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CEAS Executive Committee

The CEAS Executive Committee (EC) is comprised of six faculty members total, five tenure/tenure-track and one lecturer. EC members serve a one-year term following the UT academic calendar. Any Core CEAS faculty member is eligible for the positions, which are determined by a process of nominations (self- or other) each summer. If the number of nominations exceeds the available slots, the current EC and Director will hold a run-off vote. We strive for a combination that reflects a diversity of rank, discipline, college affiliation, gender, and regional expertise, and for a healthy rotation of EC members to ensure broad representation.

2020-2021 Committee

Adam Clulow, Associate Professor, Department of History

Adam ClulowAdam Clulow is an Associate Professor of History.  He is the author of The Company and the Shogun:  The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, 2014), which won multiple awards including the Jerry Bentley Prize in World History from the American Historical Association, and Amboina, 1623: Conspiracy and Fear on the Edge of Empire (Columbia University Press, 2019).  He is creator of The Amboyna Conspiracy Trial, an online interactive trail engine that received the New South Wales Premiers History Award in 2017, and Virtual Angkor with Tom Chandler, which received the Roy Rosenzweig Prize for Innovation in Digital History.  

Lalitha Gopalan, Associate Professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film

Lalitha Gopalan is an associate professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film and affiliate faculty in the Department of Asian Studies and South Asia Institute. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of Film Theory, Feminist Film Theory, Contemporary World Cinemas, Indian Cinemas, Genre Films, and Experimental Film and Video. Essays and books written by her include Cinema of Interruptions: Action Genres in Contemporary Indian Cinema(London: BFI Publishing, 2002) and Bombay(London: BFI Modern Classics, 2005); and the edited volume Cinema of India (London: Wallflower Press, 2010). Her current book project explores various experimental film and video practices in India. 

Sheena Chestut Greitens, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs

Sheena GreitensSheena Chestnut Greitens is Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and an affiliate of both the Strauss Center and Clements Center for National Security.  Her research focuses on American national security, East Asia, and authoritarian politics and foreign policy. Her work on China and North Korea has appeared in academic journals and edited volumes in English, Chinese, and Korean, and in major media outlets; she has also previously testified to Congress on security issues in the Indo-Pacific. Her first book, Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence (Cambridge, 2016) received the 2017 Best Book Award from both the International Studies Association and the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association.From 2015-2020, she was assistant professor of political science at the University of Missouri. She holds a doctorate from Harvard University; an M.Phil from Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar; and a bachelor's from Stanford University. 

Youjeong Oh, Associate Professor, Department of Asian Studies

YoujeongOhYoujeong Oh is Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Geography and the Environment at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Pop City: Korean Popular Culture and the Selling of Place (Cornell, 2018). Her research explores urbanism, development and dispossession, social movement, and media, tourism, and place in East Asia. Dr. Oh’s teaching covers broader issues of compressed modernity, state-society relations, (neo)colonialism, developmentalism, neoliberalism in East and Southeast Asia. Her current research is about (over)development, dispossession, and desires in Jeju, South Korea. 

Midori Tanaka, Language Lecturer, Department of Asian Studies

Midori TanakaMidori Tanaka is a Japanese language lecturer at the Department of Asian Studies who teaches both lower and upper division language courses. In addition to electives focused on advanced kanji practice, she taught Business Japanese for many years andcontributed to the Japanese section of Cultural Interviews of International Business Executives, a series of interviews with Japanese executives on negotiating in Japanese organized by the Center for Global Business, Texas McCombs. In recent years, she has created a number of extracurricular clubs and workshops for our students to enrich their learning experience, including a bimoji (beautiful lettering) club and Japanese-Language Placement Test (JLPT) study groups. 

Luke Waring, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies

 Luke WaringLuke Waring is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Studies, where his teaching covers classical Chinese language, literature, and philosophy. A scholar of ancient Chinese literature and cultural history, his current book project (Writing and Materiality in an Ancient Chinese Kingdom: The Textual Culture of the Mawangdui Tombs) is an interdisciplinary study of the different kinds of writing excavated from a southern Chinese tomb site dating to the second century BCE. His publications include a study of an ancient Chinese ritual manuscript that appeared in T’oung Pao, and a study of an ancient Chinese cosmological manuscript that recently appeared in Early China. In addition, he is currently finishing another project on the relationship between writing and music in the early period, and two articles related to ancient Chinese poetry.