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Palmira Brummett, Ph.D. Chicago (History)
Distinguished Professor of Humanities
Department of History
2611 Dunford Hall
Phone: (865) 974-7093
Email:  palmira@utk.edu

Dr. Brummett's research interests include the economic and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire, Mediterranean history, and rhetorics of cross cultural identity. Her current research focuses on the early modern conceptualization and mapping of Ottoman sovereign and cultural space.

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~history/faculty/f-brummett.htm

Hoan Bui, Ph. D. Michigan State University (Criminology)
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
901 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-7020
Email: hbui@utk.edu

Dr. Hoan N. Bui's research interests include Vietnam in the post-war era with an emphasis on how urbanization and the movement toward the market system affect educational and job opportunities for young men and women, crime and delinquency, women's experience with domestic violence.

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~hbui/

Bill Dewey
Associate Professor
School of Art
454 Art & Architecture Building
Phone: (865) 974-0651
Email: wdewey@utk.edu

Website: http://art.utk.edu/art_history/faculty/faculty.html

Paul Gellert, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (Sociology)
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
911 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-7023
Email: pgellert@utk.edu

Dr. Gellert's main research interest is the political economy of Indonesia. He has conducted research on the forest industries of Indonesia and also Japan and China. His current focus is domestic contestation of neo-liberalization of natural resource sectors in Indonesia. 

Website: http://gellertsoc.googlepages.com/home

Rosalind Gwynne, Ph.D. Washington (Religious Studies)
Associate Professor
Department of Religious Studies
513A McClung Tower
Phone: 865-974-6988
Email: rgwynne@utk.edu

Dr. Gwynne's research interests include Arabic philosophy, Islamic philosophy and theology, Islamic law, and interpretation of the Qur'an (Koran). Recently, Dr. Gwynne has been researching and writing on how Usama bin Ladin uses the Qur'an in arguing his point of view.

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~religion/faculty/gwynne.php

Noriko Horiguchi, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania (Japanese Literature)
Assistant Professor
Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
709 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-6984
E-Mail: njh@utk.edu

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~mfll/japanese/people/bios/horiguchi.html

Wonjae Hwang, Ph.D. Michigan State University (Political Science)
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
1019 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-7040
Email: whwang@utk.edu  

Dr. Hwang's research interests cover international political economy, international conflict, political economy in East Asia, Korea-U.S. relations, and political methodology. His current research interests focus on power transition in East Asia, and the relationship between economic liberalization and domestic politics.

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~whwang/

Ronald Kalafsky, PhD, SUNY-Buffalo (Geography)
Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
416 Burchfiel Geography Building
Phone: (865) 974-0407,
Email:  kalafsky@utk.edu

Dr. Kalafsky is an economic geographer with research interests that focus on the links between manufacturing and location, the role of human capital in industry, and trade strategies. Current projects include an examination of Japanese machinery manufacturers and their strategies for changing world markets.

Scott Kinzy, Ph.D. SUNY-Buffalo (Architecture)
Professor
School of Architecture
360 Art & Architecture Building
Phone: (865) 974-3280
Email: skinzy@utk.edu

Dr. Kinzy's research focuses on Japanese domestic architecture and their respective gardens. Dr. Kinzy is specifically interested in the study of "intermediate space" and the connection of the home to its garden. He is also interested in the teachings of Zen Buddhism as it affects design, notions of beauty, and the impact it has on life styles.

Website: http://www.arch.utk.edu/people/CVs/skinzy.pdf

Jon LaCure, Ph.D. Indiana University (Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures)
Associate Professor of Japanese
Dept. of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
710 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-3855
E-Mail: jlacure@utk.edu
Among Jon LaCure's many research interests are the thirty-one syllable Japanese verse form known as waka, the seventeen syllable haiku, haiku translated into English, and English haiku. He has published one book on the rhetorical devices of waka poetry and has just completed a book on the decontextualization of haiku in the West. In addition to his numerous articles and book reviews, Professor LaCure has published poetry and prose works in various literary journals. He was the winner of the 2004 British Haiku Society Nobuyuki Yuasa International Haibun Contest. Professor LaCure teaches courses in classical Japanese language and literature. He also teaches a course in the contemporary Japanese graphic novel (manga) and animation (anime).

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~mfll/japanese/people/bios/lacure.html

Miriam Levering, Ph.D. Harvard (Religious Studies)
Professor
Department of Religious Studies
504 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-6979
Email: mleverin@utk.edu

Dr. Levering's research covers history of Buddhism in medieval China and Japan and history of women in East Asian Buddhism, particularly in China and Zen Buddhism.

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~religion/faculty/levering.php

Catherine Luther, Ph.D. University of Minnesota (Journalism and Electronic Media)
Associate Professor
School of Journalism and Electronic Media
333 Communications Bldg.
Phone: (865) 974-5118
E-mail: cluther@utk.edu

Dr. Luther's areas of research interest include international communication and issues related to media representations of gender, race/ethnicity, and class. She has recently focused on studying media coverage of international conflicts and its impact on public opinion, with a special concentration on media in the U.S. and in Asia.

Laura Nenzi, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (History)
Assistant Professor
Department of History

Dr. Nenzi will take up her appointment at the University of Tennessee in fall, 2009.

Thomas J. Riesing, MFA, University of Nebraska (Painting)
Professor
School of Art
413D Art & Architecture Building
Phone:  (865) 974-9396
Email: triesing@utk.edu

Website: http://art.utk.edu/painting_drawing/faculty/faculty.html#riesing

 

Rachelle Scott, Ph.D., Northwestern University (Religion)
Assistant Professor
Department of Religious Studies
508 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-6688
Email: rscott@utk.edu

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~religion/faculty/scott.php

Urmila Seshagiri, Ph.D. University of Illinois (English)
Assistant Professor
Department of English
317 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-6941
Email: sesha@utk.edu

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~english/staff/faculty/gf_seshagiri.php

 

Shih-Lung Shaw, Ph.D. Ohio State University (Geography)
Professor and Department Head
Department of Geography
304 Burchfiel Geography Building
Phone: (865) 974-0406
Email: sshaw@utk.edu

Dr. Shaw's research covers geography of China and geography of Taiwan. His research interests mainly focus on the transportation, urban, and economic aspects of China and Taiwan. In addition, Dr. Shaw has been working with researchers in China and in Taiwan on the development of geographic information systems (GIS).

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~utkgeog/faculty/shaw.htm.

 

Robert Stolz, Ph.D. University of Chicago (History)
Assistant Professor
6th Floor, Dunford Hall
Phone: (865) 974-9870
Fax: (865) 974-3915
E-mail: rstolz@utk.edu

Prof. Stolz's research interests include ecology and social theory, modern Japanese culture and politics, and theories of capitalism and globalization. His current manuscript, Bad Water: A Cultural History of Industrial Pollution in Japan, studies the beginning of environmental politics in the Meiji and Taisho periods.

Website:  http://web.utk.edu/~history/faculty/f-stolz.htm

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Suzanne Wright, Ph.D. Stanford University (Art History)
Associate Professor and Associate Director
School of Art
213 Art & Architecture Building
Phone:  (865) 974-3407
Email:  swright5@utk.edu

Dr. Wright's research interests have tended to coalesce around three issues: material culture as functional object; painting-print relationships; and the significance of non-Han subject matter and/or stylistic elements in visual art. Specifically, the majority of Dr. Wright's research has concerned painting and woodblock print topics of the late Ming and early Qing dynasties.

Website: http://art.utk.edu/art_history/faculty/faculty.html

Yang Zhong, Ph.D. University of Kentucky (Political Science)
Professor
Department of Political Science
1007 McClung Tower
Phone: (865) 974-7187
Email: yzhong@utk.edu  

Dr. Zhong's main research interests include Chinese political culture, democratization in China, Chinese local government, Sino-U.S. relations, and relations between mainland China and Taiwan. He is also interested in developmental theories and comparative political theories.

Website: http://web.utk.edu/~polisci/faculty/zhong.htm