Asian Studies

Abhishek Amar, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., Dyal Singh College; M.A. and M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ph.D., University of London
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Areas of expertise: archaeological history of South Asian religions, especially Buddhist and Hindu traditions; research in themes of inter-religious dynamics, syncretism and religious transformation; colonialism and reconfigurations of sacred centers; and religion and water management in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions

Abhishek S. Amar specializes in the archaeological history of South Asian religions. He is working on a monograph that examines the issues of expansion, sustenance and religious transformation of Buddhism at the site of Buddha’s enlightenment. He directs a digital research project, Sacred Centers in India, which examines material, culture and texts to unravel the histories of the Hindu and Buddhist cities of Gaya and Bodhgaya, respectively. Amar received his doctorate in history from SOAS, University of London, and then got a fellowship from Kate Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr University, Germany.

Steve Goldberg, Associate Professor of Art History

B.A., Brooklyn College of the City University of New York; M.A., University of Hawai'i; Ph.D., University of Michigan
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Areas of expertise: Chinese art, Japanese art and aesthetics

Steve Goldberg, who earned a doctorate from the University of Michigan, specializes in the history of Chinese art. Since the early ’90s, he has participated as instructor and director of summer institutes and conferences of the Asian Studies Development Program. Goldberg's research interests include globalization and the “transcultural imagination” and a cognitive approach to the study of Chinese calligraphy. He has published numerous articles and chapters on Chinese art and philosophy, with a particular interest in calligraphy.

Masaaki Kamiya, Associate Professor of Japanese

B.A., Dokkyo University; M.A. Ed., East Carolina University; Ph.D., University of Maryland
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Areas of expertise: syntax, semantics, language acquisition, pragmatic and Japanese linguistics

Masaaki Kamiya's research interests are syntax, semantics and language acquisition. Kamiya's recent published work includes “Passivization, reconstruction and edge phenomena: connecting English and Japanese nominalizations,” Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 31 (with van Hout and Roeper). He also has published “Lexical vs. Pragmatically Derived Interpretations of Numerals;” Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 15 (with Matsuya) and “Two Types of Movement in Japanese Nominalizations and Edge Phenomena,” among other works. He has a doctorate in linguistics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Faiza Moatasim, Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of History

B.Arch., National College of Arts, Pakistan; M.Arch., McGill University; Ph.D., University of Michigan

Faiza Moatasim teaches courses related to issues of spatial equity, spatial organization as a means of attaining social control and spatial practices as acts of subversion in Asian cities. She received her bachelor's of architecture from the National College of Arts in Pakistan, her master's of architecture from McGill University and her doctorate in architectural history and theory from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, "Making Exceptions: Politics of Nonconforming Spaces in the Planned Modernist City of Islamabad," investigates the interplay between formally and informally planned spaces in the planned capital city of Pakistan.

Chuyun Oh, Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian Studies and Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Literature

B.A. and M.A, Ewha Womans University, South Korea
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Areas of expertise: performance studies, communication studies, critical cultural studies, media studies

Chuyun Oh focuses her research on performance as a site of identity formation, including the construction of race, gender and sexuality in a transnational context. As a Fulbright scholar, Oh's work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Congress on Research in Dance, Journal of Fandom Studies, and Communication, Culture & Critique and The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture in Global Context (2014). In addition to her interdisciplinary scholarship, she is an award-winning artist and critic and has worked as a professional choreographer and director. She has a doctorate in performance studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Kyoko Omori, Associate Professor of Japanese and Chair of East Asian Languages and Literatures

M.A. and Ph.D., Ohio State University
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Areas of expertise: modern Japanese literature, especially modernism and youth magazine culture; early 20th-century media, especially cinema and radio; and censorship and the Occupation Era, 1945-52

Kyoko Omori's research focuses on 20th-century literary and popular culture, with an emphasis on mass media. Omori is completing a book titled Detecting Modanizumu: New Youth Magazine, Tantei Shôsetsu, and The Culture of Japanese Vernacular Modernism. She has been awarded research grants from The Miller Center for Historical Studies and the McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, and several postdoctoral fellowships. Omori, who was trained in language pedagogy, received the national Hamako Ito Chaplin Award for excellence in teaching Japanese. She earned her doctorate from Ohio State University.

Lisa Trivedi, Professor of History

B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of California, Davis
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Areas of expertise: cultural and social history of modern South Asia, specializing in the history of nationalism, colonialism and women

Lisa Trivedi, a cultural and social historian of modern South Asia, received her doctorate from the University of California at Davis. Her first monograph, Clothing Gandhi’s Nation: Homespun and Modern India (Indiana, 2007) was supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to India in 1996. She was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Pembroke College, where she began research on her second monograph, Bound By Cloth: women textile workers in Bombay and Lancashire, 1890-1940.

Trivedi recently finished work on a project of 70 photographs of ordinary women at work in Ahmedabad, India, taken by Pranlal Patel, in 1937. She oversaw the first-time publication of the photos and curated their exhibition at Hamilton's Wellin Museum of Art.

Zhuoyi Wang, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures

B.A., Beijing University; M.A., Beijing University; Ph.D., University of Washington
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Areas of expertise: Chinese cinema and literature

Zhuoyi Wang's research interest is in Chinese film history. His teaching interests include Chinese history, film, literature and language. He is the author of Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951-1979 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Wang has taught at various institutions, including the Summer Chinese School at Middlebury College, the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Kenyon College and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. He received his doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Washington at Seattle.

Thomas Wilson, the Elizabeth J. McCormack Professor of History, Chair of Asian Studies

B.A., University of Connecticut; A.M. and Ph.D., University of Chicago
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Areas of expertise: Chinese history, culture and religion; Confucian ritual and the imperial cults devoted to Heaven and to Confucius

Thomas Wilson has written extensively about Confucian ritual and the cult of Confucius and is president of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions. He conducted research in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China on Fulbright-Hays grants in 1992-93. Wilson also received National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships in 1999-2000 and 2006-07. He has been a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, N.J. He earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago. Wilson studied Chinese at the Stanford Center and Chinese history in the Graduate Department of History at National Taiwan University.

Steven Yao, the Edmund A. LeFevre Professor of Literature and Creative Writing

B.A. and B.S., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
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Areas of expertise: 20th-century American and British literature, literary translation, Ezra Pound, comparative literature; Asian American literature, especially poetry; global literary modernisms, Asian diasoporas, transpacific literature

Steven Yao authored two books, Translation and the Languages of Modernism (Palgrave/St. Martins, 2002), and Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity (Oxford, 2010), which was selected by the Association for Asian American Studies for its Book Award in Literary Studies. He is co-editor of Sinographies: Writing China (Minnesota 2008), Pacific Rim Modernisms (Toronto 2009), and Ezra Pound and Education (2012). Yao was awarded an ACE Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year. In 2005, he received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Yao earned a doctorate in English from the University of California, Berkeley.