Faculty


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Yondenzang Akyung

Lecturer
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Tibetan language and culture

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Yondenzang Akyung

Lecturer
East Asian Languages and Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Tibetan language and culture

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Christopher W. Anderson

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
Anderson Chandler Professor
Finance
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Research Interests:

International finance

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Michael Baskett

Associate Professor
Film & Media Studies
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Japanese film and media; East Asian film and media; film and media history; transnational film and media; post-colonial film and media

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Raj Bhala

Brenneisen Distinguished Professor
SCHOOL OF LAW

Research Interests:

International trade regulation; Islamic law; Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement; China-US trade war; Indian trade law and policy

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Melissa H. Birch

Executive Director
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
Associate Professor
Management & Entrepreneurship
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Research Interests:

International business strategy in Latin America and East Asia; trade and regional integration; public sector management; microfinance

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J. Christopher Brown

Professor
Geography & Atmospheric Science
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Environmental issues in Mongolia; mining, grazing, and urban life in Ulaanbaatar

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James J. Butler

Senior Scientist
Geology
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

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

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Hui Cai

Associate Professor
Chairperson
Architecture
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Research Interests:

Cultural impacts on healthcare design; Chinese hospital design; evidence-based design

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Zongwu Cai

Charles Oswald Distinguished Professor
Economics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Asian economies; econometrics; financial econometrics; quantitative finance and statistics

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Yi-Yang Chen

Assistant Professor
Piano
SCHOOL OF MUSIC

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Sunyoung Cheong

Assistant Professor
Visual Art
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Gender and domesticity in art and craft; Korean food as a cultural diplomacy in contemporary public art

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Hyesun Cho

Associate Professor
Curriculum & Teaching
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Critical literacy in the Korean language context; TESOL practicum in Korea

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Kelly H Chong

Professor
Chairperson
Sociology
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Politics of gender and conversion in contemporary South Korean evangelicalism; race and ethnicity; international migration; Asian American studies; East Asian studies

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Brad Cokelet

Associate Professor
Philosophy
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Buddhist ethics; classic Confucian ethical and political philosophy; cross-cultural psychological study of moral character

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Misae Nishimura Daldorph

Lecturer
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Japanese language and Japanese culture and society.

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Alexander C. Diener

Professor
Geography & Atmospheric Science
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Central Asian states, Mongolia, and both Russian and Islamic borderlands; geopolitics and borders; human mobility and immobility; environment/social justice; diaspora/transnationalism; impact of urban landscape change on community, self, and personhood.

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Changming Duan

Professor
Educational Pyschology
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SCIENCES

Research Interests:

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

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Kris Ercums

Curator
Global Contemporary & Asian Art
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Research Interests:

Pan-Asian visual modernity; Asian contemporary artistic practice; postcolonial science fiction; Queer studies

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Robert Fiorentino

Professor
Linguistics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Language acquisition and processing; neurolinguistics; languages of research include Japanese, Chinese, and English

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Sherry Fowler

Professer
Art History
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Japanese Buddhist art history especially sculpture, print, and bells

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Alison Gabriele

Professor
Linguistics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Second language acquisition and process; Japanese, Chinese, and English acquisition in adult learners

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Dan Galindau

Professor of the Practice
Management & Entrepreneurship
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Research Interests:

Comparative and cross-cultural management; international business and management; Chinese business practices; international business strategy

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Linda Galvane

Assistant Professor
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Japanese literature and culture with attention to the various spatio-temporal, disciplinary, and modal structures of classification

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Noelle Giuffrida

Research Associate
Center for East Asian Studies
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Research Interests:

Chinese art history; Daoist studies; history of collecting and museums

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Patricia J. Graham

Research Associate
Center for East Asian Studies
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Research Interests:

Japanese sencha tea ceremony; Buddhist Art; Chinese material culture in Japan

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J. Megan Greene

Professor
History
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Modern China and East Asia; history of the Republic of China under the KMT both in China and on Taiwan; nation and state-building projects in the areas of science and the economy, academia, and ideology.

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Jie Han

Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor
Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Research Interests:

Geotechnical engineering; geosynthetics; earth-retaining structures; pile foundations; roadways

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John W. Head

Robert W. Wagstaff Distinguished Professor
SCHOOL OF LAW

Research Interests:

Dynastic Chinese law; comparative law; international commerce and investment; international economic law; comparative legal history

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Jeff Holliday

Assistant Professor
Linguistics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Second language acquisition including the acquisition of the Korean sound system and sociolinguistics

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Thomas Huang

Associate Professor
Design
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Research Interests:

Asian materials; furniture-based sculpture

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Michiko Ito

Japanese Studies Librarian
East Asian Collection
KU LIBRARIES

Research Interests:

Japan-US relations; Japanese popular culture; anime; interlibrary loan

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Lei Jiang

Assistant Professor
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Immigrant students and education; education systems and policies in East Asia; multilingual education

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Maki Kaneko

Associate Professor
Art History
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

20th-century and contemporary art; Japanese art history

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Joonmo Kang

Assistant Professor
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WELFARE

Research Interests:

Korean social policy and political ecology; climate change; community-engaged research; environmental justice; ecosocial work; sustainable community development

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John James Kennedy

Professor
Chairperson
Political Science
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Grassroots elections and voting in China; Chinese family planning; Chinese single child policy; rural education and health care; single-party regimes; cadre management system

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Leigh Khandro

Lecturer
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Tibetan language and culture

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ChangHwan Kim

Professor
Sociology
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Korean studies; work and organization; race and ethnicity; quantitative methodology

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Eungsik Kim

Assistant Professor
Economics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Macroeconomics; public economics; political economics; economic theory; financial economics (asset pricing)

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Min-Young Kim

Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Teaching
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Literacy education; teacher education; translanguaging practices of Korean immigrant teachers

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Ji-Yeon Lee

Assistant Teaching Professor
Korean Language Coordinator
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

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

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Jieun Lee

Visiting Assistant Professor
Linguistics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Second language acquisition of Korean language; psycholinguistics; speech perception and production

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Jun Ho Lee

Assistant Professor
Management & Entrepreneurship
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Research Interests:

Corporate governance in East Asia; institutional theory

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Xingong Li

Professor
Geography & Atmospheric Science
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Mapping and analysis of water resources in East Asia; spatiotemporal analysis methods

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Yan Li

Associate Professor
Chinese Language Coordinator
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Chinese linguistics; second language acquisition; teaching Chinese as a foreign language; computer-assisted language learning

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William R. Lindsey

Associate Professor
Religious Studies
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

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

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Ahreum Maeng

Associate Professor
Management & Business Law
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

Research Interests:

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

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David Mai

Assistant Teaching Professor
Film & Media Studies
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Affect theory; Horror studies; feminist film and critical race theory; Anime and Manga studies; multimedia education

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Margarethe McDonald

Assistant Professor
Speech-Language-Hearing
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Infant language development and bilingual (Korean-English) child speech development.

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Thomas McDonald

Lecturer
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Japanese language, literature, and culture

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Keith McMahon

Professor
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Ming and Qing fiction; eroticism and the structure of sexuality in late imperial China; culture of opium smoking in 19th-century China and Euro-America; male and female character types in literature and history; history of imperial marriage in dynastic China

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Amy McNair

Professor
Art History
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Material culture of the Tang dynasty; Chinese calligraphy; Chinese Buddhist sculpture

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Mario A. Medina

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Associate Professor
Infrastructure Research Institute
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Research Interests:

Energy efficient and sustainable buildings; thermal and material sciences laboratory; China

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Utako Minai

Associate Professor
Linguistics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

First language acquisition, including Japanese, Chinese, and English; developmental psycholinguistics; child language acquisition

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Ayako Mizumura

Assistant Director
Academic Program and FLAS Coordinator
Center for East Asian Studies
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Research Interests:

Sociology of Japan; Japanese culture; Interracial marriages and Asian military wives; globalization in East Asia

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Yuka Naito Billen

Assistant Teaching Professor
Japanese Language Coordinator
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

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

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Yoonmi Nam

Professor
Visual Art
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Visual and contemporary art; printmaking; Japanese woodblock printing; lithography

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Yue Pan

Lecturer
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Chinese language; Chinese grammar and pedagogy

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Stephen Politzer-Ahles

Associate Teaching Professor
Linguistics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Chinese linguistics; psychological processing of Chinese tone

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Eric Rath

Professor
History
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Pre-modern Japanese culture; East Asian culinary heritage and dietary culture

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Hyunjin Seo

Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
Oscar Stauffer Professor of Journalism
SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM & MASS COMMUNICATIONS

Research Interests:

Digital media; international communication; civil engagements; South Korean and East Asian media

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Kapila Silva

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
Architecture
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN

Research Interests:

Social, cultural, and psychological aspects of architectural design and urban design; urban design and development policy in developing countries; urbanism and heritage conservation in East Asia and the Asia-Pacific region; visual culture in Buddhist and Asian societies

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Kwangok Song

Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Teaching
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Literacy methods; literacy assessment; theories of reading

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Miwha Stevenson

Research Associate
Center for East Asian Studies
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL & GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Research Interests:

Art and archeology of early northeast Asia

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Maya Stiller

Associate Professor
Art History
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Korean history, literature, and religion; Korean art history

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Akiko Takeyama

Professor
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES
Director
Center for East Asian Studies
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT

Research Interests:

Gender, sexuality and subjectivity; capitalism, class, and labor; cultural anthropology; feminist history; Japanese studies

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Michael Taylor

Professor
Geology
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Tectonic development of the Himalayas and Tibet; active faults and earthquake geology

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Hong Tien Vu

Associate Professor
SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM & MASS COMMUNICATIONS

Research Interests:

Global communication; digital technology; news media; East and South East Asia

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Crispin Williams

Associate Professor
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Excavated and transmitted early Chinese texts; Chinese palaeography and historical phonology; early Chinese language and culture

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Ketty Wong

Associate Professor
Musicology
SCHOOL OF MUSUC

Research Interests:

Ballroom dancing in China; identity and nationalism; Latin American and Ecuadorian art and popular music

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Hui "Faye" Xiao

Professor
Chairperson
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Modern and contemporary Chinese literature; Chinese cinema youth culture; Gender studies

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Kyoim Yun

Associate Professor
East Asian Languages & Cultures
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Korean studies; anthropology and folklore; rituals and festivals; regional and national identity; Happiness studies

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Cecilia Zhang

Chinese Studies Librarian
East Asian Collections
KU LIBRARIES

Research Interests:

Diversity and equality in East Asian library collections; digital archives; visual and pop culture in East Asia; contemporary social movements in East Asia; diversity and equality in East Asian library collections

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Jiakun "Jack" Zhang

Assitant Professor
Political Science
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

International relations; international political economy; East Asian politics; Chinese foreign policy; U.S.-China Relations; trade wars

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Jie Zhang

Professor
Linguistics
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

Phonology and phonetics; psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic processing of tones in Chinese

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Yan Bing Zhang

Professor
Communication Studies
LIBERAL ARTS & SCIENCES

Research Interests:

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

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Yong Zhao

Courtesy Professor
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SCIENCES
Distinguished Professor
Educational Psychology
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION & HUMAN SERVICES

Research Interests:

East Asian education systems; educational policy and reforms; implications of technology and globalization on education