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 itself 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, 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 eleven faculty members engaged in important new work on China, Japan, and Korea in various disciplines.

Applicants are admitted, funded, and trained through individual departments—not through the East Asian Studies Program. Applicants should directly apply to their 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 following, and many other excellent institutions:

  • University of Michigan
  • City University of New York
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Maryland
  • California State University
  • Indiana University
  • Syracuse University
  • Florida International University
  • McGill University
  • University of South Carolina
  • Temple University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Fudan University
  • Beijing University

Current Graduate Students by Department


  • Victor Kumar: Acupuncture and Chinese medicine; exchange networks and relations; touch and perception
  • Tom Thornton: Christianity, incarceration and reentry, US studies (US South), the body and its practices, ethics, race, semiotics.

Comparative Thought and Literature

  • Christopher Taylor: 19th- and 20th-century intellectual history; philosophical and film aesthetics; history of film and media theory; animation; history, philosophy, and aesthetics of artificial life and the posthuman


  • John Bandy: Chinese history
  • Tara Tran: Modern France; Cambodia & Vietnam; Intellectual, Social & Cultural History; Empire & Colonialism; Hospitality & Humanitarianism; Gender; Health; Environment; Food, Shelter, & Clothing
  • Xiaoqian Ji
  • Kevin Kind

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
  • Sarah Zanolini


  • Alvin Camba: Political economy of development, political and economic sociology, China in Southeast Asia
  • Yige Dong: Socialist China, labor, and gender
  • Zhicao Fang: Political and comparative historical sociology; global political economy; state-society relations in China
  • Lingli Huang: Migration, urbanization, and development; labor studies; social inequality and class
  • Christine Jang: urban sociology, education, housing, racial and ethnic inequality
  • Minhyoung Kang: Global political economy; labor movements in South Korea
  • Jiwon Lee: social stratification, social demography, sociology of education, and race/ethnicity/immigration
  • Guowei Liang: Migrant labor in Chinese industry
  • Ji Shen
  • Daniel Thompson: Comparative political economy, global inequality, and historical materialism
  • Xiao Yu: Gender and migration in China
  • Peiyao Li: Evolution of the work unit system in China
  • Shirley Lung: race, ethnicity, immigration, education, social stratification.
  • Tiantian Liu: local political institutions, rural economy and market
  • Yifeng Wan: sociological theory, research methods, stratification and mobility, social inequality, demographic processes and social networks
  • Xingyun Wu
  • Mingtang Liu

Political Science

  • Inho Choi: International Relations
  • Darcie Draught: Comparative Politics
  • Sansar Tsakhirmaa: Ethnic minorities in China; comparative subaltern groups (minority, indigenous) in Central Eurasia
  • Karyn Jiamin Wang: Comparative regional hierarchies; alliance politics
  • Yunchen Tian: Immigrant incorporation and citizenship in East Asia
  • David Tian
  • Ungki Jung: American welfare state in comparative perspective; comparative political economy; relation between financial market and social policy; social policy dynamics in the U.S. as well as in East Asia; theories of institutional change