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Asian Studies

Faculty

  • Stephen Udry

    Director, Asian Studies Program; Professor of History and Asian Studies

    Professor Stephen Udry has traveled extensively throughout Asia, and has resided in Taiwan, where he taught English for five years. He teaches courses in issues in Asian history, religious rebellion in China, and modern China and Japan. 

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  • Daniel Choffnes

    Director of Student Fellowships; Associate Professor of Biology and Asian Studies

    Professor Dan Choffnes joined the Carthage faculty in 2006. He teaches classes in genetics, plant physiology, developmental biology, and experimental design. He supports an active research program that encourages students to pursue interdisciplinary questions of economic botany and ethnomedicine, domestically and abroad.

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  • James Lochtefeld

    Chair, Religion Department; Professor of Religion and Asian Studies

    James Lochtefeld, a faculty member since 1992, specializes in Hindu pilgrimage. In addition to the Hindu tradition, Professor Lochtefeld teaches courses on Indian religion and society, the Buddhist tradition, the Sikh tradition, East Asian religion, Sanskrit and Hindi.

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  • Arthur I. Cyr

    A. W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor of Political Economy and World Business; Director, A.W. Clausen Center for World Business; Director, International Political Economy Program; Professor of Political Science

    Arthur I. Cyr is the director of the A.W. Clausen Center for World Business at Carthage, a first-class learning facility that prepares students for business leadership in our global economy.

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  • Jonathan Marshall

    Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies

    Professor Jonathan Marshall teaches courses in comparative politics, East Asian politics, constitutional law, and law and society. His research focuses on legal mobilization and citizen litigants in Japan, where he lived in 1988-89 and 1997-2000, and in other countries.

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  • Eric Pullin

    Director, Honors Program; Chair, History Department; Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

    Professor Eric Pullin earned a B.A. in history from Rockford College, an M.A. in history from Northern Illinois University, an A.M. in Labor and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He teaches courses in issues in American history, history of India, and global heritage.

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  • Wenjie Sun

    Associate Professor of Geospatial Science, Computer Science, and Asian Studies

    Professor Wenjie Sun conducts research projects using GIS and remote sensing techniques to examine land use and land cover change from the perspective of human-environment interaction. She teaches courses in geographic information science (GIS), satellite image and air photo analysis, and human geography.

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  • Yan Wang

    Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Asian Studies

    Professor Yan Wang teaches courses in Japanese, Asian Studies, and Global Heritage. Her research interests include Japanese/Chinese social linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, pedagogy and second language acquisition. 

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  • Mimi Yang

    Professor of Modern Languages and Asian Studies

    Professor Mimi Yang speaks Chinese, Spanish, and English. As a full professor at Carthage, her current teaching and research fields focus on Spanish/Chinese languages, cross-cultural studies and themes related to international business.

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

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    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

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    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …

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