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 Program in East Asian Studies does not offer a graduate degree program, 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. More information can be found on the JHU Graduate Admissions website (e.g., application process, deadlines, departmental requirements, international students information).

Recent PhDs 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.

Current Graduate Students by Department

  • Victor Kumar: Acupuncture and Chinese medicine; exchange networks and relations; touch and perception
  • Tom Thornton
  • 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, domestic medicine, and gender
  • Rachel Hui-Chi Hsu: Transnational gender history with a focus on Britain, China, and the U.S.
  • Emily Mokros: Late Imperial China; media and communications
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
  • Yige Dong: Socialist China, labor, and gender
  • Lingli Huang: Migration, urbanization, and development; labor studies; social inequality and class
  • Minhyoung Kang: Global political economy; labor movements in South Korea
  • Guowei Liang: Migrant labor in Chinese industry
  • Daniel Thompson: Comparative political economy, global inequality, and historical materialism
  • Xiao Yu: Gender and migration in China
  • Zhicao Fang: Political and comparative historical sociology; global political economy; state-society relations in China
  • Alvin Camba: Energy regimes; environmental history; political ecology; European studies (Europeanization, regulatory politics)
Political Science
  • Hitomi Koyama
  • Hirofumi Kawaguchi
  • Sansar Tsakhirmaa: Ethnic minorities in China; comparative subaltern groups (minority, indigenous) in Central Eurasia
  • Karyn Jiamin Wang: Comparative regional hierarchies; alliance politics
  • Chunman Zhang
  • Yunchen Tian: Immigrant incorporation and citizenship in East Asia
  • Darcie Draught