East Asian Studies and Chinese Studies Faculty

Craig Benjamin, Associate Professor of History, The Frederik Meijer Honors College. B.A. & Ph.D., Macquarie University. Research interest: ancient central Asia.

Wei Gu, Assistant Professor of Education, B.A., Nanjing University, China; M.Ed., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University. Research interests: elementary teacher education, comparative education.

Sufen Lai, Associate Professor of English. B.A., Tunghai University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois. Teaches classical literature and mythology in a comparative context; trained in comparative literature, particularly East-West relations.

Kin M. Ma, Assistant Professor of Geography and Planning, M.S., Ph.D., Michigan State University. Research interests: remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartography, forest resources, natural resource management, geography of Asian countries: China, Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea.

Peimin Ni, Professor of Philosophy, B.A., M.A., Fuda University; Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Teaches Asian philosophy and serves Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese and Comparative Philosophy book series. Research interests: Asian and comparative philosophy, with emphasis on Confucianism and modern West.

Jeremy Robinson. Associate Professor of Japanese. B.A. and M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research Interests: Japanese poetry and poetic theory, Japanese theater, humor, and folklore.

Patrick Shan, East Asian Studies and Chinese Studies Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of History. B.A., Henan University; M.A., Liaoning University; M.A., Ph.D., McMaster University. Research interests: Modern Chinese history.

Geling Shang, Associate Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Fudan University; M.A., Old Dominion University, Tubingen University; Ph.D., Temple University. Research interests: Taoism and Buddhism, especially Zhuangzi, with a comparative approach.

Curtis Dean Smith (on leave), Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures. B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A., University of Hawaii; Ph.D., National Taiwan Normal University. Research interests include: Classical Chinese literature and thought, Northern Song, Su Shi, Daoism, Buddhism.

Wanxiao Sun, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning. B.S., Nanjing University; M.S., Chinese Academy of Sciences; Ph.D., University of Mainz, Germany, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley. Research interests: remote sensing, image classification, information fusion, mapping plant functional types, Geographic Information Systems, computer cartography, and 3D visualization and simulation.

Shinian Wu, Professor of English. B.A., Xian Institute of Foreign Languages; M.A., Ph.D., Northern Arizona University. Research interests: Theoretical and applied linguistics; second language acquisition; sociolinguistics; assessment and evaluation.

Yan Liang, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures. B.A., Nankai University; M.A., Peking University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara. Research interests: Late Imperial Chinese literature, vernacular fiction, and Chinese popular culture.

Yan Yu, Associate Professor of Sociology, B.A., M.A., Beijing University; Ph.D., Florida State University. Research interests: work and family lineages, family dynamics, family policies, life course, gender, race/ethnicity, social organizations and change.

Gang Xu, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning. M.S., The Chinese Academy of Sciences; Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Research interests: economic geography, geographic information systems, globalization, tourism, China, Japan, and East Asia.

Peter Zhang, Assistant Professor of Communications. B.A., Xian Jiaotong University; M.A., Nankai University; Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: intersection of rhetoric, cultural studies, entrepreneurship, critical organizational communication, political theatrics, and transition-period China.

Yi Zhao, Associate Professor of Political Science. B.A., Peking University; M.A., Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; M.S. L., Yale Law School; Ph.D., Yale University. Research interests: Chinese politics, legal development in China, and comparative judicial politics.