The Institute's 37 Associate Faculty have PSU academic appointments at .50FTE or higher and regularly apply scholarship on Asia and Asian-Americans to teaching, research, or training.


Associate Faculty have voting rights on Institute affairs in addition to fully participating in its activities and are eligible for grants and election to Institute for Asian Studies offices.






Karen Curtin (Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2016) 
Assistant Professor of Japanese, Department of World Languages & Literatures
Teaching interests: Japanese language, Japanese socio-linguistics, Japanese language pedagogy
Research interests: Second language acquisition, Japanese polite behavior and pedagogy

HeeJun Chang (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2001)
Professor and Chair of Geography
Teaching interests: Hydrology and water resources; climate change impact assessment; hydrologic ecosystem services; stream restoration; visual spatial analysis; GIS applications in hydrology and water resources
Regional specialization: Korea

Sri Craven (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2009)
Associate Professor, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Teaching interests: Gender and sexuality studies (postcolonial and transnational approaches); critical race studies; globalization; contemporary South Asian literary and political culture
Research interests: South Asian women's literature; postcolonial modernism; comparative approaches to feminist pedagogy.

Yiping Fang (Ph.D., University Colorado at Denver, 2005)
Assistant Professor, Urban Studies & Planning.
Teaching interests: Research methods; using GIS in urban, international, and development planning
Research interests: Housing reform in China; social and spacial Inequality in Chinese cities between local and migrant residents
Regional specialization: China

John Gallup (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1994)
Associate Professor of Economics
Teaching interests: Economic development; labor economics; growth theory
Research interests:Geography in economic development—problems of tropical and landlocked regions; determinants of income distribution; labor markets and rural poverty in Vietnam
Regional specialization: Vietnam

Michele Gamburd (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1995)
Professor, Department of Anthropology.
Teaching interests: Transnationalism and migration; anthropology of violence; gender in cross-cultural perspective; research methods; South Asia
Research interests:Gender; transnationalism; globalization; migration; alcohol consumption; disaster studies; aging
Specialization: South Asian, Sri Lanka, West Asia

Bruce Gilley (Ph.D., Princeton University, 2008)
Associate Professor of Political Science
Teaching interests:Comparative politics and international relations
Research interests: Comparative politics of China and Asia, particularly democracy, legitimacy, and global politics
Regional specialization: China

Jon Holt (Ph.D., University of Washington, 2010)
Associate Professor of Japanese, Department of World Languages & Literatures
Teaching interests:Japanese literature, film, manga, and religion; upper-division Japanese language courses
Research interests: Modern Japanese literature including poetry, children’s literature, and manga; Japanese Buddhism.
Regional specialization: Japan

Chia Yin Hsu (Ph.D., New York University, 2006)
Associate Professor of History 

Teaching interests:Russian history
Research interests: Late imperial and early soviet Russian migration to the Russian far east and north Manchuria; Russian imperial expansion and colonialism in China; ethnicity and nationality in late imperial and early soviet Russia.
Regional specialization: Russia and China

Marcus Ingle (Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1977)
Professor of Public Administration and Program Manager for International Programs with the Center for Public Service.
Teaching interests:Public administration
Research interests:Institutional sustainability; shared-power leadership and management for sustainable prosperity in the 21st century context; project and program management; public policy implementation; internationalization of higher education
Regional specialization: China & Vietnam

Hiro Ito (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2004)
Professor of Economics
Teaching interests: East Asia, Japan
Research interests: East Asia, Japan
Regional specialization: East Asia, Japan

Priya Kapoor (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1995)
Professor of International and Global Studies
Teaching & Research Interests:  Critical Theory and Cultural Studies; Intercultural Communication; South Asia; Social movements; Media; Textual and Field Research methods.
Regional specialization: South Asia

Daniel Kim (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2017)
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Fields of Expertise:
history of modern Korea, especially period of Japanese colonization
socialism and feminism in colonial Korea, history of colonial education

Laurence Kominz (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1983)
Professor of Japanese Literature, Department of World Languages & Literatures
Teaching interests: Japanese literature; Japanese film; Japanese theater
Research interests: Traditional Japanese drama, literature and film
Regional specialization: Japan

Jungmin Kwon
Assistant Professor, Department of Film Studies
Specialization: South Korean film and digital culture 

Kuan-Pin Lin(Ph.D., State University of New York, Stony Brook)
Professor of Economics
Teaching Fields: Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, Research Methods.
Research Interests: Computational econometrics; Computer applications in economics; Internet economics; Computable or applied general equilibrium (CGE) models; Chinese Economy.

JungHee Lee (Ph.D., University of California – Los Angeles, 1984)
Professor of Asian Art History
Teaching interests: Asian art history
Research interests: Buddhist sculptures of Korea and Japan
Regional specialization: East Asia (China, Korea, Japan)

JungHee Lee (Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2006)
Associate Professor of Social Work
Teaching interests: Research design and methodology; social welfare policy; health care policy; diversity and social justice; social program planning and evaluation
Research interests: Health and educational disparities among minority populations; program evaluation; research with Asian, Mexican, American Indian, and immigrant communities
Regional specialization: Asian Americans, Korea

Piman Limpaphayom (Ph.D., CFA, University of Rhode Island)
Associate Professor of Finance
Teaching interests: Finance, investment analysis and portfolio management
Research interests: Corporate finance, organizational structure, and bankruptcy
Regional specialization: Thailand, East and SE Asia

Marie Lo (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001)
Associate Professor of English literature.
Teaching interests: Asian American literature and film; cultural studies
Regional specialization: Asian-America

Masami Nishishiba (Ph.D., Portland State University, 2003) Chair and Professor of Public Administration; Associate Director of the Center for Public Service.
Teaching interests: Organizational theory; organizational behavior; diversity in the workplace; intercultural communication; research methodology, and statistics; Japanese-English interpreting
Research interests: Social diversity, civic capacity, and comparative local government; hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and multidimensional scaling
Regional specialization: Japan

Jonathan Pease (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1986)
Professor of Chinese, Department of World Languages & Literatures.
Teaching interests: Chinese language and literature
Regional specialization: China

Pronoy Rai (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018)
Assistant Professor of International and Global Studies
Research Interests: human-environment geographies, development and labor geographies, and feminist geographies. 
Teaching Interests: global migration, international development (with a focus on gender and climate change in the Global South), modern India, and social and political theories.
Regional Specialization: India

Ken Ruoff (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1997)
Professor of History; Director, PSU Center for Japanese Studies
Teaching interests: Japanese history; East Asia history; Japanese-American relations; Korean history; Vietnamese history
Research interests: Modern Japanese history; Comparative East Asia
Regional specialization: Japan, East Asia

Jennifer Ruth (Ph.D., Brown University, 1999)
Professor of Film Studies
Teaching interests: film history, theory, and genre.
Area of specialization:  Cold War politics of and in film from the United States, the former Soviet bloc countries, and China.

Jeremy Spoon (Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 2008)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Teaching interests: Environmental anthropology; applied anthropology
Research interests: Local ecological knowledge; political economy; environmental sustainability; mountainous protected areas, place-based spirituality; applied anthropology; ethics; linked quantitative and qualitative methods; South Asia, Native North America, East Africa.
Regional specialization: South Asia

Gerry Sussman (Ph.D., University of Hawaii/ Eat-West Center, 1983)
Professor, Urban Studies & Planning; International Studies Program
Teaching interests: Political economy of urban development; information systems; political communication and media.
Research interests: Political economy of globalization; world systems analysis; Southeast Asia; Eastern Europe
Regional specialization: Southeast Asia

Sully Taylor (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1989)
Professor of Business Administration, School of Business
Teaching interests: Business issues in Asia; international management; global human resource management; sustainable human resource management
Research interests: Human resource issues in Japan; international human resource management; organizational social capital in MNCs; sustainable human resource management
Regional specialization: Japan

Yer Thao  (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, 2002)  
Associate, Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, Graduate School of Education
Regional specialization:  Southeast Asia, Mong and Laotian cultures

Stephen Wadley (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1987)
Professor of Chinese and International Studies
Teaching interests: Chinese linguistics, Modern Chinese literature, Literary Chinese
Research interests: Historical Chinese linguistics, particularly Early Mandarin; Chinese vernacular literature and Altaic languages
Regional specialization: China

Liming Wang (Ph.D., University of Washington, 2009)
Assistant Professor
Teaching interests: Land Use and transportation; Travel Demand modeling; Discrete Choice Modeling
Research interests: Land Use and Transportation Planning
Regional specialization: China

Suwako Watanabe (Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1991)
Professor of Japanese, Department of World Languages & Literatures
Interim Director of the PSU Institute for Asian Studies
Teaching interests: Japanese language and culture, Japanese sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Japanese language pedagogy, language assessment, and The Japanese Way of Tea
Research interests: Discourse analysis; socio-linguistics; language assessment; Japanese language pedagogy; cross-cultural communication
Regional specialization: Japan

Hyeyoung Woo (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2008)
Associate Professor of Sociology
Teaching interests: Korean families; sociology of aging; medical sociology, research methods, quantitative data analysis
Research interests: Korean families; health and well-being; aging and the life course; immigration; race and ethnic relations; quantitative research methods
Regional specialization: Korea; Asian-Americans

KyungAh Yoon (M.Ed., Teachers College, Columbia University, 2002)
Instructor of Korean, Department of World Languages and Literatures
Teaching interests: Korean language, film, popular culture
Research interests: Concentration in language pedagogy
Regional specialization: Korea