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Eastern and Southeastern Asia

Christopher Bush | Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Christopher Bush (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, UCLA) is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literary Studies.

His research and teaching focus on transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to literary modernisms, especially the interactions between Euro-American and East Asian aesthetic theory, avant-gardes, and media. He is Co-Editor of the journal Modernism/modernity and at Northwestern co-directs the graduate cluster Global Avant-garde and Modernist Studies and the working group French and the Global Humanities.

Past honors include a Fulbright research grant, the Bernheimer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in Comparative Literature, the Cotsen-Behrman Fellowship in the Princeton Society of Fellows, the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work, and a Mellon New Directions Fellowship.

He has published in such edited volumes as A New Vocabulary for Global Modernism (Columbia, 2016), Ezra Pound in the Present (Bloomsbury, 2016),The Modernist World (Routledge, 2015), Modernism and Theory: A Handbook of Modernist Studies (Blackwell, 2013), and Drawing from Life (Mississippi, 2013), Modernism and Theory: A Handbook of Modernist Studies(Blackwell, 2013), and The Modernist World (Routledge, 2015). Previous publications include Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media (Oxford, 2010); articles in such journals as Comparative LiteratureComparative Literature Studies, and Representations; and a collaborative translation and critical edition of Victor Segalen's Stèles (Wesleyan, 2007). His currently working on two book projects, The Floating World: Japoniste Aesthetics and Global Modernity (under contract with Columbia) and The Global Avant-garde (under contract with Bloomsbury).

He teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, primarily focused on modernist literatures of the early twentieth century, the historical avant-gardes, and critical theory, including "The Avant-gardes in the World," "Foucault, Discourse, Power," "European and American Images of Japan," "Bergsonism and Global Modernism," and "French Hegel."

Corey Byrnes | Assistant Professor of Chinese Modern Literature

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Corey Byrnes received his Ph.D. in Chinese literature from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. He teaches courses on Chinese literature of various periods, 20th and 21st century sinophone cinema, realism, popular culture and culture and the environment. Corey's research interests are primarily in modern and contemporary Chinese literature, film and visual culture, especially as they relate to the representation of displacement, dispossession and trauma.

His research also engages with the practical, theoretical and imaginary connections between contemporary Chinese cultural production and ecological catastrophe. His latest work draws on research in critical animal studies, speculative realism and object oriented ontology (OOO) to explore questions of scale, the role of animals in the construction of a global Chinese imaginary and the history of the modern concept of “nature” (自然 ziran) in China. Ecology and the poetics of disappearance are the foci of Corey's current manuscript, “Rising from a Placid Lake,” a selective history of the 3000 year old representational culture of the Three Gorges region of southwestern China from the perspective of the recently completed Three Gorges Dam project, which has raised the level of the Yangzi River by 170 meters, totally transforming this iconic landscape. This project brings together a broad variety of sources, including early mythology, poetry and travel writing of the Six Dynasties, Tang and Song (in which Corey has extensive training), scientific, literary and political writings in English and Chinese from the Republican era as well as contemporary responses to the dam in film and the visual arts.

Peter Carroll | Associate Professor, Department of History

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

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Peter Carroll specializes in the social and cultural history of 19th and 20th century China . His research interests include urban history, Chinese modernism, popular and material culture, gender/sexuality, and nationalism. A Fulbright recipient, he has also held fellowships with the Project on Cities and Urban Knowledges, New York University ; the Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley; and the Center for Chinese Studies, Taipei , Taiwan . He is the author ofBetween Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895-1937(Stanford University Press, 2006). He is currently working on a project exploring suicide and notions modern society in China , 1900-1957.

Chin-Hung Chang | Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Chin-Hung Chang received her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at National Taiwan Normal University. Before joining Northwestern, she taught all levels of Chinese language courses in National Taiwan University in addition to the following USA Universities, Wake Forest University, Elon University and Western Washington University. Currently Chang is teaching first, second and third year Chinese.

Haydon Cherry | Assistant Professor

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Haydon Cherry (Ph.D., Yale University, 2011) is a historian of modern Southeast Asia, particularly modern Vietnam. His first book, Down and Out in Saigon: Stories of the Poor in a Colonial City, 1900-1940, will be published by Yale University Press. The book traces the changing social and economic history of the poor in colonial Saigon (now Hồ Chí Minh City) by following the lives of six individuals (a prostitute, a Chinese coolie, a rickshaw puller, an orphan, an invalid, and a destitute Frenchman) in the first decades of the twentieth century. His second book project is an intellectual history of twentieth-century Vietnam told through the biography of Đào Duy Anh, arguably the most important Vietnamese scholar of the modern period.

Loubna El Amine | Assistant Professor

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Loubna El Amine is Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department. She teaches political theory, with a focus on early Chinese political thought. Her book, Classical Confucian Political Thought: A New Interpretation, was published in 2015 by Princeton University Press. She is currently working on a second book, on the social foundations of Confucian political thought, for which he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Henry Luce Foundation/American Council for Learned Societies Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship. Before Northwestern, she was an Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. She holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton University and a BA in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut.

Jillana Enteen | Senior Lecturer, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia


Jillana B. Enteen is a Senior Lecturer in Gender & Sexuality Studies and serves on the Asian American Studies and Asian Studies Program Faculty. She is co-founder and co-convener of NUDHL, Northwestern University’s Digital Humanities Lab. A former Fulbright Fellow to Thailand, she specializes in Thai culture and literature in English as well as non-Thai depictions of Thailand. Enteen’s publications concern online depictions of race, gender, sexuality, and nation in English by overlooked internet populations and the use of English language terms for sexualities and genders in the urban cultures of Thailand. Currently, Dr. Enteen is researching Gender Reassignment Surgeries (GRS) available in Thailand for international consumption advertised online. She is the author of two book and numerous essays including Virtual English: Queer Internets and Digital Creolization (Routledge, 2009) and Import: Export: English Language terms for Genders and Sexualities in Thailand (Onyx, 2014).

Thomas Gaubatz | Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Thomas received his Ph.D. in Japanese Literature from Columbia University in 2016. His research interests are primarily in early modern Japanese literature, media, and society, with a focus on the role played by literature in conceptualizing urban space and the identities that it engenders. His research is also concerned with the mutual implications of literary history, material histories of the book, interpretation, and social history. His current project examines the ways in which different genres of popular narrative fiction registered and reflected upon shifts in the discourses and practices structuring urban commoner identity between the late 17th and 19th centuries. His other primary research focus is media theory and history, especially the history of commercial publishing in Japan and media-theoretic approaches to the woodblock-printed book.

Thomas’s teaching interests include premodern Japanese literature and book history; literature, media, and culture of the Meiji era (1868-1912); advanced Japanese, classical Japanese, and handwritten script; interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to urban history; and the history of and critical approaches to digital games in Japanese and global contexts.

Richard Licheng Gu | Professor of Instruction, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Richard Licheng Gu was born and grew up in Beijing, China. He received his B.A. in China; his Australia; and his Ph.D. at the University of Oregon, U.S.A. He has taught different levels of Chinese language and literature courses. His research interest focuses on pedagogy and Chinese American history. In addition to publishing numerous articles, he is the author of two published books: "Picture Characters: Learning Chinese Characters through Pictographs" in 2006 and "Chinese with Lulu and Maomao" in 2008. Professor Gu is the current Director of Northwestern Summer in Beijing Program, and served as the Director of the Program of African and Asian Languages at Northwestern University for the last ten years of the program.

Laura Hein | Professor, Department of History

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Laura Hein specializes in the history of Japan in the 20th century and its international relations. Her most recent book is Post-Fascist Japan: Political Culture in Kamakura After the Second World War, London: Bloomsbury, 2018. She also co-edited with Rebecca Jennison Imagination Without Borders: Visual Artist Tomiyama Taeko and Social Responsibility, Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, September 2010. The book accompanies a beautiful website created by the Academic Technologies staff at the Northwestern University Library.

Other work includes Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in Twentieth Century Japan, (University of California, 2004; Japanese ed. Iwanami 2007), which explores various ways in which economic expertise intersected with politics through a study of the lives of a tight-knit group of Japanese intellectuals. She also has a strong interest in problems of remembrance and public memory, resulting in three co-edited books with Mark Selden: Living with the Bomb: American and Japanese Cultural Conflicts in the Nuclear Age (1997), Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States (2000), and Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to American and Japanese Power (2003).

Stefan Henning | Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Stefan Henning's areas of Interest: 20th Century Chinese History, Anthropology of Muslim Societies, Religious Activism, Friedrich Nietzsche.

After my degree from the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, I moved to England for a three-year postdoctoral position in the Contemporary China Studies Program at the University of Oxford. I am working with Chinese-speaking Muslim activists in Beijing and in northwestern China to study education reform at Muslim schools, translation, and the publication of Muslim periodicals from the nineteen- nineties to the present. Currently I am studying a Chinese novelist who was one of the first Red Guards (in fact, he coined the term Red Guard), but then turned to Islam in the nineteen-eighties. I am bringing Nietzsche to the context of Muslims in China to study creating ethical meaning in an authoritarian state as politically relevant self-fashioning. I am coming to Northwestern University as a Visiting Assistant Professor and will teach in my first year courses in Sociology and Anthropology.

Jun Hu | Assistant Professor, East Asian Art, Department of Art History

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Jun Hu teaches courses in East Asian art history. His current research interest is the religious art and architecture of East Asia, particularly of the early medieval period.  His dissertation, titled "Embracing the Circle: Domical Architecture in East Asia (c. 200-750 CE)," is the first in-depth study of the subject in any language.  Through three discrete and yet related case studies, which range from Buddhist cave temples in Dunhuang, northwest China to timber buildings in Nara, Japan, it brings into sharp focus the changing expressions of religious impulse as reflected in the construction of domical spaces in China and Japan. 

Prior to his studies at Princeton, he received an MA in Sinology from the School of Oriental and Aftrican Studies, University of London, where he developed an interest in print culture.  His next project, tentatively titled "Impressions of Modernity and the Rhetoric of Style," explores the role of mechanical replication in the development of painting practice and theory in seventeenth-century China and Japan.

William Hurst | Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

William Hurst works on labor politics, contentious politics, political economy, and the politics of law and legal institutions, principally in China and Indonesia. He is the author of The Chinese Worker after Socialism (Cambridge) and co-editor of Laid-off Workers in a Workers’ State: Unemployment with Chinese Characteristics (Palgrave-MacMillan) and has published numerous articles and book chapters. His current and ongoing research focuses on the politics of legal institutions in both China and Indonesia. For this work he has completed more than one year of fieldwork in each country since 2006. 

Hurst’s teaching focuses on Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy, comparative political economy of development, contentious politics and social movements, as well as comparative politics more broadly. Before coming to Northwestern, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford and an assistant professor at the Universities of Texas and Toronto.

JingJing Ji | Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

JingJing Ji received her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University in P. R. China. Before coming to Northwestern, she taught Chinese at Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia. Ji also taught Chinese at the Chinese Summer School at Middlebury College. She has provided instruction at all four year-levels of Chinese language education across her teaching experience. Her research interests are second-language acquisition, language-teaching pedagogy and teacher development. She is currently an ACTFL certified OPI tester and AAPPL rater.

Hong Jiang | Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Hong Jiang received her M.Ed. from University of Cincinnati. She began teaching Chinese in the Program of African and Asian Languages in 1994. Currently she is teaching Elementary Chinese. Her research interests focus on learner motivation anduse of technology in Chineselanguage instruction.

Ihnhee Kim | Assistant Professor of Instruction, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Ihnhee Kim received her doctorate degree in second language education with a focus on curricula, instruction, and technology from Temple University. Her specialties include bilingualism, discourse analysis, and interactional and socio-cultural theories. Before joining Northwestern University, she taught all levels of Korean language courses, including a graduate level course at the University of Pennsylvania. Not only has Dr. Kim published articles, book reviews, and scholarly interviews in the field of second language education, but she has also served as a peer reviewer at the ACTFL and TESOL conference. In addition to actively participating in language assessment as a certified ACTFL/ILR OPI tester, she is currently working as a member of the editorial team for the journal, The Korean Language in America.

Her research interests include second language acquisition, interaction between identity and language learning, perception and production of language use, cross-cultural communication, critical media literacy, and comparative studies in various areas.

Eunmi Lee | Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Eunmi Lee launched the Korean language program at Northwestern in 1994. Since the beginning, she has been teaching and developing the Korean curriculum for all levels -- first and second year and a special course for Korean heritage students with strong oral proficiency. She received her M.A. in East Asian Studies from Indiana University and attended Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies in Korea, where she studied modern Korean and Chinese history. She holds the Distinguished Senior Lecturer rank and her research interests are cultural studies and language acquisition.

Andrew Leong | Assistant Professor, Department of English

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Andrew Leong is a comparativist who works in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese. Leong has taught courses spanning a range of textual and visual media—from nineteenth and twentieth-century Japanese and American literature; to comics and manga; to Westerns, film noir, and Japanese period drama. He is also a translator of Japanese vernacular literature written and published in the Americas. Leong is currently working on a book, The City of the Migrant, which recovers the writings of Japanese immigrants and sojourners who lived and worked in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through readings of works by Sadakichi Hartmann, Yone Noguchi, Arishima Takeo, Nagai Kafu, and others, Leong argues that Japanese men barred from the full rights and privileges of political citizenship staked claims to a literary citizenship forged through bonds of male homosocial friendship.

Robert Linrothe | Associate Professor, Department of Art History

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia; Southern Asia; Central, Western and Inner Asia

Robert Linrothe received a Ph. D. in Art History from the University of Chicago. In 2008-2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Through his field work, Prof. Linrothe has become a specialist in the Buddhist art of the Himalayas. He has concentrated on the pre-modern mural painting of Ladakh and Zangskar (Indian Himalayas) and the contemporary revival of monastic painting in Amdo (China, northeastern cultural Tibet).From 2002 – 2004, Prof. Linrothe served as the inaugural curator of Himalayan art at the Rubin Museum of Art [RMA] which opened to the public in October of 2004. During his tenure at RMA, Prof. Linrothe authored two catalogs to coincide with the museum's opening exhibitions: Paradise & Plumage: Chinese Connections in Tibetan Arhat Painting; and, with Jeff Watt, Demonic Divine: Himalayan Art and Beyond. A third, Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas was published in 2006. Recently, an essay on the early 17th century Central Tibetan paintings directed by Taranatha was published in Artibus Asiae, an article entitled "Skirting the Bodhisattva: Fabricating Visionary Art," appeared in the on-line journal, Etudes mongoles et siberiennes, centrasiatiques et tibetaines; an article on murals in Ladakh and Zangskar will be in the forthcoming (fall 2013) Archives of Asian Art, and an article on early photography in western Tibet will appear in summer of 2013 in Photography's Orientalism: New Essays on colonial Representations published by the Getty Research Institute. 

In February 2013, he presented a paper on petroglyphs in the western Himalaya, "Montane Metonyms: Ibex in/as Landscape" at the College Art Association annual conference in New York, and in April 2013 he presented research on an illuminated manuscript of 17th century Zangskar at the International Association of Ladakh Studies conference in Heidelberg. He is currently working with the Block Museum of Art and Rubin Museum of Art (New York) on an exhibition titled "Collecting Kashmir: its Buddhist Art and Legacy in Western Tibet and the West" opening in January 2015.

Phyllis Lyons | Associate Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

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Phyllis Lyons received her Ph.D. from University of Chicago. She teaches a three-quarter introduction to Japanese culture through its literature, from the eighth century to the present; and single-quarter courses on such topics as women in Japanese literature in the Comparative Literary Studies Program. She also teaches reading courses in Japanese at advanced levels. Lyons' area of specialization is modern Japanese fiction; she has published a study of the novelist Dazai Osamu (1909-1948), and is currently working on the novelist Tanizaki Jun'ichirō (1886-1965).

Melissa Macauley | Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Melissa Macauley teaches Chinese history. She has published a book on eighteenth-century Chinese legal culture titled Social Power and Legal Culture: Litigation Masters in Late Imperial China.A recipient of Fulbright and NEH fellowships, she has also served as the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Studies at Harvard and as a Senior Research Scholar at People's University in Beijing. She is currently writing a book titled Crime and Migration in the South China Seas, 1856-1945.

Patrick Noonan | Assistant Professor, Japanese Literature and Culture

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Patrick Noonan received his Ph.D in Japanese literature with a Designated Emphasis in Film Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. He teaches courses on modern Japanese literature and culture, the 1960s in East Asia, Japanese cinema of all periods, and advanced courses in Japanese language. His research interests include the social and cultural movements of the 1960s, 20th century modernisms, Japanese literary and intellectual history, cultural studies, transnational film theory, and global genre cinema.

He is the author of “The Alterity of Cinema: Subjectivity, Self-Negation, and Self-Realization in Yoshida Kijū’s Film Theory” (The Review of Japanese Culture and Society, December 2010) and translator of the documentary filmmaker Hara Kazuo’s memoir Camera Obtrusa: The Action Films of Hara Kazuo (Kaya Press, 2009). He is currently working on a manuscript titled “Our Dissolution:” Subjectivity, Collectivity, and the Politics of Form in 1960s Japan, which examines how the theorization and representation of subjectivity, across literary and visual media, both enabled and foreclosed the possibilities of political action in the Japanese 1960s.

Hsiu-Ling Robertson | Senior Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Hsiu-Ling Robertson received her doctoral degree at University of Massachusetts. She was a visiting scholar at Department of East Asian Languages and civilization at Harvard University, 1999-2000. She was an associate professor at Tunghai University in Taiwan before joining the teaching faculty at Northwestern University. Her teaching at Northwestern focuses on heritage learning instruction. She has taught second and third year Chinese language courses in addition to exploring globalization and pop culture issues within these advanced language classes. She has published two books: Women’s Self-recognition in Modern Chinese Literature. Taipei: Le Jin Books LTD, 2004 (in Chinese); Wings of Life: The Road Less Traveled by Nine Brave Women. Taipei: Nu Shudian (Women’s Publisher), 2003 (in Chinese). Hsiu-Ling directed a documentary film, “Foreign Brides in Taiwan”; and, she is currently in the process of directing a film titled, “The Fabulous Buddha” to invite the audience to reflect on the issue of what roles nuns play in modern society.

Junko Sato | Senior Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

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Junko Sato received a M.S.Ed. from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a teaching assistant for six years before coming to Northwestern in the academic year, 1996-97. Her scholarly work is focused on second-language acquisition and curricular development following proficiency-oriented pedagogical principles. She has taught and developed courses at all four year-levels of DALC's Japanese language program.

Hong Shao | Senior Lecturer, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Hong Shao was born and grew up in China. She received her B.A. in Shandong University in China, and majored in Chinese Language and Literature; She received her Renmin University of China, and majored in Modern Chinese Language. She has been teaching different levels of Chinese language courses in universities for more than 20 years in China, Australia, Mexico and the U.S.A. Her research interests are in modern and classical Chinese language, Chinese culture and teaching Chinese as a second language. She has published books and articles on Chinese language and characters.

Mi-Ryong Shim | Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Mi-Ryong Shim is Assistant Professor of Korean Literature and Culture at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. A specialist in modern Korean literature and intellectual history, she received her PhD from the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University and held the Korea Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Mi-Ryong’s research interests include the aesthetics of nativism, comparative colonialism, and globalization in twentieth century Korea. She is currently working on a manuscript that examines discourses of conversion, imperialization, and Pan-Asian regionalism during the Asia-Pacific War as continuations of earlier discussions regarding the problematic nature of modernity in colonial Korea. Her translations of modern Korean literature have been published as part of the Literature Translation Institute of Korea’s 20th Century Korean Literature series, and she is currently completing a translation of Yi Hyo-sŏk’s seminal novel Pollen (Hwabun). Mi-Ryong’s teaching interests include modern and contemporary Korean literature, cultural history, film, and popular culture.

Yumi Shiojima | Associate Professor of Instruction, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Yumi Shiojima received her M.S.Ed. from University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience in classroom teaching, coordination of instruction, and curriculum development, both in the U.S. and Japan, including at Rhodes College, the Japanese School at Middlebury College and the Summer Intensive Program at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities. At Northwestern, her course development and teaching credits include courses at all levels, most notably, a writing-focused course in the thematically-based fourth-year curriculum. Shiojima is a recipient of the Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award (2010-2011) of the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Awards. Her scholarly interests include second language writing instruction, study abroad and teacher development.

Amy Stanley | Assistant Professor, Department of History

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Amy Stanley specializes in the history of early modern Japan. She is particularly interested in women’s history, the history of gangsters and the underworld, and the formation of social policy in early modern cities and towns. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education, the Japan Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation, and she has studied at Kansai University in Osaka and Waseda University in Tokyo. Her dissertation, which she is currently revising for publication, explores official and popular attitudes toward the sex trade in provincial Japan between 1600 and 1868. Other recent work includes an article on adultery and punishment in Tokugawa Japan and research on education for geisha during the Meiji period.

Kimberly Marion Suiseeya | Assistant Professor

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Kim Marion Suiseeya’s research examines the interactions between norms, institutions, and justice in global forest governance. Her areas of expertise include: environmental justice, global environmental governance, political ecology, and the politics of biodiversity conservation in Laos and mainland Southeast Asia. Her current work includes her collaborative, interdisciplinary project “From Presence to Influence: Examining the Politics of Indigenous Representation in Global Environmental Governance” as well as her ongoing work exploring the justice gap in forest governance in Southeast Asia.

Jili Sun | Assistant Professor of Instruction, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Jili Sun received her B.A. in French literature in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in P.R. China (previous Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages). She received her Maîtrise in Teaching French as Foreign Language in University Jussieu (Paris VII) and her M.A. (DEA) of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy at University of Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) - thesis title: "Comparison of Narrative Cohesion in French and in Chinese in the Case of first and second Languages". Dr. Sun received a Ph.D in linguistics with honors in 2006 at University Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) - thesis title: "The Acquisition of Temporality (tense and aspect) by Chinese Learners of French as second language and by French Learners of Chinese as second language". She conducts research in second language acquisition and pedagogy, interaction between language and culture, and analysis of narration. She is also interested in religious studies and has received a DEUG degree in studies of Christianity in Institute Catholic of Paris.

Qiuyu Wang | Associate Professor of Instruction, Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Qiuyu Wang started her Chinese teaching career at Harvard University, where she taught for 6 years before joining Northwestern University. She received the most distinguished teaching award at Harvard College, the Joseph R. Levenson Teaching Prize in 2009 as the solo winner in  junior faculty category, in addition to being awarded the Harvard University Certificate of Teaching Excellence for 12 times. Qiuyu Wang was voted as a "Favorite Professor" in the Harvard Yearbook by the Class of 2011.  She was elected to the ASG Faculty Honor Roll at Northwestern in 2015.

She is the co-author of the Harvard advanced level Chinese language textbook "Understanding the people and the world" published by Higher Education Press in 2007, and of the spoken Chinese textbook "Knowing what to say" published by Commercial Press in 2008. Her research interests are second-language acquisition, language-teaching pedagogy, curriculum design and dramatic arts.

She also has extensive experience in Study Abroad program instruction and management, including as a lead faculty at the renowned summer intensive program Harvard Beijing Academy (HBA) and as Program Academic Director at the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS) in Beijing.

Jane Winston | Professor, Department of French and Italian

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Jane Winston is the author of Postcolonial Duras: Cultural Memory in Postwar France (Palgrave, 2001) and Of Vietnam: Identities in Dialogue (Palgrave, 2001). Her interests include contemporary theory, twentieth-century literary and cultural studies, and gender studies.

Jeffrey Winters | Professor, Department of Political Science and Director of Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS) Program

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Jeffrey Winters focuses his research and teaching in the areas of comparative and international political economy, comparative politics, state-capital relations, labor, human rights, and the politics of postcolonial states, particularly in Southeast Asia. He is also interested in international debt, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization. His central scholarly interest is in examining how power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of the few, and the effects this has on the many. His first book,"Power in Motion: Capital Mobility and the Indonesian State"(Cornell University Press, 1996), explores the highly undemocratic structural power of those who control the investment resources everyone else depends upon for their survival. With Jonathan Pincus, he co-edited"Reinventing the World Bank"(Cornell University Press, 2002). Both books were translated into Indonesian and published in Jakarta. He has also published two other books in Indonesian: in 1999,"Dosa-Dosa Politik Orde Baru"[Political Sins of Suharto's New Order], and, in 2004,"Orba Jatuh, Orba Bertahan?"[Indonesia's "New Order" Falls or Endures?]. Winters is currently working on the problem of oligarchy -- a study of the uninterrupted dominance of elites across all institutional forms and political contexts. The cases addressed include the United States, Russia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Mexico.

Noriko Taira Yasohama | Professor of Instruction of Japanese, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Noriko Taira received her M.Ed. from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is one of the recipients of the 2012 Arts and Sciences Alumni Teaching Award, the Weinberg College Distinguished Teaching Award. Taira has extensive training in foreign language education and curriculum development as well as some training in research design on second language acquisition. She has contributed to several chapters of textbooks on Japanese language, English culture and intercultural communication. She has worked on a CIC-sponsored computer-assisted materials development project with professors at Purdue University and the University of Michigan.  Taira is a certified tester of the Japanese Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) Test for the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Paola Zamperini | Associate Professor, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Program Area(s):  Eastern/Southeastern Asia

Paola Zamperini has a Ph.D. in Chinese Literature and Women and Gender Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She arrived to Northwestern in Summer 2013 as the founding chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at NU and Associate Professor of Chinese Literature. Her work during the first three years at NU focused on building the new department by recruiting tenure and teaching line faculty; on developing and launching the new courses of studies in Asian humanities at both the undergraduate and the graduate level; and on mentoring undergraduate and graduate students on pre-modern Chinese literature and gender and sexuality studies. She also served as on the board of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, on the Kaplan Institute Council, and as director of the Asian Studies Graduate Cluster, and helped usher in the new ASGC certificate program.

Professor Zamperini was on sabbatical leave in AY 2016-17. In Fall 2016 she began her work as pre-modern China book review editor for the Journal of Asian Studies (; in Winter 2017 she conducted research in Europe. Finally, in Spring 2017 she was a research fellow at the Humanities Research Center of Australian National University in Canberra. During her sabbatical Professor Zamperini worked on three book manuscripts, namely Boudoir Red, Spell Bound, and Clothes That Matter, on late imperial pornography, gambling in Ming and Qing fiction, and sartorial practices in 21st century P.R.C. respectively. She was able to complete the first two manuscripts and a couple of articles during her tenure as a research fellow at the Humanities Center at Australia National University, and also spent time giving lectures on her work in progress in Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and University of Hawaii at Manoa. Whatever little time left she had between lectures and writing sessions, she spent fulfilling her life-long dream of diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Professor Zamperini resumed her regular teaching and advising duties in Fall 2017, and is back serving on the board of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

In terms of research and teaching, her interests span pre-modern Chinese literature, dream cultures, gender studies, queer theory, Chinese history, fashion studies, Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism, and contemporary Chinese fiction, cinema, and popular culture. To date, she has written and published extensively about prostitution, female suicide, pornography, and spiritual resonance in pre-modern Chinese literature.

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