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Peg Christoff

Senior Lecturer 

Peg Christoff

Humanities 1126

Professor Peggy (Peg) Spitzer Christoff is Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies and currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at SUNY-Stony Brook University.  She received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Minnesota (1976) and an M.A. (1978) and a Ph.D. (1984) also in International Relations, from American University in Washington, D.C.

Peg supports multi-disciplinary activities in three ways:  1) through collaborative field research in Asian communities relating to local women’s involvement in climate change adaptation; 2) by enhancing pedagogical practices and student service projects to highlight the dynamic and changing qualities of Asian America, Asia, and US-Asian relations; and 3) by promoting the creation of high-quality digital collections to ensure that research materials are widely available. She has received an FAHSS grant (2016), a Presidential Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives (2015), and a Talent Grant from the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center (2013). In 2017, she received an award for teaching excellence with technology. She serves on the Global Citizenry and Fulbright advisory boards.

Before coming to SBU in 2012, Peg managed programs and conducted research in Washington, D.C. for the Smithsonian’s Sackler Gallery for Asian Art, the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center for International Scholars and Federal Research Division, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s China Debate Series, and the East-West Center’s Asia Matters for America initiative.  Before that, she wrote and published several articles and a book titled Tracking the Yellow Peril:  The INS and Chinese Immigrants in the Midwest (2002).

She regularly teaches the following courses:

  • AAS/ANT 379 Ecology and Ethnicity in China
  • AAS310/POL340 America’s Wars in Asia
  • AAS118 Introduction to Asian Studies: A Modular Approach
  • AAS/POL 307 Women in US-Asian Relations
  • AAS/HIS 351 Revolutionary China
  • AAS221 Science and Civilization in China
  • AAS 401/501 Research Methods in Asian and Asian American Studies

Peg led a month-long summer Study Abroad student group to Wuhan, China in 2017 and will do so again in 2018. 

Most Recent Publications:

Women and Political Participation in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam: A   Preliminary Analysis of the Local Impact of Transnational Advocacy Networks in Climate Change Adaptation,” in Women and Political Participation in Asia, (with Nancy Davis Lewis, Min-Huei Lu, and Jamie Sommer) 2017.

“Voting Behavior of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders,” in Minority Voting in the United States, ed. Thomas Baldino and Kyle Kreider, Praeger Press 2015.

Shaoxing Wine, A Curriculum Packet for Educators.  (with Yuanzi Liu, Yuan Liu, and Annetta Fotopoulos), connected to curriculum through Columbia University's Asia for Educators, including materials about Lu Xun and the May 4th Movement, October 21, 2015.


Interested in digital collections?  For examples, please see and

Interested in student projects?  For examples, please see, and Senior Seminar student posters.