Faculty and Staff

Leadership and Administrative Staff

Dr. Meredith Oyen


Director, Asian Studies Program; Associate Professor, Dept of History
US Foreign Policy with Asia; China; Asian Immigration

Meredith Power

Program Management Specialist

Asian Studies Affiliate Faculty

(organized alphabetically by last name)

Dr. Tamara Bhalla

Associate Professor, Dept of American Studies; Director of Asian American Studies Minor
Asian American Literatures and Cultures; South Asian American and Diasporic Literature and Culture

Dr. William Brown

Senior Lecturer, Dept of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication
Chinese Language, Literature, and Film

Irene Chan

Associate Professor, Dept of Visual Arts
Visual and Performance Art, Asian American History and Taoism

Dr. Bambi Chapin

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dept of Anthropology and Sociology
Child Development in Sri Lanka and South Asia

Dr. Charissa Cheah

Professor, Dept of Psychology
Asian and Asian American Children and Adolescent Social, Emotional, Health Development

Dr. Brian Grodsky

Professor, Dept of Political Science
Central Asia; Comparative Politics; Human Rights; Democratization; Post-Communist Politics

Dr. Devin Hagerty

Professor, Dept of Political Science
South Asian Politics

Dr. Tomoko Hoogenboom

Senior Lecturer, Japanese Area Coordinator, Dept of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication
Japanese Language and Culture

Dr. Preminda Jacob

Associate Dean, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Associate Professor, Dept. of Visual Arts
Art History and Museum Studies

Dr. David Mitch

Professor, Dept of Economics
Asian Economics

Dr. Julie Oakes

Assistant Director of Curriculum and Retention, The Honors College; Affiliate Adjunct II, Dept of History
East Asian Civilizations; Modern Japanese History and Culture

Dr. Manil Suri

Professor, Dept of Mathematics and Statistics
South Asian Literature

Dr. Christopher K. Tong

Assistant Professor, Dept of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication
Culture, Politics, and Environment; China and Hong Kong; Critical Theory

Dr. Sharon Tran

Assistant Professor, Dept of English
Multiethnic American Literature with Emphasis on Transnational Asian Literature and Visual Culture

Dr. Constantine Vaporis

Professor, Dept of History; Founding Director of UMBC’s Asian Studies Program
East Asian History; Gender and Women’s Studies in Asia

Dr. Fan Yang

Associate Professor, Dept of Media and Communication Studies
China and Globalization; Cultural Studies; Modern and Contemporary Chinese Media; Urbanism and Urban Communication

Dr. Kyung-Eun Yoon

Senior Lecturer, Coordinator of Korean, Dept of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication
Korean Language and Culture

Dr. Noor Zaidi

Assistant Professor, Dept of History; Director of Religious Studies Minor
Middle East, Islamic World, Gender

Emeritus Faculty

Dr. Ka-che Yip

Professor, Dept of History 
East Asian History; Medicine and Culture in East Asia