Professor Chittick is in charge of the East Asian Studies program and an active promoter of language learning and study abroad. He teaches courses in Chinese and Japanese history, cultural traditions, philosophy, and art. Professor Chittick’s research focus is the culture of early south China and maritime trade relations with Southeast Asia. He runs the Asia & Environment Initiative which engages students in summer fieldwork on contemporary environmental issues in Japan, China, and Indonesia. Other interests include Asian food cultures, Silk Road and maritime archaeology, and global comparative and spatial history. Professor Chittick is a recent holder of major fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study and is the author of Patronage and Community in Medieval China and The Jiankang Empire in Chinese and World History.
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.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese
M.A., Columbia University, New York
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.A., Nanzan University in Nagoya
Professor Yamazaki teaches Japanese language and culture. Her research interests include Japanese cognitive linguistics, socio linguistics (honorific expression), comparative young adult literature, and contemporary Japanese culture.