RSEA Alumni Updates

The multidisciplinary Master's program in Regional Studies - East Asia prepares students for careers in higher education, policy making, law, the military, journalism, international organizations, and the business and financial sectors.

Here, some of our 1400+ RSEA alumni share news of their chosen career path and reflect on how the RSEA program readied them for opportunities after graduation.

Maiko Takeuchi, AM 2007 - Government, United Nations        Maiko Takeuchi photo

I am now working as a member of the Panel of Experts to monitor implementation of UN Security Council sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), with another seven members from like-minded countries including China and the Republic of Korea.

I started my career in 2001, as a civilian policy planning officer at the Ministry of Defense, Japan, right after I graduated from the University of Tokyo, faculty of law. I studied IR in the RSEA program from 2005 to 2007, with the scholarship for junior government officials. After that I experienced several positions in the Government of Japan, including non-proliferation and strategic export control officer at the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry and civilian defense attaché at the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. Read more


Anthony Barbieri-Low, AM 1997 - Academia (History)   Barbieri-Low at Harvard

Since graduating from RSEA in 1997, where I wrote a thesis under Michael Puett on “Wheeled Vehicles in the Chinese Bronze Age,” [Joseph Fletcher Prize], I was admitted to the Chinese Art and Archaeology PhD Program at Princeton University, where I received my degree in 2001. The solid language training in Modern Chinese, Classical Chinese, and Japanese I received in the RSEA program made it possible to finish my PhD in only four years (a record in that department). I was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where I taught from 2001-2007, then took my current appointment as Professor of Early Chinese History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Read more


Richard Palmer, AM 1988 - Finance   Palmer's calculator

In October of 1987, I was a second-year MA (RSEA – China) student and my thesis advisor, Professor Dwight Perkins (Economics) gave me some advice early on. During the spring, when I outlined my thesis topic -- CITIC and Capital Markets in China -- to Professor Perkins, he said he knew little about Chinese capital markets and finance as he was an agricultural economist, therefore: “You should go over to the Business School in the Fall and take a few finance courses which will help solidify your analysis of the nascent Chinese capital markets.” Not knowing a thing about HBS, I said ok, and enrolled in a few business courses. In those days, as long as you were a graduate student at the University, you could take classes at HBS, HLS, etc. The first class I took at HBS was called “Capital Markets”. Not only did I learn how to use a HP 12 calculator, but I learned that many business school students were leveraged and highly sensitive to the stock market. How did I learn that? As a poor graduate student surviving on loans and part-time jobs, I had no cash to invest in stocks, so the market was a foreign entity to me. Read more