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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.

Frank and Rosa Rhodes Professor of Sociology

Victor Nee's current research interests in economic sociology examines the role of networks and norms in the emergence of economic institutions and organizations.

Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies

An-Yi Pan researches Buddhist Art with special interest in the relation between Chinese intellectual participation in Buddhism and Buddhist painting, Buddhist architecture in relation to precepts, monastic hieratical structure, liturgical as well as spiritual spaces, and trans-continental blossom

Assistant Professor, History

Kristin Roebuck is drafting a book manuscript entitled Japan Reborn: Race and the Family of Nations after World War II.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Arts in Asian Studies

Naoki Sakai teaches in the departments of Asian studies and comparative literature and is a member of the graduate field of history at Cornell University.

Emeritus, Hu Shih Distinguished Professor

Paul Steven Sangren is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose research focuses on Taiwan and China. His earliest published work combines insights drawn from structuralist theory with practice-oriented critiques to illuminate Chinese ritual processes and cosmological symbols.

Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Suyoung Son is a literary and cultural historian of early modern China (1500-1900). Her research focuses on the narrative tradition and social practice of writing and reading in the historical conditions of print culture, commercialization, and urbanization.

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies

Meejeong Song has experience teaching all levels of Korean at Cornell. Her research interests include Second Language Acquisition, web-based teaching material development, interactive student group project development, and technology-aided teaching methodology.

Associate professor of History

Peidong Sun is a social and cultural historian of the post-1949 period in China.

Senior Lecturer, Asian Studies

Misako Suzuki is a senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor, Asian Studies

Keith Taylor became interested in Vietnam as a result of his U.S. Army service in the Vietnam War. He earned his PhD in 1976 at the University of Michigan. He subsequently taught in Japan and Singapore for several years before returning to the United States in 1987.