Faculty

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APSI faculty are interdisciplinary scholars with solid foundations in the fields of anthropology, arts, cultural studies, history, language, literature, medicine, political science, religion and sociology. Faculty at Duke University teach graduate and undergraduate courses, engage in collaborative research and mentor students in APSI’s MA in East Asian Studies program.

Affiliate faculty are based at universities around the Triangle, can serve on MA students’ capstone committees and teach courses that can earn regular Duke University credit through interinstitutional agreements.

Duke University Faculty

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Stanley Abe

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Chinese Buddhist art and architecture; visual theory; colonial knowledge formation

 

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Anne Allison

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Contemporary and urban Japan; mass culture; children’s culture; sexuality; globalization; capitalism

 

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Nicole Barnes

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Twentieth-century China; history of medicine in China; social history of war; women's and gender histories

 

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Leo Ching

Country Expertise: Japan, Taiwan
Subject Expertise: Modern Japanese literature; imperialism, colonial/postcolonial theories; globalization and cultural formation; popular culture; transnationalism in Asia and America

 

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Eileen Chow

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Chinese literature; film and visual studies; popular culture (anime/manga, fandoms, media technologies); diaspora theory/history, especially global Chinatowns

 

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Rey Chow

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: modern fiction; film; visual culture; cultural theory

 

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Prasenjit Duara

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Chinese and Asian history; historical sociology; historical philosophy and historiography; nationalism; regionalism and environment

 

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Hitomi Endo

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Language pedagogy; second language acquisition; Japanese linguistics and proficiency testing

 

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Bai Gao

Country Expertise: China, Japan
Subject Expertise: Economic sociology; organizational analysis; comparative historical sociology; political economy; Japanese society; Chinese society; East Asian capitalism

 

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Gary Gereffi

Regional Expertise: Southeast Asia, Latin America
Subject Expertise: Sociology of development; multinational corporations; economic sociology; research methods in macrosociology; global commodity chains

 

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Tianshu He

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Second language acquisition theories and methodologies; teaching with multimedia technology; Chinese classical language and literature

 

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Guo-Juin Hong

Country Expertise: China, Taiwan
Subject Expertise: Film historiography; film theory; postcolonial theory and theories of culture and globalization; film and other media of Taiwan, Hong Kong and China

 

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Chi-Ju Hsieh

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Second language acquisition and methodology of language teaching

 

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Richard Jaffe

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Japanese Buddhism during the early modern and modern periods; Asian Buddhist modernism; pan-Asianism; nationalism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries

 

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Lisa A. Keister

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Economic sociology; organizations; social stratification and inequality; and Chinese business

 

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Eunyoung Kim

Country Expertise: Korea
Subject Expertise: Second language acquisition (pragmatic development of Korean learners); Korean for academic purposes; Korean teacher training program development

 

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Hae-Young Kim

Country Expertise: Korea
Subject Expertise: Second language acquisition; interface between morpho-syntax and discourse semantics; bilingualism; heritage language teaching; language pedagogy; Korean curricular development

 

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Hsiao-Mei Ku

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Classical and contemporary Chinese music in solo, chamber and orchestral formats; mutual influence of East and West culture and heritage

 

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Miree Ku

Country Expertise: Korea
Subject Expertise: Bibliography and research methods in Korean studies; history, literature and culture of Korea

 

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Naoko Kurokawa

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Japanese linguistics and sociolinguistics; discourse analysis; foreign language pedagogy

 

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Nayoung Aimee Kwon

Country Expertise: Korea, Japan
Subject Expertise: Korean and Japanese literature; history and film; theories of empire and nation; translation studies; colonial/postcolonial discourses; Asian-Pacific trans-cultural movements; nexus of Asian and Asian-American studies; global visual cultures

 

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Carolyn Kun Shan Lee

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Chinese language pedagogy; Chinese film studies; language acquisition

 

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Xi Lian

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: China's modern encounter with Christianity; Protestantism and Chinese modernity; Christianity and China's minority peoples

 

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Ralph Litzinger

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Cultural politics of ethnicity; social and political theory; conservation politics; development and environmentalism

 

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Kang Liu

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Aesthetics; literary theory; cultural studies; Marxism; popular culture; Chinese studies

 

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Yan Liu

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Second language acquisition and reading; biliteracy development and teaching; learning Chinese as a foreign, second or heritage language

 

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Edmund (Eddy) Malesky

Country Expertise: Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar
Subject Expertise: Political economy of development; foreign direct investment; causes and effects of authoritarian institutions and governance reform

 

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Melanie Manion

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Political science; contemporary authoritarianism; bureaucracy; corruption; information; representation; state management of social media

 

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Sucheta Mazumdar

Country Expertise: China, India
Subject Expertise: Chinese history; comparative Asian history; Asian-American history; rural economic development; migration; theories of race and ethnicity

 

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Giovanna Merli

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Health policy (Global Health and HIV/AIDS); social policy; demography

 

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David Need

Country Expertise: Tibet Autonomous Region, China
Subject Expertise: Tibetan Buddhism; Buddhism and modernity; modern Tibetan language poetry; ethnic minority identity in China

 

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Emerson Niou

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: International relations; political economy; East Asian politics; Chinese local elections and the formation of alliances in anarchic international systems

 

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Simon Partner

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Twentieth-century Japanese history focusing on the growth of consumer markets; technology and social change; Japanese rural society

 

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Gareth Price

Country Expertise: Taiwan
Subject Expertise: Sociolinguistics; language policy; political sociology

 

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Carlos Rojas

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Visual culture; gender studies; popular culture; theories of corporeality; diaspora studies

 

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Azusa Saito

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Language Pedagogy; curriculum development

 

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Kristina Troost

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Medieval Japanese history; social and economic history of Japan (premodern and modern); bibliography and research methods in Japanese studies

 

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Gennifer Weisenfeld

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Modern and contemporary Japanese art history; design and visual culture; the impact of Japan's modern sociopolitical transformations on artistic production and practice; the cultural formations of nation and empire building; Japanese modernism and the avant-garde; the visual culture of disaster; commercial design

 

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Ara Wilson

Country Expertise: Thailand
Subject Expertise: Women's studies and cultural anthropology; urban Southeast Asia; capitalist modernity; sexuality; gender; globalizing Asia

 

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Yi (Daniel) Xu

Country Expertise: China, Taiwan, Korea
Subject Expertise: Innovation; productivity; exporting and industry dynamics, with a special focus on East Asian emerging economies

 

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Giovanni Zanalda

Country Expertise: Korea
Subject Expertise: Economics; economic history; international economics and finance

 

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Yi Zeng

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Aging and human development; geriatrics; population research

 

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Luo Zhou

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Bibliography and research methods in Chinese studies; history of book collections in China

 

 

Associate Faculty

Richard Burton (Professor Emeritus)

Country Expertise:
Subject Expertise: Business; organizational design; management strategy; technology policy

 

Donald Horowitz (Professor Emeritus)

Regional Expertise: Southeast Asia
Subject Expertise: Law and political science; ethnic conflict; law and conflict management; constitutional and democratic theory; constitutional design; Islamic law

 

Fredric Jameson

Country Expertise: France
Subject Expertise: Comparative literature; critical theory; nineteenth and twentieth-century novel; literature and the political; postmodernism; Marxist methodology

 

Arie Lewin (Professor Emeritus)

Country Expertise: China, Japan
Subject Expertise: Business strategy in times of disorder; new organizational forms; global strategic partnerships and alliances

 

Maureen Maguire Lewis

Country Expertise: China, India
Subject Expertise: Communication principles and skills; cross-cultural negotiation strategies; Korean and Chinese curriculum materials for secondary schools; writing and editing for business professionals

 

Nan Lin (Professor Emeritus)

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Sociology; social networks; life stress process (especially social support as resources); social stratification and mobility; Chinese societies

 

Margaret McKean (Professor Emerita)

Country Expertise: Japan
Subject Expertise: Political science and environmental policy; institutions, elections, and decision-making; environmental and resource politics

 

Purnima Shah

Country Expertise: India
Subject Expertise: Asian dance-theatre; ritual and gender in performance; postcolonial implications on traditional dance and theatre performance; role-playing and expressive elements in Indian dance-theatre; Indian dance in the diaspora

 

Denis Simon

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Business innovation and high technology development; foreign investment and corporate strategy; commercial and technology trends
 

Edward Tiryakian (Professor Emeritus)

Regional Expertise: European Union
Subject Expertise: Sociology of religion; modern nationalist movements; cultural and political aspects of globalization

 

David Wong

Country Expertise: China
Subject Expertise: Philosophy; ethical theory, moral psychology, comparative ethics; Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist comparative philosophy

 

Affiliated Faculty

David Ambaras

Associate Professor of History, NC State, Raleigh

Barbara Ambros

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Cemil Aydin

Associate Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill

Janice B. Bardsley

Associate Professor of Asian Studies, UNC–Chapel Hill

Inger Brodey

Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Affiliate faculty in the Department of Asian Studies, Affiliate faculty in Global Studies, and Director of the Comparative Literature Program-UNC-Chapel Hill

Yixin Chen

Assistant Professor of History, UNC–Wilmington
 

Mark Driscoll

Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
 

W. Miles Fletcher

Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill

Gail Henderson

Professor and Chair, Department of Social Medicine Adjunct Professor, Sociology , UNC–Chapel Hill

Michael Hunt

(Emeritus) Professor of History, UNC–Chapel Hill

Nathaniel Isaacson

Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, NC State, Raleigh

Kyong-Dong Kim

Professor of Sociology, College of Social Sciences, Seoul, Korea

Jonathan Kramer

Teaching Professor of Music and Arts Studies and Director, Music, NC State, Raleigh

Hyun-Chin Lim

Professor of Sociology, Seoul National University, Korea

John Mertz

Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, NC State, Raleigh

Chung-In Moon

Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Yonsei University. Seoul, Korea

Christopher Nelson

Associate Professor of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill

Donald Nonini

Professor of Anthropology, UNC–Chapel Hill

Anthony Oberschall

Professor of Sociology, UNC–Chapel Hill

Morgan Pitelka

Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Director of Carolina Asia Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Eika Tai

Professor of Japanese, NC State, Raleigh

Michael Tsin

Associate Professor of Modern Chinese History, UNC-Chapel Hill

John Tucker

Visiting Professor of Japanese, Duke University; Director, Asian Studies Program, Professor of Asian History, Department of History, Harriot College of Arts and Sciences East Carolina University, Greenville

James White

(Emeritus) Professor of Political Science, UNC–Chapel Hill

Pamela Winfield

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Elon University

Gang Yue

Associate Professor of Asian Studies, UNC–Chapel Hill