Graduate Program

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The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences of Johns Hopkins University offers programs leading to the doctoral degree for East Asian specialists in a wide range of disciplines. The East Asian Studies Program does not offer graduate degree programs, but graduate students affiliated with the program are housed in the following departments: history, sociology, political science, history of science and technology, literature (through the Krieger School's Humanities Center), and history of medicine (through the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine). Students also receive support and guidance from the interdepartmental Committee on East Asian Studies, comprising nine faculty members engaged in important new work on China, Japan, and Korea in various disciplines.

Applicants for candidacy are admitted, funded, and trained through individual disciplinary departments. Applicants should directly apply to their respective department of interest and submit an application to the graduate school. Admissions requirements are established by the department itself. More information can be found at the JHU Graduate Admissions page (i.e., application process, deadlines, departmental requirements, international students information, etc.).

Recent Ph.D.'s in East Asian studies from Hopkins have gone on to faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the City University of New York, Texas A & M University, California State University, Indiana University, Syracuse University, Florida International University, University of South Carolina, Temple University, State University of New York-Fredonia, and other excellent institutions.

Present Graduate Students by Department


  • Victor Kumar - Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, exchange networks and relations, touch and perception    


  • John Bandy - Chinese History
  • Hwei-shuan Feng - History of Chinese archaeology; intellectual and cultural history of Republican China with a focus on intercultural exchanges between China, Japan, and the U.S.
  • Ke Ren - Cultural, intellectual, and social history of late imperial and modern China, especially Sino-Western exchanges and the role of cultural mediators
  • Ting Zhang - Political culture, financial transformation, administrative operation, and print culture in late imperial China
  • Ying Zhang - Late Imperial China
  • Rachel Hui-Chi Hsu   
  • Emily Mokros   

History of Science and Technology

  • Yixian Li - History of Science and Technology in Republican China   

History of Medicine

  • James Flowers - History of medicine in China and Korea


  • Rachel Core - International development, civil society and social networks in China, post-1978 health reform in China
  • Yige Dong - Socialist China, labor, gender
  • Burak Gurel - Comparison of rural development trajectories of China and India
  • Lingli Huang -  Migration, Urbanization and Development, Labor Studies, Social Inequality and Class
  • Minhyoung Kang - Global Political Economy, Labor movements in South Korea
  • Yao Li - Labor relations, social structure & personality, and work unit system study in China
  • Guowei Liang
  • Ryan Nielsen
  • Daniel Thompson - Comparative political economy, global inequality, and historical materialism
  • Yin Yue - Social inequality, social structure and personality, China studies, quantitative research methods
  • Shaohua Zhan - Labor migration, international development

Political Science   

  • Renny Babiarz - International relations, China studies with a focus on the interplay between China's domestic and foreign policies
  • Fabian Bauwens - Political participation in Japanese politics; Japanese imperialism
  • Ling Chen - Comparative political economy, political economy of development, and international political economy, with a special area focus on China and East Asia
  • Daisy Kim - Contemporary South Korean and Japanese politics, specifically issues of nationalism, immigration, and citizenship and their effects on race & gender
  • Hitomi Koyama 
  • Hirofumi Kawaguchi
  • Samson Lin
  • Sansar Tsakhirmaa - Ethnic Minorities in China, Comparative Subaltern Groups (Minority/Indigenous) in Central Eurasia
  • Karyn Jiamin Wang - Comparative regional hierarchies, alliance politics
  • Chunman Zhang