Emeritus

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Center for Asian Research Emeritus 

This page provides an alphabetical listing of former Center for Asian Research faculty.

James Eder

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

James Eder teaches courses on the peoples of Southeast Asia and on international development and sustainability. His research interests center on Palawan Island, the Philippines, and include demographic and subsistence change among tropical forest foragers; agricultural intensification and economic diversification in upland farming communities; livelihood and resource management in the coastal zone; and ethnic differences, Islamic consciousness, and Muslim-Christian relations.

JAMES.EDER@asu.edu




James Foard

James Foard teaches courses in Japanese and Religion.

james.foard@asu.edu




Miko Foard

School of International Letters and Cultures

Miko Foard teaches courses on Japanese.

miko.foard@asu.edu




Thomas Hudak

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Thomas J. Hudak focuses on the linguistics and literature of Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on the Thai and Indonesian languages. His research has involved the analysis and interpretation of ethnopoetics and ethnoaesthetics. Current topics of his research include the translation of classical Thai poetry, the uses of repetition in literary discourse and the compiling and editing of primary data from twenty Tai languages and dialects.

thomas.hudak@asu.edu




Stephen Mackinnon

Professor Emeritus, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Stephen Mackinnon teaches courses on Modern China, Peoples Republic of China, U.S.-China relations and History of Modern India, as well as War and Revolution. His research interests include a biographical study of the life and times of Chen Hanseng (1897-2004), pioneer Chinese social scientist and international political activist since the 1920s. He has published Power and Politics in Late Imperial China (1981); China Reporting: An Oral History of American Journalism in the 1930s and 1940s (1987); Agnes Smedley: Life and Times of an American Radical (1988) and WUHAN,1938: WAR , REFUGEES, AND MAKING OF MODERN CHINA, (2008).

STEPHEN.MACKINNON@asu.edu




Sheldon Simon

School of Politics and Global Studies

Sheldon Simon teaches courses on national security, intelligence, terrorism, world politics, Asian foreign policies, and Asian security policies. He has written or co-edited ten books, most recently co-edited volumes: China, the United States, and Southeast Asia: Contending Perspectives on Politics, Security, and Economics (Routledge, 2008) and Religion and Conflict in South and Southeast Asia: Disrupting Violence (Routledge, 2007).

shells@asu.edu




Andrew Smith

School of Life Sciences

Andrew Smith teaches courses on biodiversity conservation and mammalogy. His work involves investigation of the ecosystem services and keystone species status of small mammals – primarily Plateau Pikas on the high grasslands of the Tibetan plateau. His collaborative work on these alpine grasslands is designed to deepen our understanding of the complex interactions involving geophysical, biological, social, and policy factors and feedback systems in determining grassland status. A goal of this work is to enhance understanding of this socio-ecological system and to provide important inference for policies on grassland restoration, biodiversity, and economic development. This work is being supported by a 5-year NSF CNH grant. He recently completed A Guide to the Mammals of China (Princeton University Press), which has also been translated and published in a Chinese edition.

a.smith@asu.edu




Sybil Thornton

School of Historical Philosophical and Religious Studies

Sybil Thornton’s research focuses on three interrelated areas of Japanese narrative: medieval Buddhist propaganda, late-medieval epic, and the period film. In addition to several articles and book chapters, she is the author of Charisma and Community Formation in Medieval Japan: The Case of the Yugyo-ha (1300-1700) and of the 2007The Japanese Period Film: A Critical Analysis. She is now working on a translation and study of the c. 1400 Meitokuki, the second of a proposed series of five late-medieval Japanese epics. Dr. Thornton has been particularly active in advancing knowledge about Asia among Arizona Community College and K-12 teachers and students. She is also the Principle Investigator of the 3-year (2011-2014) Institutional Project Support grant from the Japan Foundation.

SYBIL.THORNTON@asu.edu




Hoyt Tillman

School of International Letters and Cultures

Hoyt Tillman (Tian Hao) teaches courses on Chinese cultural and intellectual history from antiquity to the present, as well as pre-Qing history and the history of medicine in China. English books include Confucian Discourse and Chu Hsi’s Ascendancy (1992); Utilitarian Confucianism: Chien Liang’s Challenge to Chu Hsi (1982); Ch’en Liang on Law and the Public Interest (1994); Business as a Profession: The Autobiography of Mr. Wu Ho-su (2002); and he also co-edited with Stephen West, China Under Jurchen Rule (1995). His major books in Chinese include: Zhu Xi de siwei shijie (Zhu Xi’s World of Thought) (2008 & 2009); Pangguan Zhuzixue (Bystander’s Perspectives on Zhu Xi Studies) (2011); and Gonglizhuyi de rujia (Utilitarian Confucianism) (1997). He also edited Songdai sixiangshi lun (Discussions of Song-era Intellectual History) (2003), and Wenhua yu lishi de zhuisuo (Cultural and Historical Explorations) (2009), as well as co-edited two volumes of essays with colleagues in China.

HOYT.TILLMAN@asu.edu




Ruth Yabes

Professor Emerita, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Ruth Yabes teaches courses on urban housing analysis and urban planning. Her research interests include participation, community development, international planning, planning pedagogy.

Ruth.Yabes@asu.edu




Robert Youngblood

Professor Emeritus, School of Politics and Global Studies

Robert Youngblood’s current teaching and research interests are focused on two different aspects of domestic U.S. policy. The first focus is helping freshmen and sophomores understand the need to save and invest early in their working lives and the importance of avoiding some simple investment pitfalls in planning their financial futures. The second focus is on public policy issues associated with health care and examines the question of why the epidemic of heart disease, diabetes, breast cancer, osteoporosis, and prostate cancer in the United States has not resulted in clear preventative guidelines from the government and the medical profession. He has published Marcos Against the Church: Economic Development and Political Repression in the Philippines (1990) and is the co-editor of Patterns of Power and Politics in the Philippines: Implications for Development (1994).

Bob.Y@asu.edu