This list includes all Berea College faculty who teach courses in Asian Studies. Core faculty (who teach more than one occasional course) are indicated by an asterisk (*).
Rebecca Bates, Professor of History
*Jarrod Brown, Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Nashwa Cahill, Assistant Professor of Health & Human Performance
Ashley Elston, Associate Professor of Art History
*Robert Foster, Professor of History and Asian Studies
*Gordon Gray, Associate Professor of Media and Culture; Chair of Asian Studies Department
Deborah Martin, Professor of Theatre; Chair of Theatre Department
*Lauren McKee, Associate Professor of Political Science and Asian Studies (on sabbatical leave, 2022-23)
Eileen McKiernan González, Professor of Art History; Associate Provost
*Nathan Patton, Instructor of Japanese and Asian Studies
*Jeffrey L. Richey, Professor of Asian Studies
Nancy Sowers, Professor of Finance
*Jianfen Wang, Associate Professor of Chinese and Asian Studies
Stephanie Woodie, Associate Professor of Health & Human Performance
Examples of Faculty Activity
- Asian Studies Development Program
- ASIANetwork Faculty Enhancement Program
- ASIANetwork Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
- National Consortium for Teaching about Asia
- University of Pennsylvania Faculty Curriculum Development Seminar on Japan
- US-Japan Network for the Future Fellowship
Profiles and Interviews
- BCnow interview with Gordon Gray
- Berea College Facebook profile of Jianfen Wang
- Berea College magazine feature on Lauren McKee
- Life in the Bubble guest blog by Jeffrey L. Richey
- Smithsonian profile of Robert Foster
Research and Scholarship
- Brown, Jarrod. “Land-Cover/Land-Use Change in Southern Vietnam Through the Lenses of Conflict, Religion, and Politics, 1980s to Present.” [3-year research grant through NASA’s South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI)]
- Foster, Robert W. “The Southern Song Dynasty, 1127-1279.” In Victor Cunrui Xiong and Kenneth J. Hammond, eds., The Routledge Handbook of Imperial Chinese History (London and New York: Routledge, 2018), 197-212.
- ___. “Teaching with Kristin Stapleton’s Fact in Fiction: 1920s China and Ba Jin’s Family.” Education About Asia 22/1 (Spring 2017): 64–65.
- ___. “Neo-Confucianism.” In Tim Wright, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
- ___. “The Silk Road and Chinese Identity, Past and Present.” In Jacqueline Moore, ed., Teaching the Silk Road: A Guide for College Teachers (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2010), 45-58.
- ___, trans. The Classic of Go (Dūnhuáng Qíjīng 敦煌碁經). International Dunhuang Project, 2009.
- Gray, Gordon. “Being Modern, Malay, and Muslim in the Movies.” ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal of Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts 22/2 (2015): 49-58.
- ___. Cinema: A Visual Anthropology. Oxford: Berg Publishers, 2010.
- McKee, Lauren. “Modeling East Asia: An East China Sea Simulation.” Education About Asia 22/1 (Spring 2017).
- Patton, Nathan, et al. Beginning Japanese: An Integrated Approach to Language and Culture. North Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing, 2016.
- Richey, Jeffrey L. “Daoist Cosmogony in the Kojiki 古事記 Preface.” Religions 12/9 (2021): 761.
- ___. “The Comma at the End of the Silk Road: Tracing the Development of an Early Eastern Eurasian Ornamental Motif.” Sino-Platonic Papers 299 (March 2020): 1-33.
- ___. “Confucius.” In Tim Wright, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Chinese Studies (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).
- ___. “‘Honor the Power Within’: Daoist Wizards, Popular Culture, and Contemporary Japan’s Spiritual Crisis.” In Ken Koltun-Fromm and Assaf Gamzou, eds., Comics and Sacred Texts: Reimagining Religion and Graphic Narratives (Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2018), 172-192.
- ___, ed. Daoism in Japan: Chinese Traditions and Their Influence on Japanese Religious Culture. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.
- ___. “Society and Culture: Confucianism in East Asia Today.” In Anne Prescott, ed., East Asia in the World: An Introduction (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), 174-184.
- ___. Confucius in East Asia. Ann Arbor, MI: Association for Asian Studies, 2013. (2nd revised ed., forthcoming.)
- Wang, Jianfen, and Gordon Gray. “The Journey to the West: A Platform for Learning about China Past and Present.” Education About Asia 24/1 (Winter 2019): 5-11.
- Wang, Jianfen, et al. Perform Suzhou: A Course in Intermediate to Advanced Spoken Mandarin. Abingdon, UK, and New York: Routledge, 2018.