Faculty & Staff

Asano, Yukiko
Visiting Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
LSB 130
(520) 621-5475
Yukiko Asano received her B.A. in Linguistics and French from State University of Wisconsin and Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stony Brook University. Her research interests center on complex-predicate formations in Japanese and across... more
Camp, Margaret
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
LSB 116
(520) 621-5534
Dr. Maggie Camp is an Assistant Professor of Japanese Linguistics in East Asian Studies and an affiliated faculty member in Gender and Women’s Studies. She received her BA in Japanese and Linguistics from the University of Michigan, Ann... more
Diao, Wenhao
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
(520) 621-0106
Wenhao Diao is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the interdisciplinary graduate program of Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona. ... more
Gabriel, James Philip
Professor, East Asian Studies
(520) 621-5460
Teaches courses in modern Japanese literature.   Research interests include the writings of Shimao Toshio, Christianity and Japanese literature, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of Mad Wives and Island Dreams: Shimao Toshio and... more
Ishikawa-Peck, Itsumi
Instructor, East Asian Studies
LSB 115
(520) 626-6468
Teaches Elementary and Intermediate Japanese.
Jameson, Alison C
Visiting Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
(520) 621-7505
Alison Jameson is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the East Asian Studies Department and an Adjunct Professor in the Religious Studies Department.  Her area of specialization is Song dynasty Neo-Confucianism. She received her M.A. in... more
Jones, Kimberly A
Associate Dean, Humanities
(520) 621-9293
Karatsu, Mariko
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
(520) 621-5475
Dr. Karatsu’s research addresses topics in the fields of Conversation Analysis, Discourse Analysis, and Sociolinguistics.  In particular, she is interested in Narrative Study, Study of Conversational Storytelling, Presentation of... more
Keller, Kazuyo
Instructor, East Asian Studies
LSB 134
(520) 626-5513
Instructor of Japanese Language.
Lanza, Fabio
Associate Professor, History
SS 125
(520) 621-3737
Fabio Lanza is a cultural historian of twentieth-century China, with a particular focus on political activism and urban space. He teaches introductory classes on Modern China and Modern East Asia as well as a course on Communist China... more
Lee, Brigitta A
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
LSB 108
(520) 626-6468
Dr. Brigitta Lee is Assistant Professor of Pre-Modern Chinese Literature at the University of Arizona.  She received an M.A. in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies... more
Li, Dian
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
LSB 114
(520) 626-3477
Profession Li's research interests include classical and modern Chinese critical theories, diaspora and translational studies, translation theory and practice, contemporary Chinese poetry and film. Core Courses: New Chinese Cinema, Writer... more
Liu, Feng-Hsi
Professor, East Asian Studies
LSB 112
(520) 621-5479
Teaches Chinese linguistics and language. Research interests are primarily in three areas: syntax-semantics interface (aspect and event structure, unaccusativity, quantification), word order variation (the baconstruction, passives, the... more
Pietz, David
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
David Pietz is an Associate Professor of Chinese History and the UNESCO Chair of Environmental History in the University of Arizona’s Department of East Asian Studies.  He is also Director of the Global Studies Program at the UA.  With a... more
Pinnington, Noel J
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
LSB 126
(520) 626-3476
Teaching interests: Pre-modern Japanese literature, culture and languages. Research interests:     Current project: The history of Japanese medieval theatre     Other research: Tokugawa mathematics. Japanese literary and art theories. Nara... more
Piskula, Yuri
Instructor, East Asian Studies
LSB 134
(520) 626-5513
Instructor of Japanese Language.
Ren, Hai
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
LSB 128
(520) 626-5062
Hai Ren (任海) is an Associate Professor of East Asian Studies and Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He received his BA in History and Archeology from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, and a Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology... more
Shih, Cindy Lee
Instructor, East Asian Studies
LSB 111
(520) 626-3816
Teaches Elementary and Intermediate Chinese. 
Smith, Nathaniel
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
(520) 621-5476
Nathaniel M. Smith joined the East Asian Studies department in August 2013 after two years serving as the Japan Foundation Faculty Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Barbara. A cultural... more
Suhara, Eiji
Visiting Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies
(520) 621-7505
Welter, Albert
Department Head, East Asian Studies
LSB 104
(520) 621-5480
Professor Welter’s area of academic study is Chinese Buddhism, and he has published in the area of Japanese Buddhism as well. His main research focuses on the study of Buddhist texts in the transition from the late Tang (9th century) to... more
Wu, Jiang
Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
LSB 120
(520) 626-0171
Teaches Chinese thought, religion and classical Chinese. Dr. Jiang Wu is currently an associate professor in Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona (Tucson). He received his Masters degree from Nankai University (... more