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Dr. David Chu Program In Contemporary Asian Studies

Faculty List

Professor Emeritus 
Victor Falkenheim (East Asian Studies/Political Science) 

Zaheer Baber (Sociology, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Jacques Bertrand (Political Science) 
Loren Brandt (Economics) 
Eric Cazdyn (East Asian Studies) 
Amrita Daniere (Geography/Planning) 
Eric Fong (Sociology) 
Takashi Fujitani (History) 
Tania Li (Anthropology) 
Hy Luong (Anthropology) 
Ito Peng (Sociology) 
Katharine Rankin (Geography) 
Ka Tat Tsang (Social Work) 
Joseph Wong (Political Science) 
Jia-Lin Xie (Rotman) 
Lisa Yoneyama (East Asian Studies) 
Xiaodong Zhu (Economics) 

Associate Professors 
Ruoyun Bai (Global Asia Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Joshua Barker (Anthropology) 
Ritu Birla (History) 
Alana Boland (Geography) 
Jennifer Chun (Sociology, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Francis Cody (Anthropology/Asian Institute) 
Arti Dhand (Religion) 
Naisargi Dave (Anthropology) 
Christoph Emmrich (Religion) 
Frances Garrett (Religion) 
Kanishka Goonewardena (Geography) 
Ping-Chun Hsiung (Social Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Kajri Jain (Visual Studes, University of Toronto Mississauga) 
Malavika Kasturi (Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga) 
Ken Kawashima (East Asian Studies) 
Hui Kian Kwee (Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga) 
Tong Lam (Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga) 
Li Chen (Global Asia Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Ken MacDonald (Social Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Virginia Maclaren (Geography) 
Minelle Mahtani (Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Lisa Mar (History, University College) 
Bonnie McElhinny (Anthropology) 
Heather Miller (Anthropology) 
Lynette Ong (Political Science/Asian Institute) 
Srilata Raman (Religion) 
Ajay Rao (Religion) 
Izumi Sakamoto (Social Work) 
Shiho Satsuka (Anthropology) 
Andre Schmid (East Asian Studies) 
Jayeeta Sharma (History, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Rachel Silvey (Geography) 
Jesook Song (Anthropology) 
Andre Sorensen (Social Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Ashwini Tambe (History) 
Nhung Tran (History) 
Shafique Virani (Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga) 
Yiching Wu (East Asian Studies/Asian Institute 
Weiguo Zhang (Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga) 

Assistant Professors 
Hae Yeon Choo (Sociology) 
Xing Fan (Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies) 
Diana Fu (Political Science, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Ju Hui Judy Han (Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough) 
Kanta Murali (Political Science) 
Rajashree Narayanareddy (Geography) 
Karen Ruffle (Religion) 
Neera Singh (Geography) 
Wen-Ching Sung (Anthropology) 
Yvon Wang (History) 
Jun Zhang (Geography) 

Adjunct Professors 
Deepali Dewan (ROM) 
Wendy Dobson (Rotman) 


The fluid processes of transnationalization and modernization in Asia mean that it is increasingly anachronistic to approach the study of contemporary Asia from the perspective of just one country or a singular discipline. The Contemporary Asian Studies (CAS) major and minor programs offered by the Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs provide a multi-disciplinary lens through which to examine the linkages between Asia’s history, its emergence onto the global stage, and the challenges and opportunities inherent in its modernity, as well as Asia’s future(s) in the global arena.

The CAS program is thematically-driven, reflective of contemporary issues that are of relevance to understanding the complexities of today’s Asia. The CAS courses are distinctly pan-Asian in geographic scope, providing empirical and critical coverage of South, Southeast, and East Asia through multiple disciplinary approaches to the study of the region, including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Religion, and Sociology.

By exposing students to current issues and debates in Asia, the CAS program is designed to prepare students for careers in or about Asia. In addition, the Asian Institute is committed to facilitating overseas experiential learning opportunities, including field schools, international course modules, professional internships, and study abroad opportunities. Upper-level CAS courses are designed to be research-intensive. There is no language requirement for the CAS major or minor. However, students are strongly encouraged to study an Asian language. One FCE in an approved Asian language can be credited towards the major or minor degree.

Students may also be interested in the South Asian Studies minor, which is closely connected with the Contemporary Asian Studies program.

NOTE: Students who wish to count courses towards the CAS major or minor that are not listed as CAS courses or in Group A, B, or C below (including U of T courses and transfer credits) must seek pre-approval from the program director prior to taking the course. Asian content does not guarantee that the course will be approved for CAS program credit.

Contact Information

Program Administrator
Munk School of Global Affairs, Room 228N
1 Devonshire Place