East Asian Area Studies

College House 101
(213) 740-2991
FAX: (213) 740-8409
Email: easc@dornsife.usc.edu


Professors: Dominic Cheung, Ph.D.; Namkil Kim, Ph.D.; Audrey Li, Ph.D.; Akira Mizuta Lippit, Ph.D. (Cinematic Arts); Joan Piggott, Ph.D. (History); Andrew Simpson, Ph.D. (Linguistics)

Associate Professors: David Bialock, Ph.D.; Bettine Birge, Ph.D. (History); Joshua Goldstein, Ph.D. (History); George A. Hayden, Ph.D.; Hajime Hoji, Ph.D. (Linguistics); Lori Meeks, Ph.D. (Religion)

Assistant Professors: Brian Bernards, Ph.D.; Youngmin Choe, Ph.D.; Sunyoung Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Teaching): Nansong Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor (Teaching): Masako Tamanaha, Ph.D.

Master Lecturers: Wen-Kuang (John) Chang, M.A.; Yuka Kumagai, M.A.

Lecturers: Maki Irie, M.A.; Hsiao-Yun Liao, M.A., Christopher Magriney, M.A.; Yumi Matsumoto, M.A.; Makiko Osaka, M.A.; Tin-Yu Tseng, Ph.D.; Ka Wong, Ph.D.; Ping Yang, M.A.

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Miya Mizuta Lippit, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor: Steven Lee, Ph.D. (Director USC Korea International Office)

Librarians: Tomoko Bialock (Japanese Studies Librarian); Joy Kim (Curator, Korean Heritage Library); Kenneth Klein (Head, East Asian Library); Sun-Yoon Lee (Korean Studies Librarian); Lillian Yang (Chinese Bibliographer)

Emeritus Professors: Gordon Berger (History); Peter A. Berton (International Relations); Roger Dingman (History); Murray Fromson (Journalism); Charlotte Furth (History); William Rideout (Education); Otto Schnepp (Chemistry); John E. Wills Jr. (History)

Associated Faculty

Professors: Jonathan Aronson (Communication and International Relations); Philip Birnbaum-More (Management and Organization); Baizhu Chen (Finance and Business Economics); Iris Chi (Social Work, Gerontology); Eugene Cooper (Anthropology); Robert Dekle (Economics); JoAnn Marie Farver (Psychology); Eric Heikkila (Public Policy); Velina Hasu Houston (Theatre); David James (Cinematic Arts); Douglas Joines (Finance and Business Economics); David Kang (International Relations, Business); Dorinne Kondo (Anthropology, American Studies and Ethnicity); Thomas W. Lin (Accounting); Roger Moon (Economics); Jeffrey B. Nugent (Economics, Business); C.W. Park (Business); Nandini Rajagopalan (Management and Organization); Harry Richardson (Public Policy); Stanley Rosen (Political Science); Ellen Seiter (Cinematic Arts); Jean Shih (Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Merril Silverstein (Gerontology, Social Work); James Steele (Architecture); John Strauss (Economics); Guofu Tan (Economics); Shui Yan Tang (Public Policy); Yan Xiao (Engineering)

Associate Professors: Harrison Cheng (Economics); Meiling Cheng (Theatre, Critical Studies, English); Ruth Gim Chung (Education); Yasushi Hamao (Finance and Business Economics); Mingyi Hung (Accounting); Kyung Moon Hwang (History); Jacques Hymans (International Relations); Saori Katada (International Relations); Lon Kurashige (History, American Studies and Ethnicity); Sonya Lee (Art History, East Asian Languages and Cultures); Kwanmin Lee (Communication); Andrew Lih (Journalism); Daniel Lynch (International Relations); Lawrence Pryor (Communication); Gary Seaman (Anthropology); Brett Sheehan (History); Jay Wang (Communication); Shiing‑Wu Wang (Accounting); Duncan Williams (Religion)

Assistant Professors: Robeson Taj Frazier (Communication); Clinton Godart (History); Yu Hong (Communication)

Adjunct and Visiting Faculty: Richard Drobnick (Research Professor, Management and Organization; Director, CIBEAR); Carsten Holz (Visiting Associate Professor, Economics); Jack Lewis (Associate Dean, IBEAR MBA and International MBA Alumni Outreach); Jehoon Lee (Research Associate Professor, Social Work; Director, Center for Asian Pacific Leadership); Jing Li (Assistant Director, APRISE); Qingyun Ma (Dean, Architecture); Paul Tang (Adjunct Associate Professor, Architecture); Geoffrey Wiseman (Professor of the Practice, International Relations and Public Diplomacy)


The East Asian Studies Center provides interdisciplinary studies of China, Japan and Korea. It offers an undergraduate majors in East Asian Area Studies and Business Administration (East Asian Studies), minors in East Asian Area Studies and Korean Studies, the Master of Arts in East Asian Area Studies and the Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration. Its faculty are professors from departments throughout the college and several professional schools who teach and engage in research on East Asia. The center’s interdisciplinary approach allows students to acquire broad exposure to many ways of learning about the region.

The East Asian Studies Center promotes and coordinates teaching, research and development of academic programs concerning East Asia, regardless of discipline or school, on a university-wide basis. Visiting scholars may also be named from among persons outside the university who wish to do research at USC and contribute to the goals of the center.

The center also promotes and coordinates academic exchange with other institutions with which USC maintains cooperative relations in the United States and abroad. The center serves, for example, as the consortium partner with UCLA’s Asia Institute to form the USC/UCLA Joint East Asian Language and Area Studies National Resource Center. Graduate students with special interests in East Asia may take courses at UCLA through USC and may also work, where appropriate, with certain UCLA faculty. UCLA graduate students may similarly take courses at USC and work with USC faculty, for credit at UCLA in East Asian studies. The center facilitates cooperation and provides graduate fellowships to students at both institutions.