Asia, Pacific, and Diaspora Studies Faculty


Hye Young Shin Sr 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 Lect 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 CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Dr. Quynh Vo is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. Her

Sara Wilson Adjunct Professorial Lect 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 Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Lily Wong is an Associate Professor in the departments of Literature (LIT) and Critical Race Gender & Culture Studies (CRGC) at American University. She also serves as an Associate Director of Faculty

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Affiliated Faculty

C. Anne Claus Assoc 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 Associate Dean for Faculty and Inclusive Excellence Provost, Office of the

Priya Lothe Doshi is Associate Dean of Faculty and Inclusive Excellence in American University's Office of the Provost. Working with the Dean of Faculty, Professor Doshi supports faculty affairs polic

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Leena Jayaswal Interim Dean, School of Communication 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 Assoc 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 Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Malini Ranganathan is Associate Professor in the School of International Service at American University and a political ecologist and geographer by training. Most broadly, she is a scholar of urban

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.