2017 Speakers and Discussants

Andrew  Gordon

Andrew Gordon

Panel: "Japan and its Encounters"
Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History

Professor Gordon teaches courses on modern Japanese history with a primary research interest in labor, class and the social and political history of modern...

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Sunjoo Kim

Sunjoo Kim

Panel: "Roads through Premodern Korea"
Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History, EALC


Sun Joo Kim is Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. She began teaching...

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William C. Kirby

Panel: "Geopolitics of Development in East Asia"
T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration


William C. Kirby is Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies...

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Shigehisa Kuriyama

Panel: "History of Medicine in Japan"
Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History Department Chair, EALC

Shigehisa Kuriyama received his A.B. degree from Harvard's Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 1977 and an A.M. degree in 1978. After...

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Wai-yee Li

Panel: "Chinese Historiography"
Professor of Chinese Literature, EALC

Wai-yee Li has been Professor of Chinese Literature at Harvard since 2000. Li earned her B.A. from the University of Hong Kong and her Ph.D. from Princeton...

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Katharine Moon

Panel: "Memory and Legacies of Contemporary Korea"
Edith Stix Wasserman Professor of Asian Studies; Professor of Political Science


Expert on the U.S.-Korea alliance and comparative social movements in East Asia  (democratization,...

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Maya Stiller

Panel: "Art History, Architecture, Media"
Lecturer on East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Spring 2017

Following several years of research in Korea and Japan, Dr. Stiller earned a doctoral degree in Korean Art History from Free University of Berlin, Germany,...

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Xiaofei Tian

Panel: "Literature, the State, and the Political Imagination"
Professor of Chinese Literature, EALC, Director of RSEA

Xiaofei Tian is Professor of Chinese Literature. Her major research field is the literature and cultural history of early medieval China, but her research...

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David Wang

Panel: "Modern Sinophone Literature: Reimagination of Identity and Modernity"
Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature, EALC


David Der-wei Wang holds a joint appointment in Comparative Literature. He is Director of CCK Foundation Inter-University...

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Alexander Zahlten

Panel: "Gender in East Asia"
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Alexander Zahlten received his Ph.D. in Film Studies at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. He conducted research for his dissertation at Nihon...

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