Affiliated Faculty

Asian Studies at Boston University has grown over the last two decades into one of the best and most comprehensive clusters of faculty and resources in New England. Over fifty full-time faculty and instructors focus on Asia across nearly all relevant fields and geographical areas, from East Asia all the way to Turkey.

Many of our faculty members are internationally renowned leaders in their fields. And while we are justifiably proud of such luminaries as Ha Jin (winner of the National Book Award for fiction), Robert Hefner (former president of the Association for Asian Studies), and Husain Haqqani (former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States), many others have been the recipients of prestigious prizes and research fellowships. Moreover, our faculty members are enthusiastic teachers who offer an unusually comprehensive set of courses.

Faculty by Last Name

Assistant Professor of Music (Musicology and Ethnomusicology)
Lecturer in Hindi-Urdu, Head of Hindi-Urdu Language Program
Professor of Anthropology
Professor Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Boston Healing Landscape Project
Associate Professor of International Relations
Associate Professor of Comparative Theology
Director of Undergraduate Advising, Department of Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
Professor of International Relations and History
Assistant Professor of British History
Yin Chong
yinchong@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Tarryn Li-Min Chun
tlchun@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Assistant Professor of Asian Religions
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Archaeology
Managing Editor, Journal of East Asian Archaeology
Chairman and Professor of the Division of Social Science
Assistant Professor, Earth and Environment
Wiebke Denecke
denecke@bu.edu
Associate Professor of Chinese, Japanese, and Comparative Literature
Associate Professor of Journalism
Professor of Religion
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
Assistant Professor in Islamic Art
Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Associate Professor of Japanese
Convener (division head) of Japanese
Associate Professor of Sociology
Robert Goree
rdgoree@bu.edu
Instructor of Japanese Literature
Associate Professor of Social Science
Susan Griffin
griffins@bu.edu
Senior Lecturer in Spanish
Head of Chinese Language Program
Chair and Professor of International Relations
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Professor of International Relations
Miyuki Hatano-Cohen
miyukih@bu.edu
Part-time Lecturer in Japanese
Professor of Anthropology
Associate Director in the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs
Director, Program on Islam and Civil Society
Associate Professor of Music (Musicology and Ethnomusicology)
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
Director of Outreach and Co-Curricular Activities for Japanese
Chang Hsiao-Chih
ciao@bu.edu
Senior Lecturer in Chinese
Weijia Huang
huangwj@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Assistant Professor of Religion
Koichiro Ito
ito@bu.edu
Assistant Professor, Faculty Research Fellow, NBER
Ha Jin
xjin@bu.edu
Professor of English and in the Creative Writing Program
Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Operations and Technology
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Religion and Anthropology
Associate Professor of English
Senior Lecturer of Social Science
Yiyun Ling
yiyunl@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Associate Professor of Religion
Lecturer of Women’s Studies
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Director, BU Center for the Study of Asia
Associate Professor of Chinese History
Associate Professor of the Practice in Turkish
Assistant Professor of Religion
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Hiromi Miyagi-Lusthaus
hmiyagi@bu.edu
Lecturer in Japanese
Dilip Mookherjee
dilipm@bu.edu
Director of the Institute for Economic Development, Professor of Economics
Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Management
Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology
Director, International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH)
Amber Navarre
navarrea@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Etsuko Okita Snyder
eokita@bu.edu
Lecturer of Japanese
Associate Professor of History
Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature
Assistant Professor of Religion
Professor of Religion
Bai Qianshen
qbai@bu.edu
Associate Professor of Asian and Chinese Art
Professor of Music
Senior Lecturer in Korean
Head of Korean Language Program

Associate Professor Department and Center for International Health

Robert B. Saper
Robert.saper@bmc.org
Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine
Director, Integrative Medicine
Associate Professor of Persianate and Comparative Literature
Chair of Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Associate Professor of Japanese Art and Architecture
Sushil Vachani
svachani@bu.edu
Professor of Strategy and Policy (SMG)
Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor of Anthropology
Research Associate, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs
Professor of Anthropology
Part-time Lecturer in Chinese
H. Denis Wu
hdw@bu.edu
Associate Professor of Communication
Lecturer in Japanese
Aimin Yan
aimin@bu.edu
Professor/Faculty Director, IMP, Organizational Behavior Department
Assistant Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature, Convener of Korean
Min Ye
ye@bu.edu
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Director of East Asian Studies Program
Associate Professor of Chinese
Convener of Chinese Language
Senior Lecturer in Chinese

Faculty by Department

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology

Professor of Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Director of the Women’s Studies Program
Professor of Anthropology
Associate Director in the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs
Director, Program on Islam and Civil Society
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Professor of Anthropology
Research Associate, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs
Professor of Anthropology

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Archaeology

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Archaeology
Managing Editor, Journal of East Asian Archaeology
Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Management
Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Anthropology
Director, International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History of Art and Architecture

Associate Professor of Asian and Chinese Art
Assistant Professor in Islamic Art
Associate Professor of Japanese Art and Architecture

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Earth and Environment

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environment

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Economics

Dilip Mookherjee
dilipm@bu.edu
Director of the Institute for Economic Development, Professor of Economics

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of English

Ha Jin
xjin@bu.edu
Professor of English and in the Creative Writing Program
Associate Professor of English

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History

Assistant Professor of British History
Director, BU Center for the Study of Asia
Associate Professor of Chinese History
Associate Professor of History
Charles K. and Elisabeth M. Kenosian Chair in Modern Armenian History and Literature

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of International Relations

Associate Professor of International Relations
Professor of International Relations and History
Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Chair and Professor of International Relations
Professor of International Relations
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Director of East Asian Studies Program

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature

Lecturer in Hindi-Urdu, Head of Hindi-Urdu Language Program
Senior Lecturer in Chinese
Yin Chong
yinchong@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Tarryn Li-Min Chun
tlchun@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Wiebke Denecke
denecke@bu.edu
Associate Professor of Chinese, Japanese, and Comparative Literature
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
Associate Professor of Japanese
Convener (division head) of Japanese
Susan Griffin
griffins@bu.edu
Senior Lector in Spanish
Head of Chinese Language Program
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
Director of Outreach and Co-Curricular Activities for Japanese
Lecturer in Chinese
Yiyun Ling
yiyunl@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Associate Professor of the Practice in Turkish
Hiromi Miyagi-Lusthaus
hmiyagi@bu.edu
Lecturer in Japanese
Amber Navarre
navarrea@bu.edu
Lecturer in Chinese
Lecturer in Japanese
Senior Lecturer in Korean
Head of Korean Language Program
Associate Professor of Persianate and Comparative Literature
Chair of Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Lecturer in Japanese
Assistant Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature, Convener of Korean
Associate Professor of Chinese
Convener of Chinese Language
Senior Lecturer in Chinese

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy

Director of Undergraduate Advising, Department of Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Religion

Assistant Professor of Asian Religions
Professor of Religion
Assistant Professor of Religion
Professor of Religion and Anthropology
Associate Professor of Religion
Assistant Professor of Religion
Assistant Professor of Religion
Professor of Religion

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology

Joseph Harris
josephh@bu.edu
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Professor of Sociology
Associate Professor of Sociology

College of Arts and Sciences
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Lecturer of Women’s Studies

College of Communication

Associate Professor of Journalism
H. Denis Wu
hdw@bu.edu
Associate Professor of Communication

College of Fine Arts

Assistant Professor of Music (Musicology and Ethnomusicology)
Associate Professor of Music (Musicology and Ethnomusicology)
Professor of Music

College of General Studies

Chairman and Professor of the Division of Social Science
Associate Professor of Social Science
Senior Lecturer of Social Science

Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
Karen Jacobs
kjacobs@bu.edu
Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitative Counseling

School of Management

Koichiro Ito
ito@bu.edu
Assistant Professor, Faculty Research Fellow, NBER
Associate Professor of Operations and Technology
Professor, Strategy and Policy Department
Professor/Faculty Director, IMP, Organizational Behavior Department

School of Medicine

Professor Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Boston Healing Landscape Project
Robert B. Saper
Robert.saper@bmc.org
Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine
Director, Integrative Medicine

School of Public Health

Associate Professor Department and Center for International Health

School of Theology

Associate Professor of Comparative Theology