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Balasundaram , Sasikumar
Adjunct Lecturer of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Office: Tucker Hall 117
Office hrs: Tue/Thu 1.50-2.50 pm
Email: [[sbalasundaram]]

Diya Bose

Bose, Diya
Assistant Professor
Office: Boswell Hall 319
Email: [[dbose]]
Research Areas: Gender, Sexuality & Intersectionality, Criminal Legal Systems & Colonialism
Office Hours: Tuesday 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday 12:30-1:30 p.m. and by appointment

Buffington, Abigail
Visiting Assistant Professor
Areas of Specialization: Pastoral landscapes in ancient Arabia (Yemen, Oman, and Jordan) through phytoliths, macrobotanical remains, and charcoals


Burchett, Patton
Assistant Professor
Email: [[peburchett]]
Interests: Religions of South Asia; Hindu devotion (Bhakti); Yoga; Tantra; Hindu-Muslim relations; Magic, Science, & Religion; Colonialism; "Spirituality" & Neoliberalism; Religion & Ecology; Contemplative Studies; Religious Nationalisms
Office: On leave


Cherkaoui, Driss
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literature
Office: Washington Hall 233
Phone: (757) 221-1723
Email: [[dxcher]]

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Conan-Wu, Xin
Associate Professor
Office : Andrews Hall 209
Phone: (757) 221-2530
Email: : [[xwu]]
Areas of Specialization: East Asian Art, representations of nature, garden & landscape studies, intellectual history
Personal Website:


Cronin, Michael
Associate Professor
Office: Washington Hall 315B
Phone: (757) 221-2072
Email: [[mpcronin]]

Eisele, John
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literature
Email: [[jceise]]
Website: {{}}

R. Benedito Ferrao

Ferrao, R. Benedito
Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies
Office: Tucker Hall 117
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30-12:20 (Spring 2023)
Zoom Office Hours: {{}}
Email: [[rbferrao]]


Glasser, Jonathan
Associate Professor
Office: Washington Hall 122
Phone: 757-221-1058
Email: [[jglasser]]
Areas of specialization: Exchange, historical anthropology, music, poetics and performance, colonialism, textuality, culture theory; North Africa and the Middle East


Grewal, Sharan
Assistant Professor
Office: Chancellors 237, 757-221-1816
Links: [[ssgrewal, Email]] and {{, Webpage }}
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:15 am-12:15 pm; [[ssgrewal, Email]] to schedule a Zoom meeting.
Research Interests: Middle East Politics, Democratization, Revolutions, Religion

Laura Guerrero

Guerrero, Laura P.
Assistant Professor
Office: James Blair 120
Email: [[lpguerrero]]
Dept. office phone: 757-221-2716


Han, Eric
Associate Professor, History
Office: Blair 303
Email: [[echan]]
Regional Areas of Research: East and South Asia
Thematic Areas of Research: Comparative and Transnational, Diaspora and Migration, Pacific World/Pacific Rim, Race and Ethnicity

Michael Hill

Hill, Michael
Associate Professor
Office : Washington Hall 216
Phone: (757) 221-3482
Email: [[mghill]]

Calvin Hui

Hui, Calvin
Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies
Office: Washington Hall 231
Phone: (757) 221-5506
Email: [[kchui]]


Karakaya-Stump, Ayfer
Associate Professor, History
Office: Blair 310
Email: [[akstump]]
Regional Areas of Research: Middle East and Indian Ocean, Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Thematic Areas of Research: Religion, Cultural and Intellectual, Borders and Borderlands, Women, Gender and Sexuality, Historiography and Historical Memory


Kassem, Lina
Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations
Office: Chancellors 434
Links: [[lmkassem, Email]]
Office Hours: Fridays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm or by appointment
Research Interests: Gender and Law, Islamic Feminism, Human Rights, and Middle East Politics

Max Katz

Katz, Max
Associate Professor (Ethnomusicology)
On Leave: Spring 2023
Office: Ewell Hall 262A
Phone: (757) 221-1070
Email: [[mgkatz]]


Kitamura, Aiko
Visiting Instructor of Japanese
Office: Washington Hall 318
Phone: (757) 221-1069
Email: [[akitamura]]


Kitamura, Hiroshi
Associate Professor - History
Office: Blair 340
Phone: 757-221-3740
Email: [[hxkita]]
Regional Areas of Research: East and South Asia, United States
Thematic Areas of Research: Comparative and Transnational, International Relations, Pacific World/Pacific Rim, Popular Culture and Media

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McLaughlin, Mark
Visiting Assistant Professor
Email: [[mjmclaughlin]]
Office: Wren 312
Interests: South Asian Religions, History and Philosophy of Meditation and Yoga, Sacred Space in South Asia, Tomb and Relic Traditions, Sustainability and Religion

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Mullen, Rani
Associate Professor
Office: Chancellors 123, 757-221-3033
Links: [[rdmull, Email]] and {{, Webpage}}
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 pm-2:30 pm.
Research Interests: Comparative Politics/South Asia

Claire Pamment

Pamment, Claire
Associate Professor of World Theatre
Office: Boswell 320
Email: [[clpamment]]
Phone: 757-221-2670
Office Hours: Spring '23: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 2-3 pm or by appointment


Rasmussen, Anne
Professor of Music and Ethnomusicology, Bickers Professor of Middle Eastern Studies
Office: Ewell 263
Phone: (757) 221-1097
Email: [[akrasm]]
Website: {{}}


Sasaki, Tomoyuki
Associate Professor of Japanese Studies
Office: Washington Hall 226
Phone: (757) 221-1247
Email: [[tsasaki]]


Sheehi, Stephen
Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies, Professor of Arabic Studies (on leave for 2023-24)
Office: Washington Hall 236
Phone: (757) 221-2442
Email: [[spsheehi]]

Faraz Sheikh

Sheikh, Faraz
Assistant Professor
Email: [[fmsheikh]]
Interests: Comparative Religious Ethics; Ethical Formation; Muslim Ethics; Discourse and Subjectivity
Office: On leave

Ranjan Shrestha

Shrestha, Ranjan
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
Fields: Development, Health, Demography
Email: [[rshrestha]]
Office: Chancellors 461

Sohoni, Deenesh
Professor of Sociology, Director of Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies
Office: Boswell Hall 212
Email: [[dssoho]]
Phone: 757-221-2596
Research Areas: Race and Ethnicity, Immigration, Asian American Studies, Law and Citizenship

Su, Qian
Instructor of Chinese
Office: Washington Hall 316
Phone: (757) 221-7729
Email: [[qsu]]

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Topal, Semiha
Visiting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Office: Wren 315B
Interests: Islam, Women & Gender, Islam & Secularism

Vose, Kevin
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Email: [[kavose]]
Office: Wren 306


Wilcox, Emily
Associate Professor of Chinese Studies
Office: Washington Hall 213
Phone: (757) 221-2428
Email: [[eewilcox]]

Wright, Andrea
Associate Professor; Director, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies
Areas of Specialization: Cultural anthropology; anthro-history; energy infrastructure; labor; migration; security; kinship; India; Pakistan; the Arabian Sea; 20th century British Imperialism; postcolonial states; human rights
Email: [[w|agwright]]
Office: Washington Hall Room 120
Appointments and office hours may be booked online: {{}}


Zaki, Mona
Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies
Office: Washington Hall 223
Email: [[mzaki]]


Zandi-Sayek, Sibel
Associate Professor of Art History
Office: Andrews Hall 207A
Phone: (757) 221-2527
Email: [[ssayek]]
Areas of Specialization : Modern architecture and urbanism; geography, cultural landscape studies, and planning history; the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East.


Zutshi, Chitralekha
James Pinckney Harrison Professor of History
Office: Blair 306
Email: [[cxzuts]]
Regional Areas of Research: South Asia and the Indian Ocean
Thematic Areas of Research: Islam, Imperialism and Colonialism, Historiography and Historical Memory, Nationalism and National Identity, British Empire, and Cultural/Intellectual History