Calvin Chen

Associate Professor of Politics; Chair of Asian Studies

Calvin Chen’s research and teaching interests include Chinese politics, the political economy of East Asia, rural economic development, and labor politics. He is the author of Some Assembly Required: Work, Community and Politics in China’s Rural Enterprises (Harvard, 2008). His current research examines the impact of Chinese migration to Italy and Spain.

Calvin Chen, Luce Associate Professor of Politics

Jinhwa Chang

Lecturer in Japanese

After completing her undergraduate degree in Japanese and silk agriculture in South Korea, Jinhwa immigrated to Tokyo to pursue her dream of attending graduate school in Japanese applied linguistics. After 17 years studying and working in Tokyo, Jinhwa decided to cross the Pacific Ocean in order to teach Japanese in the United States. She ended up teaching at Grinnell College, Williams College and now happily at Mount Holyoke College.

Jinhwa Chang

Shaimaa Moustafa

Five College Lecturer in Arabic

Shaimaa Moustafa’s Ph.D. research represents a critical ethnographic investigation of the development of cultural representations across different classroom discourses in an advanced college-level Arabic course at a public research university located in New England. In so doing, Moustafa analyzed the cultural viewpoints that emerged in selected course readings and subsequent in-class debates and explored the ideological bearings of these cultural viewpoints at the macro- and micro-levels in relation to the rhetoric of terrorism and neoliberalism. 

Naoko Nemoto

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

 Naoko Nemoto, Professor of Asian Studies

Kyae-Sung Park

Five College Lecturer in Korean

Kyae-Sung Park teaches Korean at all levels. Her research interests include first (L1) and second (L2) language acquisition, Korean linguistics, and language pedagogy. She is interested in the discourse effects of information structure on native and non-native speakers’ choices in word‑order alternations. Her research is concerned with whether properties pertaining to different linguistic and extralinguistic levels cause difficulties for L2 learners – and if so, how these difficulties can be theoretically explained and then practically overcome in the L2 classroom.

Kyae-Sung Park Configure Five College Lecturer in Korean

Ying Wang

Felicia Gressitt Bock Professor of Asian Studies

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 set of Chinese newspaper textbooks were published in 2016 & 2017 by Peking University Press, and she is currently translating a Chinese play.

Ying Wang on a earth toned couch reading a red book next to a red pillow.

Lisha Xu

Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies

Lisha Xu teaches all levels of Chinese, from beginners to advanced. Her research focuses on technology-assisted language learning, translation and language learning.

Lisha Xu, Lecturer in Chinese

Affiliated Faculty

Amina Steinfels

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's courses are cross-listed in Asian Studies and count towards the Middle East Studies and South Asian Studies majors.

Amina Steinfels, Department of Religion

Elif Babül

Associate Professor of Anthropology; on leave Spring 2022

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.

Elif Babul, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Satyananda J. Gabriel

Professor of Economics

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.

Satyananda J. Gabriel

Sohail Hashmi

Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics; Chair of International Relations

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. He teaches a range of courses in both areas, including "The U.S., Israel, and the Arabs," "The U.S. and Iran," "Comparative Politics of the Middle East," "Ethics and International Relations," and "Just War and Jihad.”

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

Kavita Khory

Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics; Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives

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.

Kavita Khory

Abhilash Medhi

Assistant Professor of History

Abhilash Medhi is a historian of modern South Asia, with interest in the comparative histories of 19th and 20th century colonialism. His work focuses on colonial governance and capitalist expansion in the two extremities of the Indian subcontinent, the Indo-Afghan borderlands and northeast India. Medhi has undertaken policy research in Afghanistan in a previous avatar and still maintains links with development organizations in the country. In the classroom, as in his research, he brings a political-economic perspective to the reading of social and cultural histories.

Abhilash Medhi

Susanne Mrozik

Professor of Religion; Chair of Religion

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.

Suzanne Mrozik

Joshua Hotaka Roth

Professor of Anthropology

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.

Joshua Hotaka Roth

Ajay J. Sinha

Julie ’73 and Helene ’49 Herzig Professor of Art History; on leave Fall 2021

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 and embody cultural values, and make visible the historical connections between local cultures and global networks both past and present, and between 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 and film studies programs.

 Ajay J. Sinha Professor of Art History

Lan Wu

Assistant Professor of History

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. 

Lan Wu


Denise Falk

Academic Department Coordinator
Denise Falk

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.

Alice Shin-Yi Kao Teaching Associate in Chinese Language

Visiting Faculty

May George

Five College Lecturer in Middle East Studies

May George is a Five College Lecturer in Arabic, teaching courses at Smith College and Mount Holyoke College.   Her research interests focus on curriculum theory design, classroom pedagogy, language acquisition and bilingual education.  George has over 20 years of teaching experience in higher education nationally and internationally.  She has also worked with the United Nations missions in Kurdistan, Iraq to educate women.

Mohamed Hassan

Five College Senior Lecturer in Arabic

Nahla Khalil

Five College Lecturer in Arabic

John Weinert

Five College Lecturer in Arabic