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Asian Studies Program College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

Meet Us

Faculty

Pattaratorn Chirapravati, Ph.D.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Southeast Asian Art history, SEA history, the mainland SEA, Indian Art and Philosophy, Buddhist art. Research interests are on the political uses of religious icons.

EunMi Cho, Ed.D.

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  • Location: Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, School Psychology and Deaf Studies, Eureka Hall 403
  • Phone: (916) 278-7547
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  • Specialty & Interests: Bilingual Special Education, research and teacher trainings on special education issues in Asian countries.

Joël Dubois, Th.D.

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  • Location: Department of Humanities & Religious Studies, Mendocino Hall 2014
  • Phone: (916) 278-7267
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  • Specialty & Interests: Hinduism, Buddhism, Comparative Religions.

Jeffrey Dym, Ph.D.

Asian Studies Vice-Director & Advisor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Modern Japanese Cultural History.

Greg Morae Kim-Ju, Ph.D.

Asian Studies Advisor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Korean national identity and civic engagement.

Kazue Masuyama, Ph.D.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Japanese-language pedagogy, Language assessment, Educational technology, Professional development, Global education, Translation.

Sujatha Moni, Ph.D.

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  • Location: Department of Women's Studies, Amador Hall 560B
  • Phone: (916) 278-6696
  • Specialty & Interests: Women’s & Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Drama & Performance theory, Literatures of India, South Asia, Psychoanalysis.

James DeShaw Rae, Ph.D.

Asian Studies Director & Advisor

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  • Location: Department of Political Science, Tahoe Hall 3123
  • Phone: (916) 278-7866
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  • Specialty & Interests: Politics and Society of China and Southeast Asia, Nation-building in Southeast Asia. Research interests focus on human rights and international law, specifically efforts to promote peace and justice.

Raghuraman Trichur, Ph.D.

Asian Studies Advisor

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  • Location: Department of Anthropology, Mendocino Hall 4012
  • Phone: (916) 278-7266
  • Specialty & Interests: South Asia, Political Economy, Colonialism, Nationalism, Globalization, Tourism and Violence.

Michael Vann, Ph.D.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Imperialism and Colonization in Southeast Asia with an emphasis on France in Vietname, History of Race, World History, Film and History, History of Disease, History of Violence.

Kristina Sakamoto Vassil, Ph.D.

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  • Location: Department of World Languages & Literatures, Mariposa Hall 2063
  • Phone: (916) 278-6333
  • Specialty & Interests: Modern Japanese literature, prewar Japanese migration to the U.S., Asian American literature and culture, Japanese language pedagogy.

Young-Im Lee, Ph.D.

Asian Studies Advisor

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  • Location: Department of Political Sciences, Tahoe Hall 3008
  • Phone: (916) 278-7090
  • Specialty & Interests: Gender and elections in East Asia, South Korean politics.

June Hee Kwon, Ph.D.

Asian Studies Advisor

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  • Specialty & Interests: Transnational migration and diaspora, Gendered labor & class formation, Peace & humanitarianism; North/South Korea, China & Japan, Postcolonial & post-Cold War East Asian interconnections.

Curtis Smith, Ph.D.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Chinese intellectual history, Medieval Chinese literature, Chinese tea, Gu qin.

Faculty Affiliates

Serge Lee, Ph.D.

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  • Location: Department of Social Work, Mariposa Hall 5031
  • Phone: (916) 278-5820
  • Specialty & Interests: Statistics, Research, International Social Work, Mental Health, Southeast Asian Cultures, Immigrants and Refugees, Child Welfare.

Qiaoming Amy Liu, Ph.D.

Asian Studies Advisor

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  • Location: Department of Sociology, Amador Hall 455D
  • Phone: (916) 278-7572
  • Specialty & Interests: Survey, Needs Assessment, Program Evaluations & Opinion Polls, Asian Studies & Asian American Studies, Race Relations, Family & Aging, Health & Mental Health, Public Policies.

Ravin Pan, Ph.D.

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  • Location: College of education, Lassen Hall 2200
  • Phone: (916) 278-3776
  • Specialty & Interests: Developmental Mathematics, Curriculum, and Mathematics Instruction.

Thien-Huong Ninh, Ph.D.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Religious Diasporas, East Asian Religions, Forced Migration, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender.

Min Min Thaw, Ph.D.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Southeast Asian Economies, Development Economics, Microfinance & Credit, International Trade & Finance, International Banking, Politics & Economics of Myanmar/Burma.

Christina Kim-Chilcote, Ph.D.

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  • Specialty & Interests: Border economy and exchange between China, North Korea and South Korea; urban development, political economy, migration, and refugees in East Asia.

Emeritus Faculty

Jay Bouton Crain, Ph.D.

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  • Location: Department of Anthropology, Mendocino Hall 4010
  • Phone: (916) 278-6452
  • Specialty & Interests: Social Anthropology (Borneo, Trobriand Islands), Medical Anthropology (Singapore, Java).

Lewis Robinson, Ph.D.

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  • Location: Department of World Languages & Literatures, Mariposa Hall 2051A
  • Phone: (916) 278-4998

Richard Shek, Ph.D.

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  • Location: Department of Humanities & Religious Studies, Mendocino Hall 2022
  • Phone: (916) 278-5331
  • Specialty & Interests: Chinese cultural and religious history, with a cross-disciplinary approach based on literature, philosophy, religion, and material culture.
Total Members: 23