Sohail Hashmi, Asian Studies Program Chair, Professor of International Relations, Alumnae Foundation Chair
Asian Studies Program Chair, Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation

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.”

111 Skinner
W 2:00-5:00pm
 Heba Arafah Five College Lecturer in Arabic Language, Mount Holyoke College

Heba Arafah

Five College Lecturer in Arabic Language, Mount Holyoke College

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.

122 Ciruti Center
M 11am-12pm or by appointment
Alice Shin-Yi Kao Teaching Associate in Chinese Language

Alice Shin-Yi Kao

Teaching Associate in Chinese Language

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.

29 Ciruti Center
M, W 11am-12pm or by appointment
 Naoko Nemoto, Professor of Asian Studies
Professor of Asian Studies

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 transforming her students to “21st Century” language learners.

116 Ciruti Center
F 2:00-3:00pm or by appointment
David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies

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.

129 Ciruti Center
 Ying Wang, Professor of Asian Studies
Professor of Asian Studies, On leave Academic Year 2015-2016

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 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.

118 Ciruti Center
By appointment only
Lisha Xu, Lecturer in Chinese

Lisha Xu

Lecturer in Chinese, Asian Studies

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.

128 Ciruti Center
T, Th 3:30-4:30pm or by appointment
Yan, Lei Lecture in Chinese, Asian Studies

Lei Yan

Lecture in Chinese, Asian Studies

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.

24 Ciruti Center
T, Th 11am-12pm or by appointment


Kristin McMillan, Senior Administrative Assistant, Asian Studies

Kristin McMillan

Department Coordinator

Kristin is the Department Coordinator for the Asian Studies Program, Department of Classics and Italian, and the Medieval Studies Program. She is also the owner of McMillan Communications, a freelance writing and creative services business. Kristin hails from Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University with a BS and MA in History and Public Administration. As an Iowan, Kristin knows nice, and she is proud to create a cheerful and compassionate environment for students, faculty, and staff.

112 Ciruti Center
M 7:30am-3:00pm; F 8:00am-12:00pm

Visiting Faculty

Fumiko Brown Five College Senior Lecturer in Japanese Language, Amherst College

Fumiko Brown

Five College Senior Lecturer in Japanese Language, Amherst College

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.

125 Ciruti Center
T 1-3pm or by appointment
Suk Massey, Five College Lecturer in Korean

Suk Massey

Five College Lecturer in Korean, Smith College

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.

22 Ciruti Center
Th 4-6pm
Chan Young Park Five College Lecturer in Korean, University of Massachusetts

Chan Young Park

Five College Lecturer in Korean, University of Massachusetts

Chan Young Park's research interests include heritage language education, and second/foreign language acquisition.

22 Ciruti Center
T 2:00-4:00pm

Affiliated Faculty

Associate Professor of Religion

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.

207 Skinner Hall
By appointment only
Elif Babul, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, On leave academic year 2015-16

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.

124 Porter Hall
By appointment only
Calvin Chen, Luce Associate Professor of Politics
Luce Associate Professor of Politics
108 Skinner Hall
By appointment only
Kavita Datla Associate Professor of History, Member of International Relations and Asian Studies
Associate Professor of History, Member of International Relations and Asian Studies

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).

313 Skinner Hall
Tuesday 2:00pm-4:00pm and by appointment
Satyananda J. Gabriel, Professor of Economics
Professor of Economics
118 Skinner Hall
By appointment only
 Rie Hachiyanagi Professor of Art Studio
Professor of Art Studio

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 paper making, which has seldom been acknowledged in the traditional craft world.

305A Art Building
By appointment only
Kavita Khory, Professor of Politics
Professor of Politics

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.

105 Skinner Hall
By appointment only
Susanne Mrozik Associate Professor of Religion
Associate Professor of Religion

Susanne Mrozik is a specialist in Buddhist traditions. She teaches courses on women and Buddhism, Buddhist ethics, Buddhist literature, Buddhism in America, and a comparative religion course on body images and practices in religious traditions.

201C Skinner Hall
M 3-5, T 4-5
Professor of Anthropology

Joshua Roth's research has focused on he ways that people imagine identity and difference in migration. He encourages students to confront situations and ideas to which they are not accustomed, and provide the tools with which they can better make sense of issues and communicate their ideas. “My broader goal is to provide students with the tools to search out new perspectives on whatever topics we focus on in class, weigh evidence, judge the logic of arguments, and be able to formulate arguments of their own."

119 Porter Hall
By appointment only
 Ajay J. Sinha Professor of Art History
Professor of Art History, Film Studies Steering Committee

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.

207 Art Building
By appointment only