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 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:
Interim Director, Institute for Chinese Studies
Patricia Sieber is an associate professor of Chinese literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University. After extended study abroad sojourns in China and Japan during her undergraduate years at the University of Zurich, she received her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests encompass early modern theater, print culture, gender studies, translation studies, and religious studies. These interests converged in her monograph Theaters of Desire: Authors, Readers, and the Reproduction of Early Chinese Song-Drama (Palgrave, 2003, partial Chinese translation 2018) as well as in numerous journal articles and book chapters in English and Chinese. Her edited volume Red Is Not the Only Color: Contemporary Chinese Fiction on Love and Sex Between Women (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) has been widely used in classrooms around the world. Her current work centers on the preparation of How To Read Chinese Drama: The Guided Anthology and How To Read Chinese Drama: The Language Text (under agreement with Columbia University Press as part of a nine-volume “How To Read Chinese Literature” series). She has been awarded major research funding from US, European, and Asian funding bodies, has given talks in English, Chinese, and German, and serves on the editorial boards of East Asian Publishing and Society, Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, and Contemporary Buddhism. She has been interviewed by the New York Times and the BBC World Service, has consulted for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and has been the focus of a BA thesis at Beijing Normal University. She is a two-time recipient of Title VI NRC and FLAS funding for East Asia and previously served as the EASC director (2005-2013) and the ICS director (2005-2010). She will begin her tenure as a Modern Languages Association (MLA) delegate for less commonly taught languages in early 2019.
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.
Director, Institute for Korean Studies
Prof. Mitchell Lerner received his PhD 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 and Korean foreign policy. 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, the Journal of East Asian Affairs, the Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, Diplomacy & Statecraft, 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 is the associate editor of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations, and in 2005, he won the OSU Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.