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Faculty

A diverse group of people make up the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures (ALL) and the program in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media (ALCM). A wide geographical range—from Japan to Central Asia—and research fields—from the classics to contemporary media—are covered by award-winning and highly accomplished professors. Affiliated members ensure rigorous engagement with different humanistic disciplines for graduate students. Teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi-Urdu, Hmong, Japanese, and Korean—all recognized for their high pedagogical skills—produce language savvy students year after year.

Regular Faculty

Name Contact Specialties
Joseph Allen
Professor Emeritus
Director, Chinese Flagship Program
 
220E Folwell Hall
612-625-2564
jrallen@umn.edu
China; Taiwan; Taipei City; Chinese poetry and poetics; colonialist photography; Chinese textbooks and the modern nation
Joseph Farag
Assistant Professor
220M Folwell Hall
651-625-9424
jrfarag@umn.edu
Palestinian literature and film; modern Arabic literature; Arab cultural studies; modern Arab history, politics, and society; Arab-American studies
Sungok Hong
Assistant Professor
Director of Hindi-Urdu Language Instruction
231D Folwell Hall
612-626-8082
shong@umn.edu
Hindi-Urdu linguistics and languages; modern Hindi and Urdu literatures; comparative linguistics and linguistic typology; second language acquisition and pedagogy
Maki Isaka
Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
223 Folwell Hall
612-625-1395
isaka@umn.edu
Japanese theater and literature; gender studies
Christine Marran
Associate Professor
Chair
220H Folwell Hall
612-625-0122
marran@umn.edu
Japanese popular culture from the 1870s to the present; Japanese literature; Early Meiji writing, especially newspapers and gesaku literature; Gender, sexuality, and identity in print and film culture; Ethics and the animal; Japanese and Asian film
Jason McGrath
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
225 Folwell Hall
612-624-2875
jmcgrath@umn.edu
Chinese and international cinemas; modern and contemporary Chinese literature and culture; realism in fiction, film, and theory; issues of convention and intertextuality in film theory; art and the nation; Chinese and Western Marxism
Baryon Posadas
Assistant Professor
228C Folwell Hall
612-301-1336
bposadas@umn.edu
Modern Japanese literature; Japanese cinema and animation; science fiction studies; histories and politics of cultural formations and genres
Paul Rouzer
Professor
230D Folwell Hall
612-624-1486
prouzer@umn.edu
Traditional East Asian poetry and poetics (with particular attention to medieval China); Buddhism and its relation to pre-modern and modern literature; classical Chinese literary traditions in Japan
Suvadip Sinha
Assistant Professor
228D Folwell Hall
612-626-0591
ssinha@umn.edu
South Asian cinema and literature; global modernities; nationalism; post-colonial theory and literature; philosophy of non-human; animality
Travis Workman
Associate Professor
220N Folwell Hall
612-624-3827
tworkman@umn.edu
Korean literature, film, and intellectual history; state violence and historical memory; melodrama; nationalism; humanism and its critiques

Affiliate Faculty

The following faculty members can serve as dissertation co-advisors and as a member or reader on graduate committees.

Name Contact Specialties
Hakim Abderrezak
Associate Professor
Department of French and Italian
303C Folwell Hall
abder002@umn.edu
Representations of clandestine migrations in Arabic, French and Spanish, Maghrebi and Beur literature, cinema and music, the contemporary western Mediterranean, Francophone studies
William Beeman
Professor and Chair
Department of Anthropology
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center
wbeeman@umn.edu
Sociolinguistics and the semantics of interaction; cross-cultural comparison of theatrical and performance genres; opera; paralinguistic and nonlinguistic semiotics; action anthropology; philosophic anthropology; peasant and nomadic societies; neuroscience and cognition in conjunction with music and theatrical performance; Middle East and the Islamic World, particularly Iran, the Gulf Region and Central Asia
Jeffrey Broadbent
Professor
Department of Sociology
1026 Social Sciences Building
612-624-1828
broad001@umn.edu
Political sociology, environmental sociology, climate change, social movements, institutions and culture, Japan, East Asia, cross-national comparative methods, network analysis, qualitative methods
Vinay Gidwani
Professor
Department of Geography, Environment & Society
Institute for Global Studies
333 Social Sciences Building
612-625-1397
gidwa002@umn.edu
Labor geographies, theories of agrarian and ecological change, spatiality of class and identity politics, Marxism and post-Marxism, India
Rachmi Diyah Larasati
Associate Professor
Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
205 Barbara Barker Dance Center
612-626-6642
laras001@umn.edu
Performing arts in global politics and culture, the dancing body, political economy of aesthetics, tourism and female citizenship, Indonesia
Nabil Matar
Professor
Department of English
330C Lind Hall
612-626-8320
matar010@umn.edu
Arabic and European travel literature, early modern Euro-Islamic contacts, Arab-Islamic civilization, 17th-century British religious literature
Hiromi Mizuno
Associate Professor
Department of History
941 Heller Hall
612-626-7597
mizuno@umn.edu
Modern Japan, gender and sexuality, intellectual and cultural history, cultural studies of science and technology, nationalism and colonialism, human rights and international laws
Richa Nagar
Professor
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
425 Ford Hall
612-624-6006
nagar@umn.edu
Politics of development; feminisms, praxis, and people's movements; intersectionality, translations, and people's theater, South Asia
Yuichiro Onishi
Associate Professor
Department of African American and African Studies
808 Social Sciences Building
612-624-9847
ohni0001@umn.edu
African and Asian diasporic studies, black radicalism and internationalism, African American history, critical race studies, Asian American studies
Sonali Pahwa
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance
580 Rarig Center
612-301-3917
pahwa007@umn.edu
Middle East studies, performance studies, digital media, gender studies, youth culture, Egypt
Matthew Rahaim
Associate Professor
School of Music
170 Ferguson Hall
612-624-2393
mrahaim@umn.edu
Ethnomusicology, Indian music, ethnography and performance, Hindustani vocality
Ajay Skaria
Professor
Department of History
924 Heller Hall
612-624-7565
skari002@umn.edu
19th- and 20th-century South Asia, environmental history, postcolonial studies/theory, intellectual history, adivasi religious movements, democracies and minorities
Hoon Song
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center
612-624-8980
songx080@umn.edu
Ontology of power, materiality of sovereignty, psychoanalysis, biopolitics, philosophical anthropology, animality, US and North Korea
Shaden M. Tageldin
Associate Professor
Department of Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
218 Nicholson Hall
612-625-8445
tageldin@umn.edu
Empire and postcolonial studies, 19th- and 20th-century literatures in English, Arabic, and French, trans-African and trans-Asian studies, literatures of migration and diaspora
Ann Waltner
Professor
Department of History
912 Heller Hall
612-624-3810
waltn001@umn.edu
Ritual, law, religion, traditional Chinese social history, gender, analysis of historical documentation, rumor, gossip, Chinese history, world history, feminism
Margaret Werry
Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre Arts & Dance
550D Rarig Center
612-625-6783
werry001@umn.edu
Cultural politics and performance of ethnicity, nationalism, and trans-nationalism in the Asia-Pacific region, performance theory and historiographic method, anthropological approaches to performance as social dramaturgy, critical race theory

Teaching Staff

Arabic

Name Contact Specialities
Katrien Vanpee
Lecturer
Director of Arabic Language Instruction
220C Folwell Hall
612-624-0580
kvanpee@umn.edu
Arabic linguistics, teaching Arabic as a foreign language, pre-Islamic, classical and modern Arabic poetry, Nabati poetry, cultural heritage of the Arabian Peninsula, Gulf studies
Rasha El Helw
Teaching Specialist
228A Folwell Hall
612-626-4620
elhel001@umn.edu
Teaching Arabic as a foreign language, teaching English as a second language, Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, Arabic K–12 education
Hossam Elsherbiny
Lecturer
228A Folwell Hall
612-626-4620
elsherb@umn.edu
Linguistics, lexicography, teaching Arabic as a foreign language, Egyptian Colloquial Arabic, translation theory and practice, Italian language and literature, readability assessment, children's literature
Mohammed Hussein
Teaching Specialist
228A Folwell Hall
612-626-4620
husseinm@umn.edu
Teaching Arabic as foreign language, Arabic sociolinguistics, teaching English as a second language

Chinese

Name Contact Specialties
Ling Wang
Director of Chinese Language Instruction
Senior Lecturer
220K Folwell Hall
612-624-2366
wangx333@umn.edu
Chinese language pedagogy, curriculum design, proficiency-based language instruction and project-based Chinese language learning, ESL
Chi-Ping Li
Senior Teaching Specialist
227 Folwell Hall
612-626-9746
lixxx204@umn.edu
Chinese language, teaching Chinese as a second language
Han-Chia Li
Teaching Specialist
227 Folwell Hall
612-626-9746
lixx5446@umn.edu
Chinese literature, Chinese language pedagogy
Hai Liu
Teaching Specialist
227 Folwell Hall
612-625-6534
liux3655@umn.edu
Linguistics, teaching Chinese as a second language, classical Chinese and literature
Jiang Liu
Associate Education Specialist
Associate Director, Chinese Flagship Program
220D Folwell Hall
612-624-1580
liux2795@umn.edu
Linguistics, teaching Chinese as a second language
Jin Yaliang Stone
Senior Lecturer
227 Folwell Hall
612-625-0047
jinx0017@umn.edu
American literature, teaching Chinese as a second language
Yao Tu
Lecturer
227 Folwell Hall
612-625-0047
ytu@umn.edu
Curriculum and teaching, instructional design and technology, OPI testing
Hong Zhang
Teaching Specialist
zhang076@umn.edu Chinese language, Chinese calligraphy
Zhen Zou
Education Specialist
110 Jones Hall
612-625-4826
zouxx009@umn.edu
Contemporary Chinese literature, social studies, comparative literatures, computer-assisted Chinese learning, ESL

Hindi-Urdu

Name Contact Specialties
Sungok Hong
Assistant Professor
Director of Hindi-Urdu Language Instruction
231D Folwell Hall
612-626-8082
shong@umn.edu
Hindi-Urdu linguistics and languages; modern Hindi and Urdu literatures; comparative linguistics and linguistic typology; second language acquisition and pedagogy
Meraj Ahmed
Teaching Specialist
220B Folwell Hall
612-624-4876
ahmedm@umn.edu
Hindi-Urdu language

Hmong

Name Contact Specialties
Bee Vang-Moua
Senior Teaching Specialist
Director of Hmong Language Instruction
230A Folwell Hall
612-624-2304
bvang@umn.edu
Hmong language
Maxwell LeYang
Teaching Specialist
230A Folwell Hall
612-624-2304
leyan001@umn.edu
Hmong language

Japanese

Name Contact Specialties
Michiko Todokoro Buchanan
Senior Lecturer
Director of Japanese Language Instruction
231E Folwell Hall
612-624-2818
buch0119@umn.edu
Japanese language
Keiko Emmett
Teaching Specialist
231A Folwell Hall
612-626-9481
emme0007@umn.edu
Japanese language
Marnie Jorenby
Lecturer
231A Folwell Hall
612-626-9481
jore0003@umn.edu
Japanese language
Keiko Kawakami
Teaching Specialist
231A Folwell Hall
612-624-5793
kkawakam@umn.edu
Japanese language
Fumiko Matsumoto
Senior Teaching Specialist
231A Folwell Hall
612-626-9481
matsu021@umn.edu
Japanese language
Ayumi Mita
Lecturer
231A Folwell Hall
612-626-9481
amita@umn.edu
Japanese language
Nana Onishi
Teaching Specialist
231A Folwell Hall
612-626-9481
nonishi@umn.edu
Japanese language
Kenichi Tazawa
Teaching Specialist
231A Folwell Hall
612-624-5793
tazaw001@umn.edu
Japanese language

Korean

Name Contact Specialties
Hangtae Cho
Senior Lecturer
Director of Language Instruction
220J Folwell Hall
htcho@umn.edu
612-625-6456
North Korea; dialectology and language policy; the growing divides of the past 70 years between North and South Korea in the areas of language, society, and culture; language pedagogy; proficiency assessment; phonology in general
Bryce Johnson
Teaching Specialist
229B Folwell Hall
612-626-0378
bljohnso@umn.edu
Korean language
Sugyung Kim
Teaching Specialist
229B Folwell Hall
612-626-0378
kimx3116@umn.edu
Proficiency-oriented language instruction and second language assessment, Korean as a foreign language, project-based Korean language learning, curriculum development
Inhye Lee
Lecturer
229B Folwell Hall
612-626-0378
leei@umn.edu
Korean language
Fatima Walji
Teaching Specialist
229B Folwell Hall
612-626-0378
walji003@umn.edu
Korean language