Asia, Pacific, and Diaspora Studies Faculty

Director

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

  hshin@american.edu

  (202) 885-1513

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

  ashizawa@american.edu

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

  qvo@american.edu

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

  saraw@american.edu

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

  wong@american.edu

  (202) 885-2987

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

  claus@american.edu

  (202) 885-6797

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

  doshi@american.edu

  (202) 885-2780

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

  ljayasw@american.edu

  (202) 885-2662

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

  peng@american.edu

  (202) 885-6475

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

  malini@american.edu

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.