University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

East Asian Area Studies

College House 101
(213) 740-2991
FAX: (213) 740-8409

Director: David Kang, Ph.D.

Associated Faculty

Professors: Jonathan Aronson (Communication and International Relations); Philip Birnbaum-More (Management and Organization); Baizhu Chen (Finance and Business Economics); Dominic Cheung (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature); Iris Chi (Social Work, Gerontology); Eugene Cooper (Anthropology); Robert Dekle (Economics); JoAnn Marie Farver (Psychology); Eric Heikkila (Public Policy); Velina Hasu Houston (Dramatic Arts); David James (Cinematic Arts); Douglas Joines (Finance and Business Economics); David Kang (Inter­national Relations, Business); Namkil Kim (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Dorinne Kondo (Anthropology, American Studies and Ethnicity); Audrey Li (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Linguistics); Thomas W. Lin (Accounting); Akira Mizuta Lippit (Cinematic Arts, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Comparative Literature); Roger Moon (Economics); Jeffrey B. Nugent (Economics, Business); C.W. Park (Business); Joan Piggott (History); Nandini Rajagopalan (Management and Organization); Harry Richardson (Public Policy); Stanley Rosen (Political Science); Ellen Seiter (Cinematic Arts); Jean Shih (Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences); Andrew Simpson (Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Cultures); James Steele (Architecture); John Strauss (Economics); Guofu Tan (Economics); Shui Yan Tang (Public Policy); Yan Xiao (Engineering)

Associate Professors: David Bialock (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Bettine Birge (East Asian Languages and Cultures, History); Harrison Cheng (Economics); Meiling Cheng (Dramatic Arts, Critical Studies, English); Ruth Gim Chung (Education); Joshua Goldstein (History); Yasushi Hamao (Finance and Business Economics); George A. Hayden (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Hajime Hoji (Linguistics, East Asian Languages and Cultures); Mingyi Hung (Accounting); Kyung Moon Hwang (History); Jacques Hymans (International Relations); Saori Katada (International Relations); Lon Kurashige (History, American Studies and Ethnicity); Kwanmin Lee (Communication); Sonya Lee (Art History, East Asian Languages and Cultures); Andrew Lih (Journalism); Daniel Lynch (International Relations); Lori Meeks (East Asian Languages and Cultures, Religion); Lawrence Pryor (Communication); Gary Seaman (Anthropology); Brett Sheehan (History); Jay Wang (Communication); Shiing-Wu Wang (Accounting); Duncan Williams (Religion)

Assistant Professors: Brian Bernards (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Youngmin Choe (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Robeson Taj Frazier (Communication); Clinton Godart (History); Yu Hong (Communication); Lian Jian (Communication); Sunyoung Park (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Satoko Shimazaki (East Asian Languages and Cultures)

Adjunct, Research, Teaching and Visiting Faculty: Richard Drobnick (Management and Organization); Nansong Huang (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Jehoon Lee (Social Work); Jing Li (APRISE); Miya Mizuta Lippit (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Qingyun Ma (Architecture); Masako Tamanaha (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Paul Tang (Architecture); Juliana Wang (Environmental Studies); Geoffrey Wiseman (International Relations and Public Diplomacy)

Librarians: Tomoko Bialock (Japanese Studies); Joy Kim (Korean Heritage Library); Kenneth Klein (East Asian Library); Sun-Yoon Lee (Korean Studies); Lillian Yang (Chinese)

Emeritus Professors: Gordon Berger (History); Peter A. Berton (International Relations); Roger Dingman (History); Murray Fromson (Journalism); Charlotte Furth (History); William Rideout (Education); Otto Schnepp (Chemistry); John E. Wills Jr. (History)


The East Asian Studies Center provides interdisciplinary studies of China, Japan and Korea. It offers an undergraduate major in East Asian Area Studies, minors in East Asian Area Studies and Korean Studies, the Master of Arts in East Asian Area Studies and the Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration. Its faculty are professors from departments throughout the college and several professional schools who teach and engage in research on East Asia. The center’s interdisciplinary approach allows students to acquire broad exposure to many ways of learning about the region.

The East Asian Studies Center promotes and coordinates teaching, research and development of academic programs concerning East Asia, regardless of discipline or school, on a university-wide basis. Visiting scholars may also be named from among persons outside the university who wish to do research at USC and contribute to the goals of the center.

The center also promotes and coordinates academic exchange with other institutions with which USC maintains cooperative relations in the United States and abroad. The center serves, for example, as the consortium partner with UCLA’s Asia Institute to form the UCLA-USC Joint East Asian Studies Center, a Title VI National Resource Center. Graduate students with special interests in East Asia may take courses at UCLA through USC and may also work, where appropriate, with certain UCLA faculty. UCLA graduate students may similarly take courses at USC and work with USC faculty, for credit at UCLA in East Asian studies. The center facilitates cooperation and provides graduate fellowships to students at both institutions.