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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. Meredith Oyen
Asian Studies Program
Fine Arts 549 South 410-455-8408

Dr. Meredith Oyen is an associate professor in the history department and has been at UMBC since 2010. She earned her Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 2007 in the history of U.S. foreign relations with a specialization in U.S.-China Relations.  As a graduate student, she was an NSEP Boren Fellow in Taipei, Taiwan and a Fulbright Scholar in Nanjing, China. After completing her Ph.D., she spent two years as a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University School of Advanced International Studies. Her research interests center on the intersection between transnational migration and foreign relations. Her first book, The Diplomacy of Migration: Transnational Lives and the Making of U.S.-Chinese Relations in the Cold War, was published by Cornell University Press in 2015.  Her current research centers around the international effort to aid refugees and displaced persons in China after World War Two.

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 on a team of UMBC faculty and staff (Retriever Essentials) who have established a food pantry for students on UMBC’s campus (  Outside of UMBC she is the Founder and Director of Food on the 15th, an organization that involves students in collecting, sorting and delivering free bags of non-perishable groceries to low-income older adults in Howard County, Maryland.  A 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.