Dayna Barnes

Adjunct Professor

Dayna Barnes completed her PhD in International History at the London School of Economics, where she also received an MSc in the Theory and History of International Relations. She has taught at the LSE, the University of Winchester, San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco. Before coming to USF, Dayna held positions as junior fellow at LSE IDEAS and visiting researcher at Tokyo University. Her most recent publication is “Plans and Expectations: The American News Media and Postwar Japan,” Japan Studies, Volume 34 Issue 3 (September 2014). Dayna has received grants and awards from organizations including the North East Asia Council, Roosevelt Study Center,  Harry S. Truman Library, Sasakawa Foundation, and Japan Foundation. She is the 2014-2015 Kiriyama Fellow at the University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies.


Wenchi Chang

Adjunct Professor

Wenchi Chang has an M.A. in Chinese and a B.A. in Chinese Literature.  She has taught at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Monterey Institute of International Studies, UC Davis and National Taiwan Normal University.  She holds two Certificates of Training Program for teachers of Chinese as a foreign language.  She teaches elementary to advanced Chinese language and Chinese literature. 


Cyrus Chen

Adjunct Professor

Cyrus Chen (Ph.D. UC Berkeley) is a historian of modern Northeast Asia and a professional photographer. He has taught a wide range of courses on Manchuria/Dongbei, Imperial China and the World, Chinese Law and Society, and American Cultures at Jilin University, UC Berkeley, and Stanford University. His research interests include: the history of travel and photography; Jin Yufu (1887-1962); intellectual networks, railroads, and the shaping of ethnoracial historiographies in modern East Asia; and Lin Li (1913-2001) and the “One Character a Day” program in postwar Taiwan.


Jaime Chua

Adjunct Professor

Jaime Chua teaches courses on Comparative Political Economy and International NGOs in Asia. He is a senior director and co-chair of the evaluation task force at The Asia Foundation. His roles include designing and evaluating development programs in economic and governance reform in Southeast and South Asia. His recent research relates to the microeconomic foundations of regulatory reform in Indonesia, and the local political dynamics of community-based development in conflict areas in the Philippines. He received his Doctorate (2010) from Case Western Reserve University in interdisciplinary studies of Management and Economics. Jaime joined MAPS in 2012.

Tel:(415) 422-6357

Melissa Dale

Assistant Professor

Melissa Dale has served as Executive Director of the Center for Asia Pacific Studies since August 2012. Her most recent publication is, “Understanding Emasculation: Western Medical Perspectives on Chinese Eunuchs,” Social History of Medicine 23, No. 1 (April 2010): 38-55. She has taught courses at Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, and UC Santa Cruz, guest lectured at UC Berkeley, and led the Cal Alumni tour to China.

Tel:(415) 422-6042

Brian Komei Dempster

Professor and Director of Administration

Brian Komei Dempster is a professor of rhetoric and language and a faculty member in Asian Pacific American Studies at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he also serves as Director of Administration for the Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies. He has been at USF since 2001 and received the Distinguished Teaching Award (along with Ronald Sundstrom) in 2010. Dempster is editor of both From Our Side of the Fence: Growing Up in America's Concentration Camps (Kearny Street Workshop, 2001), which received a 2007 Nisei Voices Award from the National Japanese American Historical Society, and Making Home from War: Stories of Japanese American Exile and Resettlement (Heyday, 2011). Topaz, his debut book of poetry, was published by Four Way Books in 2013. His work—as a poet, workshop instructor, and editor—has been recognized by grants from the Arts Foundation of Michigan and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the California State Library's California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Dempster has also been awarded scholarships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

Tel:(415) 422-5067

David Kim

Associate Professor

David Kim's areas of research and teaching include ethics, political philosophy, philosophical psychology, phenomenology, Asian and comparative philosophy, philosophy of race, and postcolonialism. His current work focuses on embodiment, the politics of emotion, xenophobia, critiques of U.S. imperialism, and the extension of various forms of Asian thought to concepts of modernity, like rights, race, civilization, and hegemony. His recent courses include ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of emotion, comparative moral psychology, Asian philosophy, and Asian American philosophy.

Tel:(415) 422-6674

Genevieve Leung

Assistant Professor

Genevieve Leung (Ph.D., Educational Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania) teaches courses in graduate and undergraduate academic writing and presentational speaking at USF. Her research interests include Chinese American identities, Cantonese language acquisition and maintenance, and linguistic landscape.


Jean Yen-chun Lin

Adjunct Professor

Jean Yen-chun Lin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago (expected 2015). She received her Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include social movements (political, labor, environmental), comparative political sociology, non-governmental organizations, leadership structure and behavior, and East Asia. Courses she has taught include society and culture, international politics, and research methods.


Andrea Lingenfelter

Adjunct Professor

Andrea Lingenfelter is a poet, scholar of Chinese literature, and a widely published translator of contemporary Chinese-language fiction (Farewell My Concubine, Candy) and poetry by authors from Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Her translations have appeared in Manoa, Push Open the Window, Chinese Literature Today, Pathlight, Chicago Review, Frontier Taiwan, Time Asia, and Foreign Policy, to name a few, and she composed the subtitles for Chen Kaige’s film, Temptress Moon. Her translation of selected poetry by Zhai Yongming, The Changing Room, won a 2012 Northern California Book Award. A 2008 PEN Translation Fund grant winner and 2014 NEA Translation Grant awardee, she is currently translating Hong Kong writer Hon Lai Chu’s collection of surrealistic short fiction, The Kite Family, and Wang Anyi’s historical novel, Scent of Heaven. Dr Lingenfelter has a BA in Chinese Studies from UC San Diego, an MA in East Asian Studies from Yale, and a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Washington. She has taught Chinese literature at UC Davis and was 2013-14 Kiriyama Fellow at USF’s Center for Asia Pacific Studies.

Tel:(415) 422-5093

John Nelson

Professor and Academic Director

John Nelson is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco.  His areas of specialization are East Asian religions, contemporary Buddhism, cultural anthropology, globalization, secularism, and Asian Studies. Professor Nelson is the author of two books on Japanese Shinto, numerous articles, and a video documentary on Yasukuni Shrine. He is the co-editor of the Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Religions (Brill, 2012) and has recently completed a book titled Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan,published by the University of Hawaii Press in fall 2013.  Professor Nelson received a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and came to USF in 2000.

Tel:(415) 422-6080

Stephen Roddy


Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages, received his Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University, and specializes in the fiction and other prose genres of 18th and 19th century China and Japan.


Cynthia Schultes

Adjunct Professor

Cynthia Schultes received her Ph.D. in history from The George Washington University. She has taught at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and Notre Dame Seishin University in Okayama, Japan. At USF, she teaches courses in rhetoric and language as well as historiography. Her research interests include the history of the British empire and modern Japan.

Tel:(415) 422-6452

Shalendra Sharma


Shalendra D. Sharma, (Ph.D University of Toronto) is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of San Francisco. He also teaches in the MA program in the Department of Economics and the Center for the Pacific Rim.

Tel:(415) 422-4375

Hwaji Shin

Associate Professor

Hwaji Shin joined the Sociology Department at the University of San Francisco as a full-time Assistant Professor in 2007 after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at SUNY Stony Brook. Between 2008 and 2010, she was a visiting assistant professor and Japan fund fellow at Freeman Spogli Institute of International Studies at Stanford University where she researched and lectured on race and ethnic relations in modern Japan.

Tel:(415) 422-6591

Kyoko Suda

Associate Professor

Assistant Professor, is director of Asian Languages Program, received her BA in History from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. She received her first MA in teaching English as a Second Language, and her second MA in teaching Japanese as a Second Language from San Francisco State University. Dr. Suda received her Doctorate in Education at the University of San Francisco in December of 2003.


Yachi Teng

Adjunct Professor

Yachi Teng, a native speaker of Mandarin and Taiwanese, received her Ed.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of San Francisco and her M.A. in foreign language teaching from the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her teaching certificates in Chinese Teaching from Ministry of Education, Taiwan and in Foreign Language Teaching from Pennsylvania. Before she came to USF, Dr. Teng taught at universities and colleges for many years both in Taiwan and the U.S. Her research interests include second language acquisition and multimedia learning in languages.

Tel:(415) 422-2781

M. Antoni Ucerler

Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History; Associate Professor

M. Antoni J. Ucerler, S.J. is the Director and Associate Professor at the Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History. He is also Fellow of East Asian Studies at Campion Hall, at the University of Oxford. He teaches courses in both early modern Japanese and global history, including topics in East Asian and European thought. His main research and teaching interests include topics in Japanese samurai history, the era of European maritime empires and expansion into Asia (15th-18th centuries), and the history of Christianity in Japan and China.

Tel:(415) 422-5419

Tsering Wangchuk

Assistant Professor

Tsering Wangchuk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. His areas of specialization include the intellectual history of Tibetan Buddhism, Buddhist Studies, and history of religions. He has published articles with several peer-reviewed journals. He teaches classes on Buddhism and Himalayan religions and cultures. He is also the Blum Chair in Himalayan Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville and came to USF in 2011.

Tel:(415) 422-6194

M.C. Sunny Wong


Professor Sunny Wong received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Oregon (1996-2002). His teaching and research interests include monetary policy, learning dynamics, business-cycle theory, and foreign direct investment. Professor Wong has published research articles in academic journals including Economic Inquiry, Economics Letters, Macroeconomic Dynamics, American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, World Development, and other journals. He published a book, The Role of Policymakers in Business Cycle Fluctuations (Cambridge University Press) in April 2006.


Wei Yang

Assistant Professor

Wei Yang received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literature from Yale University. She teaches and researches broadly in Chinese cinema in a global context, with special interests in film genre, spatiality, transnational practice, and the intersection between China and Hollywood. She is currently completing a book manuscript on film space in contemporary Chinese cinema.