Faculty

  • Anne Allison, Robert O. Keohane Professor of Anthropology, Duke University
    Research interests: Contemporary and urban Japan, mass and children’s culture, sexuality, globalization, capitalism
  • David Ambaras, Associate Professor of History, North Carolina State University
    Research interests: Social problems and urban social history in imperial Japan
  • Barbara Ambros, Associate Professor of Religion, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Research interests: East Asian Buddhism; Shinto; pilgrimage and sacred space in Japan; ethnicity and religion in Asian diaspora communities in Japan; human-animal relationships; East Asian religions and the environment
  • Jan Bardsley, Associate Professor of Japanese Humanities, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Research Interests: Japanese feminism; Japanese women’s magazines and popular culture; encounters between women in the US and Japan; and icons of the feminine: royal women, geisha, and pageant winners
  • Inger Brodey, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Research Interests: the history of the novel in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe and Meiji Japan
  • Leo Ching, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, Duke University
    Research Interests: Modern Japanese literature, theories of imperialism, colonial/postcolonial theories, globalization and cultural formation, popular culture, transnationalism in Asia/America
  • Mark Driscoll, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Research Interests: Japanese media and cultural studies; colonialism and postcolonialism in East Asia
  • W. Miles Fletcher, Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Research Interests: Modern Japanese history, 1868 to the present; the dynamics of Japan’s industrialization and the relationship between the state and the private sector
  • Richard Jaffe, Creed C. Black Associate Professor of Religion (Buddhist Studies), Duke University
    Research Interests: Japanese Buddhism during the early modern and modern periods, Asian Buddhist modernism, pan-Asianism, nationalism during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Norris Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Research Interests: Japan; shrine and temple architecture; gardens; premodern history
  • Nayoung Aimee Kwon, Assistant Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Duke University
    Research Interests: Korean and Japanese literature, history, and film; theories of empire and nation; translation studies; colonial/postcolonial discourses; Asian-Pacific trans-cultural movements; nexus of Asian and Asian-American studies; global visual cultures
  • Margaret McKean, Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Policy, Duke University
    Research Interests: Japanese politics, particularly institutions, elections, and decision-making; environmental and resource politics, in Japan and elsewhere
  • John Mertz, Associate Professor of Japanese, North Carolina State University
    Research Interests: 19th-century Japanese literature and issues of social and literary change
  • Chris Nelson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Research Interests: History and memory; everyday life; ethnography; critical theory; storytelling, ritual and performance; Japan and Okinawa
  • Simon Partner, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke University
    Research Interests: Twentieth-century Japanese history focusing on the growth of consumer markets, technology and social change, and Japanese rural society
  • Morgan Pitelka, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; affiliated with the History Department
    Research Interests: history of medieval and early modern Japan, material culture studies
  • Jennifer Smith, Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Research Interests: Japanese linguistics; phonological theory; structure and intonation in the Fukuoka dialect
  • Eika Tai, Professor of Japanese, North Carolina State University
    Research Interests: National Identity, multiculturalism, human rights, and colonial education
  • Kristina Troost, Head of International Area Studies, Librarian for Japan, Duke University
    Research Interests: Medieval Japanese history, social and economic history of Japan (premodern and modern), bibliography and research methods in Japanese studies
  • Gennifer Weisenfeld, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University
    Research Interests: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Japanese art history; the impact of Japan’s modern sociopolitical transformations on artistic production and practice; Japanese modernism and commercial design