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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

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

Nicholas Admussen

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: contemporary Chinese literature, especially poetry and prose poetry, Chinese poetry tranlation

Anne M Blackburn

  • Campus: 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

Daniel Joseph Boucher

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Chinese foreign policy; international relations; Chinese politics; Asian security

Thak Chaloemtiarana

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: government - Southeast Asia

Abigail C Cohn

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian linguistics; Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Indonesian languages, particularly Indonesian, Sudanese, Madurese, Buginese; French

Muhammad Iftikhar Dadi

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: modern Japanese literature

Magnus Fiskesjo

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Southeast Asian literature, film and gender studies with particular expertise on Thailand

Durba Ghosh

  • Campus: 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

Daniel Richard Gold

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies
  • Research Interests: South Asian religions

Edward Mansfield Gunn

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: modern Chinese literature

Martin Fellows Hatch

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Southeast Asian music

Ronald J Herring

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies
  • Research Interests: government - South Asia

T. J. Hinrichs

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: history and culture of pre-modern China; popular culture of modern China in historical perspective

David Hines Holmberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies
  • Research Interests: South Asian anthropology

Janice S. Kanemitsu

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: pre-modern and early modern Japanese literature; Japanese theatre

Karim-Aly S. Kassam

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Sarosh C Kuruvilla

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies
  • Research Interests: South Asia; economic development and industrial relations

Jane Marie Law

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Japanese religions

Tamara L Loos

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Southeast Asian history

Thomas Patrick Lyons

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: economic development and planning in China

Kathryn S March

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian linguistics
  • Research Interests: South Asian anthropology

Kaja Maria McGowan

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Indonesia; gender studies; colonialism; landscape

Robin McNeal

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: ancient and modern Chinese history; modern Japanese history; Chinese literary sources

Andrew C. Mertha

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies; Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: modern Chinese and Cambodian political institutions, politics and policies

Hirokazu Miyazaki

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • 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

Viranjini P Munasinghe

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies
  • Research Interests: South Asia; anthropology

Victor Gilbert Nee

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: sociology - China

An-Yi Pan

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies; South Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Manjusri cult and representations of the Bodhisattva in China

Thomas B. Pepinsky

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Southeast Asian politics; comparative politics; international political economy; authoritarianism; Islam

Lucinda Ramberg

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: South Asian studies
  • Research Interests: religious conversion in the context of the revival of Buddhism in South India

Annelise Riles

  • Campus: 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

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Japanese literature

Paul Steven Sangren

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Chinese anthropology

James T Siegel

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Southeast Asian anthropology

Suyoung Son

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: cultural history of early modern china (1500-1900)

Eric Tagliacozzo

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Southeast Asian studies and culture

Keith Weller Taylor

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Vietnamese studies

Jeremy Lee Wallace

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: authoritarianism, chinese politics, redistribution, and information

Ding Xiang Warner

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: Chinese literature; Chinese poetry; Chinese translation

Jessica Chen Weiss

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: chinese politics and foreign policy; international relations of the Asia-Pacific

Marina A. Welker

  • Campus: 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

John Bradford Whitman

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian linguistics
  • Research Interests: Japanese and Korean linguistics

Andrew C Willford

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: sociocultural anthropology; ethnicity; globalization; Hinduism

Lindy Brooks Williams

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: Southeast Asian studies
  • Research Interests: social change and gender relations