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 all of our faculty members are enthusiastic teachers who offer an expansive set of courses.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology

Professor of Anthropology (Social anthropology, political economy, anthropology and history, pastoral nomadism. Near East and Central Asia. Afghanistan)
Associate Professor of Anthropology (Social/Cultural anthropology, gender, law, religion. Iran, Middle East, South Asia)
Professor of Anthropology; Associate Director in the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs; Director, Program on Islam and Civil Society (Cultural theory, religion and modernity, political theory, political economy, democracy, Islam, Southeast Asia)
Professor of Anthropology (Orangutan behavior and biology, reproductive physiology of male and female orangutans, conservation)
Professor of Religion and Anthropology (Folklore, religion, ritual and performance. South Asia, Caribbean, Tibet)
Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Psychological, medical, and linguistic anthropology; ethics, morality and subjectivity; narrative and language socialization; illness and recovery; gender, family and kinship; Vietnam and Southeast Asia; food and eating disorders; memory, ritual, and experience; Israel)
Department Chair, and Professor of Anthropology (Anthropological linguistics, psychological anthropology, gender, Asians in America, anthropology and education; Southeast Asia)
Professor of Anthropology; Research Associate, Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (Religion and ritual, environment, political change and civil life, anthropological theory, China and Taiwan)
Professor of Anthropology (Urban Japan; food studies; travel and tourism; family, elderly and social change in Japan; the cafe and social spaces in Japanese cities)

College of Arts and Sciences
Archaeology Program

 
Associate Professor of Archaeology
Professor Emeritus of Archaeology
Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology
Associate Director, Boston University Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA)
Director, AsianArc: The Asian Cultural Heritage Research Initiative (formerly the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History, or ICEAACH)

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 (Xuefei Jin)
xjin@bu.edu
Professor of English and in the Creative Writing Program
Associate Professor of English
Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Arvind and Chandan Nandlal Kilachand Professor and Director, Kilachand Honors College (modernist literature, performance, and dance, feminist and queer theory, and transnational and postcolonial studies)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History

Professor of History (History of the Middle East, social and intellectual history of the Arab world, history of education, and modern world history)
Professor of International Relations and History (Middle Eastern politics and cultural history, international law)
Associate Professor of History
Associate Professor of History (Chinese-Western relations in late imperial times, Chinese religions and Christianity in China, Chinese science, intellectual history of Republican China, history of maritime Asia, Chinese food history)
Charles K. and Elizabeth M. Kenosian Professor of History (Armenian history)
Associate Professor of History and African American Studies (History of racial thought)
Assistant Professor of History (Modern South Asia, environmental history, agricultural history, history of medicine and the body, history of economic lifeModern South Asia, environmental history, agricultural history, history of medicine and the body, history of economic life)

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

Qianshen Bai
qbai@bu.edu
Associate Professor Emeritus of Asian and Chinese Art
Anne Anning Feng
annefeng@bu.edu
Assistant Professor in Asian Art History
Emine Fetvaci
fetvaci@bu.edu
Associate Professor in Islamic Art
Professor Emerita, Japanese Art History
Professor of Practice, Preservation Studies Program
Alice Tseng
aytseng@bu.edu
Dept. Chair, and Professor of Japanese Art and Architecture

 

College of Arts and Sciences
The Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
Division of International Studies

Professor of International Relations
Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies (comparative politics, international development, political economy, and gender, with a geographical focus on South Asia)
Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Professor of Global Development Policy; Director, Global Development Policy Center
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies; Professor of International Relations and Political Science
Research Professor, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies (IR scholar and diplomat with a special interest in the international politics of the Global South)
Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Assistant Professor of International Relations
Associate Professor of International Relations
Inaugural Dean, Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies;
Professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment
Assistant Professor of International Relations 
John Woodward, Jr. 
jdwjr@bu.edu
Professor of the Practice of International Relations 
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of International Relations 

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Linguistics

Charles Chang Assistant Professor of Linguistics

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of World Languages & Literatures

Wiebke Denecke
denecke@bu.edu
Professor of East Asian and Comparative Literatures
Lecturer in Chinese
Master Lecturer in Japanese
Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
Director of Outreach and Co-Curricular Activities for Japanese
Lecturer in Chinese and Chinese Course Coordinator 
Senior Lecturer in Chinese
Senior Lecturer in Japanese 
Senior Lecturer in Korean
Lecturer in Korean
Lecturer in Japanese
Associate Professor, Chinese and Comparative Literature 
Professor of the Practice in Middle Eastern Literatures
Hiromi Miyagi-Lusthaus
hmiyagi@bu.edu
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
Amber Navarre
navarrea@bu.edu
Senior Lecturer in Chinese
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
Lecturer in Hindi
Senior Lecturer in Korean
Professor of Persianate and Comparative Literatures
Lecturer in Chinese 
Chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures, Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Senior Lecturer in Japanese
Associate Professor of Korean & Comparative Literature, Convener of Korean
Professor of Chinese & Comparative Literature
 

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy

Professor of Philosophy
Director of Undergraduate Advising, Department of Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and Theology Emeritus

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Religion

Professor of Religion (Islamic law; women and gender; ethics; and biography)
Professor of Religion (history of Buddhist philosophy in India and Tibet, the relationship between Buddhism and other Indian religions, the expansion and adaptation of Buddhism in Asia and the West, Buddhist narrative traditions and their relationship to Buddhist ethics, and the connection between philosophical theory and religious practice)
Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Religion (Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Asian Religions, Buddhist Art and Comparative Asian Medical Traditions)
Assistant Professor of Religion (medieval Chinese religion within broader cultural and social contexts, medieval Chinese Buddhist manuscripts and mural paintings at Dunhuang, northwest China)
Professor of Religion and Anthropology (Folklore, religion, ritual and performance. South Asia, Caribbean, Tibet)
Lecturer on Religion (Chinese philosophy and religion with a focus on Song Dynasty intellectual history and Neo-Confucianism; comparative religion)
Associate Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies (Classical and medieval Jewish studies; Comparative philosophy and religious thought)
Department of Religion (Chinese religions, including Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and popular religions)
Professor of Religion; C. Allyn and Elizabeth V. Russell Professor of Religion (Religion and culture in the United States)
Associate Professor of Religion (South Asian religions with specialties in Muslim and Hindu devotional literature, religious identity formation, and modern Islam)

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology

Julian Go
juliango@bu.edu
Professor of Sociology
Joseph Harris
josephh@bu.edu
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Professor of Sociology, and Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences

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

UNITWIN Director

College of Arts and Sciences
Writing Program

Lecturer, CAS Writing Program
Lecturer, CAS Writing Program; and Fellow, BU International History Institute

College of Communication

Associate Professor of Journalism
Lei Guo
guolei@bu.edu
Assistant Professor, Division of Emerging Media Studies
H. Denis Wu
hdw@bu.edu
Professor of Communication

College of Fine Arts

Associate Professor of Music, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology
Associate Professor of Music, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology
Assistant Professor of Music, Musicology, and Ethnomusicology
Professor of Music

College of General Studies

Professor, Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Social Science
Master 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 Education

Associate Professor of Education

School of Management

Associate Professor of Operations and Technology
Senior Lecturer of Operations and Technology Management
Professor/Faculty Director, IMP, Organizational Behavior Department

School of Medicine

Linda L. Barnes
lbarnes@bu.edu
Professor Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics
Director, Boston Healing Landscape Project
Robert B. Saper
rsaper@bu.edu
Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine
Director, Integrative Medicine

School of Public Health

Associate Professor of Global Health (research interests have focused on child survival, and include diarrheal diseases, tuberculosis, pneumococcal and meningococcal disease, adherence to HIV medications, and neonatal survival; teaching, mentoring, and conducting research in the areas of HIV medication adherence in China, advocacy around child mortality due to diarrhea and pneumonia, pertussis and RSV disease surveillance in Zambia, and capacity building of Vietnamese community health workers using SMS text messaging.)

Research Assistant Professor of Global Health (research interests include developing and testing interventions to reduce socio-economic, cultural, and behavioral barriers to reproductive, maternal and child health in HIV affected and/or resource-poor settings; the intersection between intimate partner violence against (IPV) and mental health (including depression and suicidality) among pregnant and postpartum women in India; IPV in Bangladesh)

Assistant Professor of Global Health (global health nutritional epidemiology; She has expertise in quantitative research methods; nutrition interventions in low-resource settings; assessment of diet and nutritional status; and maternal, child and adolescent health. She has experience working in both sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with academic institutions, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations.)

Associate Professor of Global Health (gender, sexuality, HIV, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sub-Saharan Africa and South and Southeast Asia.)

Adjunct Professor of Global Health (Director of the Lao-Oxford-Mahosot-Wellcome Trust Research Unit (LOMWRU), Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane, Laos; main research interests include the epidemiology and detection of substandard and falsified medical products and on the diversity of fevers, especially rickettsial pathogens, in rural Asia and their epidemiology and how they can be diagnosed and managed)

Associate Professor of Global Health (behavioral interventions and applied economics related to child health and welfare, HIV and AIDS, malaria, and other infectious diseases in Africa, Asia, and Latin America; TB-related stigma in India; knowledge and support improvements in continuing medical education among medical care providers (community-based health workers and HIV providers) in Vietnam; assessing the impact of real-time feedback to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-positive individuals in China)

School of Theology

Clinical Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Director of the Anna Howard Shaw Center
Associate Director of Center for Global Christianity & Mission
Dana Robert
Boston Korean Diaspora Project
drobdan@bu.edu
Truman Collins Professor of World Christianity and History of Mission
Director of Center for Global Christianity & Mission