East Asian Studies Affiliated Faculty

The following faculty members from across the University are available to serve as thesis advisors to East Asian Studies concentrators. Concentrators writing an interdisciplinary thesis may choose more than one advisor from different departments, in order to better guide their research and writing.

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Ryuichi Abe

Ryuichi Abe

Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions
David Atherton

David Atherton

Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Peter K. Bol

Peter K. Bol

Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Mark C. Elliott

Mark C. Elliott

Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History
Vice Provost for International Affairs
Janet Gyatso

Janet Gyatso

Hershey Professor of Buddhist Studies
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard Divinity School
Helen Hardacre

Helen Hardacre

Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions and Society
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David L. Howell

Department Chair
Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of Japanese History
On Leave AY 2021-22
Wesley Jacobsen

Wesley Jacobsen

Professor of the Practice of Japanese Language
Director of the Japanese Language Program
Alastair Iain Johnston

Alastair Iain Johnston

The Governor James Noe and Linda Noe Laine Professor of China in World Affairs International Relations
Sun Joo Kim

Sun Joo Kim

Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History
William Kirby

William Kirby

T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies
Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration
Chairman, Harvard China Fund
Prof. Kuriyama

Shigehisa Kuriyama

Interim Chair, 2021-22
Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History
Li Jie

Jie Li

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities
Wai-Yee Li

Wai-yee Li

1879 Professor of Chinese Literature
Director of Graduate Studies, 2020-21
Yukio Lippit

Yukio Lippit

Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities
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John S. Park

Director, Korea Project
Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom
Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth Perry

Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government
Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute
Susan Pharr

Susan Pharr

Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics
Michael Puett

Michael Puett

Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology
Harvard College Professor
James Robson

James Robson

James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations;
Harvard College Professor
William Fung Director of the Harvard University Asia Center; Chair, Regional Studies East Asia (RSEA), 2019-20
Michael Szonyi

Michael Szonyi

Frank Wen-Hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History
On leave 2020-21
Leonard van der Kuijp

Leonard van der Kuijp

Professor of Tibetan and Himalayan Studies
Chair, Committee on Inner Asia and Altaic Studies