Abhishek S. Amar specializes in the archaeological history of South Asian religions. He received his doctorate in history from SOAS, University of London, and then got a fellowship from Kate Hamburger Kolleg at Ruhr University, Germany. He is now working on a monograph that examines the issues of expansion, sustenance and religious transformation of Buddhism at the site of Buddha’s enlightenment. He directs a digital research project, Sacred Centers in India, which examines material, culture and texts to unravel the histories of the Hindu and Buddhist cities of Gaya and Bodhgaya, respectively.
Steve Goldberg, who earned a doctorate from the University of Michigan, specializes in the history of Chinese art. Since the early ’90s, he has participated as instructor and director of summer institutes and conferences of the Asian Studies Development Program. Goldberg's 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 on Chinese art and philosophy, with a particular interest in calligraphy.
Masaaki Kamiya has a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Maryland at College Park. His research interests are syntax, semantics and language acquisition. Kamiya's recent published work includes “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); and “Two Types of Movement in Japanese Nominalizations and Edge Phenomena,” among others.
Faiza Moatasim received her bachelor of architecture from the National College of Arts (Pakistan), master of architecture from McGill University, and Ph.D. in architectural history and theory from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation, Making Exceptions: Politics of Nonconforming Spaces in the Planned Modernist City of Islamabad, investigates the interplay between formally and informally planned spaces in the planned capital city of Pakistan. At Hamilton, Moatasim will teach courses related to issues of spatial equity, spatial organization as a means of attaining social control, and spatial practices as acts of subversion in Asian cities.
Chuyun Oh has a Ph.D. in performance studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on performance as a site of identity formation, including the construction of race, gender and sexuality in a transnational context. As a Fulbright scholar, Oh's work has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including Congress on Research in Dance, Journal of Fandom Studies, and Communication, Culture & Critique and The Korean Wave: Korean Popular Culture in Global Context (2014). In addition to her interdisciplinary scholarship, she is an award-winning artist and critic and has worked as a professional choreographer and director.
Kyoko Omori earned her doctorate from Ohio State University. Her research focuses on 20th-century literary and popular culture, with an emphasis on mass media. Omori is completing a book titled Detecting Modanizumu: New Youth Magazine, Tantei Shôsetsu, and The Culture of Japanese Vernacular Modernism. She has been awarded research grants from The Miller Center for Historical Studies and the McKeldin Library at the University of Maryland, and several postdoctoral fellowships. Omori, who was trained in language pedagogy, received the national Hamako Ito Chaplin Award for excellence in teaching Japanese.
Lisa Trivedi, a cultural and social historian of modern South Asia, received her doctorate from the University of California at Davis. Her first monograph, Clothing Gandhi’s Nation: Homespun and Modern India (Indiana, 2007) was supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to India in 1996. She was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University’s Pembroke College, where she began research on her second monograph, Bound By Cloth: women textile workers in Bombay and Lancashire, 1890-1940.
Trivedi recently finished work on a project of 70 photographs of ordinary women at work in Ahmedabad, India, taken by Pranlal Patel, in 1937. She oversaw the first-time publication of the photos and curated their exhibition at Hamilton's Wellin Museum of Art.
Zhuoyi Wang received his doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Washington at Seattle. His research interest is in Chinese film history. He is the author of Revolutionary Cycles in Chinese Cinema, 1951-1979 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). 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.
Thomas Wilson earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago. Wilson studied Chinese at the Stanford Center and Chinese history in the Graduate Department of History at National Taiwan University. He conducted research in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China on Fulbright-Hays grants in 1992-93. He received National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships in 1999-2000 and 2006-07. Wilson has been a member of the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, N.J. He has written extensively about Confucian ritual and the cult of Confucius and is president of the Society for the Study of Chinese Religions.
Steven Yao earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. 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 co-editor of Sinographies: Writing China (Minnesota 2008), Pacific Rim Modernisms (Toronto 2009), and Ezra Pound and Education (2012). He was awarded an ACE Fellowship for the 2012-13 academic year and, in 2005, he received a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.