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The interdisciplinary nature of the faculty members and others associated with YCAR contribute to a rich culture of intellectual exchange. Below is a list  of YCAR-affiliated faculty members who are eligible to act as GDAS Committee Members. Also available as a PDF.

To learn more about their research interests, please click on their name or visit our Faculty Associates web page.

East Asia
Southeast Asia
South Asia
Asian Diaspora

East Asia

  • Russell W. Belk | Meanings of possessions, collecting, gift-giving, materialism | Asia | Marketing, Schulich School of Business

  • Gregory Chin | China's global economic expansion, the emerging powers and global governance reform, Asian regionalism, Chinese foreign policy | China | Graduate Programme in Political Science
  • Tony Fang | Compensation and benefits, high performance workplace practices, pension, retirement policy and the ageing workforce, education, immigration, minimum wages, union impact on wages, innovation and firm growth, pay equity, employment equity | China | Graduate Programme in Human Resource Management, Economics
  • Joshua Fogel | Sino-Japanese relations (cultural and political) | China, Japan | Graduate Programme in History
  • Margo Gewurtz | Sino-Western cultural relations | China | Graduate Programme in Humanities, History, Women’s Studies
  • Pietro Giordan | Modern and contemporary Chinese literature and film, comparative literature and culture| China | Graduate Programme in Humanities
  • Ted Goossen | Modern and contemporary Japanese literature, the Asian Canadian experience, Asian film and cross-cultural analysis | Japan | Graduate Programme in Humanities
  • Jay Goulding | Classical and modern Chinese and Japanese philosophy, religion and culture, hermeneutic phenomenology | China and Japan | Graduate Programmes in Communication & Culture, Sociology, Education, Social & Political Thought
  • Laam Hae | Political economy, cultural politics, critical race theory, feminist methodology | Korea | Graduate Programme in Political Science
  • Sharon Hayashi | Film history, historiography and criticism; critical theory, gender and media; colonial and Diasporic cinemas; travelling and regional cinemas, postcolonial film; transnationalism; globalization; East Asian film and video | Japan | Graduate Programme in Film

  • Susan J. Henders | Politics of human rights, democracy/democratization, and citizenship, with an emphasis on minority and indigenous communities, and on territorial politics, especially territorial self-government and special status regions | Hong Kong, Macao, Tibet | Graduate Programme in Political Science
  • Joan Judge | Chinese print culture, Chinese women | China | Graduate Programmes in History, Women's Studies, Humanities
  • Hong Kal | Art and cultural histories of Korea and East Asia | Korea | Graduate Programme in Art History
  • Ann H. Kim, Graduate Programme in Sociology: Korea, Korean Diaspora
  • Janice Kim | Gender, labour and political consciousness among working women in colonial Korea; Social and economic history of refugees and civilian livelihood during and after the Korean War; Affection, labour and the moral economy in developing South Korea | Korea | Graduate Programme in History
  • Thomas R. Klassen | Income security policy and the welfare state, in comparative context, particularly South Korea | Korea | Graduate Programmes in Public Policy, Administration & Law, Political Science, Critical Disability Studies
  • Lucia Lo | Immigrant settlement and integration issues; impact of international retailing and modern retail formats on consumption | China, India | Graduate Programme in Geography
  • Hyun Ok Park | Interdisciplinary engagement with the philosophy of history, the crisis of capitalism, and the epistemological issues associated with comparative studies; Korean transnational labour migration to and from northeast China in the first half of the twenty century and the current post-cold war period in the contexts of the nation-state system, the advent of global capitalism and geopolitics | Korea, China, Japan | Graduate Programme in Sociology
  • Bernard Wolf | International trade and finance, multinational enterprises, strategic alliances, economic integration and trade/investment liberalization in North America, Europe and Asia; China, Korea and Japan and the role they play in the world economy | China, Korea, Japan | Economics Schulich School of Business
  • Wendy S. Wong | Chinese visual cultural history and studies; Chinese mass media studies, Chinese consumer society; design and identity; design and public awareness; cross-cultural/hybrid design; emerging design technologies and lifestyle studies; globalization and transnational studies | Hong Kong, Taiwan, China | Graduate Programme in Design
  • Yuk-lin Renita Wong | Postcolonial and racial power relations in knowledge production and discursive practices in social work; spirituality in social work and of cultural competence; centering marginalized voices and ways of knowing/being; indigenization of social work with women in China | China, Hong Kong | Graduate Programme in Social Work
  • Lorna Wright | e-business, SME training strategies, women entrepreneurship, cultural competence | East Asia | Administration, Schulich School of Business
  • Qiang Zha | Comparative higher/education, international academic relations, globalization and education, the internationalization of higher education, East Asian and Chinese higher education, differentiation and diversity in higher education, theories of organizational change, research methods in education, global brain circulation, global citizenship education, issues with new immigrants settlement | China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan | Graduate Programme in Education

Southeast Asia

  • Russ Patrick P. Alcedo | Performance of gender, folklorization of religion, world dance in the diaspora | Philippines | Graduate Programme in Dance
  • Lisa Drummond | Urban social life in Vietnam, including analyses of popular culture, specifically in television serials and women's magazines; women's roles in Vietnamese society; application of western concepts such as public and private to the use of space in Vietnamese cities | Vietnam | Graduate Programmes in Geography, Development Studies
  • Philip Kelly | Transformative effects of migration on economic, cultural and political life in the Philippines; political economy of development in Southeast Asia, with particular reference to labour regulation, industrialization and urbanization | Philippines | Graduate Programmes in Geography, Development Studies
  • Robin Roth | Ecology of conservation, especially mountain environments of Asia; rural livelihood change; indigenous knowledge and spatiality; integrated social-ecological analysis; park-people conflicts | Thailand | Graduate Programme in Geography
  • Abert Schrauwers | Kinship, ethnic group formation, colonialism, role of religion in the development of civil society | Indonesia | Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology 
  • Alicia Turner | Intersections of religion, colonialism and nationalism | Burma | Graduate Programme in Humanities

  • Peter Vandergeest | Political ecology, environmental sociology, cultural politics of environment and development | Thailand, Laos | Graduate Programmes in Sociology, Geography, Development Studies
  • Penny Van Esterik | Nutritional anthropology, gender and development, advocacy anthropology | Southeast Asia, Thailand, Laos | Graduate Programmes in Social Anthropology, Women's Studies
  • Lorna Wright | e-business, SME training strategies, women entrepreneurship, cultural competence | Southeast Asia | Administration, Schulich School of Business

South Asia

  • Vijay Agnew | Feminist issues, gender and diversity, international migration and identity | South Asia | Graduate Programmes in History, Women's Studies
  • Raju Das | Development studies; political economy; class theory; technology, nature, population and production relations; globalization and rural labour; state-society relations including state's developmental interventions; state theory; social capital; social movements; production of spatial forms of class and non-class social relations | India | Graduate Programmes in Geography, Development Studies
  • Shubhra Gururani | Cultural politics of nature, political ecology, environmental movements, gender, urban studies | India | Graduate Programmes in Social Anthropology, Development Studies
  • Ilan Kapoor | Critical development studies, postcolonial studies, participatory development, democratic theory | India | Graduate Programme in Environmental Studies
  • Ali Kazimi | Race, migration, indigineity, history, memory | India, Pakistan | Graduate Programme in Film Studies
  • Radhika Mongia | Migration studies, colonial genealogies of the modern state, feminist and postcolonial theory | India | Graduate Programmes in Sociology, Women's Studies  
  • Arun Mukherjee | South Asian and minority Canadian literatures | South Asia, India | Graduate Programmes in English, Social & Political Thought, Humanities
  • Ananya Mukherjee-Reed | Critical political economy/development; critical approaches to comparative social science; knowledges and epistemologies of development; corporate capitalism and development | South Asia, India | Graduate Programmes in Political Science, Development Studies, Social & Political Thought
  • Michael Nijhawan | Violence and suffering and its translatability in cultural practices; transnational religion, immigration and identity formation | India | Graduate Programme in Sociology
  • Shobna Nijhawan | The Hindi public sphere (20th century); Hindi and Urdu literature; Hindi, Urdu and English women's periodicals; theories of gender and nationalism; Ayurveda and allopathy in Hindi fiction and Hindi medical periodicals (first half of the 20th century); technology enhanced learning | India | Graduate Programme in Humanities
  • Fahimul Quadir | Civil society and democratization, development planning and management, economic liberalization and globalization, governance and human development, micro-finance, NGOs, regionalism | South Asia, Bangladesh | Graduate Programmes in Development Studies, Political Science, Social & Political Thought
  • Trichy Sankaran | Indian music, composition and instruments | India | Graduate Programme in Music
  • Sharada Srinivasan | Gender, culture and violence; young people and development | India | Graduate Programme in Development Studies

Asian Diaspora

  • Vijay Agnew | Feminist issues, gender and diversity, international migration, identity | Asian Diaspora | Graduate Programmes in History, Women's Studies
  • Russ Patrick P. Alcedo | Performance of gender, folklorization of religion, and world dance in the Diaspora | Filipino Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Dance
  • Enakshi Dua | Immigration processes, women and health, equity policies, criminalization, the racialization of masculinity and femininity, globalization, biodiversity | Indo-Canadian Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Women's Studies
  • Tony Fang | Compensation and benefits, high performance workplace practices, pension, retirement policy and the ageing workforce, education, immigration, minimum wages, union impact on wages, innovation and firm growth, pay equity, employment equity | Chinese Diaspora |  Graduate Programmes in Human Resource Management, Economics
  • Zulfikar A. Hirji | Muslim societies in a range of historical and contemporary contexts including the production and performance of identity, the role of cultural workers and social movements, the dynamics of family networks and inter-generational migration, the socio-legal formation of communal identity in colonial contexts, and form and context of urban violence in religiously plural societies | South Asian Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Social Anthropology
  • Ali Kazimi | Race, migration, indigineity, history, memory | South Asian Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Film 
  • Philip F. Kelly | Filipino transnational migration and labour market experiences in Canada | Filipino Diaspora | Graduate Programmes in Geography, Development Studies
  • Ann H. Kim | Immigrant and ethnic integration process and to the spatial manifestations of urban inequality | Korean Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Sociology
  • Janet Landa | Law and economic analysis of extra-legal institutions for achieving social order such as social norms embedded in ethnic trading networks and gift exchange | Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia | Graduate Programme in Economics
  • Lucia Lo | Changing settlement patterns, consumer behaviour, immigrant business structures and service provision,  labour market performance of diverse immigrant groups, role of ethnic/foreign banks on immigrant integration | Chinese Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Geography
  • Radhika Mongia | Migration studies, colonial genealogies of the modern state, feminist and postcolonial theory | South Asian Diaspora| Graduate Programmes in Sociology, Women's Studies  
  • Arun Mukherjee | South Asian and minority Canadian literatures | South Asian Diaspora | Graduate Programmes in English, Social & Political Thought, Humanities
  • Michael Nijhawan | Violence and suffering and its translatability in cultural practices; transnational religion, immigration and identity formation | Sikh and Ahmadiyya Diaspora in Canada and Europe | Graduate Programme in Sociology
  • Valerie Preston | Gender and local labour markets, immigration and Canadian cities, social and urban geography, transnationalism and citizenship | Chinese Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Geography  
  • Trichy Sankaran | Indian music, composition and instruments | South Asian Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Music
  • Yuk-lin Renita Wong | Postcolonial and racial power relations in knowledge production and discursive practices in social work; spirituality in social work and of cultural competence; centering marginalized voices and ways of knowing/being; East and Southeast Asian immigrant/refugee women’s conceptions of mental health | East Asian and Southeast Asian Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Social Work
  • Qiang Zha | Comparative higher/education, international academic relations, globalization and education, the internationalization of higher education, global brain circulation, global citizenship education, issues with new immigrants settlement | East and Southeast Asian Diaspora | Graduate Programme in Education

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