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Asian Studies Faculty

Core Asian Studies Faculty

Several of our affiliated faculty members are directly associated with our program. They teach many of our core courses and actively seek opportunities to support undergraduate research. We invite you to contact our core faculty if you are interested in working with them as an undergraduate or graduate student specializing in Asian Studies.

Thomas W. Burkman

Thomas W. Burkman, Emeritus
Department of History
Specialist in: Japanese History
PhD 1975 | University of Michigan

Walter Hakala

Walter Hakala
Department of English and Asian Studies Program
Specialist in: Urdu and Indo-Persian literature and language history (India)
PhD 2010 | University of Pennsylvania

Amanda Kennell

Amanda Kennell
Asian Studies Program
Specialist in: East Asian Culture
PhD 2017 | University of Southern California

Mark Nathan

Mark Nathan
Department of History and Asian Studies Program
Specialist in: Korean History and Religion in East Asia
PhD 2010 | UCLA

Affiliated and Adjunct Asian Studies Faculty

Dr. Carolyn Marcille

Dr. Marcille received her PhD in 2016 from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Literature and Criticism. She teaches courses in our Asian Studies Program and is a lecturer in the Department of English at Buffalo State University. She developed our popular AS 333 “South Asian Cinema: Bollywood and Beyond.” Dr. Marcille’s expertise in South Asian culture, literature, and film contributes to the Asian Studies Program’s course offerings and provides unique curricular and mentoring opportunities for undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and throughout the university. Marcille is actively engaged with postcolonial South Asian literature, particularly as related to science fiction, gender roles, and transhumanism.

Dr. Natalie Sarrazin

Dr. Sarrazin is associate professor of music at the College at Brockport, SUNY, with a specialization in South Asian popular music including Hindi film. Dr. Sarrazin completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland in 2003. Since her arrival at the College at Brockport in 2006, Dr. Sarrazin has worked to build a relationship with and actively contribute to the University of Buffalo Asian Studies Program. She has been a frequent guest speaker on Indian film and film music at UB for conferences and assisted in developing a successful grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities, for which she presented on Indian Classical music and Film Music as part of a two-week seminar on India and China for school teachers. Dr. Sarrazin recently chaired a panel at the Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference held at UB on November 3, 2018. She will be the conference chair for the 2020 NYCAS at Brockport. Dr. Sarrazin has consulted with Walter Hakala in discussions about developing online courses on Indian popular culture and in seeking SUNY funding to develop a online platform for sharing curricular materials on South Asia among faculty in various SUNY campuses.


Asia-focused Research at UB

Faculty research at UB spans Asian and Asian-American geographies. Click on a regional map below for a list of faculty who work there and get to know our core faculty members who are directly affiliated with our program.

East Asia




South Asia


Southeast Asia

West/Central Asia

Asia General

Asian American Studies