Past Visiting Faculty & Scholars

Visiting Professor in East Asian Studies

Kyung-soo Chun, was educated at Seoul National University (obtaining a B.A. in Archeology and Anthropology and an M.A. in Anthropology) and at the University of Minnesota, obtaining his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1982. Professor Chin taught at Seoul National University from 1982 until retiring as Professor Emeritus in 2014.  He is currently a Distinguished Professor as the ASEAN Research Institute at Guizhou University, China.

Professor Chun has held Visiting Professor and Scholar positions at various universities in Japan and China, including: National Museum of Ethnology at Osaka (1997-1998), Tokyo University (2004-2005), Kyushu University (summer 2006 and winter 2007), Yunnan University (winter 2008), Yamaguchi University (winter 2010), Kagoshima University (winter 2013), Okinawa International University (summer 2014) and Kanagawa University (summer 2015). He has published articles and books about ‘History of Anthropology’, ‘Korean Culture’, ‘Colonialism and War’, and ‘Ecological Anthropology’, among other topics. At present he is writing papers on John F. Embree and the Nanjing Massacre.

Ralph Thaxton​, Professor of Politics, Brandeis University

Visiting Research Scholar in East Asian Studies

Tomoyasu Iiyama is an Adjunct Researcher at Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Tokyo, Japan, who has worked on northern Chinese social history during the Jin-Yuan-Ming and published Northern Local Literati: Civil Service Examination and Its Social Influence in North China, 1127-1368 (in Japanese) in 2011.

Japan Foundation CGP Postdoctoral Associate in East Asian Studies

André Asplund specializes in Japanese foreign policy and diplomacy in East and Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in how Japan’s normative ambitions of spreading human rights and democracy fits within its international relations with non-democratic and strategic partners in ASEAN. He is currently looking at Japanese foreign aid and EU free trade agreements with Vietnam—a nation of growing strategic importance for the two self-proclaimed “civilian powers”, EU and Japan. He has previously written on the process of institutionalizing human rights in Southeast Asia through the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights and it’s something that he is still closely observing.

Lecturer in East Asian Langauges & Literatures

Angelika Koch-Low completed her Master in Japanese Studies and her Bachelor in English Literature at the University of Vienna, with periods of study at Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice and Meiji University in Tokyo. Her Master’s thesis focused on the depiction of male-male same-sex desire in comic literature of the Edo period. She then studied for a Ph.D. in Japanese at the University of Cambridge. Her Ph.D. thesis Sexual Healing: Sexuality, Health and the Body in Early Modern Japan (1600-1868), which she is currently preparing for publication with Cambridge University Press, explored medical views of sex as a health and disease concept in the Edo period. 

Angelika is also part of the collaborative project Timing Day and Night‘Timescapes’ in Pre-modern Japan, which explores time as a set of social practices prior to the introduction of the Western time system. In April 2015, she convened the international conference Timing Day and Night at the University of Cambridge. In September 2016, she was awarded a JSPS Fellowship at Tokyo University to pursue further research for this project in Japan. Beyond this, her academic and teaching interests extend to modern and contemporary Japan, and she co-edited a volume of research on genders and sexualities (Manga Girl Seeks Herbivore Boy: Studying Japanese Gender at Cambridge, LIT 2013).

Yale World Fellow

As co-founder and managing editor of Caixin, China’s leading business and finance media group, Wang Shuo focuses on providing high-quality news reports through leading an independent and professional standard in China. Under his leadership, the Caixin editorial team won the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University. Before Caixin, Shuo served as managing editor of Caijing, a business and finance magazine in China. Shuo is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Peking University, and a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Visiting Professor in East Asian Studies

Xiqi Lu (Ph.D., Wuhan University, 1995), Professor of History at Xiamen University, studies the medieval history of South China, particularly the local society and culture, as well as the history of the ‘Boat People’ living in the southern coastal region of China. His current research works to place the southern coastal region in a broader historical context of international trade, smuggling, and migration, and explores its connection to Southeast Asia from the third century to the tenth century.

Visiting Associate Professor in East Asian Studies

Yinggang Sun is the author of Prophecy, Knowledge and Political Legitimation in Medieval China (神文時代: 讖緯、術數與中古政治研究, Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, first edition, 2014; second edition, 2015, 498 pages), A History of Sui-Tang and Five Dynasties(隋唐五代史, Shanghai: Shanghai renmin chubanshe, 2014), and around 50 published papers which mostly focus on medieval Chinese history and Buddhist studies. He co-edited with Jinhua Chen (Professor, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia) Sacred Space: Spatial Factors in Medieval Chinese Religions (Fudan University Press, 2014, 479 pages) and translated Envisioning Eternal Empire: Chinese Political Thought of the Warring States Era by Yuri Pines (The Chinese edition published in 2013).

Professor Sun has held positions as a Visiting Scholar at Tsinghua University of Taiwan and the Department of East Asian Studies of Princeton University, as well as a Visiting Fellow to the Institute of Asian Studies of Tokyo University, and to the International College for Postgraduate Buddhist Studies (ICPBS) in Tokyo.

Visiting Research Scholar in East Asian Studies

Tomoyasu Iiyama is an Adjunct Researcher at Waseda Institute for Advanced Study, Tokyo, Japan, who has worked on northern Chinese social history during the Jin-Yuan-Ming and published Northern Local Literati: Civil Service Examination and Its Social Influence in North China, 1127-1368 (in Japanese) in 2011.

Visiting Fellow in East Asian Studies

Nobuhiro Hiwatari (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is a professor of political economy/international political economy at the Institute of Social Sciences, the University of Tokyo. He teaches at the Graduate School of Political Science as well as the Graduate School of Public Policy. He has also taught at Berkeley and Columbia and has conducted research at Harvard, Yale, and Cambridge. His research interests are the party politics of “neo-liberal” reforms at OECD countries as well as the impact of political regime heterogeneity on economic cooperation in the Asian-Pacific region. His works on these topics have appeared in academic journals as well as edited volumes.

He spent most of the academic year 2015-16 at Yale finishing a book project (titled The New Politics of Adjustment: International Economic Crisis and Partisan Competition) that examines how party competition during international recessions shapes the adoption of market-assuring reforms at OECD countries. He also taught a seminar entitled Japan’s Domestic Politics and International Relations in Spring, 2016.

Visiting Fellow for the Inter-Asia Initiative

XIE Shi received his B.A. in history from the Department of History, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, and his Ph.D. in historical geography from the Center for Historical Geographic Studies at Fudan University in 2009. Elected by the committee of the Hundred Talents Program of Sun Yat-sen University, he is currently Professor of History, and supervises the Department of History’s doctoral program. He has also been selected to the National Program for Special Support of Eminent Professionals of China.  Xie also holds an appointment as Research Fellow at the Co-Centre for Historical Anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong - Sun Yat-sen University, and is Executive Editor of the Journal of History and Anthropology, a publication of the Centre.

Xie specializes on social economic history and historical geography in China. His thesis was nominated for the Best 100 Ph.D. Dissertations by the Chinese Ministry of Education in 2011. He has published articles at leading academic journals such as Historical Research (China), Bulletin of The Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica (Taiwan).  He has also conducted national research projects in his field. He has obtained substantial teaching experience in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Sun Yat-sen University.

Visiting Research Fellows in East Asian Studies

Satoko Mita​ is a Research Fellow at Osaka City University in Japan.  Her research builds upon important new work on Japan’s status system to study “kawata” outcaste villages in the Kinai region during the early modern period. Her doctoral dissertation sought to explicate the internal social structure of a large outcaste community called Minami Ōji Village in Izumi province, while also examining its relations with commoner villages in the surrounding area.  During her time at Yale, Dr. Mita continued building on this earlier research, examining more carefully the development of leather sandal manufacturing (which was the main industry in Minami Ōji) in the 19th century using some newly uncovered documentary evidence.

Adam Craig Schwartz (PhD, University of Chicago 2013) came to Yale from NYU where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor (2013-2015) at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. His interests are focused on the intersection between writing, religion, and the early development of philosophy and literature. His ability to work comparatively outside of China is a result of training in hieroglyphic Egyptian at the Oriental Institute. He is the author of “China’s first prayer” (JAOS 135.1 (2015)), 釋上博簡《容成氏》的“敃終 (Explaining the phrase ‘minzhong’ [an ideal end] in the Shanghai Museum’s Warring States bamboo manuscript Rongchengshi) (Jianbo 簡帛10 (2015)), “G-d, and perhaps a Sage, is hidden in the details: Deictic pictographs (指事文字) and a reappraisal of the primary meanings of Di 帝 (’Elohim) and Kong 孔 (Confucius’ surname)” (JAOS forthcoming), and The Oracle-Bone Inscriptions from Huayuanzhuang East (NYU Press; under contract). 

Yale World Fellow

Wallace Cheng is founder and managing director of ICTSD China, the first and only independent trade policy think tank in China. He is one of the most influential policy advisers to Chinese central government and various international institutions on global trade and Chinese economy. ICTSD is dedicated to engaging the nation to play a constructive role in shaping the future of global economic governance for sustainable development. In 2007, he established “Bridges China Dialogue” in Geneva, a prominent annual event featuring high-level conversation between ministers, negotiators, CEOs and opinion leaders. Prior to that, Wallace served as a key economist in the Shanghai Municipal Government. Currently, he co-manages a new industrial policy group, The E15 Initiative, a joint project with the World Economic Forum. He is also a board member of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development in London, a member of IMD Evian Group Working Group on Trade (Lausanne), and Adjunct Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE). Wallace co-edited two widely quoted books: From Rule Takers to Rule Makers and A Decade in the WTO, and is frequently interviewed by Chinese and international media including Xinhua, People’s Daily, Caixin, Reuters and Bloomberg. Wallace holds degrees from Fudan University and the University of Oxford.

Visiting Faculty in East Asian Studies and Anthropology

Susan Brownell received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1990, and joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri—St. Louis in the fall of 1994.  Dr. Brownell is an internationally recognized expert on Chinese sports and has done fieldwork in China, primarily in Beijing.  Her research interests are sports and body culture. In 2007-08 she was a Fulbright Senior Researcher at the Beijing Sport University, doing research on the Beijing Olympic Games.  At UMSL, she teaches Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Ideas and Explanations in Anthropology; Senior Seminar; History, Theory and Practice of Anthropology; The Body in Culture; and Cultures of East Asia. Teaching at Yale as a Visiting Faculty in East Asian Studies and Anthropology in the Fall of 2014, she taught both “Body and Gender in China since the Late 19th Century,” which touched on the effects of social change in China on concepts of health, sports, beauty, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality; and “Cultural Performance in Modern East Asia,” which focused on the history and anthropology of organized cultural events in East Asia from the early twentieth century to the present.

Visiting Fellows in East Asian Studies

Trained as an architect, Congrong He is now an associate professor in the School of Architecture of Tsinghua University, China. Her research covers the history of Chinese architecture from ancient times to the present. She specializes in the history of traditional Chinese architecture and has published four books, five book chapters, and more than thirty articles. So far she has completed several important research projects and gathered a rich body of first-hand materials on ancient Chinese architecture. One of her books, Ten Years of Surveying and Mapping Ancient Chinese Architecture, will be granted the Excellent Academy Prize of the Third Book Awards of Chinese University Press. One of her lectures on ancient Chinese architecture was given on the Mooc (massive open online course, in the fall of 2014.

Su-san Lee received her PhD in history at Brown University. She studies new Confucianism and teaches intellectual/cultural history of modern China and Taiwan at the University of Taipei. Her recent book Soul in Peace: The Intellectual Re-orientation of Private and Public Spheres in Republic China (in Chinese) deals with Chinese intellectuals’ searching for new orders in the 20th century politically, spiritually, and aesthetically. Her research at Yale, “Being Confucian Literati in Modern China: Ch’ien Mu and Chinese History Education in the 20th Century,” is part of her book project on the tension and dialog between Confucian classics and modern historiography.

Visiting Research Scholars in East Asian Studies

Henri-Paul Francfort is an archaeologist specializing on Central Asia from Proto-history to Antiquity, and is Director of Research Emeritus at the National Center for Scientific Research in Paris, France. He is currently researching the art and archaeology of the Iron Age steppe nomads of Inner Asia in order to complete a book manuscript and articles related to unpublished artifacts discovered during the excavations of the Berel frozen kurgan Nr 11 in Atlay, Kazakhstan. This research focuses on the reciprocal processes of borrowing, transformation, and transmission of Greek and Achaemenian shapes; along with Graeco-Roman, Graeco-Bactrian, and Gandharan arts.

Timon Screech was born in Birmingham, UK, and received a B.A. (Hons.) in Oriental Studies (Japanese) at Oxford, before completing his Ph.D at Harvard in 1991. He also studied at the universities of Geneva and Gakushuin. He has taught the history of Japanese art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, since 1991, and in 2006 became Professor of the History of Art. He is also Head of the Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, and Head of the School of Arts (SOAS-SOA). Screech is the author of some dozen books on the visual culture of the Edo period. His Ph.D was published as The Lens Within the Heart: The Western Scientific Gaze and Popular Imagery in Later Edo Japan (CUP 1996) and is still in print in a second edition (Curzon, 2002). Perhaps his best-known work is Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820 (Reaktion, 1999; second, expanded edition, 2009). More recently, he has introduced and edited the writings of two 18th-century travelers, as, Japan Extolled and Decried: Carl Peter Thunberg and the Shogun’s Realm, 1775-1796 (Routledge, 2005), and Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822 (Routledge, 2006). His field-defining general study, Obtaining Images: Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan was published in 2012 (Reaktion Books/Hawaii University Press). His numerous writings have been translated into French, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Romanian. He is currently working on the early history of the East India Company, and its role in cultural exchange.

Waka Hirokawa is an Associate Professor in History at the Tekijuku Commemoration Ceneter, Osaka University. Her work is focused on community responses to state policies targeting Hansen’s Disease in the first half of the twentieth century. In addition to several articles, she is the author of Kindai Nihon no Hansen-byō Mondai to Chiiki Shakai (The Problems of Hansen’s Disease and Regional Communities in Modern Japan, 2011), and the co-translator of Ann Janetta’s The Vaccinators (Shutō Denrai, 2013). Among her current projects are studies titled Rethinking the Relationship between Poverty, Social Status and Disease in Modern Japan’s Regional Communities, and Constructing a New Archival Science Theory Based on Medical Materials.

Yale World Fellow

Shu “George” Chen is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of reporting experience on China’s financial industry and economic reforms. He is currently the Financial Editor and Mr. Shangkong Columnist at the South China Morning Post, Hong Kong’s premier English language newspaper. George joined the South China Morning Post (SCMP) in February 2012. In his current role, he leads a team of specialist reporters and edits the banking page for the SCMP. He also works closely with the Editor-in-Chief on the newspaper’s exclusive content and social media strategy. Based in Hong Kong but born in Shanghai, George’s writing is informed by his experiences in the Greater China region’s two financial capitals. He is the author of “Foreign Banks in China” and is currently preparing a manuscript on the interplay between Shanghai and Hong Kong for publication. George previously worked for Reuters and Dow Jones in Shanghai and Hong Kong, with numerous overseas assignments. He holds a Master’s degree in international relations and a Bachelor’s degree in economics, and is a candidate for the Doctor of Public Administration degree at the University of Hong Kong.

Inter-Asia Postdoctoral Associate

Chika Watanabe holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University, where she researched Japanese aid ideologies, practices of “making persons” (hitozukuri), and the indistinction between the religious and the secular in a Japanese NGO and its projects in Burma/Myanmar. Tacking back and forth between aid work and academia, she has worked with Japanese and Burmese NGOs, and holds a Master’s Degree in Refugee Studies from Oxford University. Based on her fieldwork experiences across Japan and Burma/Myanmar, her work at Yale included advancing Inter-Asian perspectives and teaching an undergraduate seminar titled “Humanitarianism Across Asia.” While keeping an eye on Burma/Myanmar, her next major project will examine aid practices in the aftermath of the March 2011 disasters in Japan.

Rice Family Foundation Visiting Fellow

Se-Woong Koo received his Ph.D. from the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University in 2011. He taught at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh from January 2011 to June 2012, and spent the 2012-2013 academic year as a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre de Recherches sur la Corée, a division of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France. He is currently working on a book project, which concerns contemporary Korean society and politics.  In the Fall of 2013, Koo taught “Korean Art and Culture” with Youn-mi Kim, Assistant Professor in the Department of the History of Art.  He also taught a course entitled “Religion and National Identity in Modern Korea” in Spring 2014.

Visiting Faculty in East Asian Studies and Political Science

Jeremy Wallace (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2009), Assistant Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University, studies the politics of non-democracies, particularly China, as well as urbanization, development, and redistribution. He is working on a book manuscript, Cities and Stability: Urbanization, Migration, and Authoritarian Resilience in China, examining how cities represent serious threats to autocratic regimes and how the Chinese Communist Party has managed its urbanization to maintain its rule.  Teaching at Yale as a Visiting Faculty in East Asian Studies and Political Science from 2012-2014, he taught “Contemporary Nondemocratic Regimes” in the Fall of 2013, and “Politics of China,” which covered the last thirty years of Chinese political history, in the Spring of 2013 and 2014.

Visiting Fellows in East Asian Studies

Kiyoshi Jinno is an Associate Professor of Japanese legal history at Musashino Gakuin Univeristy in Saitama, Japan. He is also teaching at his alma mater, Keio University. His research interests include the examination of donations to temples and shrines during the medieval period, and the history of ideas of jurists and legislators in the modern period.

Paul Spooner, CFA, has been a financial specialist in the field of commercial banking for over twenty-five years, operating throughout the United States and Asia, including with the institutions of Barclays Bank in New York City, ABN Amro Bank in Singapore, and Deloitte Touche in Beijing.  He holds a Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History from the University of Hong Kong, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Michigan.  His academic work has focused on the development of Macau in the 20th Century, with Macau’s Revista de Cultura, among others, publishing a number of his articles.  In 2009-2010, he taught International Trade at Jinan University in Guangzhou, and from 2010 to 2012, the history of Macau, East Asian and Portugal at Universities in Macau and Hong Kong.   He is presently teaching Global Strategic Management & Finance at the University of St. Joseph’s in Macau, and is undertaking a series of projects for the Macau University of Science & Technology (MUST) related to Macau’s relationships with Brazil.

Visiting Fellow with The Todai-Yale Initiative

Takeshi Fukaya was a visiting fellow at Yale with The Todai-Yale Initiative from the Graduate School for Law and Politics, University of Tokyo, as well as a postdoctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).  At Yale, he studied political science, comparative political economy, and Japanese politics with a focus on regulatory politics, including the causes and consequences of cartel stability in Japan from a comparative perspective. Before coming to Yale, Fukaya studied public administration and policy studies, finishing his dissertation on deregulation in Japan.

Visiting Korean Lector

Junghwa Lee received an Ed.M. in Education of the Korean Language as a Foreign Language from Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Korea in 2004.  She has since been teaching Korean language, culture, and current affairs at the Korean Language Education Center of Sogang University, also in Seoul.  Lee was a Visiting Korean Lector in the Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures at Yale, teaching both Elementary and Intermediate level Korean during the 2013-2014 academic year. Her appointment was generously supported by a Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University Title VI Grant from the United States Department of Education.

Yale World Fellows

Daniel Shin oversees global venture capital and a private equity investment program on behalf of Korea Telecom. In addition, he is a founding member and managing director of KingsBay Capital, a Korea-U.S. cross-border venture capital firm with offices in Seoul and San Francisco. He has published several books and is a frequent speaker on subjects related to innovation and tech entrepreneurship. He came to Yale in the Fall of 2013 as both a Yale World Fellow and CEAS Affiliate.

Xingzui Wang is Vice President of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, one of the oldest and largest NGOs in China, and one of the few working outside the country. He oversees expansion of the Foundation’s international impact. Wang also sits on the board of the China Foundation Center, an organization promoting transparency, unity, and partnerships among Chinese foundations.  He came to Yale in  the Fall of 2013 as Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. S. Ng Yale World Fellow and CEAS Affiliate.