Advisory Committee

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2018-2019 Asian Studies Advisory Committee, back row from left to right: Hyeyoung Bang,Min Yang, Jong Kwan "Jake" Lee, Neil Englehart, Christopher Frey, Man Zhang, Vibha Bhalla, Ryoko Okamura and Brad Clark. Front row, from left to right, Kristen Rudisill, Khani Begum, Akiko Kawano Jones, and Rebecca Skinner Green.

Kristen Rudisill

Assistant Professor of Popular Culture
Academic Interests: South Asia, theater and dance, globalization, religion.

Courses Taught: Global Popular Culture; Indian Popular Culture; Religion and Popular Culture; International Performing Arts; Popular Religion in Asia.

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246 Shatzel Hall

Ryoko Okamura

Assistant Professor of Japanese

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119 Shatzel Hall

Man Zhang

Associate Professor of International Business
Academic Interests: International entrepreneurship; born global firms; international performance, information technology capability; international strategies.

Courses Taught: Introduction to International Business; Online Introduction to International Business and Global Management; International Management.
3009 Business Administration Building Annex

Bradford Clark
Professor of Theater and Film
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240 Wolfe Center

Jong Kwan "Jake" Lee
Associate Professor, Computer Science
Academic Interests: Scientific/Information Visualization, Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, High Performance Computing
Courses Taught: Operating Systems & Networks, Computer Graphics, Programming Fundamentals, Advanced Computer Graphics, Artificial Intelligence Methods, Computer Organization
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223 Hayes Hall

Khani Begum

Associate Professor of English

Academic Interests: Modern and Contemporary Literatures; Post Colonial Literature and Theory; South Asian Studies; World Cinema; and Film Theory.

Courses Taught: Cinema and Nation: Postcolonial Theory, Partition and the Transnational Indian Cinema; Transnational Trends in Asian Cinemas; Iranian Women and Film; Post Colonial World Cinema; Women in Islam; Women, Islam, and Literature; Muslim Women in Literature and the Media.

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203 East Hall

Vibha Bhalla

Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, School of Cultural and Critical Studies

Academic Interests: Transnationalism, Gender and migration particularly from India, migration in mid-western states 

Courses Taught: Contemporary Immigration to US, Global Perspectives on Women, Intro to Ethnic Studies, Intro to Asian American Studies, Twentieth century North American Migrations

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244 Shatzel Hall

Neil A. Englehart

Associate Professor of Political Science
Academic Interests: Politics of East and Southeast Asia; human rights, state formation and state failure.
Courses Taught: Comparative Politics; Asian Politics; and Human Rights.

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121 Williams

Christopher J. Frey

Assistant Professor of Education

Academic Interests: Indigenous and immigrant education policy; Global Histories of colonial and minority education; Education in Japan; Japanese modernization.

Classes Taught: History of Education; Education in a Pluralistic Society; Navajo Society; Education and Art; International Education Policy.

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559 Education

Rebecca L. Skinner Green
Associate Professor of Art History

Academic Interests: World art and cultures.

Courses Taught: Art of India and Southeast Asia; Art of China and Japan; Oceanic Art; Western African Art; MesoAmerican Art, Western Art; Survey of World Art; Special Topics in Art History; Critical issues in World Art.
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1010 Fine Arts

Akiko Kawano Jones

Director, Asian Studies Program; Senior Lecturer of Japanese Language; Director of Summer Program in Japan and Peace Studies in Hiroshima.

Academic Interests: Language pedagogy; Japanese culture and customs; tea ceremony, study abroad in Japan.

Courses Taught: Japanese Language (beginning through third year); Japanese Business Language and Culture; Japanese Culture and Tea Ceremony; Summer Study in Japan.

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110 Shatzel