The East Asian Studies Center is led by a faculty director and three faculty associate directors, who serve as directors for the country-specific institutes for Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies and Korean Studies.

EASC's current leadership team is:

East Asian Studies Center Director:

Etsuyo Yuasa
Etsuyo Yuasa  is an associate professor in Japanese linguistics and pedagogy in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. She has written a book about how form and meaning are associated and dissociated in language (Modularity in Language: Constructional and Categorial Mismatch in Syntax and Semantics, Mouton de Gruyter, 2005) and edited a linguistics volume (Pragmatics and Autolexical Grammar: In Honor of Jerry Sadock, John Benjamins, 2011). Another edited volume, Individualized Instruction in East Asian Languages will be published from Foreign Language Publications at OSU later this year.  Yuasa has extensive administrative experience. She is the founder and director of the Japanese Individualized Instruction Program; she was the key organizer of numerous events (e.g., two academic conferences; numerous workshops/lecture series; several DEALL annual Language Festivals); she has served in leadership positions in DEALL and in regional organizations (e.g., Ohio Association of Teachers of Japanese Treasurer; Japanese Individualized Instruction Program Director; DEALL Language Program Director; DEALL Undergraduate Studies Director; DEALL Graduate Studies Director), and she has orchestrated an international research project (e.g., editing a volume that involved more than 20 contributors world-wide).

East Asian Studies Center Associate Directors:

Marjorie Chan
Director, Institute for Chinese Studies
Marjorie K.M. Chan is associate professor of Chinese linguistics in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, at The Ohio State University. Her research area is Chinese linguistics, with focus on phonetics (particularly with respect to prosody-discourse interface), phonology (synchronic and diachronic), and dialectology. Recent publications include collaborative works on the Mandarin and Cantonese ToBI systems of prosodic transcripton, studies pertaining to humor, language and gender, as well as pragmatic functions of sentence-final particles. Her research interest and publications also extends to studies on written Cantonese, Chinese regional operas (with their different dialect bases), and Chinese computing, including corpus linguistics and issues concerning concordancing of Chinese e-texts.

Hajime Miyazaki
Acting Director, Institute for Japanese Studies
Hajime Miyazaki received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and was assistant professor at Stanford University from 1977-1984, before joining The Ohio State University as associate professor in 1984. He has been professor of economics since 1987 and director of graduate studies for the Department of Economics since 1998. His research and teaching interests include applied microeconomics of markets and internal organizations with emphasis on information, uncertainty and incentives from a comparative institutional perspective. His research has been published in major economics journals including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Political Economy, The Quarterly Journal of Economics and Review of Economic Studies.

Mitchell Lerner
Director, Institute for Korean Studies
Prof. Mitchell Lerner received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Austin. His research and teaching focus is on international diplomatic history during the Cold War, with a focus on US-Korean relations. His first book, The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy, won the 2002 John Lyman Book Award and was nominated for the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes. He has published articles about modern foreign policy in numerous anthologies and journals, including Diplomatic History, Diplomacy & Statecraft, the Journal of East Asian Affairs, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Cold War Studies. He was elected to the governing council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2008, and is on the advisory board of the North Korea International Documentation Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. He has also served as a Fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs, and in 2005-06, he held the Mary Ball Washington Distinguished Fulbright Chair at University College-Dublin. He has served as editor of Passport: The Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations Review and on the teaching committee for the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. In 2005, he won the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.