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Faculty and Staff

CHINA

DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS

Robert Campany
Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities
Professor of Asian Studies

Religions in China
259 Buttrick Hall
615-343-1683
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Guojun Wang
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Late Imperial Chinese Literature 
260 Buttrick Hall
615-343-1714
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Yinghui Guo
Senior Lecturer in Chinese

254 Buttrick Hall
615-322-7317
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Xianmin Liu
Principal Senior Lecturer in Chinese

252 Buttrick Hall
615-343-7824
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Pengfei Li
Lecturer in Chinese
254 Buttrick
615-322-2616
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Qing Wei
Lecturer in Chinese

253 Buttrick Hall
615-343-7823
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INTERDEPARTMENTAL

Brett Benson
Associate Professor of Political Science
East Asian Political Relations
330 Commons Center
615-322-2702
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Peter Lorge
Associate Professor of History

Premodern China; Chinese Thought; Military History
215 Benson Hall
615-322-3707
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Tracy Miller
Associate Professor of History of Art

East Asian Art and Architecture
136 Cohen Memorial Hall
615-322-0214
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Ruth Rogaski
Associate Professor of History

Modern China; History of Medicine
112 Benson Hall
615- 322-5950
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Lijun Song
Associate Professor of Sociology

220C Garland Hall
615-322-1731
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Meng Zhang
Assistant Professor of History
127 Benson
615-322-7638
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SUPPORT STAFF

Sydney Grimes
Administrative Manager

230 Buttrick Hall
Phone: 615-322-7329
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Yuh-Fen Benda
Asian Studies Librarian

800 FJ Central Library
615-343-2091
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JAPAN

DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS

Gerald Figal
Chair
Professor of Asian Studies and History
History and Cultural Studies of Japan; Okinawa
241 Buttrick Hall
615-322-4712
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Nozomi Imai
Lecturer in Japanese

256 Buttrick Hall 
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Asami Nakano
Lecturer in Japanese

256 Buttrick Hall
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Hideko Shimizu
Senior Lecturer in Japanese

257 Buttrick
615-322-7306
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INTERDEPARTMENTAL

Yoshikuni Igarashi
Professor of History

History of Japan; Japanese Cultural Studies
242 Buttrick Hall
615-322-3334
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Susan Dine
Senior Lecturer in Asian Art & Architecture
Jaapanese Art
130 Cohen Hall
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McTyeire Japanese Hall Coordinator
230 Buttrick Hall 

KOREA

DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS

We Jung Yi
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies 
Modern Korean Literature, Cultural History,
Film & Media
234 Buttrick Hall
615-343-2220
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Seok Bae Jang
Senior Lecturer in Korean
251 Buttrick Hall
615-343-0434
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Ji You Whang
Lecturer in Korean
246 Buttrick Hall
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Ji Young Chung
McTyeire Japanese Hall Coordinator
Asian Studies Suite, Buttrick Hall 
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INTERDEPARTMENTAL

Bohyeong Kim
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Korean Digital Culture
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ASIAN AMERICA & DIASPORA

DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS

Vivian Shaw
Mellon Assistant Professor of Asian Ameican Studies 
Sociology of Asian America; Global-Comparative
Environmental Inequalities and Social Movements;
Race and Ethnicity; Gender
236 Buttrick Hall
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Mark John Sanchez (from fall 2022)
Assistant Professor of Asian Ameican Studies 
Philippines; Asian America;
History; Labor & Migration;
Human Rights and Social Movements
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SOUTH/SOUTHEAST ASIA

DEPARTMENT APPOINTMENTS

Mabel Denzin Gergan
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
Postcolonial Environmentalism
Race & Ethnicity in South Asia
233 Buttrick Hall
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Ben Tran
Associate Professor of Asian Studies and English
Vietnamese & SE Asian Literature
Asian American Literature

258 Buttrick Hall
615-322-7303
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Divya Chaudhry
Senior Lecturer in Hindi-Urdu
237 Buttrick
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Elliott McCarter
Senior Lecturer in Hindi-Urdu
255 Buttrick
615-875-9042 
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INTERDEPARTMENTAL

Adeana McNicholl
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Buddhist Traditions of South/Southeast Asia
301D Garland Hall
615-322-0095
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Akshya Saxena
Assistant Professor of English
South Asian Anglophone Literature & Media
425 Benson Hall
615-875-8137
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Samira Sheikh
Associate Professor of History

History of South Asia 
223 Benson Hall 
615-322-4740 
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Tony K. Stewart
Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies

South Asian Religions
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Anand V. Taneja
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Islamic Traditions of South Asia
308 Garland Hall
615-343-9132
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AFFILIATED FACULTY

Alejandro Acierto
Mellon Professor of Art and Cinema & Media Art
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James E. Auer
Emeritus Director, James E. Auer U.S.-Japan Center
 
615-727-1411
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Xiu Cravens
Associate Professor of the Practice in Education Policy Department of Leadership Policy and Organizations
210E Payne
615-322-5521
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Raymond A. Friedman
Brownlee O. Currey Professor of Management, Owen Graduate School of Management
615-322-3992
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Paul Lim
Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, Divinity School
615-343-3975 
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