Asia, Pacific, and Diaspora Studies Faculty


Hye Young Shin Professorial Lecturer CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Shin received her PhD in Multilingual and Multicultural Education from George Mason University and Master’s degree in TESOL from American University. As a native Korean, she has taught both herita

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Program Faculty

Kuniko Ashizawa Adjunct Professorial Lecturer 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

Quynh Vo Professorial Lecturer

Dr. Quynh Vo is a Professorial Lecturer of Asia, Pacific, and Diaspora Studies at American University. Her research interests focus on globalization and Asian literature, Asian American interdisciplin

Sara Wilson Adjunct Instructor CAS - Literature

Sara Wilson is a scholar of twentieth-century American poetry and poetics. Her work focuses on the transpacific poetics of Asian American and Beat writers. Her current research project examines how wh

Li (Lily) Wong Associate Professor CAS - Literature

Lily Wong is an Associate Professor in the departments of Literature (LIT) and Critical Race Gender and Culture Studies (CRGC) and serves as a Faculty Affiliate of the Antiracist Research and Policy C

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Affiliated Faculty

C. Anne Claus Assistant Professor CAS - Anthropology

C. Anne Claus is a cultural anthropologist who researches environmental issues in contemporary seascapes, primarily in Japan. Her academic work investigates how the interplay of international and loca

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Priya Doshi Sr Professorial Lecturer SOC - School of Communication

Priya Lothe Doshi is a professorial lecturer in strategic communications and Inclusion Officer for AU's School of Communication. She has 20 years of experience as a public relations practitioner creat

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Leena Jayaswal Professor SOC - School of Communication

Leena Jayaswal is a documentary filmmaker, award-winning photographer and Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC, where she is the director of the new BA in P

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Ying-Chen Peng Assistant Professor CAS - Art

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 Natio

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Malini Ranganathan Associate Professor SIS - School of International Service

A critical geographer by training, Dr. Ranganathan researches environmental casteism and environmental racism in urban contexts, what she refers to as "environmental unfreedoms." Specifically, she stu

Other faculty members throughout the university have a deep expertise in Asian and/or Asian diasporic areas of research and teaching. Students are encouraged to take their relevant courses as part of their study in the APDS program.