Department Chair
Neil J. Diamant
Professor of Asian Law and Society (2002).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 005
(717) 245-1540
Department Faculty
David G. Strand
(Director, Norwich Humanities Program in England, 2015-17)
Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science (1980).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105E
(717) 245-1204 |
B.A., Lawrence University, 1971; M.A., Columbia University, 1973; M.Phil., 1974; Ph.D., 1979.

His teaching and research fields include modern Chinese politics and history, urban studies, human rights, and Asian studies and the environment. Books include Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989, Reconstructing Twentieth Century China: State Control, Civil Society and National Identity (co-editor with Kjeld Erik Brødsgaard) (New York: Oxford University/Clarendon Press, 1998), Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast and Diaspora in Transnational China (co-editor with Sherman Cochran and Wen-hsin Yeh) (Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies China Research Monographs, University of California, Berkeley, 2007), New Lives for Asian Images (co-editor with Samuel K. Parker) (Carlisle, PA: Dickinson College Department of East Asian Studies and Trout Gallery, 2008), and An Unfinished Republic: Leading By Word and Deed in Early Twentieth Century China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011). His latest publication is “A Walk in the Park: Singapore’s Green Corridor as a Homegrown Import,” Asia Research Institute Working Paper Series No. 223 (July 2014) National University of Singapore. He will serve as Director of the Dickinson Norwich Humanities Program, 2015-17.
Rae Yang
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature (1990).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 108
(717) 245-1403 |
Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 1981; M.A., University of Massachusetts, 1985; Ph.D., 1991.

Her fields of specialization are pre-modern and modern Chinese fiction with emphasis on psychoanalytic criticism. Her research and teaching interests include Chinese language teaching, Chinese folklore, comparative literature, and autobiographical writing.
Neil J. Diamant
Professor of Asian Law and Society (2002).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 005
(717) 245-1540 |
B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem 1988; M.A., University of Washington, 1991; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1996.

Professor Diamant's research focuses on law and society in Asia (with particular reference to China, Japan, and India), civil-military relations in China, patriotism in comparative perspective, and the history of Chinese constitutionalism. He also teaches courses on Israeli politics and Zionism. Publications: Professor Diamant is the author of two books, Embattled Glory: Veterans, Military Families and the Politics of Patriotism in China, 1949-2007 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009) and Revolutionizing the Family: Politics, Love, and Divorce in Urban and Rural China, 1949-1968 (University of California Press, 2000). He also co-edited Engaging the Law in China: State, Society and Possibilities for Justice (Stanford, 2005). Recent articles include "Conspicuous Silence: Veterans and the Depoliticization of War Memory in China" (Modern Asian Studies, 2011), "Veterans, Organization, and the Politics of Martial Citizenship in China" (Journal of East Asian Studies, 2007), "Veterans' Political Activism in China" (Modern China, 2014), "Contentious Veterans: China's Ex-Officers Speak Out" (Armed Forces and Society, 2014). Forthcoming articles on China's 1954 Constitution will appear in The China Journal (2015) and Cold War Studies (2015). He has contributed chapters to a number of edited volumes, including "The Limitations of Martial Citizenship in the People's Republic of China," in Peled, Lewin-Epstein, Mundlak and Cohen's Democratic Citizenship and War (2010); "Why Archives?" in Carlson, Gallagher, Lieberthal, and Manion's Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (2010); and "Legal Syncretism and Family Change in Urban and Rural China" in Galvan and Sil's, Reconfiguring Institutions across Time and Space: Syncretic Responses to Challenges of Political and Economic Transformation (2007).
Shawn M. Bender
Associate Professor of East Asian Studies (2006).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 001
(717) 245-1817 |
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1992; M.A., University of California at San Diego, 1996; Ph.D., 2003.

Professor Bender earned his doctorate in cultural anthropology at the University of California, San Diego in 2003. At Dickinson he teaches courses on contemporary Japanese society, popular culture, music, demographic change, health and aging, and technology. Since the late 1990s, Prof. Bender has conducted ethnographic fieldwork with taiko drumming groups in Japan. This scholarship is the basis of his book entitled Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion (2012, UC Press). He has also examined the introduction of traditional musical instruments in primary and secondary school curricula in Japan. More recently, his research has focused on the connections among discourses of demographic crisis, changes in elder care, and the development of robotics in Japan and Europe. This work has taken him both to Japan and to Denmark (where some Japanese robotics technologies have found a home). Prof. Bender is also affiliated with the department of Anthropology at Dickinson and the Health Studies Certificate Program. He has received numerous research grants from such institutions as the Japan Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Education. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies and in Social Science Japan Journal.
Alex Bates
Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature (2006).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 009
(717) 245-1127 |
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1998; M.A., University of Michigan, 2001; Ph.D., 2006.

Professor Bates is a specialist in modern Japanese literature and film. In addition to survey courses in these areas, he has taught courses in Japanese youth culture, war in fiction and film, ecocriticism, East Asian film, and cinematic adaptations of Japanese literature. Professor Bates' book on representations of the 1923 earthquake that destroyed Tokyo is forthcoming from the University of Michigan, Center for Japanese Studies Press. His research in this area has continued into Japan's 2011 tsunami disaster. Other research interests include urban modernism and early post-war Japanese literature and film.
Akiko Meguro
Senior Lecturer of Japanese Language (2003).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105F
(717) 245-1437 |
B.A., Tohuku University, 1994; M.A., 1996.

Professor Meguro specializes in Japanese language pedagogy and Japanese Applied Linguistics. Her research interest is Interlanguage pragmatics, specially on Japanese refusal. She is interested in applying cutting edge technology into Japanese language education. In her courses, she incorporates language exchange using Skype and mixi and have students communicate native speaker of Japanese on regular basis. She is also the coordinator for the study abroad programs in Japan. Prof. Meguro's multimedia Japanese learning website:
Jina E. Kim
Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (2015).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105E
B.A., University of Chicago, 1993; M.A., University of Washington, 2002; Ph.D., 2006.

Jina Kim's research and teaching interests focus on the cultural history and literary history of Korea from the late nineteenth century to the present with a particular emphasis on global and Korean modernisms, urban studies, comparative colonialism, and intermediality. Her first book, Urban Modernity in Colonial Korea and Taiwan, a comparative study of Korean and Taiwanese modernist literature and culture from the early twentieth century, is forthcoming. In addition to having published on Korean and East Asian film, literature, and culture, she is a co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies on Korean Culture, New Media, and Digital Humanities. Her other research and teaching interests include the history of Korean diaspora, transnational literature, and post-national literature and media. Professor Kim is currently at work on a book project on Intermedial Aesthetics and recently began a comparative study of Taihoku Imperial University and Keijo Imperial University. At Dickinson College, she will be teaching various courses on Korean literature, culture, history, and media including "Soap, Sparkle, and Pop: Contemporary Korea and Soft Power" and "Modern Girls and Marxist Boys: Gender and Modernity in Early 20th Century East Asia" among others.
Nan Ma
Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies (2015).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 008
B.A., Peking University, 2004; M.A., Tsinghua University, 2007; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015.

Professor Ma joined Dickinson College in 2015. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled "Dancing into Modernity and Socialism: Kinesthesia, Narrative, and Revolutions in China (1900-1978)." Her teaching and research fields include modern Chinese literature, visual culture, and dance and performance studies. Her article, "Transmediating Kinesthesia: Wu Xiaobang and Modern Dance in China, 1929-1939" is forthcoming in Modern Chinese Literature and Culture. Before joining Dickinson she taught at Swarthmore College (2013-15). There her courses included all levels of Chinese language, advanced courses on "Transnational and Transmedia Studies of Modern Chinese Dance and Performances" and "Politics of Space in Contemporary Chinese Documentary Films."
Ibuki Aiba
Visiting International Scholar in East Asian Studies (2014-16).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105D
(717) 245-1512 |

Xiaoya Zhu
Visiting International Scholar in East Asian Studies (2015).
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 105A

Contributing Faculty
Michael J. Fratantuono
Associate Professor of International Studies, Business and Management (1988).
Althouse Hall Room 217
(717) 245-1075 |
B.A., Brown University, 1974; M.A., University of Rhode Island, 1982; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1988.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2004-2005; Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 2005-06.

Professor Fratantuono is interested in international economics, government-business relations, and U.S. foreign economic policy. He has worked as a project manager in the software development industry. He has also been visiting professor in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College.
Ann M. Hill
(on sabbatical Fall 2015)
Professor of Anthropology (1986).
Dana Hall Room 212
(717) 245-1659 |
B.A., Columbia University, 1971; M.A., University of Iowa, 1974; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1982.

Prof. Hill has conducted fieldwork in both Thailand and SW China. As a cultural anthropologist, Prof.Hill has published on a range of topics relevant to understanding ethnicity and inter-ethnic relations in the Sino-SE Asian uplands (e.g. Women Without Talents Are Virtuous, 1988 in Gender, Power and Construction of the Moral Order on the Thai Periphery; Chinese Dominance of the Xishuangbanna Tea Trade: An Inter-Regional Perspective, 1989 Modern China; Captives, Kin and Slaves in Xiao Liangshan, 2001 J. of Asian Studies; Provocative Behavior: Agency and Feuds in SW China, 2004 Am Anthropologist; Fried's Evolutionary Model, Social Stratification, and the Nuosu in SW China, 2012 in the Anthropological Study of Class and Class Consciousness, and other articles). She is the author of Merchants and Migrants: Ethnicity and Trade Among Yunnanese Chinese in SE Asia (1998) and co-editor with Zhou Minglang of Affirmative Action in China and the U.S. Currently she is project director for the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, a 4-year grant to Dickinson College from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Dengjian Jin
Associate Professor of International Business and Management, John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in International Studies, Business and Management (1997).
Althouse Hall Room 211
(717) 245-1487 |
B.S., Zhejian University, 1983; M.S., Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1986; Ph.D., George Mason University, 1998.

He is the author of The Dynamics of Knowledge Regimes: Technology, Culture and Competitiveness in the USA and Japan, published by Continuum in 2001. His major research involves the evolution of knowledge and systems of knowledge creation throughout human history. His most recent book, The Great Knowledge Transcendence: the Rise of Western Science and Technology Re-framed will be published by Palgrave Macmillan. In the Fourth Asian Historical Economic Conference held in Istanbul September 19-21, 2014, he was invited to give a keynote speech in a Special Session on Science and Technology in Europe and China during the Early Modern Era, together with another speaker Joel Mokyr.