Asian Languages and Cultures

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Name Languages Fields of Study
Selcuk Altuntas

Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, Sufism, world religions, Islam in the Volga-Ural region, Turkish language and literature

Kenia Avendano-Garro Japanese

Modern Japanese literature, Japanese Identity, Japanese Pop Culture

Aaron Balivet Chinese

Animal symbolism and imagery, Ming/Qing zhiguai (strange tales), Chinese drama, Sichuan dialect

Chun-Ting Chang Chinese

Women literature, and poetry

Yu-Hsing (Jasmine) Chen Chinese

Studies traditional Chinese/ Taiwanese theater in a transnational Sinophone context.  Master’s thesis explores a unique performance style of 20th century Taiwanese opera that incorporated elements of traditional Japanese and Chinese opera.  Her research interests include intercultural theatre and performance, gender, modernity, nostalgia, popular culture, and media studies. She is currently exploring questions of Chinese/ Taiwanese opera travel across genres and regional, national, and aesthetic boundaries.

Yu-lin Chiu
Kereth Cowe-Spigai
Huimin Dong
Nalan Erbil Erkan

Turkish Language; Literary modernity, literature and film, literature and politics, poetics, world literature.

Alicia Foley
Yang Gu

Main focus on Classical Chinese drama as literature and as a performing art, the relationship between drama text and performance, theatre/theatrical images reflected through different medias. Additional interest in the drama criticism of the Ming-Qing period, which unfolds literati’s connoisseurship of drama and its connections to society.

Ping He
Kunihiko Homma Japanese

Language acquistion and pedagogy

Akiko Imamura Japanese

Conversation analysis (both ordinary and institutional), Multilingual interaction, Japanese pedagogy

Anthony Lovenheim Irwin Thai
Thai Buddhism, Visual Culture, Asian Religions
Xiaojuan Ji Chinese
Wenting Ji Chinese


Ming-Qing literature/urban history/garden literature/cultural geography


Hae Ree Jun
Maria Kobzeva Chinese

A significant portion of my graduate work has been devoted to exploring historiographical trends of premodern China and tracing changes in Chinese historiographical consciousness. In my dissertation, I explore the ways the rhetoric, structure and conceptual framework in the Jin shu (History of Western and Eastern Jin Dynasties, 265-420) reflect Chinese interpretation of history and workings of historical tradition during the early Tang dynasty (618-907). I am also curious about exploring tools of digital humanities in my research. I intend to map social networks of the biographical section in the Jin shu and devise a translation tool of similar historical texts based on the existing and my own translations.

Cheng Li

His primary research focuses on ecocriticism and environmental humanities, especially on environmentalism of the poor in China, and he has secondary interests in subaltern studies, and migration studies. He is currently working on Chinese ecocinema and embarks on Japanese environmental literature. His articles appear on Ecoambiguity, Community, and Development, and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.

Lu Liu

Her graduate project examines various forms of modernism (literature, arts and architectures) and how modernism is transnationally traveling and contextually shaped in Europe, Japan and China. She is particularly drawn to relations of war and modernism and also interested in environmental studies, urban studies and studies of everyday life.

Yi Liu Chinese

Ancient Chinese poetry, Translation

Ziyun Liu
Miguel Llanos de la Guadia Chinese

Intellectual and cultural history of the late Qing. Chinese textual traditions and religions (esp. daoism), knowledge organization, translation and reception, literary and social theory, comparative philosophy. 

Lu Lu

relationship between music and language, phonology-syntax interface and second language acquisition

Xiang Lu
Yangtian Luo Chinese

Second language acquisition, Chinese languages and linguistics, Pedagogy, Teaching Chinese as a second language.

Genesie Miller Japanese

Edo period (1600-1868ish) haikai, scatological/erotic poetry, illustrated books, visual-verbal culture, humor, meme theory, gender studies, queer theory. Currently I am interested in erotic and scatological comic poetry composed by women from this time period.

Koyuki Mitani Japanese
Yuli Na Chinese
Michael Naparstek Chinese

Daoist ritual, specifically as it pertains to image consecration and exorcistic deities

Hironori Nishi Japanese

Discourse analysis, pragmatics, second language acquisition, katakana loanwords in Japanese

Thomas Noel Chinese

Medieval poetics, early historiography, translation

Youyong Qian Chinese
Aaron Reich Chinese

Chinese religions and religious art, particularly the visual culture of Daoism and the iconography of its deities; ritual traditions of China and Taiwan and the interplay between performance and pictorial art; and the history and interpretation of Chinese landscape painting.

Yiwen Shen Chinese

Tang chuanqi tales, Six Dynasties zhiguai, and Ming-Qing vernacular novels, with a special focus on supernatural presences and Sino-Japanese comparison

Yumiko Shibata Japanese

Sound symbolic words (mimetics, ideophones), Conversation Analysis, multimodality.

Seungyop Shin Japanese
Miho Suzuki Japanese

Japanese language and pedagogy

Michael Toole Japanese

Early modern Japanese literature and visual culture, theories of embodiment, queer theory, and feminist theory.

Risa Wada Japanese

Pragmatics and pedagogy

Ji Wang Chinese

Classical Chinese Literature, memory in literature, Chinese thought.

Rui Wang Chinese
Chinese dialects, prosodic phonology


Tianlin Wang Chinese
Jun Wang Chinese
Chinese linguistics and pedagogy
Chen Wu
Yanwen Wu Chinese

Chinese syntax and Chinese phonology

Jun Xu Japanese

Discourse analysis, pragmatics, second language acquisition, Japanese pedagogy.

Yinyin Xue

Modern Chinese literature

Tsumugi Yamamoto Japanese
Fang Yan Chinese

Chinese phonology and phonetics, more specifically on Chinese intonation

Han Yan Chinese

The interface between phonology and syntax

Hong Yan Chinese

Phonology and Morphology interface; Reduplication; Endangered Languages; Song Documentation.

Nuoyi Yang Chinese

Phonology and phonetics

Shuxiang You Chinese

Phonology, syntax, phonology-syntax interface, Chinese dialectology, and teaching Chinese as a second language.


Na Yuchi
Xin Zou