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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 Foard

James Foard teaches courses in Japanese and Religion.


Miko Foard

School of International Letters and Cultures

Miko Foard teaches courses on Japanese.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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).