Sohail Hashmi’s teaching and research focus on Middle East politics and on comparative international ethics, particularly concepts of just war in the West and Islam. Hashmi teaches a range of courses that apply to the Middle Eastern Studies major, including "The U.S., Israel, and the Arabs," "The U.S. and Iran," "Comparative Politics of the Middle East," and "Just War and Jihad.”
Heba Arafah specializes in foreign language acquisition, socio-phonetic/ linguistics, translation and interpretation, as well as refugee resettlement and protection. She teaches Modern Standard Arabic courses and examining oral proficiency in Levantine Arabic. Previously, Arafah worked with the United National High Commission on Refugees in Amman, Jordan as a resettlement interviewer, interpreter, and translator.
Alice Shin-Yi Kao
Alice Kao has been teaching elementary through advanced levels of Mandarin Chinese at MHC since 1997. Her research interests include history and formation of the Chinese characters, Chinese dialectology and applied pedagogical Chinese linguistics. She also serves as a part time translator and interpreter.
Naoko Nemoto often travels to Hawaii… to be trained at the National Foreign Language Resource Center! She recently completed their summer institute on Project Based Language Learning. She is currently working on a video mini-lecture series that is supported by 5 College Blended Learning Grants for her content-based Japanese course. She is eager to transform her students to “21st Century” language learners.
Ying Wang teaches on Chinese language and literature. She has taught courses on pre-modern, modern, and contemporary Chinese fiction, and seminars on The Dream of the Red Chamber and Yue Opera. Her research interests include vernacular fiction, traditional Chinese theater, and the development of Chinese instructional materials. Wang's new Chinese newspaper textbook will be in print in 2016, and she is currently translating a Chinese play.
Lisha Xu teaches all levels of Chinese, from beginners to advanced. Her research interests, including technology-assisted Chinese character pedagogy and web-based reading and listening, further enhance her teaching. Her new Chinese newspaper textbook will be in print in 2016. She is currently working on a new project to develop an online learning platform for beginning Chinese students. She also volunteers to subtitle TED Talks.
Lei Yan teaches all levels of Chinese. Her research interests include second language acquisition, Business Chinese curriculum design, and methods of teacher training. In summer 2015, she served as the Language Director for the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in Xi’an, China. Yan has been awarded a Curricular Development Grant to design a Business Chinese course in association with the Global Business Nexus, to be taught in Spring 2016.
Amina M. Steinfels is the author of Knowledge before Action: Islamic Learning and Sufi Practice in the Life of Sayyid Jalal al-Din Bukhari Makhdum-i Jahaniyan (University of South Carolina Press, 2012), focused on the life of a fourteenth century South Asian Sufi master. She teaches courses about various aspects of Islam, including women and gender, Sufism, the Qur'an, Muhammad, Islam in South Asia, and classical Islamic civilization. Many of Steinfels courses are cross-listed in Asian Studies and count towards the Middle East Studies and South Asian Studies majors.
Elif Babül’s research is informed by her long-term interests in everyday forms of state power and political authority, formation of governmental subjectivities, constitution and contestation of legality and legitimacy, and the interaction between national and transnational mechanisms of governance. Babül teaches classes in political and legal anthropology, anthropology of human rights, ethnographic research methods and writing, Middle Eastern societies and cultures, and Muslim minorities in Europe and the U.S.
Kavita Datla’s research focuses on colonial Hyderabad and explores what the histories of South Asia might tell us about larger shared experiences, be they colonialism, secularization, or democracy. In her writing and teaching, Datla examines the emergence of new political forms in the modern British Empire and hopes to animate the discussions and debates that have characterized South Asian publics. She is the author of The Language of Secular Islam: Urdu Nationalism and Colonial India (2013).
Satyananda J. Gabriel
Satyananda Gabriel's dedication to improving the world is visible not only in his commitment to education but also through his numerous community development projects, which have included positions with the Urban League of Portland, Oregon; the First Nations Development Institute; and the United Nations Development Program. Gabriel is currently involved in the Rural Development Leadership Network, which is designed to train rural professionals to be more effective leaders.
Rie Hachiyanagi is an installation and performance artist who frequently uses her handmade paper in her artwork. Handmade paper, she feels, is an apt medium for expressing the ephemerality of existence and exploring the communion between humans and nature. For one of her research projects she is collecting and documenting stories from aging Japanese papermakers before their knowledge disappears without being recorded. Hachiyanagi hopes to uncover a crucial female role in the history of papermaking, which has seldom been acknowledged in the traditional craft world.
Kavita Khory’s current research explores transnational political mobilization among South Asian diaspora populations in North America and Europe. Locating contemporary forms of migration from South Asia in broader historical and theoretical contexts, Khory’s work focuses on transnational forms of activism and political violence involving diaspora organizations with ties to India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Khory regularly teaches courses on world politics, international security, ethnic conflict, propaganda and war, South Asia, and migration.
Susanne Mrozik specializes in Buddhist Studies, with a focus on ethics and gender. Currently conducting ethnographic research on Sri Lankan Buddhist nuns, Mrozik has also researched Buddhist literary discourse on bodies, genders, and emotions. Her courses include “Body Images and Practices in Religious Traditions,” “Buddhist Ethics,” “Women and Buddhism,” and “All About Love.” Mrozik is Mount Holyoke College's advisor to the Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate Program.
Joshua Hotaka Roth
Joshua H. Roth grew up in New York City, the son of two painters. He is the author of Brokered Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan (Cornell University Press in 2002), winner of the 2004 Book Award in Social Science from the Association for Asian American Studies. His current project focuses on automobility in Japan, and he has written articles on the history of driving manners, directional tone-deafness, and the shared road in Japan’s urban spaces.
Ajay J. Sinha
Ajay Sinha teaches the history of Asian art at various levels, and seminars on Indian photography and Indian film. In his classes, students explore how the visual arts in India, China, Japan and other Asian countries reflect political and social formations, embody cultural values, and make visible the historical connections between local cultures and global networks, past and present, religious beliefs and secular life. He has published books and scholarly journal articles on the art and architecture of ancient India, and modern and contemporary art of South Asia including photography and film. Sinha is also a member of the Asian Studies Program and the Film Studies Program.
Lan Wu is a historian of early modern China with a focus on borderlands. She received her PhD in the History-East Asia Program from Columbia University in February 2016. Lan’s research focuses on the role of religion in imperial formation in China. Her current book project examines how marginal communities in inner Asia grew stronger, as China expanded its territory in the eighteenth century.
Fumiko Brown is a five-college lecturer in Japanese, teaching one course each at Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College. She loves meeting with a variety of students from the Five College consortium. Brown is also a certified ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview tester. If you are interested in finding out your speaking proficiency, please contact her anytime.
Suk Massey has been teaching language for over 20 years at the college level, including five years in Korea and seventeen years in the USA. She is currently teaching Korean at Smith College and every fall semester teaches one course at Mount Holyoke College. She teaches Korean in authentic contexts using task-based activities. In order to provide her students with rich Korean cultural experiences, Massey coordinates activities such as a Korean cooking class, a Lunar New Year Celebration and a Korean manners workshop in Korean traditional dress, ‘Hanbok’. To learn more about her teaching, visit her 5-College Korean class Facebook page.
Chan Young Park
Chan Young Park's research interests include heritage language education, and second/foreign language acquisition.
Indira Viswanathan Peterson
Indira Peterson teaches The Classical Literature of India; Indian Women: Literary and Cultural Perspectives; The Great Epics of India: Representations and Interpretations; Hinduism; Sacred Narratives in the Hindu Tradition; Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore: Nonviolence, the Nation, and the World; Indian Civilization; Sanskrit language; and Modern Indian Fiction.