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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

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


Dan Jin
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese Language Pedagogy

Andrew Kauffman
PhD. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Modern Chinese Literature

Kaleem Kheshgi
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese Studies, Japanese art and music

Yumi Kotera
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese Language Pedagogy

Trista Lai

M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese Language Pedagogy

Linna Lam
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese Language Pedagogy

Richard Lutz
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese

Kellie Mendenhall
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese History

Jim Nagler
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese Flagship Program, Ancient and Modern China

Michael O'Connor
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese studies

Renne Payne
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: East Asian Studies

Jiaji Peng
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Chinese Language Pedagogy

Joannah Peterson
Ph.D. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Japanese Literature, Tale of Genji

Anthony Ross
M.A. student, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Korean History and Social Movements In East Asia