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Jin Y. Park

Jin Y. Park

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Associate Professor

Jin Y. Park is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Founding Director of Asian Studies Program at American University. Park specializes in East Asian Buddhism (especially Zen and Huayan Buddhism), philosophy of religion, postmodernism, ... [More]

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202-885-2919
CAS - Philosophy and Religion


Advisory Council

Justin Jacobs

Justin Jacobs

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Assistant Professor

Justin Jacobs is a historian of modern China. His research concerns the legacy and inheritance of Chinese empire during the twentieth century. His first book, Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State (University of Washington Press, forthcoming), examin... [More]

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202-885-2170
CAS - History


Ji-Young Lee

Ji-Young Lee

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Ji-Young Lee’s research focuses on East Asian international relations, security, and diplomatic history. Her first book examines Chinese hegemony in early modern East Asia and is currently under review. Her second project investigates how China’s... [More]

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202-885-6561
SIS-School of Intl Service


Kyoung-Ah Nam

Kyoung-Ah Nam

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Nam’s research and teaching interests include intercultural communication, maximizing study/work abroad, interaction between international faculty and U.S. students, expatriate intercultural training, and global leadership development. Dr. Nam ha... [More]

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202-885-1678
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Xiaoquan Zhang

Xiaoquan Zhang

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Assistant Professor

Xiaoquan Raphael Zhang received his PhD in Chinese and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. His primary research field is literature and culture of late imperial China, in particular literati and family literature/culture o... [More]

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202-885-2376
CAS-World Lang and Cultures


Quansheng Zhao

Quansheng Zhao

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Professor

Dr. Quansheng Zhao is Professor of international relations and Chair of Asian Studies Program Research Council at American University; serving as Director of the Division of Comparative and Regional Studies for three terms (1999-2008). Zhao received ... [More]

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202-885-1662
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Affiliate Faculty

Amitav Acharya

Amitav Acharya

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Professor

AMITAV ACHARYA is the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance and Professor of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., and the Chair of its ASEAN Studies Initiative. He is... [More]

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202-885-3153
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Akbar Ahmed

Akbar Ahmed

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Professor

Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C. and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a Visiting Professor and was First Distinguished Chair of Middle East & Is... [More]

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202-885-1641
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Kuniko Ashizawa

Kuniko Ashizawa

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Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Ashizawa's research interests include Japan’s foreign, security and ODA policy, U.S.-Japan-China relations, regional institution-building in Asia, and the role of the concept of state identity in foreign policy, for which she has published a numb... [More]

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Adam Auerbach

Adam Auerbach

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Assistant Professor

Auerbach’s research and teaching interests include the political economy of development, local governance and representation, and comparative political institutions, with a regional focus on South Asia and India in particular. His dissertation and fi... [More]

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SIS - School of International Service


Evan Berry

Evan Berry

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Associate Professor

Evan Berry is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at American University and Co-Director of the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs master's program. His research examines the intersections among religion, globalization, and climate change, ... [More]

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202-885-2493
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Robin Broad

Robin Broad

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Professor

Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development, established the International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmenta... [More]

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202-885-1478
SIS-School of Intl Service


Christine B. N. Chin

Christine B. N. Chin

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Professor

Dr. Chin’s research and teaching interests are in the political economy of transnational migration, Southeast Asian studies and intercultural relations. She is the author of In Service and Servitude: Foreign Female Domestic Workers and the Malaysian ... [More]

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202-885-6365
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Naoko Wowsugi

Naoko Wowsugi

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Professorial Lecturer

Naoko Wowsugi, an artist of Korean-Japanese descent, works with photography, video, and performance as forms of communication. Naoko received her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, BFA from both the Kansas City Art Institute and Osaka Univers... [More]

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C. Anne Claus

C. Anne Claus

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Assistant Professor

C. Anne Claus is Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department. Her research focuses on the social ecology of marine and coastal environments and the politics of international conservation. Her most recent work analyzes the relationship of Okina... [More]

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202-885-6797
CAS - Anthropology


Yukie Eguchi-Donovan

Yukie Eguchi-Donovan

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Adjunct Instructor



Louis Goodman

Louis Goodman

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Professor and Dean Emeritus, SIS

Louis Goodman carries out research on social change and politics in Latin America and in Asia. His current research focuses on public goods, regional alliances and development. He has published widely on civil-military relations in Latin America, on ... [More]

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202-885-1625
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Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Pek Koon Heng teaches courses on International Relations and International Political Economy in Southeast and East Asia. She also directs SIS’s summer graduate program on “Globalization and Regionalism in East Asia” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In ... [More]

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202-885-1688
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Randall Henning

Randall Henning

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Professor

Professor Henning specializes in the politics and institutions of international economic relations, international and comparative political economy, economic policymaking and regional integration. He has focused specifically on international monetary... [More]

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202-885-1707
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Miles Kahler

Miles Kahler

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Distinguished Professor

Kahler is an expert on international politics and international political economy, including international monetary cooperation, global governance, and regional institutions. Kahler was most recently Rohr Professor of Pacific International Relations ... [More]

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202-885-6393
SIS - School of International Service


Easten Law

Easten Law

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Professorial Lecturer

Easten Law's teaching and research focuses on intercultural relations, inter-religious studies, and civil society. His current interests and studies include critical pedagogy in intercultural education for global citizenship and the role religious id... [More]

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202-885-6578
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Surjit Mansingh

Surjit Mansingh

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Adjunct Professor

Professor Surjit Mansingh presently teaches as an adjunct in the School of International Service. She retired a few years ago from her position as Professor and Chairperson, Centre for International Politics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New De... [More]

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Susan McDonic

Susan McDonic

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Assistant Professor

Susan McDonic's research interests include contemporary religious movements, international development, Africa, Asia and globalization. Specifically she has studied one of the world’s largest development organizations: World Vision, a faith based org... [More]

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202-885-2490
CAS - Sociology


James Mittelman

James Mittelman

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Distinguished Scholar in Residence

James Mittelman is University Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Scholar in Residence. His work focuses on globalization, development, and political economy, with emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Asia. Previously, he was Professor and Dea... [More]

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202-885-1643
SIS-School of Intl Service


Martyn Oliver

Martyn Oliver

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Professorial Lecturer

Martyn was born and raised in southern Minnesota. In addition to Washington State and Boston, his studies also took him to Scotland, Lebanon, Austria, and Morocco. His work explores the construction of religious identity, particularly how Western lit... [More]

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202-885-2943
CAS - Philosophy and Religion


Jisook Paik

Jisook Paik

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Jisook Paik’s research interests include SLA, language education planning, cross-cultural communication and culture in bilingual education, and qualitative methods in classroom-based research. Before she joined AU as a TESOL faculty member, she w... [More]

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202-885-6843
CAS-World Lang and Cultures


Shubha Pathak

Shubha Pathak

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Associate Professor

Shubha Pathak is a historian of religions who studies the mythological literatures of India, Greece, and Rome. In addition to teaching courses on comparative philosophy and comparative religion, she is researching Greco-Roman and Indian epics in the... [More]

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202-885-2957
CAS - Philosophy and Religion


Ying-Chen Peng

Ying-Chen Peng

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Assistant Professor

Dr. Peng specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese art history with a focus on gender issues and globalization of material culture. Before joining the American University she worked at the National Palace Museum and the Academia Sinica, both in... [More]

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Tazreena Sajjad

Tazreena Sajjad

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Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Tazreena Sajjad currently serves as Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Global Governance, Politics and Security (GGPS) in the School of International Service (SIS). Her fields of specialization are International Politics and International... [More]

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202-885-6572
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Vidyamali Samarasinghe

Vidyamali Samarasinghe

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Professor

Vidyamali Samarasinghe is a Professor in the International Development Program of the School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C. Currently she is the Director of the International Development Program. Vidyamali Samarasing... [More]

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202-885-1487
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Judith Shapiro

Judith Shapiro

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Director - Dual Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development

Dr. Judith Shapiro is on the faculty of the Global Environmental Politics program and directs the Dual Degree in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRSD) with University for Peace in Costa Rica. She is the author of China's Environmental ... [More]

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202-885-1629
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Jamie Younghee Sheen

Jamie Younghee Sheen

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Research Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics

Dr. Sheen received her PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham (UK). She holds an MA and EdM in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her main research interest is instructed second language acquisition.... [More]

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202-885-2247
CAS-World Lang and Cultures


Hye Young Shin

Hye Young Shin

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Adjunct Instructor

Hye Young Shin earned both her BA and MA from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea’s premier institution for language research and education. A native Korean, she went on to receive her second master’s degree from American University. Sh... [More]

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Stephen Tankel

Stephen Tankel

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Assistant Professor

Stephen Tankel is an assistant professor in the School of International Service at American University and a non-resident scholar in the South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Professor Tankel specializes in internation... [More]

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202-885-2369
SIS - School of International Service


Li (Lily) Wong

Li (Lily) Wong

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Assistant Professor

Lily Wong received her PhD in Comparative Literature at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research pays close attention to the politics of affect/emotion, gender and sexuality, as well as media formations of transpacific Chinese, Sinophone... [More]

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202-885-2998
CAS - Literature


Chenyang Xiao

Chenyang Xiao

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Associate Professor

Dr. Xiao earned his MA at University of Toledo, OH, and PhD at Washington State University. His main research interests include environmental beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and public opinion over environmental issues. He is also interested in applied... [More]

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202-885-2426
CAS - Sociology


Svetlana Xu

Svetlana Xu

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Senior Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Xu has an extensive background as a linguist in both Chinese and Russian, with an emphasis in the areas of philosophy, literature, culture and communication.Possessing an impressive academic background, Dr Xu has degrees that include a PhD from t... [More]

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202-885-2293
CAS-World Lang and Cultures


Xiaoli Zhang

Xiaoli Zhang

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Instructor

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202-885-2293
CAS-World Lang and Cultures