Faculty Profiles

Paul Anderer

Office: 414 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-1525
Email: pja1@columbia.edu

Anderer, Paul deBary/Class of '41 Professor of Asian Humanities

Paul Anderer holds degrees from Michigan (BA '71), Chicago (MA '72), and Yale (Ph.D. '79). He joined the Columbia faculty in 1980. From 1989 until 1997, he was the chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He has also served the University as Vice Provost for International Relations, as Associate Vice-President for Academic Planning and Global Initiatives in the Arts and Sciences, and as Acting Dean of the Graduate School. His writings include Other Worlds: Arishima Takeo and the Bounds of Modern Japanese Fiction (Columbia, 1984); and Literature of the Lost Home: Kobayashi Hideo-Literary Criticism, 1924-1939 (Stanford, 1995), along with numerous articles exploring the culture of the city (Tokyo) and Japanese modernity. His work has been awarded support from the NEH, the SSRC, and the Fulbright Commission. He teaches Japanese fiction, film, and cultural criticism in addition to Asian Humanities. He is currently writing a book on the black and white films of Kurosawa Akira, in their relationship to the Japanese post-war and to the era of silent film-making. Professor Anderer is currently serving as an MA Co-Director.

Charles K. Armstrong

Office: 930 IAB
Phone: (212) 854-1525
Email: cra10@columbia.edu

Armstrong, Charles K. Professor (Department of History)

Charles Armstrong specializes in modern Korean and East Asian history. He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1984 his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1994. His published works include The North Korean Revolution, 1945 - 1950 (Cornell, 2002), Korean Society: Civil Society, Democracy, and the Statep (Routledge, 2002), "The Cultural Cold War in Korea," Journal of Asian Studies (forthcoming February 2003), "America's Korea, Korea's Vietnam," Critical Asian Studies (December 2001) and "The Origins of North Korean Cinema," Acta Koreana (January 2002). Center for Korean Research: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/ckr

Kim Brandt

Office: 412 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5033
Email: lb28@columbia.edu

Brandt, Kim Associate Professor

Kim Brandt joined the Columbia faculty in 2007. She specializes in twentieth-century Japanese cultural and social history, and her research interests include consumerism, imperialism, and transnational forms of cultural production. Publications include Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan (Duke University Press, 2007). Brandt's current research, a book project, deals with the cultural dimensions of Japan's international rehabilitation after World War II. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia (1996).

Mei-Yi Chiang

Office: 501 Kent
Phone: (212) 854-5038
Email: mc3870@columbia.edu

Chiang, Mei-Yi Lecturer in Chinese

Mei-yi Chiang is an exchange lecturer of Chinese language in the Department of East Asian Languages and Culture at Columbia University. She received her B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature from National Taiwan University and her M.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from National Taiwan Normal University.  Before she joined Columbia University in 2013, she was an instructor of Chinese language in the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) at National Taiwan University. Previously, she has taught elementary Chinese in Poland at Warsaw University (2008-2009).  

Michael Como

Office: 307 80 Claremont
Phone: (212) 854-4144
Email: mc2575@columbia.edu

Como, Michael Associate Professor (Department of Religion)

Michael Como, Associate Professor (B.A., Harvard, 1985; Ph.D., Stanford, 2000), is Toshu Fukami Professor of Shinto Studies. His recent research has focused on the religious history of the Japanese islands from the Asuka through the early Heian periods. He is the author of several articles on the ritual and political consequences of the introduction of literacy, sericulture and horse-culture from the Asian sub-continent into ancient Japan. His major publications include Shotoku: Ethnicity, Ritual and Violence in the Formation of Japanese Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2008), Weaving and Binding: Immigrant Gods and Female Immortals in Ancient Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2009) and Medieval Shinto, a special edition of the Cahiers d'Êxtreme Asie that he co-edited with Bernard Faure and Iyanaga Nobumi. He is currently working on a new monograph tentatively entitled "Resonant Bodies: Disease and Astrology in the Heian Cultic Revolution."

Wm. Theodore de Bary

Office: 502 Kent
Phone: (212) 854-3671
Email: wtd1@columbia.edu

de Bary, Wm. Theodore  John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus

AB Columbia 1941, MA '48, PhD '53; D. Litt St. Lawrence '68; LHD Loyola (Chicago) '70; D. Litt. Columbia '94. Teaches Asian Humanities and Civilizataions, Chinese and Japanese Thought, Neo-Confucianism in China, Korea and Japan. Recent Publications: Sources of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Tradition (Columbia, 1999-2001); Asian Values and Human Rights (Harvard 1998); Confucianism and Human Rights (Columbia 1997); Waiting for the Dawn (Columbia 1992); The Trouble with Confucianism (Harvard 1991); East Asian Civilizations (Harvard 1987).

Eguchi Shigeru

Office: 514 Kent Hall
Phone: (212)854-3523
Email: se53@columbia.edu

Eguchi, Shigeru Senior Lecturer in Japanese

Mr. Eguchi has taught all levels of Japanese at Columbia University. He is also the Administrative Director of the Summer MA Program in Japanese Pedagogy since 2006. He has over a dozen years of experience teaching Japanese at Columbia, and also taught at Middlebury College's Summer Program in Japanese, and at the Hokkaido International Foundation. He obtained his MA in Japanese Pedagogy at the University of Iowa, and received his BA from Ibaraki University (Japan). He has developed teaching lessons based on unusual and creative materials, including haiku and video projects. He has co-authored Japanese language textbooks, including "Schaum's Outlines - Japanese Vocabulary" (McGraw-Hill Company, 2000), and is currently developing new textbooks for intermediate level (Routledge, 2011) with Dr. Fumiko Nazikian, and other colleagues.

Bernard Faure

Office: 500B Kent
Phone: (212) 854-8926
Email: bf2159@columbia.edu

Faure, Bernard Kao Professor of Japanese Religion

Bernard Faure received his Ph.D. (Doctorat d'Etat) from Paris University (1984). He is interested in various aspects of East Asian Buddhism, with an emphasis on Chan/Zen and Tantric or esoteric Buddhism. His work, influenced by anthropological history and cultural theory, has focused on topics such as the construction of orthodoxy and heterodoxy, the Buddhist cult of relics, iconography, sexuality and gender. His current research deals with the mythico-ritual system of esoteric Buddhism and its relationships with medieval Japanese religion. He has published a number of books in French and English. His English publications include: The Rhetoric of Immediacy: A Cultural Critique of Chan/Zen Buddhism (Princeton 1991), Chan Insights and Oversights: An Epistemological Critique of the Chan Tradition (Princeton 1993), Visions of Power: Imagining Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Princeton 1996), The Red Thread: Buddhist Approaches to Sexuality (Princeton 1998), The Power of Denial: Buddhism, Purity, and Gender (Princeton 2003), and Double Exposure (Stanford 2004). He is presently working on a book on Japanese Gods and Demons.

Carol Gluck

Office: 912 IAB
Phone: (212) 854-2591
Email: cg9@columbia.edu

Gluck, Carol George Sansom Professor of History (Department of History)

Carol Gluck specializes in the history of modern Japan, nineteenth century to the present. She received her B.A. from Wellesley in 1962, and her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1977. Her publications include Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period (Princeton, 1985), Showa: The Japan of Hirohito (Norton, 1992), Asia in Western and World History (Sharpe, 1997), Thinking with the Past: Japan and Modern History (University of California, 2008, and Past Obsessions: World War Two in History and Memory (Columbia University Press, forthcoming).

Jue Guo

Office: 317 Milbank Hall
Phone: (212) 854-9538
Email: jguo@barnard.edu

Guo, Jue Assistant Professor, Barnard

Jue Guo received her B.A. from Beijing University (2001), and her M.A. (2003) and Ph.D (2008) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jue Guo specializes in early China, especially from the Warring States period to Han times (i.e., 5th century B.C.E.-2nd century C.E.). Her research interests are primarily in ritual practices, and social and cultural history of early societies. Using both received texts and excavated manuscripts, and material culture, she explores the intersection and interaction between texts and artifacts, and studies divination and healing, death rituals, funerary and burial practices, and everyday life in early China from an anthropological-historical perspective, as well as the way they are theorized in comparative studies.

Her current book project titled A Life on Display: Reconstructing the Worlds of an Early Chinese Official examines how a fourth-century B.C.E. high-ranking minister of the Warring States Kingdom of Chu, Shao Tuo, navigated and negotiated the social, political, personal, and religious realms of his life, using the materials excavated from his intact tomb closed in 316 B.C.E. Her recent publications include “The Religious Realm in the Warring States China,” The Oxford Handbook on Ancient China (2014, forthcoming);  秦漢出土文獻中的“知死”與“事死”—一個基於“形成框架”的試分析及方法論上的思考, Jianbo 簡帛 vol.8 (2013, forthcoming); “Divination,” The Blackwell Companion to Chinese Religions, Blackwell, 2012; and “Concepts of Death and the Afterlife Reflected in Newly Discovered Tomb Objects and Texts from Han China,” in Mortality in Traditional Chinese Thought, SUNY, 2011. 

Prior to joining Barnard, Jue Guo taught as an Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions at Western Michigan University from 2008 to 2012 and was a visiting research fellow at the Cluster of Asia and Europe at Universität Heidelberg, Germany, from 2012 to 2013. At Barnard and Columbia, she teaches undergraduate courses on Chinese civilization, major texts from East Asian traditions, and graduate courses on early China and excavated manuscripts.


Hikari Hori

Office: 500C Kent
Phone: (212) 854-5744
Email: hh2104@columbia.edu

Hori, Hikari Assistant Professor

Hikari Hori received her Ph. D. in gender studies and Japanese visual cultural studies from Gakushuin University, Tokyo, in 2004. She has worked as a research associate at the National Film Center, Tokyo, and also as a film program coordinator at the Japan Society, New York.

Her current research interests include the representation of gender and sexuality in Japanese film and manga; the representation of the Emperor in modern Japanese visual culture; and a history of women's activism in modern Japan. Her recent publications include: “Tezuka, Shojo manga, and Hagio Moto,” Mechademia Vol.8 (forthcoming); “Views from Elsewhere: Female Shoguns in Yoshinaga Fumi’s Ôoku and Their Precursors in Japanese Popular Culture,” Japanese Studies 32:1 (2012); “Aging, Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Popular Culture: Female Pornographer Sachi Hamano and Her Rebellious Film “Lily Festival” (Yurisai), ” in Matsumoto, ed. Faces of Aging (Stanford University Press, 2011); "Oshima Nagisa’s ‘Ai no korida’ Reconsidered: Law, Gender, and Sexually Explicit Film in Japanese Cinema," in Creekmur and Sidel, eds., Cinema, Law and the State in Asia (Palgrave, 2007).

Professor Hori's personal website.

Professor Hori is currently on leave.

Hu Lingjun

Office: 508 Kent Hall
Phone: (212)854-7036
Email: lh2318@columbia.edu

Hu, Lingjun Lecturer in Chinese

Lingjun Hu received her M.A. in Language Pedagogy from the Ohio State University (2003). She started teaching Chinese in 2000 and joined Columbia faculty in 2006, and has taught Chinese at all levels. She also teaches for the the Columbia and Princeton summer programs in Beijing. Her research interests include second language acquisition and Chinese language pedagogy. She has developed teaching materials for elementary Chinese and is one of the co-authors of a textbook for Business Chinese.

Theodore Hughes

Office: 506 Kent
Phone: (212) 854-8545
Email: th2150@columbia.edu

Hughes, Theodore  Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities

Theodore Hughes received his Ph.D. in modern Korean literature from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2002. His research interests include coloniality; proletarian literature and art; cultures of national division; visuality and the global Cold War. He is the author of Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012), which won the James B. Palais Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book in Korean studies in the year of its publication. He is the co-editor of Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013). Other publications include "Korean Literature Across Colonial Modernity and Cold War" (PMLA, 2011); “Planet Hallyuwood: Imaging the Korean War” (Acta Koreana, 2011); "Return to the Colonial Present: Ch'oe In-hun's Cold War Pan-Asianism" (positions: east asia cultures critique, 2011); "'North Koreans' and other Virtual Subjects: Kim Yong-ha, Hwang Suk-young, and National Division in the Age of Posthumanism" (The Review of Korean Studies, 2008); "Korean Memories of the Vietnam and Korean Wars: A Counter-History" (Japan Focus, 2007); "Korean Visual Modernity and the Developmental Imagination" (SAI, 2006); "Development as Devolution: Nam Chong-hyon and the 'Land of Excrement' Incident" (Journal of Korean Studies, 2005); "Producing Sovereign Spaces in the Emerging Cold War World Order: Immediate Postliberation 'North' and 'South' Korean Literature" (Han'guk Munhak Yon'gu, 2005); Panmunjom and Other Stories by Lee Ho-Chul (Norwalk: EastBridge, 2005). He is currently working on an interdisciplinary cultural history of the Korean War tentatively titled The Remembered War: Violence, Trauma, Division in Korea. Professor Hughes is Director of The Center for Korean Research and Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Robert P. W. Hymes

Office: 407A Kent
Phone: (212) 854-2580
Email: hymes@columbia.edu

Hymes, Robert P. W.  H. Walpole Carpentier Professor of Chinese History

Robert Hymes received his B.A. from Columbia College (1972), and his M.A. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) from the University of Pennsylvania. His work so far has focused on the social and cultural history of middle period and early modern China, drawing questions and sometimes data from cultural anthropology as well as history, and using the methods of the local historian to study elite culture, family and kinship, medicine, religion, gender, and (currently) the changing role and form of Chinese social networks from the tenth through the seventeenth centuries. His publications include Statesmen & Gentlemen: The Elite of Fu-chou, Chiang-hsi, in Northern & Southern Sung (Cambridge, 1987); Ordering the World: Approaches to State & Society in Sung Dynasty China (Berkeley, 1993, co-edited with Conrad Schirokauer); and Way and Byway: Taoism, Local Religion, and Models of Divinity in Sung and Modern China. Both Statesmen and Gentlemen and Way and Byway won the Joseph Levenson Prize of the Association for Asian Studies for the best book on pre-1900 China in their years of publication.

Professor Hymes is currently on leave.

Donald Keene

Office: 507 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5036
Email: dk8@columbia.edu

Keene, Donald Shincho Professor Emeritus of Japanese Literature

Donald Keene received his B.A. (1942), M.A. (1947), and Ph.D. (1949) degrees from Columbia University, and his Litt. D. from Cambridge University in 1978. He is the recipient of the Kikuchi Kan Prize of the Society for the Advancement of Japanese Culture (1962); the Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class (1993) and Third Class (1975); the Japan Foundation Prize (1983); the Yomiuri Shimbun Prize (1985); the Shincho Grand Literary Prize (1985); the Tokyo Metropolitan Prize (1987); the Radio and Television Culture Prize (1993); and the Asahi Prize (1998). He has received honorary degrees from St. Andrew's College (1990), Middlebury College (1995), Columbia University (1997), Tohoku University (1997), Waseda University (1998), Tokyo Gaikokugo Daigaku (1999), and Keiwa University (2000). He was the first non-Japanese to receive the Yomiuri Literary Prize for the best book of literary criticism in Japanese (awarded in 1985 for the original Japanese version of Travelers of a Hundred Ages) and he was awarded the Nihon Bungaku Taisho (Grand Prize of Japanese Literature) for the same work. In 1991 he received the National Book Critics Circle Ivan Sandorf Award, and in 1994 he won the Inoue Yasushi Prize. Professor Keene has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1976, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1986; and in 1990 he became an honorary member of the Japan Academy. He began teaching at Columbia University in 1955, and was named Columbia University Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature in 1981 and University Professor in 1989; he is currently a University Professor Emeritus and Shincho Professor Emeritus. Professor Keene has published approximately 25 books in English, consisting of studies of Japanese literature and culture, translations of Japanese works of both classical and modern literature, and edited works including two anthologies of Japanese literature and the collection Twenty Plays of the No Theatre. His major publications include a four-volume history of Japanese literature. Professor Keene's Japanese publications include approximately 30 books, some written originally in Japanese, others translated from English. The Japanese translation of his history of Japanese literature has appeared in 18 volumes. His biography of Emperor Meiji in two volumes was published in October 2001 by Shinchosha. The English text, Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852-1912, was published by Columbia University Press in 2002.

Jungwon Kim

Office: 409 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5027
Email: jk3638@columbia.edu

Kim, Jungwon Assistant Professor

Jungwon Kim specializes in gender, family, and legal history of Chosŏn Korea (1392-1910). Her broad research interests include women’s writings, ritual and expression of emotion, crime and punishment, and the use of legal archives. She is currently completing a book manuscript, Negotiating Virtue: The Politics of Chastity and Social Power in Late Chosŏn Korea. Her recent publications include Wrongful Death: Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth Century Korea (with Sun Joo Kim at Harvard, University of Washington Press, 2014); “You Must Avenge On My Behalf: Widow Chastity and Honor in Nineteenth-Century Korea”, Gender and History (forthcoming); “Chaste Suicide, Emotions, and Politics of Honour in Nineteenth-Century Korea,” in Honour, Violence, and Emotion: Historical Perspectives. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University (2007), taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ (2012-13) before joining the department in 2013.

Dorothy Ko

Office: 416D Lehman BC
Phone: (212) 854-9624
Email: dk2031@columbia.edu

Ko, Dorothy Professor (History, Barnard College)

Professor Ko's research interest is the everyday lives of women in China --along with the domestic objects they made by hand--as a significant part of country's cultural, economic and political development. She works at the intersections of anthropology, history, and women's studies.

Ko's recent book, Cinderella Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding, published in 2005, shattered the popular conception of footbinding as a tool to oppress women and demonstrated that it was instead a source of female identity, purpose, pride, and power. It won the Joan Kelly Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association, Recently, she has been turning her attention to the skills of women's artisans such as embroiderers, stone carvers, and ceramic artists. Her research during spring semester, 2004, as a senior fellow at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center's Institute for International Research in Nanjing, focused on the importance of ancient art of silk-weaving for a study of the dress-making tradition and domestic work culture in China's silk industry region. More recently, as a fellow at the Needham Research Institute in Cambridge, England, in spring 2007, she researched ancient swordsmith legends for insights into the relations between bodily investments and transformation of matter.

In addition to Cinderella's Sisters, Ko has written numerous books and publications, including "Between the Boudoir and the Global Market: Shen Shou, Embroidery and Modernity at the Turn of the Twentieth Century," in Looking Modern (forthcoming), Every Step a Lotus (2001), and Teachers of the Inner Chambers (1994). She is also co-editor of Women and Confucian Cultures in Pre-modern China, Korea, and Japan.

Ko's courses include Chinese cultural history, body histories, women and culture in 17th century China, and Confucian cultures.

Ko earned undergraduate and advanced degrees at Stanford University, including the doctorate. She has received a number of fellowships and awards. She was a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study (2000-2001), a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2000-2001) and a fellow at the Center for Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University (1999-2000). Before joining the Barnard faculty in 2001, Professor Ko taught at Rutgers University.

Eugenia Lean

Office: 925 IAB
Phone: (212) 854-1742
Email: eyl2006@columbia.edu

Lean, Eugenia Associate Professor

Eugenia Lean received her BA from Stanford University (1990), and her MA (1996) and PhD (2001) from UCLA. She is interested in a broad range of topics in late imperial and modern Chinese history with a particular focus on the history of science and industry, mass media, consumer culture, emotions and gender, as well as law and urban society. She is also interested in issues of historiography and critical theory in the study of East Asia. She is the author of Public Passions: the Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China (UC Press, 2007), which was awarded the 2007 John K. Fairbank prize for the best book in modern East Asian history, given by the American Historical Association. Professor Lean is currently researching a project titled “Manufacturing Modernity: Chen Diexian, a Chinese Man-of-Letters in an Age of Industrial Capitalism,” which examines the practices and writings of polymath Chen Diexian, a professional writer/editor, science enthusiast, and pharmaceutical industrialist. The project aims to explore the intersection among vernacular science, global commerce, and ways of authenticating knowledge and things in an era of mass communication. A third book project focuses on China’s involvement in shaping twentieth-century global regimes of intellectual property rights from trademark infringement to patenting science. It investigates the local vibrant cultures of copying and authenticating in China, as well as enquires into how China emerged as the “quintessential copycat” in the modern world. She was featured in “Top Young Historians,” History News Network (Fall 2008).

Lee Beom

Office: 404 Kent Hall
Phone: (212)854-5144
Email: bl355@columbia.edu

Lee, Beom Lecturer in Korean

Lee Beom received his B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1990) in sociology from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, and earned an M.A. (2002) and Ed.M. (2005) in Instructional Technology and Media, specialized in second language learning with multimedia, from Teachers Collage, Columbia University. In Korea, he taught philosophy, history, and culture of Korea and English in the Republic of Korea Army as a military officer in education and psychological warfare. He also worked for Hyundai Construction and Engineering Company as an assistant project manager, teaching job skills and computer software programs. From 2001, he instructed in multimedia software programs at Teachers College as a technology assistant, and taught non-heritage students Chinese characters and Korean as an associate at Korean Language Program, Columbia University. Beom Lee joined Columbia faculty in 2005.

Feng Li

Office: 422 Kent
Phone: (212) 854-2510
Email: fl123@columbia.edu

Li, Feng Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Professor of Early Chinese History and Archaeology. Professor Li received his MA (1986) from the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Ph.D. (2000) from the University of Chicago. He also did Ph.D. work in the University of Tokyo (1991). He is both a historian of Early China specializing in bronze inscriptions of the Shang-Zhou period, and an active field archaeologist. His past books include Landscape and Power in Early China: The Crisis and Fall of the Western Zhou 1045-771 BC (Cambridge 2006); Bureaucracy and the State in Early China: Governing the Western Zhou (Cambridge 2008). The first addresses the complex relationship between geography and political processes in the collapse of a prominent Bronze-Age state, and the second examines the performance of the earliest bureaucracy in China and the nature of the early Chinese state. His recent publications include Writing and Literacy in Early China (co-edited with David Branner; UW Press, forthcoming); Early China: A Social and Cultural History (Cambridge 2013). Professor Li’s work engages both epigraphic-textual and material evidence and offers question-led interpretations of Bronze-Age society and culture in comparative frameworks. He directed Columbia's first archaeological field project in China in 2006-2011, and is currently preparing for publication of the project’s bilingual monographic report: Guicheng: A Study of the Formation of States on the Jiaodong Peninsula in Late Bronze-Age China, 1000-500 BCE. He founded and co-chaired the Columbia Early China Seminar since 2002. See his personal website for a fuller list of publications. 

Liu Lening

Office: 508 Kent Hall
Phone: (212)854-7036
Email: ll172@columbia.edu

Liu, Lening Confucius Institute Director of Chinese Language Pedagogy

Lening Liu was born and raised in Xi’an, China. In 1977, right after the Cultural Revolution, he entered college as part of an extremely select group of students to finally end years of disruption of higher learning in China. After receiving a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Shaanxi Normal University in 1982, and a MA in History of Chinese Language in 1985, he came to the United States in 1990 and studied linguistics at the University of Florida. He joined Columbia’s faculty in 1995 and received his Ph.D. in 1996. Liu’s research interests are in the areas of historical syntax, discourse grammar and Chinese language pedagogy. He has published a number of articles on the evolution of Chinese conjunctive adverbs, the rhetorical structures of Chinese, the history and innovation of Chinese pedagogy, etc. Courses he has taught include Introduction to Classical Chinese, Readings in Classical Chinese, History of Chinese Language, Educational Chinese Linguistics, Chinese Language Pedagogy and all levels of Modern Chinese. Currently, Liu is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Confucius Institute Director of Chinese Language Pedagogy. He also directs the Chinese Language Program and serves as the co-director of the Certificate Program of Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages.

Lydia Liu

Office: 406 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5631
Email: ll2410@columbia.edu

Liu, Lydia W. T. Tam Professor in the Humanities

Lydia Liu, professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, specializes in modern Chinese literature and culture, critical translation theory, postcolonial empire studies, as well as semiotics and media studies. Professor Liu received her Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature from Harvard University (1990) and has taught at UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan before joining Columbia University in 2006. Her work has focused on literary modernity in translation, the movement of words, ideas, and artifacts across cultures, sovereign thinking in the nineteenth century, and the evolution of writing, textuality, and technology. Her recent book on new media is called The Freudian Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the Unconscious (University of Chicago Press). A co-edited volume with Rebecca Karl and Dorothy Ko titled The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Professor Liu's earlier books are Translingual Practice: Literature, National Culture, and Translated Modernity (1995), The Clash of Empires: The Invention of China in Modern World Making (2004), Tokens of Exchange: The Problem of Translation in Global Circulations (edited, 1999), and Writing and Materiality in China (co-edited with Judith Zeitlin, 2003). Her published research in the field of English literature includes "Robinson Crusoe's Earthenware Pot" in Romantic Science: The Literary Forms of Natural History (ed., Noah Heringman). Some of her recent articles include "The Cybernetic Unconscious: Lacan, Poe, and French Theory" in Critical Inquiry and "The Pictorial Uncanny" in Culture, Theory and Critique. Professor Liu founded the Center for Translingual and Transcultural Studies (CTTS) at Tsinghua University in Beijing in 2011 to promote international collaboration and interdisciplinary research.

Professor Liu is currently on leave.

Kyoko Matsui Loetscher

Office: 514 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3523
Email: kml2168@columbia.edu

Loetscher, Kyoko Matsui Lecturer in Japanese

Kyoko Matsui Loetscher received her M.A. in Second Language Acquisition from the Ohio State University and her BA from Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. She joined Columbia University in 2010. Before joining Columbia, she taught at Princeton University for 8 years including Princeton Summer Program in Ishikawa. Her research interests include second language acquisition and Japanese language pedagogy. She developed curriculum and teaching materials for 4th and 5th year Japanese course based on Content-Based Instruction while teaching at Princeton. She is currently creating a new course, Business Japanese.

David Lurie

Office: 500A Kent
Phone: (212) 854-5316
Email: dbl11@columbia.edu

Lurie, David Associate Professor

David Lurie, associate professor of Japanese history and literature, received his B.A. from Harvard (1993) and his M.A. (1996) and PhD. (2001) from Columbia. His first book, on the development of writing systems in Japan through the Heian period, is entitled Realms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of Writing (Harvard University Asia Center, 2011). Other publications include "The Development of Japanese Writing," in The Shape of Script: How and Why Writing Systems Change (SAR Press, 2012); "Language, Writing, and Disciplinarity in the Critique of the 'Ideographic Myth': Some Proleptical Remarks," Language & Communication 26 (2006); and "On the Inscription of the Hitomaro Poetry Collection: Between Literary History and the History of Writing," Man'yoshu kenkyu 26 (2004). In addition to the history of writing systems and literacy, his research interests include the literary and cultural history of premodern Japan, the Japanese reception of Chinese literary, historical, and technical writings, the development of Japanese dictionaries and encyclopedias, the history of linguistic thought, and Japanese mythology.


Professor Lurie is currently on leave.

Meng Yuan-Yuan

Office: 401 Kent Hall
Phone: (212)854-4740
Email: ym11@columbia.edu

Meng, Yuan-Yuan Senior Lecturer in Chinese

Yuan-Yuan Meng has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at Columbia University since 1993. She has taught classes from elementary to advanced levels, including Readings in Modern Chinese, Media Chinese, and a winter Business Chinese workshop for Columbia's Center for International Business Education and Research. Her academic interests encompass a range of topics in Chinese syntax, lexicology, and language pedagogy. She is a co-author of "David and Helen in China," an intermediate Chinese text. Her most recent work is a dictionary project tailored for advanced Chinese learners. She is also a certified tester of the Chinese Oral Proficiency Interview with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

David (Max) Moerman

Office: 303 Milbank
Phone: (212) 854-5540
Email: dm438@columbia.edu

Moerman, David (Max)  Associate Professor (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Barnard College)

D. Max Moerman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures. He is the Associate Director of the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Culture, Columbia University, and of the Columbia Center for Japanese Religions. He holds an A.B. from Columbia College and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. His research interests are in pre-modern Japanese culture.

His recent publications include: “The Death of the Dharma: Sutra Burials in Early Medieval Japan.” In Kristina Myrvold, ed. The Death of Sacred Texts: Ritual Disposal and Renovation of Texts in the World Religions. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2010. And, “Demonology and Eroticism: Islands of Women in the Japanese Buddhist Imagination.” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 36/2 (2009).

Professor Moerman is currently working on Geographies of the Imagination: Buddhism and the Japanese World Map. Under contract with Harvard University Asia Center.

Professor Moerman is currently on leave.

Nazikian Fumiko

Office: 518 Kent Hall
Phone: (212)854-8345
Email: fn2108@columbia.edu

Nazikian, Fumiko Senior Lecturer in Japanese, Director of Japanese Language Program

Fumiko Nazikian received her Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Sydney, Australia. She joined Columbia University in 2004 as the director of the Japanese language program. She has taught all levels of Japanese from elementary to fourth year Japanese. She also teaches at the Columbia Summer M.A. program in Japanese Pedagogy. Prior to arriving at Columbia, she was a senior lecturer at Princeton University where she taught for 16 years. She has also taught at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, and the University of New South Wales. Her research interest is in linguistic pragmatics focusing on topics such as discourse analysis and exploring links between linguistics and language pedagogy. Among her recent publications are "The Role of Style-Shifting in the Functions and Purposes of Storytelling: Detective Stories in Anime" (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming); "Bringing learners' perspectives into assessments: Self and peer Assessments in a Blog project" (Special Issue of Japanese Language and Literature: Japanese Pedagogy, the Association of Teachers of Japanese, 2008, co-author with M. Fukai & S. Shinji); "Danwa ni okeru jootai no kinoo nitsuite." [On discourse functions of da detached style in Japanese] (Kuroshio Press, 2007); "Developing Learners' Communication Skills through Story-Writing in Japanese Language Teaching" (Princeton University, 2007, co-author with Jisuk Park); Genkokyoiku no Shintenkai [New Perspectives on Language Teaching] (Hitsuji-shobo, 2005, co-edited with O. Kamada, M. Tsutsui, Y. Hatasa and M. Oka). She is currently working on an intermediate textbook, Hiyaku with M. Nittono, S. Eguchi, K. Okamoto & J. Park. The book will be published by Routledge Press in 2011. She has acted as a reviewer of the AP Japanese Language and Culture Course and served as a committee member for the Japanese SAT. She was elected to the Board of the Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) in 2008.

Nittono Miharu

Office: 520 Kent Hall
Phone: (212)854-5502
Email: mn70@columbia.edu

Nittono, Miharu Senior Lecturer in Japanese

Miharu Nittono earned her Ed. D. in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her MA from Waseda University (Japan) and also received an MA in TESOL from Teachers College. She is a senior instructor of Japanese at Columbia University, where she has taught all levels of Japanese. She also has experience teaching intensive summer courses in Japanese, including "Japanese Language and Culture" at Sophia University in Tokyo as an invited professor.

She has also served as the Administrative Director of the MA Program in Japanese Pedagogy at Columbia University. Her research interest has focused on Japanese "hedging" (the use of "softening" language to increase politeness or to achieve nuance). Her recent publications include: "Contrasting Group Size and Hedge Use" (2008); "Avoidance and Appeal: A Two-Fold Motivation for Japanese Hedging Use" (2007); "Hedging at Work: How Occupations Affect the Use of Hedging in Japanese Interactions during Non-Work Conversations" (2007); "Two-Fold Conversation Management Function of Japanese Hedging: Speaker-Centered and Listener-Centered" (2006); "The Golden Mean: Japanese Speakers' Use of 'Downtoners'" (2005).

Professor Nittono is currently on leave.

Tenzin Norbu Nangsal

Office: 907A IAB
Phone: (212) 854-4677
Email: tn218@columbia.edu

Nangsal, Tenzin Norbu  Lecturer in Modern Tibetan

He was born in Tibet and graduated from Tibet University in 1990. He taught Tibetan language and biology in Tibet from 1990 to 1993. From 1993 to 1996 he worked as environmental researcher in India. Since 1999, he has been teaching "Modern Tibetan language" course at Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University. Summer 1999-2000, he taught Tibetan language course at Virginia University. And he also taught Tibetan cultural course at Indiana University in Bloomington in summer 2001-2002. He worked as assistant librarian at the Latse-Contemporary Tibetan Cultural Library in New York in 2000-2003. He also worked at C. V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University as Tibetan Collection Specialist from September 2003-September 2006. He is Tibetan language examiner for Yale University since 2003. In August 2004, he took a consultancy position in the Center for Teacher Education, Training and Research as a document and course translator for the DOS Tibetan Teacher Training project at School of International Training in Vermont. He is a member of the board of directors for Tibetan Arts and Literature Initiative (TALI), a non-profit organization based in the United States.

His publications include General introduction to Tibet's environment, co-authored with Tenzin P. Atisha, (India,1994), and two volumes on endangered species of Tibet, (India, 1995 & 1996), he compiled two volumes of catalogue books titled The Catalogue of the King Songtsen Gampo Tibetan Collection in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library at Columbia University, (Weatherhead East Asian Institute & C. V. Starr East Asian Library, 2005), Open Eye Children's Series, eight volumes of young children's book series translated from Chinese and English to Tibetan, (Nationalities Publishing House in Beijing, 2005), and co-authored with his wife Tsering Choedron, the Tibetan-language children's book A Little Frog and a Crow, (China, 2007), his second children book in Tibetan, Little Shepperd, Little Shepperd, What Are You Doing? (China,2009), and Concise Tibetan-English Visual Dictionary,(India, 2008).

Okamoto Keiko

Office: 520 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5502
Email: ko47@columbia.edu

Okamoto, Keiko Lecturer in Japanese

Keiko Okamoto has many years of experience teaching Japanese. She has taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, NYU, Spence School, and has been a Senior Instructor at the Japan Society, among other locations. She obtained an MA in Japanese Pedagogy at Columbia University, and received her BA in Linguistics at International Christian University (Tokyo), where she minored in Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language. At Columbia University, Ms. Okamoto has taught a wide range of Japanese levels, ranging from beginner to early-advanced. Recently, she has been working with a team to create a new Japanese language textbook "Hiyaku" for intermediate level (Routledge, 2011).

Park Jisuk

Office: 514 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3523
Email: jp2194@columbia.edu

Park, Jisuk Lecturer in Japanese

Ms. Park has been a language instructor for thirteen years, teaching in both the United States and Japan. She has taught at Columbia University for seven years. In addition to teaching beginners to advanced-level students in Japanese, she has been participating in numerous projects to write Japanese textbooks. Recently, she has been working with a team to create new intermediate Japanese language textbook called "Hiyaku" which will be published in 2011. Her contributions to this new textbook include the production of Power Point files which will be used by the instructors.

Ms. Park also took part in a team that created the audio and supplemental materials for the First-Year Japanese textbook, Minna no Nihongo, and she revised the entire curriculum for the First-Year Japanese class utilized at the Japanese Program at Columbia University. Ms. Park was also a member of the review committee for First- and Second-Year Japanese textbooks, and she has been instrumental in developing and revising various course materials.

During the summers, Ms. Park has also been teaching Intermediate Japanese at Princeton University's Ishikawa Summer Intensive Program since 2006, and taught two summers at the Hokkaido International Foundation. She obtained her B.A. from University of Aichi Shukutoku, Japan, and her M.A. in Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gregory M. Pflugfelder

Office: 408 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5035
Email: gmp12@columbia.edu

Pflugfelder, Gregory M.  Associate Professor

Gregory Pflugfelder specializes in Japanese history and gender studies. He received his A.B. from Harvard in 1981, his M.A. from Waseda in 1984, and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1996. His books include Seiji to daidokoro: Akita-ken joshi sanseiken undôshi (Politics and the kitchen: a history of the women's suffrage movement in Akita prefecture), which received the 1986 Yamakawa Kikue Prize, and Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950. His current work engages the the historical construction of masculinities, the history of the body, and representations of monstrosity.

Annabella Pitkin

Office: 321A Millbank
Phone: (212) 854-4862
Email: apitkin@barnard.edu

Pitkin, Annabella Assistant Professor

Annabella Pitkin, Term Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard, received her B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard (1990), and Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia (2009). Her interests include practices of history, biography, memory and social change in the Himalayan region and East Asia; interactions between Buddhism and modernity; and transregional dynamics linking the Himalayan region to other parts of Asia. She is currently working on a book titled ““Memory, Affiliation and Hope: Transnational Narratives and Traveling Teachers - the Asian Uses of the Tibetan Buddhist Past”. Publications include "Lineage, Authority and Innovation: The Biography of Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen," in Mapping the Modern in Tibet. International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies GmbH, Vol. 12, 2012; "Cosmopolitanism in the Himalayas: The Intellectual and Spiritual Journeys of Khu nu bla ma bsTan 'dzin rgyal mtshan and his Sikkimese Teacher Khang gsar ba bla ma O rgyan bstan 'dzin rin po che,” in Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Bulletin 40, No.2, 2004; “Scandalous Ethics: Levinas and Nagarjuna,” Journal of Consciousness Studies 8, No.  5-7, 2001.

Qi Shaoyan

Office: 510 Kent Hall
Phone: (212)854-3604
Email: sq2106@columbia.edu

Qi, Shaoyan Lecturer in Chinese

Ms. Shaoyan Qi joined EALAC in the fall of 2004.

Before Ms. Qi joined Columbia, she taught Chinese language at several colleges and universities, including Bryn Mawr, Princeton, and Middlebury.Ms. Qi obtained a M.A. in Linguistic and Sociocultural Anthropology from State University of New York at Binghamton and a M.A. in Education from Villanova University. Her research interests include instructed SLA and pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language.

Carol H. Schulz

Office: 402 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5037
Email: chs3@columbia.edu

Schulz, Carol H.  Senior Lecturer, Director of Korean Language Program

Carol Schulz received her B.A. from Ewha Women's University, Seoul, Korea (1963), and her M.Ed. from Boston University (1969) and M.S. from Columbia University (1973). Carol H. Schulz joined Columbia faculty in 1973. Her publications include The Korean Proficiency Guidelines, co-authored with others, National Foreign Language Resource Center, (University of Hawaii, 1992), Integrated Korean, Beginning 1 and 2, co-authored with others, (University of Hawaii Press, 2000), Workbook for Integrated Korean, Beginning 1, (University of Hawaii Press, 2000), Integrated Korean, Intermediate 1 and 2, co-authored with others, (University of Hawaii Press, 2001), Workbook for Integrated Korean, Intermediate 1, (University of Hawaii Press, 2001), and forthcoming books include The Korean Language in Culture and Society, co-authored with others, (University of Hawaii Press), Listening Comprehension in Elementary Korean, co-authored with others, the Consortium for Language Teaching and Learning, (Yale University), and Online Listening Comprehension in Korean (Columbia University). Integrated Korean, Beginning 1 and 2, 2nd Edition, co-autored with others, (University of Hawaii Press, 2012), Integrated Korean, Intermediate 2, 2nd Edition, co-authored with others, (University of Hawaii Press, 2013).

Wei Shang

Office: 418 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-1526
Email: ws110@columbia.edu

Shang, Wei Du Family Professor of Chinese Culture

Wei Shang received his B.A. (1982) and M.A. (1984) from Peking University, and his Ph.D. (1995) from Harvard. Professor Shang specializes in pre-modern Chinese literature and culture, especially fiction and drama of the Ming and Qing dynasties. His research interests also include print culture, book history and intellectual history of the same era. His book "Rulin Waishi" and Cultural Transformation in Late Imperial China addresses the role of Confucian ritualism and fiction in shaping the intellectual and cultural changes of the eighteenth-century. His other publications are concerned with Jin Ping Mei Cihua (The Plum in the Golden Vase), late Ming culture, fiction commentary, and medieval poetry. He is the coeditor of several volumes and a contributor to The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature. Professor Shang is currently serving as an MA Co-Director.

Shi Zhongqi

Office: 401 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-4740
Email: zs2132@columbia.edu

Shi, Zhongqi Lecturer of Chinese

Zhongqi Shi received his B.A. (1998) and M.A. (2005) from Beijing Language and Culture University, China. He has studied Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language since his undergraduate and started researching on CAI and Corpus Linguistics. He joined Columbia in 2005 and is currently teaching Advanced Chinese and Business Chinese.

Haruo Shirane

Office: 420 Kent
Phone: (212) 854-5031
Email: hs14@columbia.edu

Shirane, Haruo Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature

Haruo Shirane's fields of interest are Japanese literature, visual culture, and cultural history, with particular focus on intertextuality and language, text/image relations, popular and elite subcultures, and culture and power. He has written widely on Heian, medieval and Edo prose fiction, poetry, and visual culture, as well as on the modern reception of literary classics and the production of the "past."

His most recent book is called Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons (Columbia University Press, forthcoming), which examines the major role that the notion of the seasons have had on Japanese literature, arts, gardens, and architecture.

He is also engaged in bringing new approaches to the study of Japanese literary culture. This has resulted in Japanese Literature and Literary Theory (Nihon bungaku kara no hihyo riron, Kasama shoin, 2009, edited with Fujii Sadakazu and Matsui Kenji) and New Horizons in Japanese Literary Studies (Bensei Publishing, 2009), both of which explore new issues and methodologies in the study of print and literary culture. He was also editor of Food in Japanese Literature (Shibundo, 2008), of Overseas Studies on The Tale of Genji (Ofu, 2008) and of Envisioning The Tale of Genji: Media, Gender, and Cultural Production (Columbia University Press, 2008). The latter two books analyze the impact of The Tale of Genji on Japanese cultural history in multiple genres and historical periods.

He has translated and edited a number of volumes on Japanese literature. These include Classical Japanese Literature, An Anthology: Beginnings to 1600 (Columbia University Press, 2006), Early Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology, 1600-1900 (Columbia University Press, 2002; abridged edition, 2008), The Tales of the Heike (Columbia University Press, 2006, paperback 2008), and most recently The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales (Columbia University Press, 2010), a collection of setsuwa (anecdotal literature).

He is also deeply involved with the history of Japanese language and pedagogical needs and has written Classical Japanese Reader and Essential Dictionary (2007) and Classical Japanese: A Grammar (Columbia University Press, 2005).

Previous books include Traces of Dreams: Landscape, Cultural Memory, and the Poetry of Bashô (Stanford University Press, 1998) and The Bridge of Dreams: A Poetics of the Tale of Genji (Stanford University Press, 1987). He also is co-editor with Tomi Suzuki of Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature (Stanford University Press, 2001).

Professor Shirane received his BA from Columbia College (1974) and his PhD from Columbia University (1983). He is the recipient of Fulbright, Japan Foundation, SSRC, NEH grants, and has been awarded the Kadokawa Genyoshi Prize, Ishida Hakyo Prize, and most recently the Ueno Satsuki Memorial prize (2010) for outstanding research on Japanese culture.

Professor Shirane is the Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Professor's Shirane's personal website.

Chih-Ping Sobelman

Office: 501 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5038
Email: ccs3@columbia.edu

Sobelman, Chih-Ping  Senior Lecturer in Chinese

Tomi Suzuki

Office: 410 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5034
Email: ts202@columbia.edu

Suzuki, Tomi Professor

Tomi Suzuki is Professor of Japanese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. She received her B.A. (1974), and M.A. (1977), from the University of Tokyo, and her Ph.D. from Yale University (1988). She is a specialist of nineteenth- and twentieth-century narrative fiction and criticism, particularly in comparative or trans-national perspective. Her research interests include literary and cultural theory, particularly theories of narrative, gender and genre, modernism and modernity; intellectual and cultural history; history of reading, canon formation, and the study of literary histories. Her most recent research has been on the interrelationship among gender, issues of language, and notions of literature in the modern period.

Her major publications include Narrating the Self: Fictions of Japanese Modernity (Stanford University Press, 1996) and its Japanese edition, Katarareta jiko: Nihon kindai no shishosetsu gensetsu (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2000), the Korean translation of which was published in 2004; Inventing the Classics: Modernity, National Identity, and Japanese Literature (Stanford University Press, 2000, author and co-editor); Sozosareta koten: kanon keisei, kokumin kokka, Nihon bungaku (Tokyo: Shin'yosha, 1999, author and co-editor), the Korean translation of which was published in 2002. She is completing a book on gender, language and literary modernism in Japan, investigating the formation of the modern literary field and gender construction from the late 19th-century to the postwar period, and exploring the modernist reconstructions of Japanese literary and linguistic traditions.

Suzuki publishes both in English and Japanese; her recent articles include "The Tale of Genji, National Literature, Language, and Modernism," in Envisioning 'The Tale of Genji': Media, Gender, and Cultural Production (Columbia University Press, June 2008), "Theatrical and Cinematic Imagination and Masochistic Aesthetics: Allure of Gender-Crossing in Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's Early Works," in Tanizaki Junichiro, ou l'ecriture par-dela les frontiers (Tanizaki Junichiro: kyokai o koete, Tokyo: Kasama Shoin, March 2009), and "Transformations and Continuities: on Occupation-Period Criticism:," in Occupation-period Literary Journals: 1946-1947 (Senryoki zasshi shiryo taikei: bungakuhen, Vol.2, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, January 2010).

At Columbia, Suzuki teaches a range of graduate and undergraduate courses on modern Japanese literature and criticism, gender and genre in Japanese literature, literary theory, and Asian humanities (major texts of East Asia and modern East Asian literature).

Tan Qiuyu

Office: 510 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3604
Email: qt2103@columbia.edu

Tan, Qiuyu Lecturer in Chinese

Tan Qiuyu received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (2003) and M.A. in Applied Linguistics (2006) from Beijing Language and Culture University, China, and her M.A. in Chinese Linguistics (2008) from University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her main interest of research is second language acquisition, especially the tonal acquisition of mandarin Chinese, the acquisition of Chinese syntax as well as the representation of learners' psychological lexicon. She joined Columbia faculty in 2008 and her teaching included Introductory, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Chinese.

Gray Tuttle

Office: 913 IAB
Phone: (212) 854-4096
Email: gwt2102@columbia.edu

Tuttle, Gray Leila Hadley Luce Associate Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies

Gray Tuttle received his Ph.D. in Inner Asian Studies at Harvard University in 2002. He studies the history of twentieth century Sino-Tibetan relations as well as Tibet's relations with the China-based Manchu Qing Empire. The role of Tibetan Buddhism in these historical relations is central to all his research. In his Tibetan Buddhists in the Making of Modern China (Columbia UP, 2005), he examines the failure of nationalism and race-based ideology to maintain the Tibetan territory of the former Qing empire as integral to the Chinese nation-state. Instead, he argues, a new sense of pan-Asian Buddhism was critical to Chinese efforts to hold onto Tibetan regions (one quarter of China's current territory). His current research project, "Amdo Tibet, Middle Ground between Lhasa and Beijing (1578-1865)," is a historical analysis of the economic and cultural relations between China and Tibet in the early modern periods (16th - 19th centuries) when the intellectual and economic centers of Tibet shifted to the east, to Amdo -- a Tibetan cultural region the size of France in northwestern China. Deploying Richard White's concept of the "Middle Ground" in the context of two mature civilizations -- Tibetan and Chinese -- encountering one another, this book will examine how this contact led to three dramatic areas of growth that defined early modern Tibet: 1) the advent of mass monastic education, 20 the bureaucratization of reincarnate lamas' charisma and 3) the development of modern conceptions of geography that reshaped the way Tibet was imagined.Other long term writing projects include editing The Rise of the Modern in Tibet and co-editing Sources of Tibetan Tradition for the series Introduction to Asian Civilizations, The Tibetan History Reader, and Wutaishan and Qing Culture.

Professor Tuttle's personal website.

Wang Hailong

Office: 501 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5038
Email: hw21@columbia.edu

Wang, Hailong Lecturer in Chinese

Hailong Wang has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at Columbia University since 1998. He has taught Elementary Chinese, Intermediate Chinese, Advanced Chinese, Reading in Modern Chinese and other subjects. His research interests include study of Chinese syntax and pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. He has authored several Chinese textbooks including Aspects of Modern China and Cultural Interpretations of China.

Wang Xiaodan

Office: 510 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3604
Email: xw2167@columbia.edu

Wang, Xiaodan Lecturer in Chinese

Xiaodan Wang received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from Beijing Language and Culture University, China (2003), and her M.A. in Chinese Linguistics from Capital Normal University, China (2006). Her main research interest is second language acquisition and pedagogy, especially topics related to Chinese syntax and discourse analysis. She is a co-author of Study Abroad in Beijing, a textbook for intermediate Chinese and Business Chinese.

Xiaodan Wang joined Columbia faculty in 2007 and her teaching included Elementary Chinese and Intermediate Chinese. She has also been teaching for Columbia's Summer Language Program in Beijing since 2007.

Wang Zhirong

Office: 512 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3594
Email: zw30@columbia.ed

Wang, Zhirong Senior Lecturer in Chinese

Zhirong Wang received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Language with a minor in Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from Peking University. She joined Columbia University in 1996 and has taught all levels of Chinese language courses as well as the History of Chinese Language course. In the past six years, Zhirong Wang has served as supervisor of graduate teaching associates for the Chinese Language Program. She has authored several publications on Chinese language including A Primer for Advanced Beginners of Chinese (co-author, Columbia University Press, 2003); An Elementary Chinese Reader (1 and 2), (sole author, Beijing University Press, 2005). She is currently working on a workbook and a textbook for advanced Chinese language learners.

Yoshiko Watanabe

Office: 520 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5502
Email: yw77@columbia.edu

Watanabe, Yoshiko Lecturer in Japanese

Yoshiko Watanabe received her M.A. in Japanese language Pedagogy from Columbia University and also holds an M.A. and an Ed.M in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught Japanese for many years at numerous universities and institutions including Chicago University, New York University, St. John’s University, and Japan Society in New York. At Chicago University, she taught Elementary Modern Japanese and Intermediate Modern Japanese, and developed a curriculum for Forth Year Modern Japanese where she utilized reading materials, TV programs, and film. At the Japan Society, she taught all levels (beginning through advanced) of Japanese to students from various nationalities for eight years. In addition to teaching Japanese, she has conducted many training sessions to Japanese language teachers as well as developing various in-depth teaching materials for the Japanese program at Japan society. Her research focus is on Japanese Metaphors, where she explores conceptual metaphors that govern the Japanese concept of silence and linguistic forms based on those metaphors in Japanese culture. Her publications include Too Many “Thank You and very Much”: A Study on the Interlanguage Expressions of Gratitude by Japanese Speakers of English (Gogaku Kyoiku Kenkyu Ronsou No.19, Daito Bunka Daigaku Gogaku Kenkyusho, March 2002); A Study on Expressions of Gratitude in Japanese and American English (Journal of Pan- Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics Vol4, July 2000). She also made a presentation called, “The Silent Way” at Tokyo International University on December 2005.

Wu Chen

Office: 508 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-7306
Email: cw2725@columbia.edu

Wu, Chen Lecturer in Chinese

Chen Wu received her B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature (2006) and M.A. in Chinese Classical Philology (2009) from Fudan University. She also earned an M.A. in Pre-Modern Chinese Literature (2011) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate. Before joining the Columbia faculty in the fall of 2013, she has taught both classical and modern Chinese language and literature. At present her research interests include space, city, and their interrelation with language and literature.

Hanyu Xiao

Office: 510 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3604
Email: hx2132@columbia.edu

Xiao, Hanyu Lecturer in Chinese

Hanyu Xiao received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language from East China Normal University (2010), and her M.A. in Teaching English to Students of Other Languages from Teachers College, Columbia University (2012). Hanyu Xiao started teaching Chinese in 2011, and has taught Chinese at different levels. Her research interests include assessment in second language acquisition and syntax.

Jia Xu

Office: 512 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3594
Email: jx2196@columbia.edu

Xu, Jia Lecturer in Chinese

Jia Xu received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language with a minor in Finance (2005) and her M.A. in Curriculum and Methodology of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (2009) from Beijing Language and Culture University. Before joining the Columbia faculty in 2012, she had taught all levels of Chinese at BLCU, the foreign diplomats program at the Confucius Institute Headquarters, Columbia University's Summer Program in Beijing, and Bentley School in California. Her research interests are in the areas of second language acquisition and teacher education, and she has either authored or co-authored the Chinese textbook for foreign diplomats, online resources for the Great Wall Chinese series, and test materials for all levels of the new HSK and YCT. Jia Xu currently teaches Elementary and Intermediate Chinese in EALAC.

Yan Ling

Office: 512 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-3594
Email: ly2131@columbia.edu

Yan, Ling Lecturer in Chinese

Ling Yan received her M.A in Applied Linguistics in Northwestern Polytechnical University (1996) and her Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Kansas (2005)). Ling Yan started teaching Chinese in 1999 and has taught Chinese at all levels. She joined the Columbia faculty in 2004. Her research interests include syntax, prosodic-syntax, and Chinese pedagogy. She has developed textbooks, audio and video teaching materials for elementary Chinese (Approaching China) and advanced Chinese (Readings in Modern Chinese). She is a co-author of 201 Mandarin Chinese Verbs (Barron's).

Yi Hyunkyu

Office: 404 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5144
Email: hy122@columbia.edu

Yi, Hyunkyu Lecturer in Korean

HyunKyu Yi received his B.A. in history from Yonsei University (1982), Seoul, Korea, and received his M.A in East Asian history from Graduate School of Yonsei University (1987). He taught Korean at Korean Language Institute in Yonsei University from 1988 to 1996. Hyunkyu Yi joined Columbia faculty in 1996. His publications include Korean Language 1 & 2 -Easy to Learn, co-authored with others, Korean Language Center in New York, (New York, 2000 & 2003), Korean 5, co-authored with others, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, (Korea, 2011), Korean 6, co-authored with others, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, (Korea, 2011), and Korean Language curriculum for Korean School, co-authored with others (New York, 2011).

His media instructional materials include Online Listening Comprehension in Korean: Advanced level, co-worked with others (Columbia University, 2003) and Korean Online Resources: Intermediate Level I & II, co-worked with others (Columbia University, 2010 & 2011).  

Chun-fang Yu

Office: 304 80 Claremont
Phone: (212) 854-4147
Email: cy2126@columbia.edu

Yu, Chun-fang Sheng Yen Professor of Chinese Buddhism

Chun-fang Yu was born in China and educated in Taiwan. She graduated from Tunghai University in 1959 with a double major in English Literature and Chinese Philosophy. She came to the States for graduate study and received a M.A. degree in English from Smith College in 1961 and Ph.D. degree in Religion from Columbia University in 1973. Before coming to Columbia, she taught at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, from 1972 until 2004, serving the chair of the Religion Department since 2000. Her primary field of specialization is Chinese Buddhism and Chinese religions. She is interested in the impact of Buddhist thought and practice on Chinese society as well as the impact of Chinese religious traditons on the domestication of Buddhism in China. She is the author of The Renewal of Buddhism in China: Chu-hung and the Late Ming Synthesis (Columbia University Press, 1981), Kuan-yin, the Chinese Transformation of Avalokitesvara (Columbia University Press, 2001), and the co-editor of Pilgrims and Sacred Sites in China (Univ of California Press, 1992). She is completing a study of Buddhist nuns in contempory Taiwan, focusing on the roles they have played in the revival of Buddhism in Taiwan during the last three decades.

Madeleine Zelin

Office: 929 IAB
Phone: (212) 854-2592
Email: mhz1@columbia.edu

Zelin, Madeleine Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies

Madeleine Zelin has, since her Ph.D. work at the University of California at Berkeley, taken an iconoclastic approach to the complex forces shaping modern China. Professor Zelin's recent research has focused on legal history, the role of law in the Chinese economy and the interface between law, culture and the market in early modern China. She has written on state handling of economic disputes as well as the role of Chambers of Commerce as new sites for economic mediation. Her chapter on "Economic Freedom in Late Imperial China" (in William Kirby, ed., Realms of Freedom in Modern China, Stanford University Press, 2004) challenges the assumption that the politically autocratic late Ming and Qing imperial regimes were restrictive in their handling of the private economy. Her latest book, The Merchants of Zigong, Industrial Enterprise in Early Modern China (Columbia University Press, 2005), is a study of an advanced industrial community in southern Sichuan from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century and provides new insights into the role of customary legal and business practices in China's early modern economic development. It has been awarded the Fairbank Prize (American Historical Association), Alan Sharlin Memorial Award (Social Science History Association) and the Humanities Prize of the International Conference on Asian Studies (ICAS). Professor Zelin is working on a new book on China's earliest company and bankruptcy law reforms at the onset of the twentieth century.

Yuanyuan Zhang

Office: 401 Kent
Phone: (212) 854-4740
Email: yz2642@columbia.edu

Zhang, YuanyuanLecturer in Chinese

Yuanyuan Zhang received her B.A. in Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (2003) and her M.A. in Curriculum and Methodology of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language (2006) from Beijing Language and Culture University, China. She started teaching Chinese in the Intensive Chinese Studies department of Beijing Language and Culture University in 2006. Her research interests are Chinese teaching models and teaching methods. She is a co-author on many Chinese textbooks, such as the Great Wall Chinese, New Target Chinese Spoken Language, etc.

Associated Faculty Profiles

Robert Barnett

Office: 939 IAB
Phone: (212) 854-1725
Email: rjb58@columbia.edu

Barnett, Robert  Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program, Adjunct Professor, and Associate Research Scholar

Robert Barnett is is the Director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University in New York and a a member of Columbia's Weatherhead East Asian Institute. His books include Tibetan Modernities: Notes from the Field (with Ronald Schwartz, 2008), Lhasa: Streets with Memories (2006), A Poisoned Arrow: The Secret Petition of the 10th Panchen Lama (1997), Leaders in Tibet - A Directory (1997), Cutting Off the Serpent's Head - Tightening Control in Tibet 1994-95 (1996) and Resistance and Reform in Tibet (1994). He has published articles on modern Tibetan history, Tibetan films and television dramas, women and politics in Tibet, as well as on religious policies, political leadership, oral history, and exorcism rituals in contemporary Tibet. From 2000 to 2006 he ran the annual Summer Program for foreign students at Tibet University in Lhasa, and taught at the University in 2001. He has directed a number of training projects in Tibet on ecotourism, language teaching, and oral culture. He is a frequent commentator on Tibet-related issues for the BBC, NPR, the New York Times, Al Jazeera, CNN, and other media outlets. From 1987-98 he was Director of the Tibet Information Network, an independent news and research project in London, which he also founded. He also worked as a journalist for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), the BBC, the Observer, the Independent (London), and other news outlets.

Rachel Ehichung Chung

Office: 502 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-2570
Email: ec61@columbia.edu

Chung, Rachel Ehichung Associate Director of UCAME; Lecturer in Asian Studies

Rachel E. Chung is the Associate Director of University Committee on Asia & the Middle East (UCAME) as well as Lecturer in Asian Studies with research interests primarily in Neo-Confucian cultural and intellectual history. She received her B.M. and M.M. degrees from the Juilliard School in New York, and her M.A., M. Phil, and Ph.D. in Historical Musicology and East Asian Languages & Cultures from Columbia University in 2002 under Wm. Theodore de Bary, with whom she continues to work closely.

As the Associate Director of UCAME she has been particularly instrumental in reaching out to the community of leading colleges and universities around the world to build international consensus and cooperation for a truly global core curriculum. As a lecturer also she focuses on teaching "core" courses such as Asian Humanities, Intro to Major Topics in East Asian Civilizations, Asian Music Humanities, and Masterpieces of Western Music.

She has published numerous articles, including the "Song of Ch'unhyang" for Invitation to East Asian Classics, "Rethinking Rites-Music Relations in Confucian Tradition" for the Proceedings of the 2008 National Association of Core Texts and Courses Conference, and "State of the Core Curriculum in South Korea" for Proceedings of the First Annual International Conference on Classics for an Emerging World (2009).  She is currently working on two books, titled Globalization and Global Core Curriculum based on her work at UCAME, and Song Hyon's "Model for Study of Music (Akhak kwebom, 1492)": Thinking Musically about the Future of a Nation.

Office: Heyman Center, MC 5730
Email: jmg2102@columbia.edu

Gentzler, Jennings Mason Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor

James Lap

Office: 407 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5027
Email: jtl60@columbia.edu

Lap, James T. Lecturer in Vietnamese

James T Lap has been teaching Vietnamese language at Columbia University since 2004 and at New York University since 1997. He is also a tutor and mentor for Ph. D. students and an advisor for students with senior thesis. He was the translator of Vietnamese Children's Picture Dictionary: English-Vietnamese / Vietnamese-English published by Hippocrene Books in 2006. His current research is on Romanization of the Vietnamese language in the 17th century. He was an Advisory Board member for the Vietnam exhibition and simultaneous interpreter for the international conference on Vietnam in the 21st century in 2003 at the American Museum of Natural History, the first exhibition of this kind in the U.S. He graduated from Columbia University and New York University with MS and BA degrees respectively.

Li Tuo

Office: 407 Kent Hall
Phone: (212) 854-5027
Email: tl2258@columbia.edu

Li, Tuo Adjunct Associate Research Scholar

Tuo Li is a writer and critic from mainland China. He has written fiction and scripts for films and authored numerous essays on Chinese literature, cinema and art. He is the editor of several major Chinese literature anthologies, especially of experimental literature. His editorial responsibilities include influential literary journals Beijing Literature in the 1980s, Shijie (Horizons) in the 1990s-2000s, and currently Jintian (Today) .

Morris Rossabi

Office: 933 IAB
Phone: (212) 854-9479
Email: mr63@columbia.edu

Rossabi, Morris Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor

Professor Rossabi is a historian of China and Central Asia who teaches courses in Inner Asian and East Asian history at Columbia. His most recent publications include Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire (with W. Fitzhugh, University of Washington Press, 2009); Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists (University of California Press, 2005); The Mongols and Global History (Norton, 2010); Herdsman to Statesman (with Mary Rossabi, Rowman Littlefield, 2010); Socialist Devotees and Dissenters (with Mary Rossabi, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, 2010), and Eurasian Influences on the Yuan (editor, National University of Singapore, 2011). Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times (University of California Press, 1988) was chosen as a main selection by the History Book Club; and contributor to several volumes of the Cambridge History of China. He has helped organize exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He was on the advisory board of the Project on Central Eurasia of the Soros Foundation. He is author of numerous articles and speeches and travels repeatedly to Central Asia and Mongolia. Professor Rossabi received his PhD from Columbia in 1970.

Conrad Schirokauer

Office: Heyman B-2, Room 5
Phone: (212) 854-9646
Email: cs176@columbia.edu

Schirokauer, Conrad Senior Scholar and Adjunct Professor

Conrad Schirokauer is a Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He studied at Yale (BA) and Stanford (PhD) as well as a year in Paris, and conducted research mostly in Kyoto but also in China. His published papers and articles are mostly on Zhu Xi and Hu Hong. Together with Professor Robert Hymes, he edited Ordering the World: Approaches to State and Society in Sung Dynasty China (1993). His current research interest is in Song perceptions of and attitudes toward history. An article, "Hu Hong as Historian" is in press. Schirokauer was associated with a New York University summer graduate program for teachers in Japan and China and remains interested in how history is taught. A textbook author, he has published A Brief History of Chinese and Japanese Civilizations (2nd ed 1989), with separate volumes of China (1990) and Japan (1993). A new volume, Modern East Asia: A Brief History, written with Donald N. Clark, will appear in spring 2003. Also worth mention, is his translation of China's Examination Hell by Miyazaki Ichisada (1976,1981), which he recommends to any student who feels burdened by examinations at Columbia.

Gopal Sukhu

Office: 416 Kent Hall
Email: ggs5@columbia.edu

Sukhu, Gopal Adjunct Assosciate Professor

Gopal Sukhu holds degrees from Yale (B.A. ’72) and Columbia (’93 PhD). With a grant from the Committee for Scholarly Communication with the Peoples Republic of China he spent a year at Wuhan University studying the archaeology, history, and literature of Warring States and Han dynasty China. He also studied Chinese Buddhism with the Buddhist nun Xiaoyun Fashi from 1975-1977 in Taiwan. He is Associate Professor of Classical Chinese Literature and Religious Studies at Queens College, CUNY, and has also taught at the Graduate Center, Hunter College, Ohio State, and the Rubin Museum. His specialty is the Chuci, but he also teaches and writes on Tang poetry, Chinese intellectual history, Chinese vernacular literature, Buddhism, and comparative poetics. His writings include: The Shaman and the Heresiarch: A New Interpretation of the Li sao (SUNY 2012); The Unbridled Lust and Untimely Death of Prince Hailing (Henry Schwab 2012); and “Yao, Shun, and Prefiguration: The Origins and Ideology of the Han Imperial Genealogy” (Early China 30) He is currently working on a complete translation of the Chuci (The Songs of Chu) for Columbia University Press.