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:

Ying Zhang
Director, Institute for Chinese Studies
Ying Zhang is an associate professor in the Department of History. She holds a BA from Renmin University of China, MAs from Osaka Prefecture University of Japan and University of Cincinnati, and a PhD from University of Michigan in history and women’s studies. Prof. Zhang employs a multidisciplinary approach to Chinese studies. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on diverse aspects of Chinese history in addition to her book, Confucian Image Politics: Masculine Morality in Seventeenth-Century China (Seattle, University of Washington Press, 2016). She has also trained numerous MA and PhD graduate students in both History and the Interdisciplinary East Asian Studies MA Program. Prof. Zhang has held leadership positions in several interdisciplinary programs on campus, including co-founding and co-coordinating “The Premodernist Workshop” since 2012 and the Humanities Institute Working Group on “Confinement” in 2016-2018, as well as serving as interim program chair of the Center for Historical Studies in Spring 2017 and graduate studies chair of the Interdisciplinary East Asian Studies MA Program in 2015-2016. She also organized the “History of the Mind Seminar,” which brought together multiple fields in 2018. 

Hajime Miyazaki
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 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.