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Faculty

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.


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Director, East Asia Program

Andrea Bachner is a professor of comparative literature. She is the director of the East Asia Program for the term 2019-22 and a member of the East Asia Program executive committee. 

Kenneth L. Robinson Professor of Applied Economics and Public Policy

Shanjun Li is the Kenneth L. Robinson Professor of Applied Economics and Public Policy in the Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. He serves as the co-director of Cornell Institute for China Economic Research (CICER).

Professor, Economics

Tom Lyons studies China's recent economic history.

Visiting Scholar

Masaki Matsubara, a researcher and meditation teacher at Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism), is working with the Johnson Museum of Art on projects for teaching Japanese religion with the museum’s tremendously valuable and rare collection.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Asian Studies

Daniel McKee's research interests include verbal-visual relations, Tokugawa period art and literature, comedy in Japanese art and literature, and kyōka and haikai poetry.

Associate Professor, Asian Studies

Robin McNeal received his PhD from the University of Washington in ancient Chinese history. His teaching at Cornell includes classical Chinese language, text studies, and history and thought of the pre-imperial and early imperial eras.

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.

Goldwin Smith Professor of 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.

Assistant 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.