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Yukie Aida

Senior Lecturer |
512-475-6049 |
WCH 5.110

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Japanese language pedagogy / students beliefs about their own language performances

Mansi Bajaj

Lecturer |
512-475-6045 |
WCH 5.112

Education: M. A. and M. Phil in Linguistics and B.Ed., University of Delhi

Interests: Hindi Language, Language Teaching, Curriculum Development, Using Assessment as a Learning Tool, Using Social Media and Bollywood in a Language Classroom, Sensitization of Society through Language Learning, Phonology, Stress Placement, Tones

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Anandakrishnan Balakrishnan

Lecturer |
512-475-6045 |
WCH 5.112

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Kirsten Cather

Associate Professor |
512-471-0031 |
WCH 4.112

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: modern Japanese literature and film; censorship, suicide, and death in modern Japan; adaptations; translation theory and practice

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Chih-Wei (Elsa) Chang

Lecturer |
512-475-6041 |
WCH 5.116

Education: MA, Univeristy of Texas at Austin

Interests: Chinese language

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Sung-Sheng (Yvonne) Chang

Professor |
512-475-6036 |
WCH 4.124

Education: Ph.D., Stanford University

Interests: Chinese film and literature

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Jeanette C Chen

Lecturer |
512-475-6041 |
WCH 5.116

Interests: Languages

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Chikako H Cooke

Lecturer |
512-475-6035 |
WCH 5.104A

Interests: pedagogy

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Donald R. Davis, Jr.

Professor & Chair, Department of Asian Studies |
512-471-5811 |
WCH 4.134A

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sanskrit; Dharmaśāstra; Law and Religion; Medieval India; Malayalam

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Kaori Duffey

Lecturer |
512-471-1843 |
WCH 5.136

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Oliver Freiberger

Professor |
512-471-8239 |
WCH 4.104A

Education: PhD, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Interests: Indian Buddhism | asceticism | comparison in the study of religion | religious boundary-making

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Shahnaz Hassan

Senior Lecturer |
512-471-0304 |
WCH Hindi Urdu Flagship 4.104F

Education: BA, University of the Punjab

Interests: Urdu Language and Literature

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Junko Hatanaka

Lecturer |
512-475-6042 |
WCH 5.124

Education: MA in Japanese, MS in Rhetoric and Technical Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan Technological University

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Heather Hindman

Associate Professor |
512-471-1667 |
WCH 4.104C

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Critical development, entrepreneurialism, expatriate communities, social theory, global labor and gender

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Camilla H Hsieh

Senior Lecturer |
512-475-6046 |
WCH 5.132

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas

Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

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Brian Hurley

Assistant Professor |
512-475-6048 |
WCH 4.104E

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor |
512-471-1302 |
WCH 4.130

Education: PhD, Harvard University

Interests: Islam in South Asia, Urdu language and literature, Aesthetics in South Asian and the Middle East.

Akemi Katayama

Lecturer |
512-471-8497 |
WCH 5.105

Education: MA, 2012, MA, 1996, The University of Alberta, Portland State University

Interests: Second language acquisition and language pedagogy

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Eun Joo Kim

Lecturer |
WCH 5.104B

Education: BA, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

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Mina Kim

Lecturer |
512-475-6045 |
WCH 5.130

Education: M.A, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea

Interests: Korean language and lingustics, Korean language pedagogy

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Chiu-Mi Lai

Distinguished Senior Lecturer |
512-471-5811 (DEPT.) |
WCH 4.114

Education: Ph.D., University of Washington

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Janice Leoshko

Associate Professor |
232-2581 |
DFA 2.130

Education: PhD, Ohio State University

Interests: South and Southeast Asian art history and Buddhist art

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Yi-Chun Lin

Lecturer |
512-475-6042 |
WCH 5.124

Education: M.A., Graduate Institute of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University.

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Yongfeng Liu

Lecturer |
512-475-6043 |
WCH 5.126

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Claire Maes

Lecturer |
512-471-7965 |
WCH 5.104C

Education: PhD, Ghent University, Belgium

Interests: Indian Buddhism; Jainism; Monasticism

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Darsana Manayathu Sasi

Lecturer |
512-475-6031 |
WCH 4.104E

Education: PhD, University of Kerala

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Alice McCoy-Bae

Lecturer |
512-471-1843 |
WCH 5.136

Education: M.S., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Korean Language, Korean language pedagogy, film representations of a social reality in Korea, women and gender issues in Korea, Korean food culture, and social media and its impact on learning Korean

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Youjeong Oh

Associate Professor |
512-475-6032 |
WCH 5.114

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Urban processes in Korea and East Asia; Development and Social Movement; Media, Tourism and Place; Korean popular culture

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Robert M Oppenheim

Professor |
512-471-7279 |
WCH 5.134

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Korean anthropology and history; science/tech/society; heritage; objects/materiality; history of anthropology

Shelby Oxenford

Lecturer |
512-475-6011 |
WCH 4.116

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Dalpat Rajpurohit

Assistant Professor |
512-471-1219 |
WCH 4.104B

Education: PhD, Presidency University

Interests: Hindi-Urdu; Literary cultures of early modern north India; Dādū Panth and Poet-Saint Sundardās (1596-1689), Modern Chāyāvādī [Romantic] Hindi poetry (1918-1936); Nayī Kahānī [New Story] era and post-independence Hindi novel; Dalit autobiographies

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Martha Selby

(on leave)
Professor |
512-475-6040 |
WCH 4.104E

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

Interests: Representations of women, birth, and disease in classical Indian medicine. Sanskrit poetry and poetics, Prakrit and Old Tamil poetry, modern Tamil fiction, and Sanskrit medical literature.

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Gautami Shah

Senior Lecturer |
512-475-6033 |
WCH 4.104GA

Education: MS, Purdue University

Interests: Issues of inclusivity, translanguaging and language pedagogy; Contemporary South Asian literature and popular culture (specifically Bollywood) with a focus on communal conflicts, gender issues, caste, religion and immigrant experiences; Program and curriculum development; and Innovative use of technology in language teaching

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Ahmed Shamim

Lecturer |
512-471-0304 |

Education: MA, City University of New York

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Naoko Suito

Senior Lecturer |
512-475-6029 |
WCH 4.110

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas

Interests: Japanese language; Curriculum and Instruction, Instructional Technology

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Saori Suto

Lecturer |
512-475-6042 |
WCH 5.124

Education: MA, California State University, Long Beach

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Cynthia Talbot

Professor |
(512) 475-7229 |
GAR 3.406

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Medieval and early modern history of South Asia

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Midori Tanaka

Lecturer |
512-232-7104 |
WCH 5.138

Education: MA, University of Oregon

Interests: Japanese language and linguistics; pedagogy

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Wen-Hua Teng

Senior Lecturer |
512-475-6047 |
WCH 5.128

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Pedagogical grammar of Chinese; curriculum design; technology-enhanced CFL pedagogy

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Luke Waring

Assistant Professor |
512-475-6024 |
WCH 4.122

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests: Early Chinese literature and cultural history (1250 BCE-220 CE).

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Shohko Yanagisawa

Lecturer |
512-475-6045 |
WCH 5.130

Education: M.A., Purdue University

Affiliate Faculty

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Kamran Asdar Ali

Professor |
512-471-7531, 471-3550 |
SAC 5.126

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

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Indrani Chatterjee

Professor |
512-475-7252 |
GAR 3.412

Education: PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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Wenhong Chen

Associate Professor of Media Studies and Sociology Co-director, Media and Entertainment Industries Program

Education: Ph.D., University of Toronto

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Adam Clulow

Associate Professor |
512-475-7267 |
GAR 2.202

Interests: Early Modern Japanese History, Maritime History, Southeast Asian History, Transnational History, European overseas expansion, Digital Humanities

Lalitha Gopalan

Associate Professor |
512-471-4071 |
CMA 6.118

Education: PhD, University of Rochester

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Sumit Guha

Professor |
512-475-7236 |
GAR 2.140

Education: PhD, University of Cambridge

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Madeline Y. Hsu

Professor; Department of History |
512-475-9303 |
GAR 3.404

Education: Ph.D., Yale University

Interests: Asian American studies, migration, Cold War, transnationalism, and ethnic studies

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Grace MyHyun Kim

Assistant Professor |
(512) 232-4861 |
SZB 334B

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Shanti Kumar

Associate Professor |
512-232-3498 |
CMA 5.124

Education: PhD, Indiana University-Bloomington

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Huaiyin Li

Professor, Director of Center for East Asian Studies |
512-475-7910 |
GAR 3.202

Education: PhD, UCLA, Department of History

Interests: Modern Chinese history; Contemporary Chinese economy, society, and politics; imperial China; gender and family; agrarian studies; Chinese culture and religions; and comparative studies of development and globalization.

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Patricia Maclachlan

Professor of Government and Asian Studies; Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Professor of Japanese Studies |
512-232-1724 |
BAT 3.150

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests: Interest group behavior in Japan; Japanese agricultural politics; Japanese postal politics and reform; consumerism in advanced industrial democracies; comparative political institutions.

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Madhavi Mallapragada

Associate Professor |
512 471 9239 |
CMA 5.148

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Stephen Phillips

Professor |
512-471-5080 |
WAG 301

Education: PhD, Harvard University

Interests: Indian Philosophy; philosophy of religion; theory of value

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Mark Ravina

Professor |

Education: Ph.D. Stanford University, 1991, A.B. Columbia University, 1983

Joseph Schaub

(on leave)
Lecturer |
512-475-6048 |
WCH 5.103

Education: Ph.D, University of Maryland, College Park

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Snehal Shingavi

Associate Professor

Education: PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Emeritus or Retired

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Joel Brereton

Professor Emeritus |
512-475-6024 |
WCH 4.122

Education: PhD, Yale University

Interests: Sanskrit; Religious studies, Asian religions, Vedic studies

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James Brow

Professor Emeritus

Education: PhD, University of Washington

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Kathryn Hansen

Professor Emeritus

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley

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Robert Hardgrave, Jr.

Temple Professor Emeritus of the Humanities in Government and Asian Studies

Education: PhD, University of Chicago

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Edeltraud Harzer

Senior Lecturer (retired)

Education: Ph.D., University of Washington

Interests: Sanskrit, Indian philosophy and literature, Material culture

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Robert King

Professor Emeritus |
512-923-3502 |
CAL 507

Education: PhD, University of Wisconsin

Interests: Sociolinguistics of India

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Richard W Lariviere

Professor Emeritus |
471-4141 |
GEB 3.200

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Sanskrit

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Gail Minault

Professor Emerita |
512-475-7214 |
GAR 3.118

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Interests: History of India and Pakistan; women's history, history of Islamic art

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Rodney Moag

Associate Prof Emeritus

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Patrick Olivelle

Professor Emeritus |
512-475-6032 |
WCH 5.120A

Education: PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Sanskrit; Ancient Indian religious history

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Rupert Snell

Professor Emeritus

Education: PhD, University of London

Interests: Poetics and aesthetics in pre-modern Hindi; poetry in Braj Bhasha and Awadhi dialects.

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Herman Van Olphen

Professor Emeritus

Interests: Hindi Language and linguistics; language and nationalism