Prospective Supervisors

You are welcome to contact our professors in your field of study if you need assistance with your research proposal or like one of them to act as your supervisor.


Modern and Pre-modern Literature (modern prose, pre-modern prose, poetry, drama)

Pre-modern history

Dr. Josephine Chiu-Duke – Chinese Intellectual History
Dr. Duanduan Li – Chinese Applied Linguistics
Dr. Leo Shin – Chinese History ( Joint appointment with the History Department)
Dr. Edward Slingerland – Chinese Thought, Philosophy and Religion
Dr. Christopher Rea – Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
Dr. Bruce Rusk – Pre-Modern and Early China

Modern and Pre-modern Literature (modern prose, pre-modern prose, poetry, art history, popular culture)

Dr. Christina Laffin – Classical Japanese
Dr. Hyung Gu Lynn – Korea and Japan, Modern and Contemporary history, Popular Culture
Dr. Joshua Mostow – Pre-Modern Japanese Literature
Dr. Sharalyn Orbaugh – Modern Japanese Literature and Popular Culture
Dr. Christina Yi – Modern Japanese Literature

Pre-modern History, Thought (philosophy and religion)

Dr. Nam-lin Hur – History of Japan and Religious
Dr. Peter Nosco – Japanese History and Culture
Dr. Jessica Main – Late Medieval to Contemporary Japanese Buddhism

Korean Language Pedagogy, Korean Linguistics (historical linguistics,sociolinguistics), Korean Diaspora Studies

Modern Literature and Translation, Pre-modern, and Early Modern History, Religious History, Popular Culture

Dr. Donald Baker – Korean History and Civilization (Master’s students only)
Dr. Bruce Fulton – Korean Literature and Literary Translation
Dr. Ross King – Korean Language and Literature
Dr. Hyung Gu Lynn – Korea and Japan, Modern and Contemporary History, Popular Culture


Dr. Jinhua Chen – East Asian Buddhism
Dr. Jessica Main – Modern Southeast Asian and Japanese Buddhism, Buddhist Ethics

Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia

Dr. Tsering Shakya – Tibetan Studies

South Asia:
Modern and Pre-modern Literature, History, Religious History

Dr. Harjot Oberoi –  South Asian Social & Religious History
Dr. Adheesh Sathaye – Sanskrit Literature and Folklore

In special cases, PhD degree programs can be arranged jointly between Asian Studies and other departments. For those interested in the Interdisciplinary Program, please contact the Interdisciplinary Studies at

Dr. Anne Murphy – Punjabi Language, Literature and Sikh Studies.  Accepts students through the Interdisciplinary Studies at

Other UBC Faculty with Interests in Asian Studies:
Those interested in Asia-related modern history, political science, commerce, economics, geography, fine arts, anthropology or sociology, should apply to the department concerned.