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Asian Studies | Research Council Members

Research Chair

  1. Quansheng Zhao, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

    Send email to Quansheng Zhao

    (202) 885-1662

Regional Coordinators

  1. Akbar Ahmed, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland. He has served as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution a… More

    Send email to Akbar Ahmed

    (202) 885-1641

  2. Kuniko Ashizawa, Adjunct Instructor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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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  3. Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    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

    Send email to Pek Koon Heng-Blackburn

    (202) 885-1688

  4. Jie Lu, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    Dr. Lu studies local governance, the political economy of institutional change, public opinion, and political participation. His regional expertise focuses on the Greater China Region and East Asia. His work has appeared in Comparative Political Stud… More

    Send email to Jie Lu

    (202) 885-6281

  5. Jin Y. Park, Professor

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Jin Y. Park is 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), postmodernism, deconstruction, Buddhist ethics, B… More

    Send email to Jin Y. Park

    (202) 885-2919

Student Assistants

Jordan Zaner

Laurel Brooks

Jonathan Taylor

Justine Ty

Stephanie Vazquez

Haoran Sun