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The Taiwan Studies program, at the University of Alberta is an interdisciplinary project which studies various aspects of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformations. The program strives to promote student learning and research through organizing various academic initiatives, including conferences, study abroad program and much more.  We have various scholars from the Departments of East Asian Studies, History, Linguistics, and Political Science, specializing in salient aspects of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformation. Their areas of expertise pertain to such topics as Taiwan’s history, culture, and identity; democratization and political reform at local and national levels; cultural, racial, and gender tensions as seen through the lens of popular literature; Taiwan as a provider of foreign aid and developmental expertise; the influence of global norms on Taiwanese society and political institutions. 


ASHLEY ESAREY
Director, Taiwan Studies Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

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Mailing Address:
Department of Political Science
University of Alberta
10-15 Tory Building
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

Email: esarey@ualberta.ca

Education:
– PhD, Political Science, Columbia University (2006)
– MPhil,  Political Science, Columbia University
– MA, Political Science, Columbia University
– BA (Hons), Diplomacy and World Affairs: East Asia, Occidental College (1994)

Research Interest
– Political communication 
– Transnational environmental movements
– International relations in East Asia
– Domestic politics of China, Taiwan and Japan

CHRISTOPHER LUPKE
Chair, Department of East Asian Studies
Professor, Department of East Asian Studies


Mailing Address:
3-32A Pembina Hall
8921 – 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8

Email: lupke@ualberta.ca

Education:
– BA, Grinnell College (Philosophy), 1982
– MA, University of Wisconsin, Madison (Chinese), 1984
– PhD, Cornell University (East Asian Literature), 1993

Research Interests
– Modern and contemporary Chinese literature, cinema, and culture

CLARA IWASAKI
Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies

Mailing Address:
3-36 Pembina Hall
8921 – 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H8

Email: ciwasaki@ualberta.ca

Education:
– Ph.D. Modern Chinese Literature, University of California (2015)

Research Interests
– Modern Chinese literature, Sinophone literature, Sinophone film, transpacific studies, world literature, Taiwanese literature, Hong Kong literature, Cold War studies

REZA HASMATH
Professor, Department of Political Science


Mailing Address:
Department of Political Science
University of Alberta
10-10 Tory Building
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

Email: hasmath@ualberta.ca
Research Website: www.rezahasmath.com

Education:
– Doctor of Philosophy in Social and Political Sciences, University of Cambridge (2009)
– Master of Arts in International Studies and Diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2004)
– Master of Policy Studies, University of New South Wales (2001)
– Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy, Queen’s University (2000)

Research Interest
– Examining the integration and life course experiences of ethnic minorities in global contexts.
– Analyzing state-society relationships in China, with an emphasis on the activities of NGOs and modes of civic participation.
– Investigating how the behaviour of emerging state and non-state actors potentially affect salient theories, practices and assumptions in international development and international affairs.
– Assessing the evolving behaviour of policy actors and the expectations of the citizenry, and their subsequent impact, in advanced authoritarian institutional environments.

RYAN DUNCH
Professor and Chair, Faculty of Arts – History & Classics Dept

Mailing Address:
History and Classics
University of Alberta
2-28 Tory Building
Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

Email: ryan.dunch@ualberta.ca

Education:

– PhD, History, Yale University (1996)
– MA, History, University of British Columbia (1991)
– BA (Hons), Asian Studies, Australian National University (1987)

Research Interests
– Religion and the State in greater China
– Chinese Christianity
– Nationalisms