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Core Faculty

Core faculty are key leaders in EAP's activities. They serve in the following capacity:

  • Research and teach primarily in East Asian studies
  • Serve on EAP committees
  • Invite guest speakers or host workshops, conferences, and symposia
  • Primary investigators on sponsored projects through the EAP
  • Other collaborative academic work coordinated through EAP

EAP core faculty are invited to join and appointed by the executive committee.

Senior Lecturer, Chinese language

Stephanie Divo received her PhD in modern Chinese literature at Cornell University. She has taught Mandarin Chinese in the Department of Asian Studies since 1999.

Assistant Professor, History

Mara Du’s research focuses on the history of modern China (17th century to the present), particularly on law, gender, and state-building.

John P. Windmuller Professor of International and Comparative Labor

Gary Fields is the John P. Windmuller Professor of International and Comparative Labor and professor of economics at Cornell University. He is the 2014 winner of the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, the top worldwide award in the field.

Associate Professor, Anthropology

Magnus Fiskesjö's research concerns ethnic relations and political anthropology in China and Southeast Asia.

Associate Professor, International and Comparative Labor

Eli Friedman joined the faculty of the ILR School's department of International and Comparative Labo after completing his PhD in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Arnika Fuhrmann is an interdisciplinary scholar of Southeast Asia, working at the intersections of the region’s aesthetic and political modernities.

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies

Weiqing-Su George is a native speaker of Chinese,  and has native fluency in English, advanced skills in Cantonese, and intermediate skills in Japanese. She is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Chinese Language Teachers Association.

Associate Professor, Premodern Chinese History

TJ Hinrichs is a historian of Song era (960-1279 c.e.) Chinese medical, political, and cultural history.

Director, Cornell China Center

Ying Hua is associate professor of design and environmental analysis and director of the Cornell China Center.

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies

Sahoko Ichikawa is a senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.