Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Distinguished Professors  

Sridhar, Shikaripur N., SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Ph.D., 1980, University of Illinois: South Asian Linguistics; Kannada Grammar and Sociolinguistics; Multilingualism; Psycholinguistics; second Language Acquisition and Teaching; World Englishes; India Studies; Kannada Literature and Translation of Indian Literacy Classics.

Full Professors

Chittick, William C.  Ph.D., 1973, University of Tehran:  Islamic intellectual history, Sufism, Persian literature.

He, Agnes Weiyun, Department Chair, Ph.D., 1993, UCLA:  discourse and communication, language socialization, heritage language, Chinese.      

Murata, Sachiko, Ph.D., 1971, University of Tehran:  Islamic thought in the Chinese language, Islamic law, Islamic cosmology.

Associate Professors

Balce, Nerissa S., Ph.D., 2002, UC Berkeley: postcolonial theory and the cultures of 1898; race, American visual culture and feminist epistemologies; state violence and Filipino culture; and Asian American literature and culture.

Kim, Hongkyung, Ph.D., 1993, Sungkyunkwan Unviersity in Seoul, South Korea: Korean Intellectual History, Confucianism and Daoism.

Nicholson, Andrew J., Ph.D., 2005, University of Chicago: philosophies of India; Hinduism; Indian intellectual history: philosophy of religion; Sanskrit.

Ruf, Gregory. Ph.D. 1993 Columbia University: cultural anthropology, Gender & Social Organization, Historical Anthropology, Cultural Ecology & Environmental History, Maritime Studies, Social Theory, Ethnographic Methods, Research Design, Ancient China, Modern China.

Sridhar, Kamal K., Ph.D. 1980, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign:  Applied Linguistics, TESOL, Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, World Englishes.

Assistant Professors

Sato, Eriko, Ph.D., 1996, The State University of New York at Stony Brook:  linguistics; second language acquisition; translation studies.


Christoff, Peggy Spitzer, Ph.D., 1984, American University: US-China scientific and technological relations; women’s oral history; Asian American Pacific Islander voting patterns.

Diaz, Mary Ph.D. 2002, Stony Brook University: Japanese Literature and Religious Studies.

Hwang, Jiwon, Ph.D., 2011, Stony Brook University: Second Language Acquisition, Korean linguistics, language processing

Nagase, Eva, Ph.D. candidate, Stony Brook University:  Japanese language, culture studies, material culture, travelogue, Japanese literature, Japanese art.

Sohn, Heejeong, Ph.D., 2014, Stony Brook University:  Modern Korea, visual culture, representational techniques, gender, Korean language and culture.

Zeng, Dongmei, Provost's Outstanding Lecturer, D.A., 1997, SBU: Chinese language maintenance and shift, second language acquisition and pedagogy, Chinese linguistics.

Affiliate Faculty

August, Timothy K., Ph.D., 2014, University of Minnesota: Critical refugee studies, Asian American studies, Diasporic Vietnamese literature and film, Postcolonial theory and criticism.

Lim, Shirley Jennifer, Ph.D., 1998, UCLA: Asian American history, race/ethnicity, gender, film, popular culture.

Santa Ana, Jeffrey, Ph.D., 2004, University of California, Berkeley: Associate Professor of English, Asian American and Asian-Pacific diaspora studies, postcolonial literature and criticism, gender and sexuality (queer studies), environmental humanities and ecocriticism, memory studies.

Tan, E.K., Ph.D., 2007, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Sinophone Studies, Modern Chinese Literature, Culture and Film, Postcolonial Studies, Southeast Asian Studies, Cultural Translation.

Wilson, Nicholas Hoover, Ph.D., 2012, UC-Berkeley:  Assistant Professor.  Empire and Imperialism, Corruption, Sociology of Knowledge and Culture, Historical Sociology.