Campus Affiliates

The Institute has more than 45 Campus Affiliates, which include PSU faculty (with any appointment), emeritus faculty, visiting faculty and scholars, administrators, and staff whose work and/or interests supports Asian studies. Affiliates fully participate in the Institute’s activities but are not eligible to vote, receive grants, or stand for election.

Jennifer Aengst (Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2011) 
Adjunct Professor, Anthropology 
Teaching interests: Gender in cross cultural perspective, medical anthropology, South Asia
Research Interests: Cultural and medical anthropology, reproduction, population, fertility politics, gender, the development of contraceptive technologies, Ladakh, Himalayas, and South Asia
Regional Specialization: South Asia

 

Jeff Baffaro

Program Manager, International Special Programs, Office of International Affairs
Specialization: International education, program management, Japan
Regional interest: Japan

 

Randall Bluffstone (Ph.D. Economics, Boston University, 1993) 
Professor of Economics 
Director of the Institute for Economics and the Environment
Teaching Interest: Economics
Regional Specialization: Nepal

Amanda Byron (Portland State University, Ed.D.) 
Core Faculty, Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution
Teaching & Research Interests:  Peace Education and Violence Prevention
Regional interests:  SE Asia, Indonesia

Sharon Carstens (Ph.D., Cornell University, 1980) 
Emerita Professor of Anthropology and International Studies; 
Teaching interests: Culture theory; research methods; symbolic anthropology; visual anthropology; Southeast Asia, China, Asian Americans

Research interests: Southeast Asian Chinese (especially Malaysia, Singapore); ethno history; ethnic identities; Hakka; Chinese folk religion; transnational media; Mandarin bilingual education; multi-lingual identities and politics
Regional specialization: Southeast Asia, China


Christine Chaille (Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 1997) 
Professor and Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Graduate School of Education.
Teaching interests: __________ .
Research interests: University roles in inspiring innovative practice
Regional interests: China and Japan

Susan Chan (D.M., Indiana University, 1994) 
Associate Professor of Music.
Teaching interests: Piano.
Research interests Soloist and chamber musician who actively promotes music from Asia, especially music written by female composers.
Regional specialization: China

Alyse Collins  (M.A., Portland State University, 2007)
Assistant Director & Advisor, Education Abroad — Asia & Latin America, Office of International Affairs.
Specialization: Advisor for study abroad programs in Asia, Latin America, and international internships.

Jiunn-Der Geoffrey Duh (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2004) 
Associate Professor of Geography and Director of GIS Programs.
Teaching interests: GIS; digital compilation and database design; satellite digital image processing classification, and change detection; digital terrain analysis.
Research interests: geocomputational theory and techniques to integrate GIS and remote sensing technologies in spatial decision-making
Regional specialization: China
 

Linda George (Ph.D., Portland State University, 1991) 
Professor of Environmental Sciences and Management.
Teaching interests: ____________
Research interests: Atmospheric chemistry, monitoring and modeling of urban air pollutants, assessing human exposure to and perception of air pollutants and climate change, development of measurement techniques for quantifying atmospheric species, investigations of urban climate.
Regional specialization: South Asia

Mel Gurtov
 Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Regional specialization: East Asia, China, Korea

Joyce Hamilla
Director of International Partnerships, International Affairs

YoungJuo Han

Adjunct Professor; Section Head of Korean Program

Teaching Interest: Korean language

Research Interest: Building a curriculum rooted in universal design for learning

 

Akiko Hashimoto  
Ph, D. Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburg
Visiting Scholar in the Department of Sociology at Portland State University
Research interests: Cultural Sociology, Global and Comparative Sociology, Qualitative Methods, Cultural Trauma, Memory, National Identity, Family, Aging, Media, Popular Culture, War and Peace.
Regional Specialization: Japan

Bin Jiang (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999) 
Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics.
Research interests: Computational electromagnetism, numerical simulation in nanoscale optics.
Regional specialization: China

Jun Jiao (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 1997) 
Professor of Physics.

Teaching & research interests: nanoscale materials and the application of analytical techniques of electron microscopy.
Regional specialization: China


Una Kim (M.F.A., Parsons School of Design, 1990) 
Adjunct Painting Instructor, Department of Art.
Specialization: Professional painter, coordination of international art focused programs
Regional specialization: Korea

David Komito (Ph.D., Indiana University at Bloomington)

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Teaching interests: Asian philosophy, environmental philosophy

Regional specialization: Tibet

 

Nariyo Kono (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2001) 
Assistant Professor, Applied Linguistics and Native American Studies.
Teaching interests: Language maintenance and revitalization; language planning and policy; educational linguistics; bilingualism/multilingualism; sociolinguistics, research methods and ethics; discourse grammar; native American languages.
Research interests: Theory development in language planning and policy; second/heritage language acquisition/pedagogy; community-based language revitalization and language documentation methods; discourse grammar; grammaticization; language classroom cultures; use of technology. 
Regional specialization: Japan, Native American languages

Thomas Larsen  
Professor Emeritus, PSU Library
Scholarly interests:  Southeast Asian languages and librarianship, Chinese language, Manchu language 

Julia Hwakyu Lee  (DM., University of Wisconsin)  
Adjunct Professor of Piano
Teaching interests: Piano
Research interests Soloist and chamber musician
Regional specialization: Korea


Bishupal Limbu (Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2010) 
Assistant Professor, English Literature.
Teaching & Research Interests: Globalization and theories of cosmopolitanism; transnational literature; postcolonial literature and theory; ethics and human rights; poststructuralism
Regional Specialization: South Asia, Nepal

Masumi Lint (M.A. TESOL, University of Idaho) 
Program Manager, International Special Programs, Office of International Affairs
Specialization: International education, program management; China & Japan.

Jenny Liu   (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) 
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies & Planning.
Research interests: Economics of alternative energy sources; linkages between transportation choices and environmental issues; the effects of physical infrastructure networks and social networks on the adoption of transportation technologies, and technology adoption
Regional specialization: China


Sally McWilliams (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1992) 
Professor and Chair, Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Specialization: Transnational feminist theory and activism; narrative strategies employed by women and queer writers across the globe; diaspora Chinese women’s literature and graphic novels.
Regional specialization: China


Douglas Morgan (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1971) 
Professor Emeritus and Program Manager, Executive Masters in Public Administration, Hatfield School of Government.
Regional specialization: China

David Moore (M.A. Portland State University, 1994; ABD, Simon Fraser University) 
Adjunct Instructor, Anthropology and International Studies
Teaching interests: Cultural Anthropology, South Asia, Southeast Asia 
Research interests: Southeast Asia; South Asia; nationalism; ethnicity; globalization; historical anthropology.
Regional specialization: Southeast Asia, South Asia

Sally Mudiamu (M.A., London School of Economics and Political Science, 1991) 
Director of the Waseda Transnational Program, Office of International Affairs.
Regional specialization: Japan


Swapna Mukhopadhyay (Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1989) 
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Graduate School of Education.
Teaching interests: Critical mathematics education; Ethno mathematics
Research interests: ______________
Regional specialization: South Asia, India


Connie Ozawa (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988) 

Professor of Urban Studies & Planning.
Teaching interests: Environmental policy and management; planning theory and practice; negotiation and dispute resolution.
Research interests: Public decision making; the role of the professional; public participation methods.
Regional specialization: China

YeRim Park
Adjuct Instructor, Korean Language Department

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. 


Yuko Sakurauchi
Adjunct Instructor, International Studies Program. 
 
Regional specialization: Japan


Vivek Shandas (Ph.D., University of Washington, 2005) 
Associate Professor, Urban Studies & Planning.
Teaching interests: GIS; environmental planning methods; ecosystem services; global cities.
Research interests: Environmental change and human behavior.
Regional specialization: India, China


Shung Jae Shin (Ph.D., Texas A&M, 2003) 
Associate Professor, School of Business.
Teaching interests: Organizational behavior.
Research interests: Creativity at workplace; leadership, human side of corporate, mergers and acquisition; cross-cultural studies teams and diversity.
Regional specialization: Korea

Lindsay Skog 
(Ph.D. Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2015)
Adjunct faculty, Dept. of Geography
Regional interests:  India & Nepal 

Renjeng Su (D.Sc., Chemical engineering, Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan) 

Dean of the Maseeh College of Engineering & Computer Science.
Regional specialization: China


Barbara Tint (Ph.D., University of Melbourne, 2003) 
Associate Professor, Conflict Resolution
Teaching interests: Conflict Resolution
Regional interest: South Asia

 

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

Alma Trinidad (Ph.D., University of Washington, 2010) 
Assistant Professor of Social Work.
Teaching interests: anti-oppressive, social justice & empowerment social work practice; policy analysis & advocacy; community, organizations and society; health & mental health promotion among youth & young adults; community participatory research
Research interests: sociopolitical development among youth & young adults; critical pedagogies of place & social justice work; indigenization of social movements; health & mental health promotion among Asian Pacific Islanders & other marginalized populations; culturally responsive programs; faith-based organizing
Regional specialization: Asian Americans

Baihetiyaer Tuerxun
Professor, Courtesy Appointment
Specialization: History of Central Asia and Xinjiang, China 

Linda Walton (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1978) 
Professor Emerita of Chinese History
Teaching interests: Pre-modern Chinese history
Research interests: intellectual history and social history of China, 1000-1400
Regional specialization: China & Japan

Dilafruz Williams (Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1987) 

Department Chair and Professor, Education Leadership and Policy, Graduate School of Education.
Research interests: Community-Higher Education-Schools Strategic Partnership Development; Civic Engagement/Service Learning; Professional Development Sustainability Education; Environmental Education Learning; Gardens-Based Education Curriculum Design; Research K-12 Public
Regional specialization: South Asia, India

 

Liu-Qin Yang (Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2009) 
Assistant Professor, Psychology 
Teaching areas: 
Motivation, Psychological Measurement, Unilabiate Quantitative Methodology
Research interests: Workplace relationships and aggression prevention, work motivation, cross-cultural psychology, and quantitative methodology 

Sung Yi (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1992) 
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Teaching interests: _____________.
Research interests: Electronic packaging; delamination and failure mechanisms of IC packages and composites; constitutive modeling and characterization of engineering materials; numerical modeling and simulation of manufacturing process of polymer matrix composites
Regional specialization: Korea

Xia Zhang 
Professor, Department of Anthropology     
Research interest: globalization, urbanization, migration, gender (esp. masculinity), new media, youth culture, and recently on family and mental health in China and East Asia