Asian Studies

Rooftop, Kyoto, Japan

Program Faculty

Lex Jing Lu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, History Department
East Asian history and gender studies
Tel: 1-508-793-7213

Ken MacLean, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Associate Professor, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Director of Asian Studies States and state-effects, political violence, extractive industries, displacement and irregular migration, critical humanitarianism, (late and post-) socialism, legal regimes, science and technology studies, and comparative cartographies in Mainland Southeast Asia and the Greater South China Sea
Tel: 1-508-793-8817

Suzanne Scoggins, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Political Science Department
Policing, protest management, bureaucratic politics, rights consciousness, and authoritarian control in reform-era China
Tel: 508-793-7327

Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Program Faculty for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
United Nations and international law, international political economy, and international relations
Tel: 1-508-793-7684

Alice Valentine, M.A.
Lecturer and Chair (fall 2018), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Chinese and Japanese Program Coordinator
Instructor in Japanese

Tel: 1-508-793-7726

Adjunct Faculty

Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate School of Geography; Associate Provost and Dean of Research
Economic/industrial geography, global economic change, technology and culture.
Tel: 508-793-7403

Sarah Buie, M.F.A.
Research Scholar, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Museum exhibition design; graphic design; sacred space; sacred Asian architecture
Tel: 508-793-7560

Cynthia Caron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Land and property rights, political and environmental sociology, disaster and conflict-induced displacement, resettlement and reconstruction programming, monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and ethnographic research, and South Asia.
Tel: 1-508-793-8879

Jude Fernando, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change; Director of Peace Studies Program
Economic development and political economy, with emphasis on non-profit organizations, environment, gender, and child labor, particularly in South Asia
Tel: 1-508-793-8859

William Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department; Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Fisher's research centers on the social and environmental impact of large dams, forced displacement, transnational advocacy, competition over natural resources and non-governmental organizations. His research and work for such agencies as CARE, USAID, and the UNDP have taken him to several continents. Other research activities, mostly in South Asia, include ethnic associations, competition for natural resources, non-governmental associations, and the role of participation and community-based institutions in development planning and action.
Tel: 1-508-421-3765

SunHee Kim Gertz, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita and Senior Research Scholar, Department of English
Western European literature of the late middle ages; semiotics and rhetorical theory; contemplative practice
Tel: 1-508-793-7126

Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein '64 Distinguished Professor
Dr. Huang researches and teaches representations of ethnic identities and politics in 20th-century American literature and popular culture. Her scholarship focuses on literary treatments of ethnicity in narratives about immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, and she is particularly interested in the ways in which the "ethnic" and the "American" persist as mutually exclusive terms in the American cultural consciousness. She also investigates the affinities between ethnic literature and science fiction, two bodies of work that, in her view, share similar critical and theoretical aims in their treatments of social, biological, and cultural difference.
Tel: 508-793-7145

Stephen M. Levin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair (spring 2019), Department of English
Director of Graduate Studies in English
Dr. Levin specializes in contemporary British and postcolonial literature, transnational cultural studies, and critical and literary theory. His research focuses on the ways in which twentieth-century global conditions have shaped contemporary culture and produced new discourses of self and identity. Dr. Levin teaches introductory and advanced courses on Anglophone world fiction, contemporary British literature, English poetry, and cultural studies and social theory. His recent courses have included "Fictions of Empire," "Contemporary British Fiction and Culture," and "Webs and Labyrinths: Imagining Globalization in Literature."
Tel: 508-793-7147

Douglas Little, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Robert H. and Virginia N. Scotland Chair in History and International Relations
U.S. diplomatic history, U.S. 20th-century history
Tel: 1-508-793-7184

Thomas Massey, Ph.D.
Premodern China, modern China, premodern Japan, premodern Europe, Ming Dynasty

Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Coordinator of Undergraduate Activities, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
American Jewish Studies, race and ethnicity, social stratification, comparative genocide, gender
Tel: 1-508-793-7241