• Student Spotlight

Research Assistant Spotlight: Kerstin Norris Examines Race and Racism in Asia with Gi-Wook Shin MA in East Asian Studies candidate Kerstin Norris spent the

MA Students

Rika  Aoki
  • China

Chinese politics and foreign policy; maritime issues

  • Korea

U.S.-R.O.K. Relations During the Cold War; U.S. Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula; Inter-Korean Relations

Photo of Lauren Barnes
  • China

Concepts and self-understanding of identity amongst East Asian immigrants to the United States; formation of early immigrant diaspora communities

Photo of Rebecca Brown
  • China

Chinese politics and foreign policy; China’s role in South Asia

  • Japan

Contemporary Japanese society; Japanese culture; Japanese popular culture; Japanese film and fiction; modern Japan politics; Japan in international relations; education; sports; gender inequality

  • China

Chinese economy; the movement of global supply chains

Photo of Ying Cheng
  • East Asia

US-China-Japan relations, human rights, and international law

Photo of Wooju Chong
  • East Asia

Comparative studies between Korea and Japan; cultural diplomacy; digital media; visual arts; contemporary political relations

  • China

International reception of ink art under the influence of China’s post-1970s pursuit of soft power; cultural diplomacy; ink art as a philosophy, practice, and phenomenon; political impetus and leverage behind cultural activities in China

  • China

Chinese politics and foreign policy; Chinese society and China's social problems; Japan-China relations and US-China relations; East Asian Security

  • China

Chinese political economy; East Asian technology trade; US-China relations, Civil Society and Social Movements in East Asia

Photo of Wanning Fu
  • East Asia

Modern Japanese history; transnational history of China and Japan; historical and contemporary Sino-Japanese relations, especially Mongolian-Japanese relations; wartime memories in East Asia

Photo of Dylan Goldfine-Middleton
  • China

Daoist philosophy and cosmology; Sino-Japanese history, historiography, and linguistic anthropology; Multiculturalism and transculturalism in East Asia and diaspora communities

  • China

Venture capital; Macro social theory; Transformation of contemporary China's social, political, and economic landscape; Interrelation between capital market and modern state building

  • China

Different choices modern Chinese intellectuals made and their respective outcomes in the early period of People's Republic of China

Photo of Xiaopeng Lan
  • China

Social, cultural and intellectual history of Early Modern China; Ethnicity and identity in the so-called "China proper" during late imperial period and their relations to late imperial Chinese politics in both central and local level; Local history of Huabei (North China); Minority literature in China; Imperial Studies

  • China

US national security strategy in East Asia, strategic interstate competition, Chinese domestic politics, democratic backsliding, US-Taiwan relations, and China-Taiwan relations

Photo of Jiah Lee
  • Korea

Inequality and discrimination against “others” as a result of hypernationalism or nativism in South Korea; the effects of damunhwa (multiculturalism); postcolonial traumas; Korean diaspora; gender studies

  • China

Chinese financial markets; Party-state capitalism in China; US-China relations; China-South Korea relations; Geopolitical and economic implication of new cold war between US and China; Chinese housing market

  • Japan

Foreign labor policy and immigration issues in Japan. Working culture and development in Japan

Photo of Yoojung Lee
  • East Asia

Political communication; International relations of East Asia and US; Political behavior;  Peace studies.

  • East Asia

Climate change and sustainability in East Asia; food and water security; international relations, policy, and security; women's economic empowerment; startups and technology; cross-strait relations; nationalism and legitimacy.

  • China

Chinese art history, literature, and visual culture

Photo of Yanni Li
  • East Asia

Comparative institutional study of China and Japan's cultural policy and public diplomacy; intersection of culture, politics and ICT in China; national image and identity

Photo of Lemeng Liang
  • China

The formation and change of public opinions in China; social stratification and inequality; the development of new media and its impact on modern China society; China's national image and soft power.

  • China

Late Qing and modern Chinese history; history of China in Inner Asia; imperialism in East Asia; Japanese imperialism; Sino-Japanese relations; Chinese diaspora

Cole  McFaul
  • China

US-China relations; Chinese engagement in Africa; the objectives and impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative

Photo of Kerstin Norris
  • Korea

U.S.-R.O.K. Relations; U.S. military; Neocolonialism; Political Theory; U.S. Foreign Policy; South Korean Public Opinion; Korean Politics

Photo of Alice On
  • China

Chinese documentaries and reality television; depictions of rural life in popular media; China's entertainment industry

Photo of Wolfgang Petermann
  • East Asia

ASEAN's strategic rapprochement regarding politics, economics, and regional security cooperation to balance outside influence through the lens of Thailand's constitutional monarchy and foreign policy.

Photo of Wushuang Shen
  • China

Modern Chinese history and material culture.

Photo of Jessie Shin
  • East Asia

Correlation of foreign policy and cultural interactions in East Asia

Photo of Robert Shore
  • China

Chinese political economy;  East Asian technology trade;  Chinese economy and financial system

Photo of Sen Kit Suen
  • Japan

History of Buddhism and Shinto in Japan; religions in East Asia; history of the Japanese Empire; nationalism and colonialism in East Asia; US-China relations; Sino-Japanese relations

  • China

Contemporary Chinese politics; social and economic conditions in China before the Cultural Revolution

Benjamin Villar
  • Japan

Zainichi Koreans, a Korean minority residing in Japan, and focus on identity studies, how they struggle with that identity, and how they manifest through social media outlets and the struggles they face online and in daily life from others/Japanese society.

  • China

PRC-US-Taiwan relations; Hong Kong national security law

Photo of Mary Willett
  • China

Chinese history, politics, and foreign policy; particularly how history and tradition is used by Chinese leaders to shape the language, legitimacy, and framing of both domestic and foreign engagement.

  • China

Chinese bureaucracy and government administrative systems; Chinese organizations and their institutional changes

Photo of Yifan Xu
  • East Asia

China, Japan, United States; politics and foreign policy; international security; alliance politics

  • Japan

Modern Japanese culture, especially Japanese literature during bubble economy time period

  • China

Authoritarian politics; Alliance politics; Cold War history of East Asia; Chinese politics and foreign policy

  • China

US-China relations, international trade, political economy, Fintech

  • East Asia

Research historical and contemporary relationships between China and the Arab World, and the implications of the Diligent Work-Frugal Study Movement (留法勤工儉學運動), which brought Chinese leaders to France.

Photo of Yiyin Zhong
  • China

National infrastructure in post-pandemic China; urban studies; East Asian religions

  • China

US-China relations and technological decoupling; Chinese cyber law, policy and governance; Political economy; International policy; Geopolitics