• Student Spotlight

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MA Students

  • Japan

Education history, techniques, and disparity; translation

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

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

  • 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

Macro social theory (primarily a Weberian perspective); Transformation of contemporary China's social, political, and economic landscape; Venture capital; 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

  • Japan

The works of Ito Junji and Japanese horror manga.

  • China

Chinese economy and financial system

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.

  • 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