East Asian Studies and Chinese Studies Faculty

Craig Benjamin, Professor of History, The Frederik Meijer Honors College. B.A. & Ph.D., Macquarie University. Research interests: ancient central Asia, ancient Inner Eurasia, world history, big history.

Meghan Cai, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese. B.A., University of Minnesota -Twin Cities; M.A., University of Wisconsin -Madison; A.B.D., Arizona State University. Research interests: medieval Chinese literature and culture, miscellany and ephemera studies, modern reinterpretations of classical Chinese tropes.

Jason Herdlands, Research Interests: Japanese Language and Japanese Literature.

Wei Gu, Assistant Professor of Education, B.A., Nanjing University, China; M.Ed., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University. Research interests: elementary teacher education, comparative education.

Sufen Lai, Associate Professor of English. B.A., Tunghai University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois. Teaches classical literature and mythology in a comparative context; trained in comparative literature, particularly East-West relations.

Yan Liang, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures. B.A., Nankai University; M.A., Peking University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara. Research interests: Late Imperial Chinese literature, vernacular fiction, and Chinese popular culture.

Kin M. Ma, Assistant Professor of Geography and Planning, M.S., Ph.D., Michigan State University. Research interests: remote sensing, geographic information systems, cartography, forest resources, natural resource management, geography of Asian countries: China, Taiwan, Japan, North and South Korea.

Kimberly McKee, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies, B.A., George Washington University; MSc, London School of Economics; Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Research Interests: Asian international adoption; Asian American Studies.

Peimin Ni, Professor of Philosophy, B.A., M.A., Fuda University; Ph.D., University of Connecticut. Teaches Asian philosophy and serves Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese and Comparative Philosophy book series. Research interests: Asian and comparative philosophy, with emphasis on Confucianism and modern West.

Jeremy Robinson, Associate Professor of Japanese. B.A. and M.A., University of Colorado; Ph.D., University of Michigan. Research Interests: Japanese poetry and poetic theory, Japanese theater, humor, and folklore.

Patrick Shan, East Asian Studies and Chinese Studies Program Coordinator, Associate Professor of History. B.A., Henan University; M.A., Liaoning University; M.A., Ph.D., McMaster University. Research interests: Modern Chinese history.

Geling Shang, Associate Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Fudan University; M.A., Old Dominion University, Tubingen University; Ph.D., Temple University. Research interests: Taoism and Buddhism, especially Zhuangzi, with a comparative approach.

Kirsten Strom, Associate Professor of Art History. B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago; M.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Teaches Asian Art, covering arts of India, China, and Japan.

Wanxiao Sun, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning. B.S., Nanjing University; M.S., Chinese Academy of Sciences; Ph.D., University of Mainz, Germany, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Berkeley. Research interests: remote sensing, image classification, information fusion, mapping plant functional types, Geographic Information Systems, computer cartography, and 3D visualization and simulation.

Yosay Wangdi, Research Interests: East Asian Religions and Indian History.

Shinian Wu, Professor of English. B.A., Xian Institute of Foreign Languages; M.A., Ph.D., Northern Arizona University. Research interests: Theoretical and applied linguistics; second language acquisition; sociolinguistics; assessment and evaluation.

Yan Yu, Professor of Sociology, B.A., M.A., Beijing Foreign Studies University; Ph.D., Florida State University. Research interests: work and family, gender and family, immigration and family.

Gang Xu, Associate Professor of Geography and Planning. M.S., The Chinese Academy of Sciences; Ph.D., Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany. Research interests: economic geography, geographic information systems, globalization, tourism, China, Japan, and East Asia.

Huei Lan Yen, Research Interests: Chinese Diasporas in Latin America.

Peter Zhang, Associate Professor of Communication Studies. B.A., Xian Jiaotong University; M.A., Nankai University; Ph.D., Indiana University. Research interests: rhetoric, media ecology, Deleuze, McLuhan, Virilio, Flusser, I Ching, interality, Chan/Zen. A part list of his publications is available at: http://gvsu.academia.edu/PeterZhang

Yi Zhao, Associate Professor of Political Science. B.A., Peking University; M.A., Chinese Academy of Social Sciences; M.S. L., Yale Law School; Ph.D., Yale University. Research interests: Chinese politics, legal development in China, and comparative judicial politics.