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Students majoring in Asian Studies should contact the Program office to be assigned an advisor.  Typically this will be the Director or one of the Affiliate Faculty.

Before registering for classes each semester, majors should contact their advisor to schedule an appointment. Students who are pursuing the ASIA minor or undergraduate certificate are strongly encouraged to seek advising in ASIA soon after declaring the minor or certificate, and periodically thereafter.

To make an appointment, contact the Asian Studies Program office at 410-455-2094.


Constantine HeadshotDr. Constantine Vaporis

Professor and Director of the Asian Studies Program (Ph.D. Princeton University)

Professor Vaporis teaches Introduction to Asian Studies, Japanese and East Asian History. He has received numerous fellowships for research in Japanese history including a Fulbright Scholar’s Award and an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers. He is the author of Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan; Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo and the Culture of Early Modern Japan; Nihonjin to sankin kôtai [The Japanese and Alternate Attendance]; and Voices of Early Modern Japan. Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns. Dr. Vaporis also holds an affiliate appointment in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program.  He was recently appointed the 2013-2016 UMBC Presidential Research Professor.  More information about his newest book, Voices of Early Modern Japan, may be found at

For a recent interview with Prof. Vaporis, click VaporisInterviewWinter2013EAA


Julie Headshot 040615Julie Rosenthal

Ms. Rosenthal is the Program Management Specialist for the Asian Studies Program at UMBC and has been with the program since it’s inception in 2011.  She handles the budget, payroll, website, event planning, course scheduling and is heavily involved with the Asian Food Pantry, which is an internship for UMBC students.  A staff adviser to the UMBC Circle K student organization, Julie was the 2013-2014 recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award.  She received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.