Faculty – Language and Literature

Wakana K. Cavanaugh (MS, University of Pennsylvania)

Lecturer, Japanese

Research Interests: Japanese language, teaching Japanese as a foreign language, teaching English as a foreign language

Rome Hall 461, 801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-6723
E-mail: kikuchi@gwu.edu

Jonathan Chaves (Ph.D., Columbia University)

Professor of Chinese

Research Interests: Chinese and Japanese culture and literature

Rome Hall 468, 801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-6474
Fax: 202-994-1512
E-mail: jchaves@gwu.edu

Liana Chen (Ph.D., Stanford University)

Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature

Research Interests: Chinese literature, Chinese plays

Rome Hall 464
Tel: 202-994-9277
E-mail: liachen@gwu.edu

Hongyuan Dong (Ph.D., Cornell University)

Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics

Research Interests: Formal semantics, Chinese linguistics, philosophy of language

Rome Hall 467
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: (202) 994-6728
E-mail: hdong@gwu.edu

Shoko Hamano (Ph.D., University of Florida)

Professor of Japanese & International Affairs

Research Interests: Japanese language and linguistics, semantics, and phonology

Phillips Hall 216, 801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-6333
Fax: 202-994-1512
E-mail: hamano@gwu.edu

Ichiro Leopold Hanami (Ph.D., Stanford University)

Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literatures

Research Interests: Modern and classical Japanese; classical Japanese poetry and poetics

Rome Hall 469, 801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-0050
Fax: 202-994-1512
E-mail: hanami@gwu.edu

B.N. Hebbar (Ph.D., University of Utrecht, Netherlands; D.Litt., University of South Africa)

Professorial Lecturer in Religion

Academic Advisor DC Area International Buddhist Committee

Research Interests: Hindu and Buddhist Philosophy, linguistics, world religions and religious history, Sanskrit, Pali as well as many Indologically oriented subjects and languages

2106 G Street, NW, Rm 101
Tel: 202-994-6325
E-mail: bnhebbar@gwu.edu

Alexa Alice Joubin (Ph.D., Stanford University)

Founding Co-director, Digital Humanities Institute

Director of the Dean’s Scholars in Shakespeare Program

Director of Graduate Studies in English

Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, East Asian Languages and Literatures, and International Affairs

Rome Hall 750
Tel: (202) 994-6639
E-mail: ajoubin@gwu.edu

Immanuel Kim (Ph.D., in Comparative Literature at University of California, Riverside) 

Korea Foundation and Kim-Renaud Associate Professor of Korean Literature and Culture Studies 

Research Interests: North Korean Comedy Films and Filmic Culture

Rome Hall 453
801 22nd Street, NW
E-mail: ikim52@gwu.edu

Jisoo Kim (Ph.D., Columbia University)

Director, GW Institute for Korean Studies

Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of History, International Affairs and East Asian Languages and Literature

Research Interests: Modern Korean history, women, sexuality and gender history, East Asian legal history

Phillips Hall 315
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: (202) 994-6761
Fax: (202) 994-6231
E-mail: jsk10@gwu.edu

Insung Ko (Ph.D., University of Hawai’i)

Professor in the Korean Language

Research Interests: Korean Linguistics, second language pedagogy, phonetics, and language testing

Rome Hall
801 22nd Street, NW
E-mail: insungko@gwu.edu

Marlene Laruelle (Ph.D., National Institute of Oriental Languages and Cultures)

Research Professor of International Affairs

Research Interests: Political science, sociology, identity issues, migrations in Russia, Arctic, and Central Asia

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 412
Tel: 202-994-3368
Fax: 202-994-5436
E-mail: laruelle@gwu.edu

Marilyn Merritt (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania)

Professorial Lecturer in Anthropology

Research Interests: Language and media in public places and spaces; creativity, interdisciplinarity, and social change; situated discourse analysis; ritual and civility; education and visual literacies; cross-cultural understanding and scientific collaboration, India

Miok Pak (Ph.D., Georgetown University)

Teaching Assistant Professor in Korean Language

Research Interests: Korean language syntax, semantics, morphology, pedagogy and second language acquisition

Rome Hall 467
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-1804
E-mail: pakm@gwu.edu

Judith Plotz (Ph.D., Harvard University)

Professor Emerita of English

Research Interests: British romanticism, children’s literature, Indian literature in English

1959 E Street Residence Hall
E-mail: jplotz@gwu.edu

Prabhavati Reddy (Ph.D., Harvard University)

Professorial Lecturer and Research Scholar

Research Interests: South Asian religions (primary field Hinduism), Sanskrit literature, women’s studies and art history

2106 G Street, NW, Room 301
Tel: 202-994-6325
Fax: 202-994-9379
E-mail: pcreddy@gwu.edu

Mitsuyo Sato (MAT, Georgetown University)

Lecturer, Japanese

Research Interests: Japanese language

Rome Hall 461
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-6723
E-mail: satom@gwu.edu

Takae Tsujioka (Ph.D., Georgetown University) 

Teaching Assistant Professor in the Japanese Language

Research Interests: Japanese language

Rome Hall 465
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-6727
E-mail: tsujioka@gwu.edu

Miaochun Wei (Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, George Washington University)

Teaching Instructor in the Chinese Language

Research Interests: Language pedagogy, second language acquisition, pragmatics

Rome Hall 455
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-4393
E-mail: mwei@gwu.edu

Chen D. Yang (Ph.D., George Mason University)

Professor of Chinese Studies & International Relations

Research Interests: Characteristics of Chinese language acquisition by non-native speakers; Speaking Proficiency Test (SPT); Chinese Proficiency Test (HSK); American Council on Education Evaluation and Review of Chinese Studies courses; and U.S.-China Relations

Rome Hall 451
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-736-7830
E-mail: cyang99@gwu.edu

Anri Yasuda (Ph.D., Columbia University)

Assistant Professor of Japanese Language and Literature

Research Interests: Modern and contemporary Japanese fiction and literary criticism

Rome Hall 462
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-7106
Fax: 202-994-7106
E-mail: ayasuda@gwu.edu

Hang Zhang (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill )

Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics

Research Interests: Chinese language and linguistics

Rome Hall 454
801 22nd Street, NW
E-mail: hangz@gwu.edu

Phyllis Ni Zhang (Ed.D., Columbia University)

Associate Professor of Chinese & International Affairs

Research Interests: Second language acquisition; Chinese proficiency assessment; Chinese language pedagogy and technology

Rome Hall 463
801 22nd Street, NW
Tel: 202-994-5051
Fax: 202-994-1512
E-mail: zhang@gwu.edu

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