A truly multidisciplinary concentration, the Asian Studies program draws enthusiastic faculty members from the anthropology, art, music, history, government, East Asian languages and literature, comparative literature, and theatre departments.
After completing his Ph.D. in history from SOAS, University of London, he received a fellowship from Kate Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr University, Germany, in 2009 to conduct research on inter-religious interactions in early Medieval India. In 2013 Amar received The John R. Hatch Class of 1925 Excellence in Teaching Award at Hamilton College.
Amar has co-edited Cross-Disciplinary Perspective on a Contested Buddhist Site: Bodhgaya Jataka (2012) and also published articles in leading scholarly journals and edited collections. He is currently working on his monograph, Contextualizing Bodhgaya, which examines the issues of expansion, sustenance and religious transformation of Buddhism at the site of Buddha’s enlightenment.
Amar is also directing a digital research project, Sacred Centers in India, which examines material culture and texts to unravel the multi-layered histories of Hindu and Buddhist cities of Gaya and Bodhgaya respectively.
Since the early 90s, he has participated as instructor and director of numerous summer institutes and region conferences of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP), a joint program of the University of Hawai'i and the East-West Center that was initiated to infuse Asian content and perspectives into the core curriculum at U.S. colleges and universities.
His current research interests include globalization and the “transcultural imagination” and a cognitive approach to the study of Chinese calligraphy. He has published numerous articles and chapters in books on Chinese art and philosophy, with a particular interest in Chinese calligraphy. Publications include “Oh Father, Where Art Thou? A Bakhtinian Reading of Luo Zhongli’s Father,” in Contemporary Chinese Art and Film: Theory Applied and Resisted. New Academia Publishing, Washington, D.C., 2012; “On the Contemporary Art of Chinese Calligraphy” with André Kneib, in Bider weden geschrieban The Art of Writing: Contemporary art from three cultures, Heidelberg and Berlin: Kehrer Verlag, 2011; “Philosophical Reflection and Visual Art in Traditional China,” in Asian Texts-Asian Contexts: Encountering the Philosophies and Religions of Asia, Albany: SUNY Press, 2010; “The Gestural Imagination: Toward a Phenomenology of Duration in the Art of Chinese Writing,” in Comparative and Continental Philosophy, 1.2 (2009), 211-221; “Modern Woodcuts and the Rise of a Chinese Avant-garde,” in Modern China, 1937-2008: Towards a Universal Pictorial Language (Hamilton, NY: Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, 2009; “Art and the Authority of Excellence in Traditional China,” in La question de l’art en Asia orientale, (Paris: Presses de l’Universite Paris-Sorbonne, 2008).
Kamiya's recent articles include ‘Passivization, Reconstruction and Edge Phenomena: connecting English and Japanese Nominalizations,’ Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 31 (with van Hout and Roeper), ‘Lexical vs. Pragmatically Derived Interpretations of Numerals,’ Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 15 (with Matsuya), ‘Two Types of Movement in Japanese Nominalizations and Edge Phenomena,’ Japanese/Korean Linguistics 17, ‘Movement of Arguments and Negative Feature,’ Explorations of Phase Theory: Features and Arguments, ‘Verbal Nouns in Japanese Are So Called for Good Reasons,’ Formal Approaches to Japanese Linguistics 4, MITWPL 55 (with Ayano), ‘Syntactic Categories and Argument Structures of Verbal Nouns in Japanese Light Verb Construction,’ Journal of Japanese Linguistics 21, ‘Negation, Quantifiers, and A-movement in Nominalization in Japanese,’ Linguistic Analysis 35, among others.
Her research explores the intersections of sustainable tourism development and environmental issues on Pacific Islands, Okinawa, and the Japanese archipelago. Murray’s forthcoming book manuscript is titled Footprints in Paradise: Ethnography of Ecotourism, Local Knowledge, and Nature Therapy in Okinawa.
Omori is currently completing a book titled Detecting Modanizumu: New Youth Magazine, Tantei Shôsetsu, and The Culture of Japanese Vernacular Modernism. In addition, her recently published articles and book chapters include “The Art of the Bluff: Youth Migrancy in the Pacific Rim, Interlingualism, and Japanese Vernacular Modernism” (2009), “Narrating the Detective: Nansensu, Benshi’s Oral Performance, and the Absurdist Detective Fiction of Tokugawa Musei” (2009), “Rajio hôsô no sengo: ‘Hanashi no izumi’ to ‘Nichiyô goraku-ban’” (The Allied Powers’ Education and Censorship Strategies in Post-WWII Japan: Radio Broadcasting in the late 1940s: 2008), “‘Finding Our Own English’: Migrancy, Identity, and Language(s) in Itô Hiromi’s Recent Prose” (2007).
She has been awarded research grants from The Miller Center for Historical Studies and the McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, as well as postdoctoral fellowships from SSRC/JSPS, the Japan Foundation, and the International Research Center for Japanese Studies. Omori was also trained in language pedagogy and is a recipient of the Hamako Ito Chaplin Award, a national award recognizing excellence in teaching Japanese.
Her first monograph, Clothing Gandhi's Nation: Homespun and Modern India (Indiana, 2007) was supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to India in 1996. In 2004 Trivedi was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University's Pembroke College, where she began research on her second monograph project, Bound By Cloth: women textile workers in Bombay and Lancashire, 1890-1940. Research for this project has received support from the American Institute of Indian Studies and the Fulbright Scholars Program.
Trivedi is working concurrently on a project of 70 photographs taken by an Indian photographer, Pranlal Patel, in 1937. The Jyoti Sangh Series is an extraordinary collection of photographs of ordinary women at work on the streets and in the neighborhoods of Ahmedabad, India. In addition to publishing these photographs for the first time with three critical essays, Trivedi is curating a photographic exhibition for the Wellin Art Museum.
Trivedi currently serves as co-editor of ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, the premier publication of ASIANetwork, a consortium of 165 liberal arts institutions with Asian Studies programs.More about Lisa Trivedi >>
Since 2002, he has conducted ethnographic field research in multiethnic communities in northwest China as well as amongst the Tibetan populations of Himachal Pradesh, India. His research interests center on the place of Tibetans and other ethnic minorities in national and trans-national envisionings of China and Chineseness as well as on the intersection between Chinese discourses of minzu (“ethnicity”) and global imaginings of race, nation and indigeneity.
Vasantkumar teaches courses on the politics of difference, transnationalism and globalization and the anthropology of money.
Wang has taught at various institutions, including the Summer Chinese School at Middlebury College, the Department of Modern Languages and Literature at Kenyon College and the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. His teaching interests include Chinese history, film, literature and language.
He returned to Taiwan in 1984 on a Department of Education Fulbright-Hays scholarship to conduct research for his dissertation and in 1992-93 conducted research in the PRC on a Fulbright.
Wilson has been a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J., and he has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.
He has written extensively on Confucian ritual and the cult of Confucius and is a board member of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions. Wilson co-authored Lives of Confucius (Doubleday); the Chinese University Press will publish a Chinese translation next year. He also edited On Sacred Grounds: Culture, Society, Politics, and the Formation of the Cult of Confucius (Harvard, 2003), to which he also contributed two chapters.More about Thomas Wilson >>
He is the author of two books, Translation and the Languages of Modernism (Palgrave/St. Martins, 2002) and Foreign Accents: Chinese American Verse from Exclusion to Postethnicity (Oxford, 2010) which was selected by the Association for Asian American Studies for its Book Award in Literary Studies. He is also co-editor of Sinographies: Writing China (Minnesota 2008), Pacific Rim Modernisms (Toronto 2009), and Ezra Pound and Education (2012).
In 2012 he was awarded an ACE Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year. In 2005 Yao was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and he also served as a Stanford Humanities Center External Junior Faculty Fellow for 2005-06.