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People

Ran Zwigenberg
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Jewish Studies
Director of Graduate Studies
Head, Department of Asian Studies (on leave Spring 2024)
Professor of Asian Studies, History, and Philosophy
john abel
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese
Acting Head, Department of Asian Studies (Spring 2024)
(814) 865-2263
Jooyeon Rhee
Dorothy W. Gilpatrick University Endowed Fellow in the Humanities
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature
Director of the Institute for Korean Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Faculty

Jessica Abel
Associate Professor of Asian Studies
john abel
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese
Acting Head, Department of Asian Studies (Spring 2024)
(814) 865-2263
Asian Studies Librarian
814-865-1014
K Baldanza
Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies
(814) 863-0131
Jess Birkenholtz
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
(814) 865-5747
Head, Department of Asian Studies (on leave Spring 2024)
Professor of Asian Studies, History, and Philosophy
Tina CHen
Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies
Editor, Verge: Studies in Global Asias
(814) 863-9592
Professor of Comparative Literature, Japanese, and Asian Studies
(814) 863-4933
Adjunct Lecturer of Korean
On-Cho Ng
Professor of History, Asian Studies and Philosophy
Jooyeon Rhee
Dorothy W. Gilpatrick University Endowed Fellow in the Humanities
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature
Director of the Institute for Korean Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Shuang shen
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese
(814) 863-0589
Jayoung Song
Watz Early Career Professor in Language and Linguistics
Assistant Professor of Korean and Applied Linguistics
Susan Strauss
Professor of Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies
Editor, The Korean Language in America Penn State University
(814) 863-7986
chang tan
Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies
814-867-3708
N Volland
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Comparative Literature
(814) 867-3422
xiaoye you
Liberal Arts Professor of English and Asian Studies
(814) 863-4533
Ning Yu
Professor of Asian Studies and Applied Linguistics
(814) 867-7365
Ran Zwigenberg
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and Jewish Studies
Director of Graduate Studies

Teaching Faculty

Hyun Soon (Julie) Cho-Min
Assistant Teaching Professor of Korean
Chunyuan Di
Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese
Ying Feng
Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese
Erika Hirano
Associate Teaching Professor of Japanese
Associate Teaching Professor of Japanese
Coordinator of the Japanese Language Program
Ritu Jayakar
Lecturer of Hindi and Asian Studies
Associate Teaching Professor of Korean
Coordinator of the Korean Language Program
Ok-sim Kim
Assistant Teaching Professor of Korean
(814) 867-5284
Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese
Coordinator of the Chinese Language Program
S Long
Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese
Miki Murakami
Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese
Natsuko Osada
Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese
Lecturer of Korean
Na-Young Ryu
Assistant Teaching Professor of Korean
Assistant Teaching Professor of Japanese
fang wan
Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese
Assistant Teaching Professor of Asian Studies
Lecturer of Korean
Assistant Teaching Professor of Chinese
(814) 867-5991

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholar

Affiliate Faculty

Assistant Teaching Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies
Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis
Assistant Professor of Art Education & Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Soo-yong Byun
Associate Professor of Education, Demography, and Asian Studies
(814) 863-1626
Suresh Canagarajah
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies
Director, Migration Studies Project
(814) 865-6229
Madhuri Desai
Associate Professor of Art History and Asian Studies
(814) 865-4885
E Hayot
Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies
(814) 865-1188
Ronnie Hsia
Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History
(814) 863-8942
Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations and Asian Studies
(814) 865-0066
Prakash Kumar
Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies
(814) 863-4923
Professor of International Affairs and Asian Studies
sara liao
Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Asian Studies
Xiaofei Lu
Professor of Applied Linguistics and Asian Studies
(814) 865-4692
kim powell
Associate Professor of Education, Art Education and Asian Studies
(814) 865-7318
Bee-yan Roberts
Professor of Economics and Asian Studies
(814) 863-1996
Associate Professor of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and History
(814) 863-4946
Mary SHenk
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Demography, and Asian Studies
Gregory Smits
Professor of History and Asian Studies
(814) 863-0172
Vineeta Yadav
Associate Professor of Political Science
(814) 867-3715
Boliang Zhu
Associate Professor of Political Science
(814) 865-6901

Graduate Students

Staff

Asian Studies is a part of the School of Global Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (SGLLC). The entire list of relevant staff can be found at https://sgllc.la.psu.edu/people/.

Administrative Support Coordinator
(814) 863-4288
Rebecca Cross
Administrative Support Coordinator
(814) 863-5417
Operations Manager
814-863-9628
Part Time Staff Support
Department/Head Support
Tom Spencer Headshot
Department of Asian Studies Academic Adviser
(814) 865-0342
Administrative Support Assistant

Emeriti Faculty

Gretchen Casper
Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies
(814) 865-8748
R Tachibana
Emerita Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Japanese, and Asian Studies