Asian Studies

Field Description

Overview

This program is designed for students who did not major in Asian Studies as undergraduates or who want more work in language and area studies before entering the professional, business, or Ph.D. fields. One to two years of study is required, depending on language proficiency. The M.A. Field in Asian Studies is described at greater length below.

Requirements for completion of the M.A. degree

Graduate study at Cornell is centered around a close working relationship between the student and his or her committee, and especially the principal advisor (the chair of the committee). Thus students admitted to the Asian Studies field are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor/chair very early in their first semester of matriculation to develop a cogent plan for attaining their academic goals.

The Graduate School requires that students fulfill two "residence units," i.e., two semesters of on-campus study. The Field requires proof of language competency, completion of certain coursework with satisfactory grades, and submission of a thesis.

The Field of Asian Studies has three concentrations, and each student will choose one: East Asian studies, South Asian studies, or Southeast Asian studies. Students are, however, welcome to work between these geographical boundaries as they attain mastery of the language(s) and culture of one.

Language competency: Language expertise is considered a prerequisite for doing competent research in any area of Asian Studies. Thus students should come to Cornell with that expertise or work toward it in the course of their academic training here. The Field expects all students to attain to a minimum of a second-year level competency by the completion of the M.A. degree. Most students will go beyond that level.

Coursework: A plan for appropriate coursework should be developed in consultation with one’s committee chair. All students must do at least two full-time semesters of coursework that usually includes 6–8 courses, and can consist of language classes, specialized courses in Asian Studies, disciplinary work outside of Asian Studies, seminars, and independent studies. Students must receive a grade of B or above in courses counted toward the degree.

The Field has the following minimal expectations:

5 courses must have at least 50% Asia content 3 courses must be at the 4000-level or above (i.e., advanced seminars or independent studies) these two requirements may overlap.

Thesis: All students will submit a final thesis on a project developed in consultation with their committees. The thesis may be a more developed version of a seminar paper or papers that has been expanded and subjected to additional revision and review. Theses are typically 40-50 pages or more in length.

The Graduate School requirements for the thesis are described on the “Thesis and Dissertation” web site at https://gradschool.cornell.edu/academic-progress/thesis-dissertation/. Students should consult the web site for guidelines regarding format, procedures, and deadlines regarding the online submission of the thesis and its defense.




Contact Information

Website: https://asianstudies.cornell.edu/
Email: asian@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-9099

350 Rockefeller Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2502

Subject and Degrees

Asian Studies

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kristin Anne Roebuck

  • Campus: Ithaca
  • Concentrations: Asian Studies: East Asian linguistics; East Asian studies
  • Research Interests: modern Japanese history, history of the body, medicine and law, race and sexuality, Japanese international relations

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