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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 410-455-8410.

Dr. Julie Oakes
Interim Director
Asian Studies Program
Fine Arts 549 South 410-455-8408

Dr. Julie Oakes has been a member of the UMBC community since 2007, teaching numerous courses for both the History Department and Asian Studies Program. After receiving her M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, she went on to the University of Chicago where she earned a Ph.D. in Japanese history. Her research interests center on Japanese art policy, and she is currently revising her manuscript on the creation of Japan’s National Treasure system. Appointed in 2016 to the position of Acting Associate Director of the Honors College, Dr. Oakes advised the juniors and seniors, helped the Director with Honors College programming, and taught an Honors seminar entitled “Reading the Body in East Asian Culture.”

Outside of her work at UMBC, Dr. Oakes is the Baltimore seminar coordinator for the NCTA (The National Consortium for the Teaching About Asia), whose aim is to help elementary, middle, and high school educators better incorporate East Asian topics into their curricula; she also gives talks on Japanese history and culture to various community groups, ranging from elementary school students to adult learners.

Julie Headshot 040615Julie Rosenthal
Program Management Specialist
Asian Studies Program
Fine Arts 548 South

Ms. Rosenthal has been with the program since its inception in 2011.  She handles the budget, payroll, website, event planning and course scheduling.  A former staff adviser to the UMBC Circle K student organization, Ms. Rosenthal is currently on a team of UMBC faculty and staff (Retriever Essentials) working to establish a food pantry for students.  She was the 2013-2014 recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Staff Award.  Ms. Rosenthal received her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.