Regular Faculty

Professor Alexander Day

Alexander F. Day, Chair

Associate Professor, History & Asian Studies
B.A. Colby College; M.A., Ph.D. UC Santa Cruz
Alexander Day studies the intellectual, social, and cultural history of peasants, food, and agrarian change in China. He teaches Chinese, East Asian, and world history. Read his Oxy Story profile.
Professor Amy Holmes Tagchungdarpa

Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa

Associate Professor, Religious Studies & Asian Studies
B.A., Victoria University of Wellington; Ph.D., Australian National University
Areas of specialization: Buddhism in Tibet, the East and South Asian Himalayas, and beyond.
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Min Joo Lee

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies
B.A., Williams College; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA
Min Joo Lee's research and teaching expertise are positioned at the intersection of Asian Studies, Gender Studies, and Media Studies.
Professor Meimei Zhang

Meimei Zhang

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies
B.A., Beijing Foreign Studies University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Swee Fong Lee

Visiting Instructor, Asian Studies
B.A., Tokyo Gakugei University; M.A., Hitotsubashi University; M.A., California State University, Long Beach

Emi Okubo

Visiting Instructor, Asian Studies
B.A., M.A., UCLA

Yuki Taylor

Resident Associate Professor, Asian Studies
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Advisory Committee

Professor Tsung Chi

Tsung Chi

Professor, Politics
B.A., National Chengchi University; M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University
Tsung Chi teaches courses in comparative politics, East Asian politics, Chinese politics, and research methodology.
Professor Yurika Wakamatsu

Yurika Wakamatsu

Assistant Professor, Art and Art History
B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; A.M., Harvard University; Ph.D., Harvard University
Yurika Wakamatsu teaches East Asian art history, including pictorial narratives, woodblock prints, comics and anime, and gender and visual culture. Read her Oxy Story profile.
Professor Xiao-huang Yin

Xiao-huang Yin

Professor, American Studies
B.A., Nanjing University; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
Xiao-huang Yin specializes in Asian American studies, U.S.-Asia relations, and modern China.

Affiliated Faculty

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Susan Blake

Assistant Professor, Philosophy
B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., Indiana University
Season Blake's teaching and research interests include theory of knowledge, early Chinese philosophy, philosophy of perception, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind.

Lan T. Chu

Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs
B.A., M.A., New York University; Ph.D., George Washington University
Chu’s research and teaching interests focus on the political role of religious institutions, the Catholic Church and global politics, faith diplomacy, religion and international relations theory, inter-religious dialogue, political ideologies (theory and practice), and the political liberalization processes of former and existing communist countries.
Jane Hong

Jane Hong

Associate Professor, History
B.A. Yale University; A.M., Brown University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University
Jane Hong is a historian of U.S. immigration and engagement with the world, with a focus on Asia after World War II. 
Syeda ShahBano Ijaz

Syeda ShahBano Ijaz

Assistant Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs
B.S., Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS); M.S., University of Oxford; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., University of California at San Diego
Professor Ijaz is a scholar of the political economy of development, with a regional focus on South Asia.
Sohaib Khan

Sohaib Khan

Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
B.S., Lahore University; M.A., Duke University; Ph.D., Columbia University
Areas of specialization: Islamic law; anthropology of Islam; religion and capitalism; secularism; South Asia.
Vivian Lin

Vivian Lin

Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Culture
B.A., UC Berkeley; M.P.S., NYU; M.F.A., Sandberg Instituut; P.h.D., City University of Hong Kong
Vivian Wenli Lin is a media artist and educator with a background in psychology, documentary film, video art, and interactive installation.
Leila Neti

Leila Neti

Professor, English
B.A., UCLA; M.A., Ph.D., UC Irvine
Leila Neti teaches in the fields of postcolonial Anglophone literature and theory, 19th and 20th century British literature, and literary and cultural criticism.
Professor Movindri Reddy

Movindri Reddy

Professor, Diplomacy and World Affairs
B.A., University of Natal; M.A., Ph.D., Cambridge University
Movindri Reddy teaches courses on international political processes, international organizations, international theory, South African politics, African politics, and comparative South Asian politics.
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