Andrew Chittick
E. Leslie Peter Assistant Professor of East Asian Humanities
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Miller 104

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.

Hong Gu
Assistant Professor of Chinese
M.A., ABD Purdue University
Franklin Templeton 235

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

Ed Grasso

Ed Grasso
Associate Professor of Decision Sciences
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Forrer 121

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.

Eileen Mikals-Adachi

Eileen Mikals-Adachi
Associate Professor of Japanese
Ph.D., Ochanomizu University
Forrer 118

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

Brian Ransom

Brian Ransom
Associate Professor of Visual Arts
M.F.A., Claremont Graduate School
Ransom Arts Center 106

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

Jing Shen

Jing Shen
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature
Ph.D., Washington University of St. Louis
Sheen Annex 107

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

Kirk Ke Wang
Professor of Visual Arts
M.F.A., University of South Florida
Ransom Arts Center 107

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

Chieko Yamazaki
Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese
M.A., Columbia University, New York
M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
B.A., Nanzan University in Nagoya
Forrer 109

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.