Ying Wang

Chair of Asian Studies; 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.

Heba Arafah

Five College Lecturer in Arabic

Heba Arafah teaches Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine. Her research interests include social psychology of language, second language acquisition, bicultural identity and multilingualism. Prior to joining Mount Holyoke, she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a resettlement interviewer and interpreter in Jordan.

 Heba Arafah Five College Lecturer in Arabic Language, Mount Holyoke College

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.

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

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

Lei Yan

Senior Lecturer in Chinese

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 was awarded a Curricular Development Grant to design a Business Chinese course in association with the Global Business Nexus that was taught in Spring 2016

Yan, Lei Lecture in Chinese, Asian Studies

Affiliated Faculty

Amina Steinfels

Associate Professor of Religion, on leave 2018-19

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

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

Calvin Chen

Associate Professor of Politics

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

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

Rie Hachiyanagi

Chair of Studio Art, Professor of Art

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.

 Rie Hachiyanagi Professor of Art Studio

Sohail Hashmi

Professor of International Relations on the Alumnae Foundation and Professor of Politics, on leave fall 2018

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

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

Susanne Mrozik

Chair of Religion; Professor 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

Chair of Art History; Professor of Art History

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

Chihiro Hanami

Visiting Instructor in Japanese

Chihiro Hanami teaches first and second year Japanese at Mount Holyoke. Her research interests include second language acquisition, comparative linguistics, Japanese linguistics and pragmatics. Her teaching philosophy is to enhance not only learners’ grammatical competence but also sociocultural competence of Japanese, and foster independent, autonomous, life-long learners of Japanese. 

Chihiro Hanami

Mohamed Hassan

Five College Senior Lecturer in Arabic

Suk Massey

Five College Lecturer in Korean

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.

Suk Massey, Five College Lecturer in Korean

Chan Young Park

Five College Lecturer in Korean

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

Chan Young Park Five College Lecturer in Korean, University of Massachusetts

John Weinert

Five College Lecturer in Arabic