Asian Research Center Faculty

This page provides an alphabetical listing of Asian Studies Faculty. You may click ‘more info’ to be redirected to more information regarding their research and classes.

Karen Adams

Department of English

Karen Adams teaches courses in linguistics on sociolinguistics, pragmatics, and discourse analysis including critical discourse analysis. Her research interests include the linguistic construction of opposition, language planning and language rights, and historical comparative work on Austroasiatic languages, specifically their numeral classification systems. She has published Perspectives on Official English (1990), 3 volumes of Papers from the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Societyand Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Lao Studies (2010).

Rimjihm Aggarwal

School of Sustainability

Rimjihm Aggarwal teaches courses on International Development and Sustainability, the Economics of Sustainability, and Sustainable use of Environmental Resources. Her research interests include resource economics; water conflicts; poverty; water resource management; agriculture; bio-economics; climate change impacts; decision-making; economic adaptation and climate change; econometrics; economic development; economics of ecosystem services; ecosystem services; environmental policy; urban development; utilities regulation.

Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

Barrett Honors College

Nilanjana Bhattacharjya is a Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, The Honors College. Her research as an ethnomusicologist focuses on popular music from South Asia and its diasporic communities. Nilanjana received her Bachelor’s from Wellesley College and earned her Masters and PhD in Musicology from Cornell University. She is particularly interested in how South Asian popular music’s circulation through different media defines different communities throughout the world, and in music’s relationships to popular visual media, especially film. She is at work on a book manuscript that explores how British musicians of South Asian descent and their music contributed to changing ideas of British cultural identity during the mid to late 1990s. Her articles and essays have appeared in journals including Asian Music and South Asian History and Cultureas well as in the edited collections Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Danceand South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century. Most recently, she co-edited with Peter Kvetko the first ever issue of the interdisciplinary journal South Asian Popular Culture devoted entirely to music. She currently co-chairs the South Asia Performing Arts Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology and serves on the Ethnomusicology Committee of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Stephen Bokenkamp

School of International Letters and Cultures

Stephen Bokenkamp teaches courses on Chinese. His research interests include early medieval literature and religion, particularly Daoism. He has written most extensively on Six Dynasties religious developments and Tang-period poetics.

Prasad Boradkar

The Design School

Prasad Boradkar teaches courses on strategic enterprise innovation and collaborative innovation. His research interests include New Product Design and Development and the Culture of Objects. He has published Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects (2010).

Josef Brada

W.P. Carey School of Business

Josef Brada is a Professor Emeritus who taught courses on international economics.

Claudia Brown

School of Art

Claudia Brown teaches courses on the art of China and Japan. Her research interests include later Chinese painting and decorative arts, museums and exhibitions. She has lectured in China, India, Korea and Taiwan. She served as co-curator for the recent exhibition A Tradition Redefined:  Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings from the Chu-tsing Li Collection, 1950-2000, and was a major contributor to its catalog published by Harvard University Art Museums (2007). Her publications include Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual and Art (co-authored; 2009).

Megha Budruk

Community Resources/Development

Megha Budruk’s academic interests include human relationships with natural settings, specifically-place attachment and sense of place, crowding and indicator-based social carrying capacity, beneficial outcomes of natural resource recreation, visitor impacts, experience and management at natural and cultural resource settings such as parks, protected areas, and cultural monuments. She is currently involved in a couple of research projects in India.  Budruk teaches classes regarding sustainable communities, leisure and quality of life, wilderness and parks in America, as well as theoretical perspectives in community development.

Huaiyu Chen

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Huaiyu Chen teaches courses on Buddhism and Chinese religions and religions of the Silk Road. His research interests span Buddhism, Nestorian Christianity, medieval Chinese social and cultural history, as well as modern intellectual history.

Pauline Cheong

Hugh Downs School of Communication

Pauline Hope Cheong teaches courses on intercultural communication, new media, computer-mediated communication, viral culture and globalization. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural implications of communication technologies, particularly on the distribution of wealth and opportunity in society. This includes thinking about the mediation of authority and influence, civic participation and community building, with a multidisciplinary, international and multi-media perspective. Her award-winning research has been published in more than 50 papers in journals and books. She is the lead editor of two volumes, a) New Media and Intercultural Communication: Identity, Community and Politics, and b) Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Futures.

Sookja Cho

School of International Letters and Cultures

Sookja Cho graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature (Korean). Her research covers a variety of issues related to pre-modern Korean and Chinese literature and culture, including how the early reception of Chinese vernacular or religious stories played a role in the development of pre-modern Korean fiction; how the historical presence of Korean women was acknowledged by Korean men; and how Korean female writers’ works were introduced and circulated in China and Japan, during the Choson dynasty (1392-1910). She is currently working on her book project on “Butterfly Lovers in China and Korea,” which investigates the process of how a Chinese tale becomes appropriated and localized by Korean people.

Soojeong Choi

School of International Letters and Cultures

Soojeong Choi teaches Korean for the School of International Letters and Cultures.

Julie F. Codell

Art History and Film and Media Studies

Professor Julie Codell’s teaching interests include the era of the British Raj in India, South Asian film, and gender, race, and world cinema. She has written on Gandhi’s Autobiography, colonial photography, orientalism, art collections and museums in Baroda, empire films, Indians and the 19th-century press, Indian travel writing and Indian crafts. She edited Transculturation in British Art (2012), Power and Resistance: The Delhi Coronation Durbars (2012), Genre, Gender, Race and World Cinema (2007), Imperial Co-Histories (2003) and Orientalism Transposed (1998) currently being translated into Japanese (Hosei University, 2014). She guest edited an issue of Victorian Periodicals Review on the 19th-century press in India (2004). She is affiliated with English, Film and Media Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict as well as the Center for Asian Research.

Joe Cutter

School of International Letters and Cultures

Joe Cutter teaches courses on China and its language. His research interests include early medieval Chinese literature and the history of the Three States period, pre-modern China, modern China, traditional Chinese literature and history, with emphasis on the Han and early medieval periods. His publications include: The Brush and the Spur: Chinese Culture and the Cockfight (1989); and Empresses and Consorts: Selections from Chen Shou’s Records of the Three States With Pei Songzhi’s Commentary (with other authors 1999).

Manjira Datta

W.P. Carey School of Business

Manjira Datta teaches courses on South Asia and the world economy, international trade theory, and the global business environment. Her research interests include Economic theory, international trade, macroeconomics, and resource economics.

Uttaran Dutta

High Downs School of Human Communication

Uttaran Dutta is assistant professor of intercultural communication with the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Interdisciplinary exposure, competence and field research experiences help define his several research interests; they are, participatory sustainable social change communication research, subaltern development and health communication research, interaction design research for the underserved, and visual communication research in developing countries. Study of subalterns with a critical-cultural communicative lens is the central focus of his scholarship. His current research on one hand seeks to examine how the underserved people enunciate their situated socio-political, economic realities, and articulate the contextual development issues; and on the other hand, it seeks to study how they collectively identify and utilize locally available resources and opportunities to achieve their development goals and to overcome the adversities of everyday existence.

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.

Anne Feldhaus

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Anne Feldhaus teaches courses on religion in India. She specializes in medieval Hinduism folk Hinduism, and religious geography, and conducts Her research on the religious traditions of the Marathi-language region of western India. Her publications include Connected Places: Region, Pilgrimage, and Geographical Imagination in Maharashtra (Palgrave Macmillan, 2003) and Water and Womanhood: Religious Meanings of Rivers in Maharashtra (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995). Feldhaus has been a Guggenheim Fellow, an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Senior Research Fellow for the American Institute of Indian Studies.

Ralph Gabbard

ASU Libraries, Collections and Scholarly Communications Office

Ralph Gabbard is the Area Specialist for South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Japan. He is also the Subject Specialist for Asian Religious and Asian Art. In addition he is the ASU Libraries’ Coordinator for China Projects.

Chad Haines

Center for the Study Of Religion & Conflict

Chad Haines has research interests in Social Anthropology, Pakistan, Islam, South Asia, globalization, urban transformation, postcoloniality, Dubai, Cairo. His research focuses on everyday lives of Muslims and how they create new identities through such social practices as lifestyle options, consumption, labor, and migration. He is the author of Nation, Territory and Globalization in Pakistan: A View from the Margins (Routledge, 2012) and is currently working on a new manuscript tentatively titled Being Global, Being Muslim: Dubai, Islamabad, and Cairo.

Alexander Henn

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Alexander Henn teaches courses in the religions of India, Goa, Colonialism and Post-Colonialism, Ritual, Religion and Globalization. He has further research interests in regional specialization Goa and India, thematic interests cultural and religious encounters, cultural and religious theory, colonialism and post-colonialism, rituals, semiotics, history of anthropology.

Daniel Hruschka

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Daniel Hruschka explores the intersection between culture and health, as well as culture and social behavior.  He conducts regular fieldwork in Bangladesh. At ASU, he teaches Introduction to Medical Anthropology, Introduction to Global Health, and Health: Social and Biocultural Theories. Hruschka is the author of Friendship: Development, Ecology, and Evolution of a Relationship (2010).

Hjorleifur Jonsson

School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Hjorleifur Jonsson’s research interests include Culture, Heritage and Identity; Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions, Ethnicity, Ethnohistory, Globalization, Identity and Differentiation, Land Use, Political Organization, Social Organization, Sports, Sociocultural Anthropology in Asia and the U.S. He has focused his research on hinterland farming populations in mainland Southeast Asia. His work has concerned the dynamics of identity, cultural practice and social life at the intersections of minority communities and state structures among the Mien people in Thailand and among Iu Mien in the US who are refugee immigrants from Laos. He has also conducted research in Cambodia and Vietnam within the last decade.

Dennis Karjala

Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law

Dennis Karjala teaches courses in property law, copyright, international intellectual property and intellectual property in cyberspace. His research interests lie in intellectual property law, focusing on copyright, digital technologies, and rights for traditional knowledge. He was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the University of Hokkaido, and a Japan Foundation Fellow at the University of Tokyo. Dr. Karjala speaks fluent Japanese and German, as well as some French and Slovak.

Agnes Kefeli Clay

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Agnes Kefeli-Clay teaches courses on the three Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), Islam in Central Asia, Islamic civilization, Islam in the modern world, and world religions. Her research engages the encounter between Eurasian Islamic cultures and the Russian empire and explores the intersections between conversion, religious knowledge, collective memory, state power, and gender construction. Her book manuscript,Becoming Muslim in Imperial Russia: Conversion, Apostasy, and Literacy, 1865-1917 (currently under review), examines the long history of conflict and cohabitation between the predominantly Muslim Tatars and Russians. She has won several prestigious grants and fellowships from the International Research and Exchanges Board, the American Association of University Women, the Spencer Foundation, and the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress.

Joochul Kim

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Joochul Kim teaches courses on urban and section planning, as well as cities in film. His research interests include community planning, economic development planning, housing and international planning. He has published Seoul: The Making of a Metropolis (1997).

Seong-Hoon Kim

School of International Letters and Cultures

Seong-Hoon Kim teaches Korean for the School of International Letters and Cultures. He is a PhD candidate in English. His research interests include Native American literature and culture, intersections between Korean and Native contemporary poetry and culture, global/anglophone literature, postmodernism, colonial/postcolonial studies, and the Civil Rights Movement in the US and related literature.

Michael Kuby

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Michael Kuby teaches Geography of China (GCU 432). He is an economic geographer specializing in transport and energy. His research centers on developing optimization models for facility location or network design for sustainable development. These models help decision makers with technology choice and spatial organization of energy, transport, and environmental infrastructure. He also uses GIS and statistics for empirical studies of transport and energy. Recent research has looked at alternative-fuel stations, carbon capture and storage pipeline networks, energy efficiency, and light rail. He has done a number of these kinds of projects in China with the World Bank, Ministry of Railways, State Planning Commission, and Peking University. He also served for four years as the country coordinator for Tempe Sister City’s exchange program with Zhenjiang, China.

Zhiyong Lan

The School of Public Affairs

Zhiyong Lan teaches courses on public service and organizational behavior.

Thuy-Kim Le

School of International Letters and Cultures

Thuy-Kim Le teaches courses on the Vietnamese language and literature.

Wei Li

School of Social Transformation

Wei Li received her geography B.S. and M.S. degrees in Beijing, China; and her Ph.D. in geography at the University of Southern California. She is Professor at the Asian Pacific American Studies / School of Social Transformation, and School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning in the Arizona State University, USA. Her foci of research are immigration and integration, and transnational connections, focusing on the Pacific Rim. She is the author or [co-]editor of four scholarly books: Immigrant Geographies in North American Cities, Carlos Teixeira, Wei Li, and Audrey Kobayashi eds., Oxford University Press; Ethnoburb: the New Ethnic Community in Urban America, Wei Li, University of Hawaii Press, 2009, the 2009 Book Award in Social Sciences, Association for Asian American Studies; From Urban Enclave to Ethnic Suburb: new Asian communities in Pacific Rim countries, Wei Li ed., University of Hawaii Press, 2006; and Landscapes of the Ethnic Economy, David Kaplan and Wei Li eds., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2006), two journal theme issues, and has about 80 other academic publications. She was the Chair of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Race and Ethnic Advisory Committees (REAC) on the Asian Population (2010-2012), and the Fulbright Research Chair in Queen’s University, Canada (2006-2007); and currently a member of the International Steering Committee for the International Metropolis Project; and the North American Director for the International Society of Studying Chinese Overseas. She also served as one of the inaugural class of the National Asia Research Associates with the National Bureau of Asian Research and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Xiaoqiao Ling

School of International Letters and Cultures

Xiaoqiao Ling received her M.A. from University of Washington and Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her main field of interest is late imperial Chinese literature with a focus on performance texts and vernacular fiction. She is currently working on studies of textual representations of performance space, literary imagination of law and justice, and reconfigurations of knowledge structure in fiction especially in light of the seventeenth-century printing boom.

Qian Liu

ASU Libraries, Collections and Scholarly Communications Office

Quian Liu is a subject librarian whose specialties include the Asian, Chinese and Japanese Studies LibGuides. Her specialty is Chinese studies. However, she is happy to assist with the other two subjects.

Sina Machander

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Sina teaches courses on Asian History and Modern Southeast Asia.

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).

Edward Mallot

Department of English

Edward Mallot teaches courses in . His research interests include postwar British literature, postcolonial studies, gender and sexuality studies, and contemporary global/Anglophone literature with specific projects in-progress focusing on contemporary South Asian literatures in English.

Sarup Mathur

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Sarup Mathur teaches courses on effective classroom management, behavioral analysis, as well as behavioral and emotional problems in children. She has published Education and Treatment of Children (2005), Education and Treatment of Children (2007), and Severe Behavior Disorders of Children and Youth (2008).

Paul Kei Matsuda

Department of English

Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing. His research interests span across a wide variety of disciplinary contexts, including applied linguistics, rhetoric and composition, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). He is founding chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and editor of Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. He is also President-Elect of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. He has held visiting professor positions at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand; Nagoya University, Japan; Shih Chien University, Taiwan; Tamkang University, Taiwan; Thammasat University, Thailand; and the University of Hong Kong, China. He has also given numerous lectures on a wide range of topics related to language, writing and teaching at various conferences and institutions throughout Asia.

Aaron S. Moore

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Aaron Moore teaches courses on modern Japanese history, Japanese imperialism, history of science and technology, intellectual history.

Soe Myint

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning

Soe Myint teaches courses on Air Photo Interpretation, Digital Analysis of Remotely Sensed Data, Advanced Digital Analysis of, Remotely Sensed Data and Remote Sensing. His research interests include Remote Sensing, GIS, geospatial statistics, land use land cover change, architecture, and prediction; assessment and monitoring of drought, land degradation, and desertification; urban environmental modeling; forest characterization including coastal environments; disaster assessment, geospatial techniques and algorithm development.

Young Oh

School of International Letters and Cultures

Young Kyun Oh graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. in Chinese linguistics. He has published several articles on Sino-Korean linguistics and cultural connections. He has developed interests in books and print culture of East Asia, and recently finished a book manuscript, Engraving Virtue: the Print History of a Premodern Moral Primer (forthcoming, Brill).

Pori Park

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Pori Park teaches courses on Korean Buddhism; Religious Traditions of Korea; Folk Religions of Korea; Korean Language; Buddhism; East Asian Buddhism; Zen Buddhism; Religion, Nationalism, and Ethnic Conflict; Buddhism, Gender, and Modernity; and Ritual, Symbol, and Myth. Her research includes has focused on the intersection between Buddhism, colonialism, modernity, nationalism, and globalization. Examining the transformation of Buddhism in modernity, Buddhism and politics, and Buddhism’s involvement in social life, her scholarship provides a broad understanding of modern Korea as well as of the interplay between religion and politics. Her publications include Trial and Error in Modernist Reforms: Korean Buddhism under Colonial Rule (2009) and she is working on her second book, titled Korean Buddhism Post-Liberation: De-colonization, Politics, and Modernization.

Mookesh Patel

The Design School

Mookesh Patel teaches courses on visual communication and teaching design. His research interests include the visual communication and information design issues, semiotics, visual interpretation, visualization, film and animation design, exhibition / experience design, and typography.

David Pickus

Barrett Honors College

David Pickus teaches courses on the Human Event, German, Jewish, European and the modern Middle Eastern history. His research interests include interests cover central Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and China. To support his belief that all honors students should travel abroad, for the past three years he has teamed up with Dr. Ning Wang of ASU’s School of Global Studies to offer a five- week study tour of China. The itinerary includes Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sichuan province, and many more. The programs and tours explore China’s politics, culture, economy, ecology and society.

Daniel Rothenberg

School of Political and Global Studies and Co-Director, Center on the Future of War, ASU

Daniel Rothenberg is Professor of Practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies and Co-Director, Center on the Future of War, ASU. Previously, he was the founding executive director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. His research focuses on human rights documentation and analysis and transitional justice with a focus on genocide, truth commissions and post-conflict reconstruction. Rothenberg has designed and managed rule of law projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, central Africa, Southeast Asia and throughout Latin America including programs to train human rights NGOs, aid indigenous peoples in using international legal remedies, support gender justice and collect and analyze first-person narratives from victims of severe human rights violations.  Before joining the faculty at ASU, Rothenberg was Managing Director of International Projects at the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law, Senior Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School, Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and a Fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. He is the author of various articles and monographs as well as With These Hands: The Hidden World of Migrant Farmworkers Today (University of California) Memory of Silence: The Guatemalan Truth Commission Report (Palgrave) as well as the forthcoming co-edited volume, Drones and the Promise of Law (Cambridge University Press).

James Rush

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

James Rush teaches courses on Southeast Asia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Asia in Western Fiction and graduate seminars on colonialism. His research interests include Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, etc.), colonialism, Islam, and modern Asian biography. He has published Opium to Java: Revenue Farming and Chinese Enterprise in Colonial Indonesia, 1860-1910 (1990), The Last Tree: Reclaiming the Environment in Tropical Asia (1991) and Java: A Traveler’s Anthology (1996) and several short biographies and articles. His current work-in-progress is tentatively titled Hamka’s Great Story: Islam for Indonesia.

Yasmin Saikia

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Yasmin Saikia’s research interests include South Asia, history and memory, violence and gender, Muslim history, children and identity. She has published In the Meadows of Gold: Telling Tales of the Swargadeos at the Crossroads of Assam (1997), Fragmented Memories: Struggling to Become Tai-Ahom in India (2004) and Women, War, and the Making of Bangladesh: Remembering 1971 (2011). Currently, she is working on two book projects: one is on Muslim history and decolonization in British India, and the other is on writing a children’s history on learning peace and violence in India, Pakistan, and Palestine.

Juliane Schober

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Juliane Schober teaches courses on the religions of Southeast Asia, Buddhism, Modern Buddhism, Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia, Religion and Postcolonial Theory, as well as Religion, Conflict and Civil Society. Her research interests include anthropology of religion; postcolonial studies; material culture, icons and ritual; sacred biography; pilgrimage and sacred space; religions in Southeast Asia, especially the culture and history of Buddhist traditions in Burma, and the comparative study of Theravada Buddhism. Her publications include Buddhist Manuscript Cultures: Knowledge, Ritual and Art, S. Berkwitz and C. Brown, co-editors (2008) and Modern Buddhist Conjunctures in Myanmar: Cultural Narratives, Colonial Legacies, and Civil Society (2010).

Sarah Shair-Rosenfield

School of Politics and Global Studies

Dr. Shair-Rosenfield spent fifteen months conducting fieldwork in Indonesia where she had the opportunity to observe the 2009 National Elections with the National Democratic Institute in Jakarta. Her research projects include analyzing the effects of electoral reforms on democratization, measuring subnational authority in Asia, evaluating the role of women in political parties and electoral politics in Southeast Asia and Latin America, and estimating executive-legislative power relations in Latin America. Dr. Shair-Rosenfield’s teaching interests cover many aspects of comparative politics including: Introduction to Comparative Politics, Chinese Politics, Southeastern Asian Politics, Latin American Politics, Democratization, Electoral Design, Identity Politics and Federalism.

Tomoko Shimomura

School of International Letters and Cultures

Tomoko Shimomura teaches courses on Japanese.

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).

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.

Theodore Solis

School of Music

Theodore Solis teaches courses on ethnomusicology and music as culture. His research interests include the Hispanic Caribbean, dance, Hindustani Music, Diasporic music, Javanese gamelan, and pedagogical issues. He co-edited Performing Ethnomusicology: Teaching and Representation in World Musics (2004).

Peter Suwarno

School of International Letters and Cultures

Peter Suwarno teaches courses on Indonesian and linguistics.

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.

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.

Ebru Türker

School of International Letters and Cultures

Ebru Türker is an assistant professor of Korean language and linguistics at the SILC since 2012, and has previously taught courses on Korean language and linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She obtained her master’s degree in 1997 in linguistics at Seoul National University in Korea and her doctoral degree in Korean language at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures of the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa in 2005. Her  main research interest involves the study of cognitive/psycholinguistic processes involved in second language acquisition with a particular focus of Korean-as-a-foreign-language. Specific topics include second/third language acquisition (with emphasis on cross-linguistic analysis), longitudinal L2 acquisition, metaphorical language and thought (with emphasis on corpus research), metaphor acquisition in L2 learning.

Douglas Webster

School of Politics and Global Studies

Douglas Webster teaches courses in Global Urban Systems, Sustainable Urban Dynamics, Urbanization in China, and the ASU Summer Abroad Course, Thailand: Sustainable Urban Dynamics. His research interests are comparative urban dynamics, urban competitiveness and resilience, peri-urbanization (most urban development is occurring on the fringes of cities worldwide), and urban governance. Recent publications focus on urbanization dynamics in the context of economic shocks, post-petroleum dynamics, climate change, and accelerating globalization. Geographically, his work primarily focuses on East Asia.

Stephen West

School of International Letters and Cultures

He is a specialist in Chinese literature and urban history from 950-1400, working primarily on the rise of urban consciousness, Chinese performing literature, and Chinese garden culture. His publications in the last five years include Monks, Bandits, Lovers, and Immortals: Eleven Early Chinese Plays (2010, Hackett), Bandits, Betrayal, and Brotherhood: Chinese Plays on the Three Kingdoms Era (2012, Hackett), “Chinese Literature 1275-1425”, in The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, and several articles in English language and Chinese language journals. His current work includes “The Pains of Pleasure: The New Year’s Festivals of Kaifeng and the Expatriate Communities of Hangzhou 1125-1250” (in a volume from the Univ. of Michigan Press), and The Orphan of Zhao and Its Kin: The Earliest Chinese Dramas (Columbia Univ. Press).

Terrence Wiley

Emeritus Professor, Department of English

Terrence Wiley’s teaching and research have focused on educational applied linguistics, concentrating on language policy, literacy and biliteracy, language and immigration, bilingual education and bilingualism, heritage and community language education, English and globalization, and English as a second and international language. His recent publications include The Education of Language Minority Immigrants in the United States (co-editor, in press), Literacy and Language Diversity in the United States, 2nd Ed ( 2005), and Ebonics in the Urban Education Debate, 2nd Ed (co-editor, 2005).

Bradley Wilson

School of International Letters and Cultures

Bradley Wilson teaches courses on the Japanese language and culture that include calligraphy, Japanese popular culture and Japanese Anime. His research interests in Japanese Pedagogy, Scaffolding in Language Learning, Onmyodo, and Japanese Folklore.

Elizabeth Wong

School of International Letters and Cultures

Elizabeth Wong teaches first, second and third year Japanese.

Mark Woodward

School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

Mark Woodward is currently Visiting Professor of Comparative Religion at Gadjah Mada University and Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Indonesia. His research focuses on religion-state-society relations and religion and conflict in Southeast Asia. He is author of Islam in Java. Normative Piety and Mysticism in the Sultanate of Yogyakarta, Defenders of Reason in Islam (1989) and Java, Indonesia and Islam (2010) co-author (with Richard Martin and Dwi Atmaja) of Defenders of Reason in Islam. Mutazilism from Medieval School to Modern Symbol (1997) and editor of Towards a New Paradigm: Intellectual Developments in Indonesian Islam (1996).

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).

Xia Zhang

School of International Letters and Cultures

Xia Zhang teaches courses on the Chinese language, its history, as well as linguistics. Her research interests include Chinese language and linguistics, second language acquisition, especially the acquisition pattern of Chinese grammatical structures, and Chinese language pedagogy.