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Advisory Council

The Asian Studies Advisory Council (ASAC) provides guidance and support to the Asian Studies Program Director, oversees Asian Studies degree programs, makes recommendations on policy matters related to teaching and research about Asia at the university, and encourages the participation of students and faculty colleagues in the scholarly and co-curricular activities of the Asian Studies Program. Their activities are guided by the ASAC Bylaws. Advisory Council members serve for 3-year terms. Members of the Asian Studies Executive Committee (marked with *) advise the Director between meetings of the Advisory Council, meet with the College of Arts and Sciences Dean, and make recommendations to the Advisory Council on policy and curriculum changes. Members are elected by the Advisory Council and serve for 1-year terms.

Diana Aga

Diana Aga

Department of Chemistry

Specialties include research in the fate and transport of pollutants and environmental chemistry and toxicology.

John Atkinson

John Atkinson

Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering

Specialties include air pollution control and the development of sustainable materials that will improve indoor and outdoor air quality.

Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen

Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen * Asian Studies Advisory Council Chair

Department of Geography

Specialties include economic and urban geography, innovation and industry studies, foreign direct investment, and biotech and bioenergy.

Anya Bernstein

Anya Bernstein

UB School of Law

Specialties include administrative law, national security, federal liability and federal jurisdiction, immigration, law and culture, and legality and political culture in Greater China.

Nicolas Bommartio

Nicolas Bommartio

Department of Philosophy

Ethics, Buddhist Philosophy, and Moral Psychology.

Winston Chang

Winston Chang

Department of Economics

Research interests include international trade and economics, and East Asian economies.

Filomena Critelli

Filomena Critelli

School of Social Work

Specialties include Child welfare policy and practice; family policy; youth development; immigration and transnational issues.

Rebecca French

Rebecca French

UB School of Law

Research interests include the intersections of law, anthropology, legal theory, religious studies and Buddhist legal systems, and Tibetan and Indonesian immigration and cultural issues.

Walter Hakala

Walter Hakala Asian Studies Program Director *

Department of English and Asian Studies Program

Research interests include Urdu and Indo-Persian literature, Mughal and early colonial history in northern India, and Sufism and Islam in South Asia.

Junhao Hong

Junhao Hong

Department of Communication

Research focuses on global communication issues, relationships between media and society in Asian societies, and how media formations differ in different societies.

Sameer Honwad

Graduate School of Education

Research interests include building learning communities for environmental science.

Amanda Kennell

Amanda Kennell

Asian Studies

Specialties include East Asian Culture.

Hyein Amber Kim

Hyein Amber Kim

Linguistics, Korean Language Program

Specialties include Specialties: Korean Language, Race and Ethnicity, Identity, Multicultural Education, and TESOL.

Isok Kim

Isok Kim

School of Social Work

Specialties include Immigrants and refugees; refugee-related trauma; post-resettlement challenges; cultural competence/humility in interprofessional education; community-based participatory research.

Wooksoo Kim

Wooksoo Kim

School of Social Work

Research interests include Asian immigrants, Asian immigrant elders and their mental health, alcohol use and gambling, immigration and acculturation, and community-based research.

Portrait of Ashima Krishna

Ashima Krishna

Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Research focuses on cultural heritage and its preservation: the management of historic urban landscapes in developing countries like India, issues in adaptively reusing religious historic structures and landscapes, and contemporary problems with world heritage sites in the developing world.

EunHee Lee

EunHee Lee

Department of Linguistics, Asian Studies Program

Research interests include natural language semantics, second language acquisition, and the structure of the Korean language.

Jeehyun Lim

Jeehyun Lim

Department of English

Specialties include Asian American literature and culture; theories of race, ethnicity, migration, and diaspora; cultures of liberalism.

picture of Yan Liu

Yan Liu

Department of History.

Specialties include the history of medicine in the first millennium, the history of pharmacology, religious healing (Daoism and Buddhism), and alchemy.

Arabella Lyon

Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

Specialties include rhetorical theory, comparative rhetoric, human rights representation.

Sean MacDonald

Sean MacDonald

Linguistics, Chinese Language Program

Specialties include Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Animation Studies, Chinese-English Translation.

Nadine (Shaanta) Murshid

Nadine (Shaanta) Murshid *

School of Social Work

Research interests include microfinance and masculinity, domestic violence, genocide, political violence, trauma, and social movements.

Mark Nathan

Mark Nathan

Department of History and Asian Studies Program

Research interests include Buddhism in Korean history, law and religion, transnational religious developments, and religious propagation in Asia.

JiYoung Park

Jiyoung Park

School of Architecture and Planning, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Research interests include urban economics and transportation modeling as applied to natural and man-made environmental and security problems.

Trevor Poag

Trevor Poag

Director of Global Learning Opportunities, International Education

Jessie Poon

Jessie Poon

Department of Geography, Director of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Study Center

Research interests include economic and regional development, political economy of Asia,  Asian business networks, and globalization and multinationals in Asia.

Molly Poremski

Molly Poremski

UB Libraries, Asian Studies Liaison

Mitsuaki Shimojo

Mitsuaki Shimojo *

Department of Linguistics

Research interests include properties of Japanese grammar, lexical-semantic and psycholinguistic aspects of categorization in Japanese, and Japanese syntax in conversation.

Jin Young Song

Jin Young Song

School of Architecture and Planning, Department of Architecture

Research interests include urban regeneration through building façade, urban housing in Asia, and sensation and affection in memorial design.

Kristin Stapleton

Kristin Stapleton *

Department of History

Research interests include modern China, the history of Chinese family life, Chinese socialism, humor in history, and the place of non-U.S. history in American intellectual life.

Christine Wang

X. Christine Wang

Graduate School of Education Early Childhood Research Center, Learning and Instruction

Research interests include technology and early learning & development, digital literacies and science inquiry, and early education in international contexts.

Eun-Hye Yoo

Eun-Hye Yoo

Department of Geography

Research interests include GIScience, geostatistics, spatial statistics, public health and environmental modeling, spatial hedonic modeling, and uncertainty analysis.

The Asian Studies Executive Committee members are: Walter Hakala, Asian Studies Program Director | Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Advisory Council Chair | Shaanta Murshid | Kristin Stapleton | Mitsuaki Shimojo ex officio