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History and Community

Since its inception in 1950, Cornell's East Asia Program (EAP) has stood as the focal point for research, teaching, and outreach on East Asia. It serves as a campus-wide network of specialists devoted to the study of contemporary and historical East Asia, including the region's relationship to the U.S.

Today, EAP draws its membership of 40 core faculty and 57 affiliated and associated faculty from ten of Cornell's twelve schools and colleges, many of whom are prominent leaders in their scholarly fields.

East Asia Program Executive Structure

The East Asia Program is directed by a rotating three-year faculty director, selected from the EAP core faculty. The director is assisted by an executive committee, appointed each year. The following is our team (commencing in 2019):


  • East Asia Program Director
  • East Asia Program Executive Committee
Faculty Affiliation

Faculty affiliation with the East Asia Program consists of: 

Core faculty

  • Research and teach primarily in East Asian studies
  • Serve on EAP committees
  • Organize EAP activities
  • Primary Investigators on sponsored projects through the EAP
  • Other collaborative academic work coordinated through EAP

Appointments are made by the EAP faculty and in consultation with the invited faculty member's home department. 

Associated faculty are faculty both at Cornell and at other universities who occasionally collaborate with the East Asia Program and make up a large network of scholars with professional interests in East Asia. 

Visiting Scholars

Visting Scholars spend a limited residency at Cornell to pursue their research and to work with EAP faculty and students. Most EAP Visiting Scholars come from countries in East Asia and spend nine to twelve months at Cornell. Visiting Scholars must have a faculty host who is an EAP Core Faculty member. 

Student Affiliation

All Cornell students are welcome to participate in EAP activities. But certain students become part of the EAP due to their course of study. At the undergraduate and Masters degree levels, majors in Asian Studies with a concentration in East Asia are systematically added to EAP's email lists.


The EAP Graduate Student Steering Committee (EAP-GSSC) provides networking opportunities for graduate students and represents graduate student interests/concerns within the program.

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The East Asia Program office is in 140 Uris Hall, in the center of the Cornell campus, at the intersection of Tower Road and East Avenue. Feel free to contact us or stop by for a cup of tea.

  • Phone: 607-255-6222
  • Fax: 607-254-5000 attn. East Asia Program

For our publications, please contact the Cornell East Asia Series, or Mai Shaikhanuar-Cota, Managing Editor.