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East Asian Studies

Director: Kšren Wigen

Affiliated Faculty and Staff:

Anthropology: Harumi Befu (emeritus), Melissa Brown, Miyako Inoue, Matthew Kohrman

Art and Art History: Jean Ma, Melinda Takeuchi, Richard Vinograd

Asian Languages Lecturers: Kazuko M. Busbin, Yin Chuang, Marina Chung, Robert Clark, Sik Lee Dennig, Michelle DiBello, Hee-sun Kim, Nina Lin, Hisayo O. Lipton, Momoyo Kubo Lowdermilk, Emiko Yasumoto Magnani, Kiyomi Nakamura, Hua Qian, Yu-hwa Liao Rozelle, Yoshiko Tomiyama, Huazhi Wang, Hong Zeng, Youping Zhang, Qi Zhu

Business: Hau Lee, Bruce McKern, William F. Miller (emeritus), John Roberts, Kenneth Singleton

Communications: James Fishkin

Comparative Literature: David Palumbo-Liu, Makoto Ueda (emeritus)

Civil and Environmental Engineering: Leonard Ortolano

East Asian Languages and Cultures: Steven Carter, Richard Dasher, Albert E. Dien (emeritus), Paul Festa (postdoctoral fellow), Haiyan Lee, Indra Levy, Mark E. Lewis, Susan Matisoff (emeritus), Yoshiko Matsumoto, David S. Nivison (emeritus), James Reichert, Stuart Sargent, Chao Fen Sun, Melinda Takeuchi, Ban Wang, John C. Y. Wang, Yiqun Zhou

East Asian Studies: Karen Eggleston, Christopher Leighton (postdoctoral fellow), Scott Rozelle (on leave), Wei Wang (postdoctoral fellow)

Economics: Masahiko Aoki (emeritus), Ronald McKinnon (emeritus)

Education: Jennifer Adams, Anthony L. Antonio, Martin Carnoy, Francisco Ramirez, Christine M. Wotipka

Electrical Engineering: Richard Dasher

Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies: Michael H. Armacost, Donald K. Emmerson (emeritus), Walter Falcon (emeritus), David Holloway, Henry Rowen (emeritus)

Geological and Environmental Sciences: Stephan Graham

History: Barton Bernstein, Gordon Chang, Robert Crews, Peter Duus (emeritus), Harold L. Kahn (emeritus), Mark E. Lewis, Mark Mancall, Yumi Moon, Thomas Mullaney, Hwaji Shin, Matthew Sommer, Jun Uchida, Lyman P. Van Slyke (emeritus), Kšren Wigen

Hoover Institution:

Larry Diamond, Alex Inkeles (emeritus), Thomas Metzger (emeritus), Ramon Myers (emeritus), Mark Peattie

Human Biology: Arthur P. Wolf

Law: Eric Feldman, Mei Gechlik

Management Science and Engineering: Pamela Hinds

Materials Science and Engineering: Robert Sinclair

Medicine: Scott W. Atlas, David Katzenstein, Samuel Lebaron

Music: Jingdong Cai

Political Science: John W. Lewis (emeritus), Phillip Lipscy, Alice Lyman Miller, Daniel Okimoto (emeritus), Jean C. Oi

Religious Studies: Carl Bielefeldt, Paul Harrison, Lee H. Yearley

Sociology: Gi-Wook Shin, Andrew Walder, Xueguang Zhou

Center Offices: 100 Encina Commons

Mail Code: 6023

Phone: (650) 736-1759, 723-3362; fax: (650) 725-3350

Web Site:

The Center for East Asian Studies (CEAS) coordinates University instructional, research, and special activities related to China, Japan, and Korea. Faculty and students who share a common interest in the study of East Asia are brought together by the Center from a broad range of academic concerns covering nearly every discipline and historical period. CEAS belongs to the Division of International Comparative and Area Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Courses offered by the Center for East Asian Studies are listed under the subject code EASTASN on the Stanford Bulletin's Explore Courses web site.

The EASTASN courses listed in the course catalog deal primarily with China, Japan, and/or Korea. Literature courses are listed with the course codes of CHINGEN, CHINLIT, JAPANGEN, and JAPANLIT in the course catalog. Many other theoretical and methodological courses within departments at Stanford are taught by faculty who are East Asian specialists; these courses often have a substantial East Asian component and a list of current applicable courses from outside departments may be found in the Master of Arts in East Asian Studies section of the Stanford Bulletin and the online course catalog. For courses in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean language instruction use the subject codes CHINLANG, JAPANLNG, and KORLANG. For courses in Classical Chinese look for the subject code CHINLIT.


The mission of the undergraduate program in East Asian Studies is to expose students to a variety of perspectives in languages, literatures, and cultures stretching from Japan through Korea and China to the contiguous areas of the Central Asian land mass. Students in the major receive training in writing and communications in either Chinese, Japanese, or Korean, as well as course work in art, history, and the contemporary social science. The program requires that majors complete at least one quarter overseas in the country of focus. It further develops students into critical and global thinkers prepared for careers in government, business, social service or for graduate and professional schools.


The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. effective and nuanced skills interpreting primary and secondary source materials.
  2. in their own work a good grasp of the course material and methodologies in East Asian studies.
  3. analytical writing skills and close reading skills.
  4. effective oral communication skills.

Undergraduate Programs in East Asian Studies

Undergraduates interested in East Asia can become involved by taking courses in the course codes listed above, joining the East Asian Studies Theme House, or earning a Minor or Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies. The Bing Overseas Study Program also offers study abroad opportunities and internships in East Asia. Students should consult the "Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures" section of this bulletin for more information. Undergraduates can also obtain a coterminal M.A. degree in East Asian Studies while concurrently working on their undergraduate major. For language study, CEAS provides undergraduate fellowships for language study in China, Japan, or Korea; students must simultaneously apply to a pre-approved language program abroad. Applications are due in February each year. Specific deadlines and application information can be found on the CEAS web site.

Graduate Programs in East Asian Studies


The M.A. program in East Asian Studies is designed both for students who plan to complete a Ph.D. but who have not yet decided on the particular discipline in which they prefer to work, and for students who wish to gain a strong background in East Asian Studies in connection with a career in non-academic fields such as business, law, education, journalism, or government service. Students interested in pursuing professional careers are encouraged to plan for additional training through internships or graduate professional programs, in conjunction with obtaining an M.A. in East Asian Studies.


Stanford does not offer a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies. However, there are more than 100 doctoral students with a specialization on China, Korea, or Japan within various departments and schools of the University. The departments that offer an East Asian concentration are Anthropology, Art and Art History, Asian Languages, Comparative Literature, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology. It is also possible to specialize in East Asia within some of the doctoral programs of the professional schools of Business, Education, and Law. Inquiries should be directed to the individual department or school concerned.


The Center for East Asian Studies offers two postdoctoral fellowships in Chinese Studies each year. Postdoctoral fellowships in Japanese Studies are available from the Freeman-Spogli Institute of International Studies. The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center has a postdoctoral program in contemporary Korean Studies.


Students in graduate programs who plan to do work in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean language and area studies courses, may be eligible for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships and are encouraged to apply for them at the time of application to Stanford. Recipients of FLAS fellowships must be American citizens or permanent residents. For further information, see

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