College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

CEAS Core Faculty

Baskett, Michael
Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Film & Media Studies
Summerfield Hall, 230

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

Assistant Professor
Murphy Hall,

Performance and analysis of East Asian piano literature

Associate Professor, Geography and Atmospheric Science
Lindley Hall, 221

Climate change adaptation, environmental disasters, coastal management, and human-environment interaction in South Korea and the United States

Childs, Margaret H.
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Wescoe Hall, 2109

Pre-modern Japanese literature, Japanese language pedagogy

Cho, Hyesun
Associate Professor, Education, Curriculum & Teaching
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 311

TESOL, Critical Literacy in the Korean educational context, TESOL Practicum in Korea

Professor, Chairperson, Sociology
Fraser Hall, Room 748

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

Duan, Changming
Professor, Program Director - Doctoral program in counseling psychology, Educational Psychology, Psychology & Research in Education
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 625

Relationship between culture and mental health, efficacy of psychological interventions, and counselling in the Chinese cultural context

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

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

Associate Curator, Spencer Museum of Art

Curator, Global Contemporary & Asian Art

Professor, History of Art
Spencer Museum of Art, 200B

Japanese Buddhist art history, especially sculpture, prints, and bells

Megan Greene
Associate Professor, History;

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

Head, John W.
Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor of Law
Green Hall, 415

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

Ito, Michiko
Librarian; Japanese Studies
Watson Library

Japanese Studies Librarianship

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

20th-century and contemporary Japanese art history

Professor, Undergraduate Director for Political Science
Blake Hall, Room 521

Comparative politics, Chinese politics, rural political development

Kim, Changhwan
Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology
Fraser Hall, 707

Work and organizations, race and ethnicity, Korea studies, and quantitative methodology

Assistant Professor
Snow Hall,

Distributional welfare affect and reasons for low fertility in aging East Asian countries

Lee, Ji-Yeon
Lecturer and Academic Program Associate, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Wescoe, Room# 2074

Korean as a foreign/heritage language education and Korean female students in U.S. higher education

Lee, Jun Ho
Assistant Professor, Strategy and International Business
Capitol Federal Hall, 3106

Corporate governance in East Asia and institutional theory

Lecturer, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Wescoe Hall, room 2122

Tibetan language and culture

Li, Xingong
Professor, Geography and Atmospheric Science
Lindley Hall, 404

Mapping and analysis of water resources in East Asia

Li, Yan
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures, Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program
Wescoe Hall, 2111

Chinese linguistics, second language acquisition, the acquisition and instruction of Chinese

Lindsey, William Robert
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Smith Hall, 9

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

Assistant Teaching Professor, Film and Media Studies
Summerfield Hall, Room 118F

Anime and manga studies, Japanese survival horror video games

Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Wescoe, room #2115

Chinese narrative from earliest times to the end of the imperial era

McNair, Amy
Professor, History of Art
Spencer Museum of Art, 230

Material culture of the Tang dynasty, especially calligraphy and Buddhist sculpture

Associate Professor, Linguistics
Blake Hall, 406

Acquisition of languages including Japanese, Chinese and English in children and adults

Mizumura, Ayako
Lecturer , Academic Director, Center for East Asian Studies

Interracial marriage, sociology of Japan, Japanese culture, Asian military wives and globalization in East Asia

Teaching Assistant Processor , East Asian Languages & Cultures, Japanese Language Coordinator
Wescoe Hall Room 2113

Japanese language pedagogy, Japanese language acquisition, Japanese language processing, and Japanese as a heritage language

Nam, Yoonmi
Professor, Visual Arts
Chalmers Hall, 212A

Visual Art, Contemporary Art, Printmaking, Japanese Woodblock Printing, Lithography

Pan, Yue
Lecturer, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Wescoe, room #2123

Chinese language teaching, Chinese grammar and Chinese pedagogy

Professor, History
Wescoe Hall, 3624

Traditional Japanese culture especially foodways and East Asian culinary heritage

Professor, Docking Young Faculty Scholar, Journalism
Stauffer-Flint Hall, 207A

Digital media, international communication, civic engagements, South Korea, East Asia

Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 319

Korea as a heritage language, literacy practices of Korean-American immirant communities

Maya Stiller
Associate Professor, History of Art
Spencer Museum of Art, 231

History, literature, religions, and art history of Korea

Associate Professor, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Anthropology, Director for the Center for East Asian Studies
Fraser Hall, 611

Gender, sexuality, subjectivity, labor, class, capitalism, cultural anthropology, feminist theory, Japan

Vu, Hong Tien
Associate Professor, Journalism
Stauffer-Flint Hall, 207D

Global communication, digital technology, news media, East and Southeast Asia

Williams, Crispin
Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Wescoe Hall, 2110

Early Chinese paleography, language and culture; Chinese language teaching

Associate Professor, School of Music
Murphy Hall, 438

Latin American and Ecuadorian art & popular music, identity, nationalism, ballroom dancing in China

Xiao, Hui (Faye)
Professor, Department Chair, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Wescoe Hall, 2105

Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, Chinese cinema, youth culture, and gender studies

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Wescoe Hall, 2100

Korean Studies, anthropology and folklore, ritual and festivals, tourism, heritage studies, regional and national identity issues, happiness studies, as well as modern and contemporary Korean history

Assistant Professor, Political Science
413 Blake Hall

International relations, political economy, East Asian politics, Chinese foreign policy, U.S.-China relations

Zhang, Jie
Professor, Linguistics
Blake Hall, 420E

Phonology, phonetics, as well as psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic processing of tones in Chinese

Yan Bing Zhang
Professor , Communication Studies, Director of Graduate Studies
Bailey Hall, 101

Cultural values, age stereotypes, advertising, media effects, and intergenerational communication in China

Zhao, Jane
Associate Professor, Business
Capitol Federal Hall, 4134

Strategic management, corporate strategy; expertise in China

Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, Foundation Distinguished Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall,

Educational reforms, education policy, implications of technology and globalization on education, China, East Asian education systems


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CEAS Affiliated Faculty
CEAS Affiliated Faculty