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Weatherhead East Asian Institute (WEAI), formerly the Columbia East Asian Institute (EAI)

"Since its establishment in 1949, Columbia University's East Asian Institute has been a major center for research, teaching, and publishing on modern and contemporary Asia, covering China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Korean peninsula, and the countries of Southeast Asia; in recent years the scope has expanded to include Tibet and Inner Asia. The Institute is affiliated with Columbia's Schools of Business, Law, International and Public Affairs, and Arts and Sciences, bringing together over 50 full-time faculty, a diverse group of visiting scholars and professionals, and students from the United States and abroad.

"As of January 2003, the East Asian Institute was renamed the Weatherhead East Asian Institute to honor the generosity of the Weatherhead Foundation." [1]

"The Weatherhead Foundation, which has supported the East Asian Institute since 1980, was founded by A. J. Weatherhead, Jr. in 1953 and is currently headed by his son, A. J. Weatherhead, III." [2]

Faculty & scholars by regional expertise

The roster of scholars associated with WEAI is subject to annual changes....2007 WEAI faculty web page

China

Research Interests: Chinese politics, state-society relations, comparative communist and post-communist systems, Chinese foreign policy
  • Myron L. Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Anthropology Department
Research Interests: Chinese culture and society
  • Samuel S. Kim, Adjunct Professor of Political Science; Director of the Center for Korean Research; Senior Research Associate of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Research Interests: Korean Foreign Relations, International relations, Chinese Foreign Policy
  • Dorothy Ko, Professor of History, Barnard College
Research Interests: History of China and gender
Research Interests: Gender, law, media, and popular urban culture in late imperial and modern China
  • Benjamin Liebman, Associate Professor of Law, Columbia School of Law; Director, Center for Chinese Legal Studies
Research Interests: The Chinese legal system
  • Xiaobo Lü, Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Associate Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
Research Interests: East Asian political economy
  • Roberta H. Martin, Senior Research Scholar; Director, East Asian Curriculum Project; Executive Director, Project on Asia in the Core Curriculum
Research Interests: Education in China; the Chinese Communist Party
Research Interests: Modern trans-Pacific history, with an emphasis on the Chinese Diaspora
  • Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science and Chair of Political Science Department
Research Interests: Contemporary Chinese domestic politics and foreign policy, comparative political participation and political culture
  • Carl Riskin, Senior Research Scholar; Adjunct Professor of Chinese Economics
Research Interests: Income distribution in China, effects of development strategy on poor regions and social strata, problems of economic reform
  • Morris Rossabi, Adjunct Associate Professor of Early Chinese and Inner Asian History more
Research Interests: Central Eurasian and Mongolia
Research Interests: International economics, Chinese economics
Research Interests: Politics of the PRC, Taiwan, Tibet, and Mongolia; comparative studies of human rights
  • Wei Shang, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature
Research Interests: Late Imperial fiction, Qing materials, Classical Chinese
Research Interests:China's "floating population" (migrant labor), urban unemployment
Research Interests: The politics of East Asian development, especially the People's Republic of China and Taiwan
  • Guobin Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College
Research Interests: Sociology of China; media sociology; social movements; social memory; voluntary associations
  • Madeleine Zelin, Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures; Director, Columbia East Asian National Resource Center
Research Interests: Modern Chinese social and economic history, early modern business, the meaning of "modernity" in early twentieth-century China, translation of twentieth-century Chinese literature

Japan

Research Interests: Modern Japanese fiction, film, literary criticism and theory
Research Interests: Twentieth-century Japanese cultural and social history
  • Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science; Director, Toyota Research Program
Research Interests: Comparative politics, Japanese politics, U.S.-Japan relations
  • Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History; Director, Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute; Director, Asia Perspectives Series, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Research Interests: Modern Japanese history, historiography and public memory, international relations
Research Interests: Japanese multilateral diplomacy, particularly in the United Nations
Research Interests: Modern Japanese anthropology
  • Merit Janow, Professor in the Practice of International Trade, School of International and Public Affairs; Co-Director, APEC Study Center
Research Interests: International trade law and policy, Japan
Research Interests: Japanese social work
  • Curtis J. Milhaupt, Fuyo Professor of Japanese Law and Legal Institutions; Director, Center for Japanese Legal Studies
Research Interests: Comparative corporate governance, comparative financial regulation, law and economic development
  • Hugh T. Patrick, R. D. Calkins Professor of International Business; Director, Center on Japanese Economy and Business; Co-Director, APEC Study Center
Research Interests: U.S.-Japan economic and business relations, Asia Pacific economic relations, structural adjustments in the Japanese economy
Research Interests: Early modern and modern Japanese History, historical constructions of gender and sexuality in Japan
  • Haruo Shirane, Shincho Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture
Research Interests: Pre-and early modern Japanese literature
Research Interests: Urban and cultural history of nineteenth-century Japan
  • Tomi Suzuki, Professor of Japanese Literature and East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Modern Japanese literature
Research Interests: International economics, Japanese economy

Korea

Research Interests: Modern Korean History, contemporary Korean history and historiography, international relations in the Asia Pacific, issues of ethnicity and boundary making in Northeast Asia
Research Interests: Pre-modern and early modern Korean history
  • Samuel S. Kim, Adjunct Professor of Political Science; Director of the Center for Korean Research; Senior Research Associate of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Research Interests: Korean Foreign Relations, International relations, Chinese Foreign Policy

Mongolia

Research Interests: Early Chinese and Inner Asian History
Research Interests: Politics of the PRC, Taiwan, Tibet, and Mongolia; comparative studies of human rights

Southeast asia

Research Interests: Political Islam in Indonesia and Malaysia
Research Interests: Modernity in Thailand, ritual and performance in cultural order, the effects of mass reproduction technologies on visuality
Research Interests: Indonesian politics
  • Hugh T. Patrick, R. D. Calkins Professor of International Business Director, Center on Japanese Economy and Business Co-Director, APEC Study Center
Research Interests: U.S.-Japan economic and business relations, Asia Pacific economic relations, structural adjustments in the Japanese economy
Research Interests: Modern Indonesian Cultural Anthropology
Research Interests: East Asian international relations

Taiwan

  • Myron L. Cohen, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Anthropology Department
Research Interests: Chinese culture and society
Research Interests: Politics of the PRC, Taiwan, Tibet, and Mongolia; comparative studies of human rights
Research Interests: The politics of East Asian development, especially the People's Republic of China and Taiwan

Tibet

Research Interests: Modern Tibetan Studies
  • Gray Tuttle, Leila Hadley Luce Professor of Modern Tibetan Studies, department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Research Interests: Early 20th century views of Tibetan Buddism in China


Staff

Directors

General Administration

Program Officers

Asia for Educators (AFE) Program

2006

Contact

Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
9th Floor, International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street, Mail Code 3333
New York, NY 10027
Web: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/weai/index.html