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East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies


Andrew ChittickAndrew Chittick
E. Leslie Peter Assistant Professor of East Asian Humanities
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Professor Chittick is the discipline coordinator for East Asian Studies. He teaches and researches on a wide variety of topics in East Asian history and culture, with particular interest in early Chinese history and local culture, Taoism, and conceptions of nature. For more information about the East Asian Studies program, email Professor Chittick.

Jing ChenJing Chen
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Princeton University

Dr. Chen teaches courses in Asian politics, including Government and Politics of China, East Asian Comparative Politics, East Asian International Relations, and The Pacific Century.

Ed GrassoEd Grasso
Associate Professor of Decision Sciences
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Professor Grasso teaches and researches Operations Management and has been active in taking students to East and Southeast Asia to study business practices in Asian societies.

Hong GuHong Gu
Assistant Professor of Chinese
M.A., ABD Purdue University

Professor Gu teaches Chinese language and culture and runs the Winter Term language-intensive program in Shanghai.

Eileen Mikals-AdachiEileen Mikals-Adachi
Associate Professor of Japanese
Ph.D., Ochanomizu University

Professor Mikals-Adachi teaches Japanese language, culture, and contemporary fiction.

Brian RansomBrian Ransom
Associate Professor of Visual Arts
M.F.A., Claremont Graduate School

Professor Ransom teaches, researches, and creates ceramics, and has long had an interest in the history and techniques of Asian ceramics.

Jing ShenJing Shen
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
Ph.D., Washington University of St. Louis

Professor Shen teaches Chinese language and a variety of topics in traditional Chinese fiction, women's studies, and film.

Claire StilesClaire Stiles
Associate Professor of Human Development
Ph.D., University of Florida

Professor Stiles teaches and researches traditional Chinese medicine, health, and healing practices, and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Kirk WangKirk Ke Wang
Professor of Visual Arts
M.F.A., University of South Florida

Professor Wang teaches painting, drawing, digital photography, new genre art and Asian art.

International Focus

As a small liberal arts college, Eckerd is able to offer instruction in East Asian Studies in a specialized, personal way unavailable at larger institutions, including tutorials, independent study options, and faculty-student collaborative research opportunities. Eckerd has strong international focus, especially through our programs in International Relations & Global Affairs and International Business.

The Eckerd Difference

Elliott McDaniel "I have to say my favorite thing about Eckerd is the people. Everyone is so friendly and happy. I've made some of the best friends of my life here. The professors are great. They are so willing to go out of their way to help. My mentor has become one of the greatest influences in my life, helping me with classes, internships and even my personal life." - Elliott McDaniel, East Asian Studies major