Margaret Childs
Associate Professor, Chair, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania 1983
Wescoe Hall, Room 2105
Office Hours:

M, W, 1:15-2:30


Pre-modern Japanese literature, Japanese language teaching

Elaine Gerbert
Associate Professor, Ph.D. Yale University 1990
Wescoe Hall, Room 2101
Office Hours:

On Leave


Modern Japanese literature, Play in Japan, Translation, Japanese language teaching

Yan Li
Associate Professor, Chinese Language Coordinator, Ph.D. University of Southern California 2008
Wescoe Hall, Room 2111
Office Hours:

T, R, 10:30-11:30


Chinese linguistics, second language acquisition, Chinese language teaching

Chinese Language Coordinator

Professor, Ph.D. Princeton University 1984
Wescoe Hall, Room 2119
Office Hours:

M, 4:20-5:00, F, 4:00-5:00 and by appointment

Please see Professor McMahon's personal website », for additional information.


Vernacular narrative of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the history of sexuality in China to the verge of modernity, the history of imperial marriage from the legendary past to the end of the last dynasty, mythical and historical narrative from ancient times to the end of the last dynasty, the history of opium smoking and its culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Chinese language teaching.



Assistant Professor, Japanese Language Coordinator, Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University 2011
Wescoe Hall, Room 2108
Office Hours:

M. 3:00-4:00, F, 1:00-2:00


Psycholinguistics, L2 sentence processing, second language acquisition

Japanese Language Coordinator

Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of London
Wescoe Hall, Room 2110
Office Hours:

R, 2:00-4:00


Early Chinese paleography, language and culture; Chinese language teaching

Hui (Faye) Xiao
Associate Professor, Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2009
Wescoe Hall, Room 2109
Office Hours:

M, W, 10:30 - 11:30

Please see Professor Xiao's CV.


Modern and Contemporary Chinese literature and film

Teaching and research interests:

Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature, Chinese Cinema, Youth Culture, Media Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Marriage, Family, and Society, Urban Culture

2014 Research Talks:

Tea and Talk Lecture: 
"The Future is the Past: Memory, Nostalgia, and Youth Crisis in Chinese Cinema" 
H. Faye Xiao, Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Tuesday, March 25, 2014; 4 p.m.
Malott Room, Kansas Union

Associate Professor, Ph.D. Indiana University 2007
Wescoe Hall, 2100
Office Hours:

R, 2:30-4:30


Korean anthropology/folklore/history, ritual/festival, tourism, Heritage Studies, popular culture, regional/national identity issues; Korean language teaching



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