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Asian Studies

Field Description

This program is designed for students whose career goals require only the M.A. degree, as well as for those who want to continue in a major Ph.D. field but do not have the necessary language or area background.

Asian languages currently taught at Cornell are Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Hindi-Urdu, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer (Cambodian), Korean, Nepali, Sanskrit, Sinhalese, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

East Asian studies. Proficiency in speaking and reading Chinese, Japanese, or Korean is required. Each candidate must complete one year of full-time study (normally four courses each semester) in Asian studies. Students who have some previous language training will be directed to courses at the appropriate level and may, if they are advanced enough, complete the M.A. degree requirements in as little as one academic year.

South Asian studies. Proficiency in one or more South Asian languages, usually the equivalent of three years of nonintensive study, is required. An intensive summer program in Nepali is currently offered each summer.

Southeast Asian studies. Proficiency in one or more Southeast Asian languages, usually the equivalent of three years of nonintensive language study, is required. Proficiency can be obtained in two academic years plus one summer, or in two summers and one academic year. In addition to language study, each M.A. degree candidate is expected to successfully complete a minimum of eight one-semester courses.

Asian studies is available as a minor field of concentration for master's or doctoral degree candidates admitted to a major field of the Graduate School. Candidates selecting a minor in Asian studies should discuss language requirements with their Special Committee. Major and minor work is also offered in the social sciences, history, literature, and religion.


Contact Information

Website: http://lrc.cornell.edu/asian/graduate/MA
Email: asian@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-9099

350 Rockefeller Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2502

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Asian Studies

  • East Asian linguistics (minor)
  • East Asian studies
  • South Asian linguistics (minor)
  • South Asian studies
  • Southeast Asian linguistics (minor)
  • Southeast Asian studies

Faculty

Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: contemporary Chinese literature, especially poetry and prose poetry, Chinese poetry tranlation
Anne M Blackburn - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: South Asian religions; Buddhism in Sri Lanka; Sinhalese literature; nationalism and religious conflict; South Asian Islam
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: history of Indian religions; Indian Buddhism; early Chinese Buddhism; Chinese translations of Buddhist texts; Central Asian Buddhism
Allen R Carlson - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: Chinese foreign policy; international relations; Chinese politics; Asian security
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: government - Southeast Asia
Abigail C Cohn - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian linguistics; Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Indonesian languages, particularly Indonesian, Sudanese, Madurese, Buginese; French
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: modern art and intellectual history of south asia; popular visual cultures of south asia
Brett M de Bary - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: modern Japanese literature
Magnus Fiskesjo - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies; Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: China/Southeast Asia borderlands; indigenous peoples; East and Southeast Asia archaeology; Neolithic and Bronze Age China
Chiara Formichi - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: history of Islam in southeast asia; contemporary expressions of Islam in southeast asia; religion and State; west asia-southeast asia connections
Arnika Fuhrmann - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Southeast Asian literature, film and gender studies with particular expertise on Thailand
Durba Ghosh - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: women and gender in South Asia; modern history of South Asia; historiography and postcolonial of South Asia
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: South Asian religions
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: modern Chinese literature
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Southeast Asian music
Ronald J Herring - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: government - South Asia
T. J. Hinrichs - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: history and culture of pre-modern China; popular culture of modern China in historical perspective
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: South Asian anthropology
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: pre-modern and early modern Japanese literature; Japanese theatre
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: bio-cultural diversity; indigenous cultures and change; climate change and its impacts; community economic development; gender analysis; human ecology
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: Japanese history
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: South Asia; economic development and industrial relations
Jane Marie Law - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: Japanese religions
Tamara L Loos - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Southeast Asian history
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian linguistics Research Interests: language and speech, child development, studies in South Asian linguistics
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: economic development and planning in China
Kathryn S March - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian linguistics Research Interests: South Asian anthropology
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Indonesia; gender studies; colonialism; landscape
Robin McNeal - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: ancient and modern Chinese history; modern Japanese history; Chinese literary sources
Andrew C. Mertha - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies; Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: modern Chinese and Cambodian political institutions, politics and policies
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: anthropology of knowledge; hope; utopia; culture of capitalism; social studies of finance; exchange; religious language; colonialism; law; material culture; Fiji; Japan
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: South Asia; anthropology
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: sociology - China
An-Yi Pan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies; South Asian studies Research Interests: Manjusri cult and representations of the Bodhisattva in China
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Southeast Asian politics; comparative politics; international political economy; authoritarianism; Islam
Lucinda Ramberg - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: religious conversion in the context of the revival of Buddhism in South India
Annelise Riles - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: feminist anthropology; anthropology of science; ethnography; gender issues in the Pacific; enthographic subjects; anthropological theory; Fiji; Japan
Naoki Sakai - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: Japanese literature
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: Chinese anthropology
James T Siegel - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Southeast Asian anthropology
Suyoung Son - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: cultural history of early modern china (1500-1900)
Eric Tagliacozzo - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Southeast Asian studies and culture
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: Vietnamese studies
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: authoritarianism, chinese politics, redistribution, and information
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: Chinese literature; Chinese poetry; Chinese translation
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies Research Interests: chinese politics and foreign policy; international relations of the Asia-Pacific
Marina A. Welker - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies Research Interests: corporations and capitalism; internal development; global networks; non-governmental organizations; political economy; social theory; business history of Southeast Asia
Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian linguistics Research Interests: Japanese and Korean linguistics
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: sociocultural anthropology; ethnicity; globalization; Hinduism
Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies Research Interests: social change and gender relations