The Asian field includes faculty who study the histories of China, Japan, and Korea in East Asia and the Indian subcontinent of South Asia. In the case of China, the period emphases are in the ancient, late-imperial, and modern eras; in that of Japan, the medieval and Tokugawa periods as well as the twentieth century are well covered. Study of Korean history emphasizes the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, while in South Asia, the colonial period is the principal focus, with some courses on post-colonial topics.
In Chinese history, Professor Lynn Struve’s research concentrates on the political, intellectual, and cultural history of the late sixteenth through the early eighteenth-century. A new faculty member in the history of modern China will be hired during the 2006–2007 academic year.
In the case of Japan, Professor Thomas Keirstead is interested in medieval cultural history as well as the history of Japanese film and animation. Professor Scott O’Bryan specializes in the history of social science, in consumption and mass consumer culture, and in the environmental history of modern Japan.
Professor Michael Dodson focuses on the cultural history of India under British imperialism but also has particular interests in postcolonial theory and historiography.