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Asian Studies Faculty

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

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
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
Mitsuaki Shimojo
Mitsuaki Shimojo, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Asian Studies Program/ Dept. of Linguistics
Specialist in: Japanese Linguistics
PhD University at Buffalo