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Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

MA student in Chinese

EASC FLAS recipient Michael O'Connor doesn't mess around when it comes to studying China. After receiving his BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael studied at the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University where he was also a part of the department's boat team for the Dragon Boat Festival. He then moved to Xi'an in the People's Republic of China where he found himself working as an editor at Huawei. In his first year at IU, he used his FLAS Scholarship to study fifth-year Chinese and Literary Chinese and was also elected the department graduate student representative for the GPSO. This year he is serving as an area studies AI for the EALC department -- an experience he finds as rewarding as it is challenging. Michael is currently interested in studying Chinese nationalism, specifically in relation to how nationalistic Chinese intellectuals may view or construct concepts of race, history, and so-called "traditional" culture alongside China's economic rise and newfound confidence in global politics.

Graduate Students

Current Students, J - R
A - I | J - R | S - Z

Cynthia Jeffries
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese studies; journalism

Dan Jin
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese

Rio Katayama
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language pedagogy

Andrew Kauffman
PhD. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese

David Kendall

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Cross-cultural understanding

Kaleem Kheshgi

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese literature; Japanese music

Amy Klouse

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language and history

Yumi Kotera

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language pedagogy

Trista Lai

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Linna Lam
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Yao-An Lee

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Yi-Lu Kuo
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Wei-Ping Lee
Ph.D. student, Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Research Interests: Taiwanese hand puppetry

Lily Li
Ph.D. student, Comparative Literature
Research Interests: Chinese writers in exile

Chelsea Liddell
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese history

Meng Liu
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Levko Luchuk
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language; Japanese literature; Japanese anime

Richard Lutz
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language

Kevin Manning
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests:

Kellie Mendenhall

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese history

Michael O'Connor
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language and Chinese history

Megumi Otake
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language pedagogy

Joshua Owens
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language

Jiaji Peng
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Joannah Peterson
Ph.D. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Tale of Genji

Andrea Polegato

Ph.D. student, French and Italian
Research Interests: Comparative Studies of cultural relations between Italy and China

John Quarles
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese language pedagogy; Japanese linguistics

Anthony Ross
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Korean studies; sexuality in East Asia