Faculty Members and Administrative Staff

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Chair: Philip Buckley


Following are some brief descriptions of the faculty members of the East Asian Studies Department including Associate Members in other departments and Faculties. For complete information, select a name from the following list:

gwen.bennett [at] mcgill.ca (Gwen Bennett)

(On Leave - September 2016 - August 2018)

Research InterestsArchaeology of China and East Asia, regional survey, landscape archaeology, complex societies, craft production, lithic analysis, identity, museums, present-day use of archaeology, the Silk Road, Inner Mongolia, Sichuan, Xinjiang and NE China.  Two ongoing field projects: a regional survey in Chengdu, Sichuan and a reanalysis of ceramics from 200-1200 CE collected by a regional survey in Chifeng, Inner Mongolia.

michelle.cho [at] mcgill.ca (Michelle Cho)

michelle.cho [at] mcgill.ca (Research Interests: contemporary Korean film, media, and popular culture, theories of diaspora, post-colonial critique, film and media theory, affect studies, psychoanalytic theory.)

Michelle Cho is a Korea Foundation Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies. Before coming to McGill, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow of International Humanities at Brown University, affiliated with the Departments of Modern Culture and Media and East Asian Studies, and she received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine. Her has forthcoming publications on genre translation, celebrity culture, and self-reflexive media in journals and edited volumes including Cinema Journal and The Korean Popular Culture Reader. She is completing a book entitled The Disenchantment of the Global: Post-millennial South Korean Cinema, which analyzes the form and function of South Korean genre cinemas in the "Sunshine Policy" decade, following the transition from military to civilian government, to ask what the anachronism of cold war signifiers amidst post-cold war migrant flows and political realignments can tell us about media, history, and geopolitics. Her current research pursues two broad lines of inquiry: the relationship between popular culture and populism in South Korea with a focus on the “Korean Wave,” celebrity labor, hallyu globalization, and media convergence; and the construction of identity in South Korean media’s popular representation of diasporic subjects—North Korean defectors, Korean-Chinese migrants, Korean-adoptees, mixed-race Koreans, and diasporic Koreans from the “global north.”

grace.fong [at] mcgill.ca (Grace Fong)

(On Leave - August 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017)
Research Interests: Classical Chinese poetry, Literary Theory and Criticism, Gender and Women's Writing.

Grace Fong is Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Studies, McGill University. She received her PhD in classical Chinese poetry from the University of British Columbia. She teaches courses on Chinese culture, poetry, fiction, and women writers, as well as Classical Chinese. Her research encompasses classical Chinese poetry and poetics, women writers of late imperial China, and autobiographical writing in pre-modern China. Engaged in exploring the potential of developments in digital humanities for new modes of critical inquiry in the domain of literary studies, she has been directing the Ming Qing Women’s Writings digital archive and database project (http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/mingqing/) since its inception in 2003. Launched by the McGill University Library in 2005, the website provides free access to digitized images and searchable data of women’s literary collections and anthologies from Late Imperial China for research on women’s history and culture.  She is Editor of the Women and Gender in China Studies series published by Brill. Her recent publications include the monograph Herself an Author: Gender, Agency, and Writing in Late Imperial China (University of Hawaii Press, 2008) and the co-edited volumes Different Worlds of Discourse: The Transformation of Gender and Genre in Late Qing and Early Republican China (Brill, 2008) and The Inner Quarters and Beyond: Women Writers from Ming through Qing (Brill, 2010). Her latest translations of women’s poetry appear in Jade Mirror: Women Poets of China (White Pine Press, 2013).

gal.gvili [at] mcgill.ca (Gal Gvili)

Yuriko Furuhata
Research InterestsJapanese Film and Media Studies, Media Theory, Avant-Garde Arts and Experimental Cinema, Architecture, Continental Philosophy, and History of Science and Technology.

Picture of professor Furuhata

Yuriko Furuhata (Ph.D. Brown University) is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History in the Department of East Asian Studies and a faculty member of the World Cinemas Program. She is the author of Cinema of Actuality: Japanese Avant-Garde Filmmaking in the Season of Image Politics (Duke University Press, 2013), which won the Best First Book Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. She has published articles in journals such as Grey Room, Screen, Animation, Semiotica and New Cinemas and edited volumes, such as Media Theory in Japan and Animating Film Theory. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled A Political Genealogy of Media Environments, exploring the historical connections between wartime and Cold War military science and the rise of multimedia environments, including expanded cinema, computer art, and environmental art in Japan and North America.

jeehee.hong [at] mcgill.ca (Jeehee Hong)

Research interests:  Middle-period (9th-14th centuries) Chinese art, especially ritual art and visual culture; social location of the visual; materiality, intermediality, and agency in art; affect and emotion in art; dimensions of "the real" in visual culture.

Jeehee Hong is Gretta Chambers Associate Professor in East Asian Art History. She specializes in the ritual art and visual cultures of middle-period China (ninth to fourteenth century CE). Her first book, Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000–1400 (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016), explores complex intersections of the visual, mortuary, and everyday worlds, and demonstrates a new phase in the conception of the netherworld and the practice of ancestral worship in China at the beginning of the second millennium. She is currently working on two main topics; the first project investigates the ontological understanding of borders and boundaries in the ritual art of China before the late imperial times; the second project engages the question of how traditional Chinese negotiated the complexity of emotions in the visual arts. Her research questions bring together various mediums and formal categories of art, often inspired by cross-cultural phenomena in the visual world. 

adrienne.hurley [at] mcgill.ca (Adrienne Hurley)
(On Leave)

Research Interests: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature, Youth and Violence, Critical Ethnic Studies, and Anarchist Studies.

Adrienne Hurley is an Associate Professor in East Asian Studies and an associate member of the Department of Integrated Studies in Education.  She earned a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Irvine in 2000.  She served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused youth in Orange County and was awarded a Japan Foundation dissertation fellowship in 1997-1998 for her research on child abuse and youth violence in contemporary Japan.  She held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japan Studies at Stanford University from 2002-2005. From 2005-2008, she was assistant professor in Asian and Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Iowa, where she was also the founder and director of the University of Iowa Youth Empowerment Academy and coordinator of the University of Iowa's One World Foundation Young Leader Scholarship program. Hurley's translation of Tomoyuki Hoshino's novel Lonely Hearts Killer was published by PM Press in 2009 and is the first book-length work by the award-winning novelist to be translated into English.  She is the author of Revolutionary Suicide and Other Desperate Measures: Narratives of Youth and Violence from Japan and the United States (Duke University Press, 2011).

thomas.lamarre [at] mcgill.ca (Thomas Lamarre)

Thomas Lamarre is a James McGill Professor in East Asian Studies and Associate in

Communications Studies at McGill University. His research centers on the history of media, thought, and material culture. He has written on communication networks in 9th century Japan (Uncovering Heian Japan); silent cinema and the global imaginary (Shadows on the Screen2005); animation technologies (The Anime Machine, 2009) and infrastructure ecologies (The Anime Ecology, forthcoming 2018). He is co-editor with Takayuki Tatsumi of a book series with the University of Minnesota Press entitled “Parallel Futures,” which centers on Japanese Speculative fiction. His current research on animation addresses the use of animals in the formation of media networks associated with colonialism and extraterritorial empire, and the consequent politics of animism and speciesism.  For further details see: http://lamarre-mediaken.com/Site/Home.html


xiao.liu6 [at] mcgill.ca (Xiao Liu) (劉 曉)

Research Interests: Chinese Cinemas, Film and Media Theory, New Media Studies, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Postsocialism, Vernacular Chinese Literature, and Marxism.

Photo of Xiao Liu Xiao LIU (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and a faculty member of the World Cinemas Program. Her research focuses on cybernetics, information technologies and digital media, Chinese cinemas, science fiction and fantasy, and (post-) socialist culture and critique. Her essays have appeared in venues such as Grey Room, Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Frontier of Literary Studies in China, the anthology China’s iGeneration and others. She is currently working on a project that focuses on the cultural practices and media imaginations around information technologies and discourses around the turn of the 1980s in China.


gavin.walker [at] mcgill.ca (Gavin Walker  )

Research Interests: Intellectual history, Marx and Marxism, nationalism and the national question, critical theory.  Gavin Walker is Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and East Asian Studies.
You may see his profile here: https://www.mcgill.ca/history/gavin-walker.


robin.yates [at] mcgill.ca (Robin D.S. Yates)

(On Leave Sept 1, 2017 - Aug 31, 2018)

Research Interests: Early and Traditional Chinese History, Historical Theory, Archaeology of China, Traditional Popular Culture, Chinese Poetry

Faculty lecturers

jennie.chang [at] mcgill.ca (Jennie Chang) - Chinese Language
myunghee.kim [at] mcgill.ca (Myung Hee Kim) - Korean Language
tomoko.ikeda [at] mcgill.ca (Tomoko Ikeda) - Japanese Language
yasuko.senoo [at] mcgill.ca (Yasuko Senoo) - Japanese Language
miwako.uesaka [at] mcgill.ca (Miwako Uesaka) - Japanese Language
renzhong.wang [at] mcgill.ca (Bill Wang) - Chinese Language

Course lecturers - Fall 2017

brian.bergstrom [at] mcgill.ca (Mr. Brian Bergstrom) – EAST 212 Introduction to East Asian Culture: Japan

Associate Members


Sandra Hyde
Socio-cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, East Asian Studies, HIV/AIDS, Feminist Theory, Gender and Sexuality


Christopher Green

John Kurien


Sarah Turner
Development geography, Southeast Asian geography


Lorenz M. Luthi
History of International Relations, Cold War, Communist World, Soviet Union and Communist China


Junko Shimoyama
Syntax, syntax-semantics interface, Japanese

Political Science

Erik Kuhonta
Main Fields Comparative Politics, Southeast Asia Research Areas Political Development: States, Political Parties, Populism, Regionalism Political Economy: Poverty and Inequality, Social Policy International Affairs: Security Communities Qualitative Methodology: Conceptual Analysis, Comparative-Historical Analysis

Catherine Lu

Juan Wang

School of Religious Studies

Lara Braitstein


Kenneth Dean







The Department

Mailing Address

Department of East Asian Studies
McGill University
688 Sherbrooke St. West, Room 425
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1

Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30-12:30 and 14:00-16:00

Administrative Staff

Livia Nardini
Office Manager
Phone: (514) 398-3063
Email: livia.nardini [at] mcgill.ca (Livia Nardini)

Kim Reeve
Administrative Assistant (Acting)
Phone: (514) 398-4400 ext. 09427
Email: kim.reeve [at] mcgill.ca (Kim Reeve)

Lynda Bastien
Administrative and Students Affairs Coordinator (Graduate)
Phone: (514) 398-4400 ext. 09015
Email: Lynda Bastien

Angela Lapenna
Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator (Undergraduate)
Phone: (514) 398-6742
Email: angela.lapenna [at] mcgill.ca (Angela Lapenna)

Ovidiu Victor Iacob Mayer
Administrative Coordinator (Acting)

Phone: (514) 398-5284
Email: ovidiu.iacobmayer [at] mcgill.ca (Ovidiu Victor Iacob Mayer)

Chris Byrne
Administrative Coordinator/Reception (Acting)
Phone:  (514) 398-3650
Email: christopher.byrne [at] mcgill.ca (Christopher Byrne)


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