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East Asian Studies at IU

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Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

MA student in Chinese

EASC FLAS recipient Michael O'Connor doesn't mess around when it comes to studying China. After receiving his BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael studied at the Mandarin Training Center at National Taiwan Normal University where he was also a part of the department's boat team for the Dragon Boat Festival. He then moved to Xi'an in the People's Republic of China where he found himself working as an editor at Huawei. In his first year at IU, he used his FLAS Scholarship to study fifth-year Chinese and Literary Chinese and was also elected the department graduate student representative for the GPSO. This year he is serving as an area studies AI for the EALC department -- an experience he finds as rewarding as it is challenging. Michael is currently interested in studying Chinese nationalism, specifically in relation to how nationalistic Chinese intellectuals may view or construct concepts of race, history, and so-called "traditional" culture alongside China's economic rise and newfound confidence in global politics.

Graduate Students

We serve as a hub of a campus-wide network of graduate students studying East Asia. There are approximately 140 students pursuing advanced degrees with a concentration on China, Japan, or Korea in more than 20 Indiana University Bloomington departments and professional schools.

Current Students, A - I
A - I | J - R | S - Z

Dongchoel Bin
Ph.D. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Early China with focus on the Warring States period; development of Chinese writing through oracle bone inscriptions, bronze inscriptions, and bamboo manuscripts; Chinese calligraphy

Christopher Blackburn
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Contemporary China; international relations

David Boyd
Ph.D. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese thought and religion

Evan Bracken
M.A. Student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese Pedagogy

Jonathan Bratt
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese history and anthropology

Jingjing Cai
Ph.D. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Classical Chinese literature

Yingqun Cao
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: China

Xiaohong Chen
Ph.D. student, Folklore and Ethnomusicology
Research Interests: Chinese cultural tradition and identity; material culture

Hyo-Kyung Choi
Ph.D. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Early modern Japanese history; Arai; Hakuseki

Cheryl Cottine
Ph.D. student, Religious Studies
Research Interests: Early/proto Daoism; Zhuangzi; comparative ethics

Jude Coulter-Pultz
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese folklore and mythology

Nicole Dabney
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy; Chinese linguistics

Lynn Dearden
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese

Tiphani Dixon
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese studies

Marina Dmukhovskaya
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Korean

Michael Evans
Ph.D. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese/Uyghur issues

Rui Fan
PhD. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese

Jessica Harding
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy; Chinese linguistics; education reform

Angela Harris
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese

Elizabeth Holcombe
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Modern China; Chinese education

Jui-Hsin Hung
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese language pedagogy

Daniel Idziak
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: China, business