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

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

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

Specialization: Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature and film

Li, Yan
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures

 Chinese linguistics and second language acquisition

Cai, Hui
Assistant Professor, Architecture
Marvin Hall, 112

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

Kim, Dongbin
Assistant Professor, School of Education

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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.

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

Comparative politics, Chinese politics, rural political development

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.

Ho, Harper Virginia
Associate Professor, Law

Comparative corporate governance, corporate finance, and modern Chinese law

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

Performance budgeting and management

Dwyer, Arienne M.
Professor, Anthropology and Linguistics

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

Zhang, Jie
Associate Professor, Linguistics

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

Chi, Tailan
Professor, International Business

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

Takeyama, Akiko
Associate Professor, Anthropology

Commercialization of feelings, emotions, and romantic relationships

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.

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

CEAS M.A. Program

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) at The University of Kansas now offers an M.A. program in Contemporary East Asian Studies. 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.

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