• Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Ma’ili Yee Illuminates a Vision for Building the Blue Pacific Continent

MA Students

Rika  Aoki
  • China

Chinese politics and foreign policy; maritime issues

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

Photo of Ying Cheng
  • Japan

Contemporary Japanese society; gender inequality; mental health

Sam  Chetwin George
  • China

Chinese foreign policy in the South Pacific

Photo of Wooju Chong
  • East Asia

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

Photo of Sasha Earnheart Gold
  • East Asia

Startups and Venture Capital

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

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

Xingchen  Lan
  • China

Political Economy; Authoritarian Politics; Distributive Politics; Chinese and East Asian Politics; Applied Game Theory and Quantitative Methods

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

Photo of Yoojung Lee
  • East Asia

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

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.

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

Josephine  O'Neil
  • China

Dynastic calligraphy and painting and its influence on contemporary ink art; cross-cultural influence between the arts of China and Japan; decorative arts from the Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties; Edo period screens; modern and contemporary Japanese photography

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.

Machi  Saito
  • East Asia

Contemporary relations and foreign policies of East Asian nations; Interrelationship between the United States, Japan and China; US foreign policy toward East Asia; Chinese history, politics 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

Hong  Song
  • China

Chinese migration and diaspora; women and gender history; identity formation; transnational history

Josh  Stelwagen
  • China

Contemporary history and politics; foreign policy, especially China’s role in global governance; international security; national identity and cross-cultural negotiation in authoritarian regimes

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

Xinyi Wang
  • East Asia

Economic history of modern China; Income inequality in China (the urban-rural divide); East Asian Buddhist art.

Photo of James Watson
  • China

Chinese foreign policy and strategic communications;  modern Chinese history; the evolution of nationalism in China; national identity in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan;  Taiwan indigenous history and contemporary issues; cross-strait relations.

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.

Photo of Yifan Xu
  • East Asia

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

Photo of Yiyin Zhong
  • China

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