Prof. Karen Thornber

Karen Thornber

Interim Chair of the Committee on Regional Studies: East Asia
Harry Levin Professor in Literature and Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Research Interests:  Comparative literature, world literature, and the literatures and cultures of East Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan),...

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1730 Cambridge Street
p: 617-496-6244
Ryuichi Abe

Ryuichi Abe

EALC: Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions

Research Interests:  Buddhism and Japanese history, literature and culture.

2 Divinity Avenue, Room 130B
p: (617) 495-4305
William P. Alford

William P. Alford

Law School: Director, East Asian Legal Studies
Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law

Research interests: Chinese law and legal history; legal aspects of international trade and technology transfer.

Austin Hall, Room 309
p: (617) 495-4693
Peter K Bol

Peter K Bol

EALC: Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

(On Leave Fall 2022)

Research Interests: the history of China’s cultural elites at the national and local levels from...

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2 Divinity Ave. #221
p: (617) 495-8361
Mary C. Brinton

Mary C. Brinton

Dept of Sociology: Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology
Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

Research interests: gender stratification, labor market organization, education, economic sociology, and Japanese society.

William James Hall, Room 580
p: (617) 495-5821
Yuan Ting Chan

Yuan Ting Chan


National University of Singapore, B.A. Chinese Studies, 2020

China: Modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film; migration; visual and media studies


Chuyi Chen


Brown University, B.A. Comparative Literature, B.A. Theatre Arts and Performance, 2020

China: Chinese literature, material and performance culture; theatre, mass media and popular culture; study of aesthetics

Esse Yao Chen

Esse Yao Chen

Tsinghua University, B.A. English Literature and Humanities, 2018.

China/Regional: Retirement finance; pension reform; social and economic policy.