Asian Studies



Yixin Chen, History Department

Yixin Chen received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995. His area of specialty is twentieth-century Chinese socioeconomic history, especially in the rural economy. He also does research on comparative modernization and on China's Cultural Revolution. He has co-authored a book Paths To Modern Nations in Chinese, and he has also published articles in English and in Chinese, on Journal of China Scholarship, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of Twenty-first Century, and Journal of Chinese Economic History. His work in progress is "State and Agriculture in Republican China," which examines the fundamental problems of China's agricultural economy in the first half of the 20th century and efforts that the Nationalist state made to resolve them.


Venkat Dhulipala

Venkat Dhulipala, History Department

Venkat Dhulipala is Associate Professor of History and teaches courses on the history of modern South Asia, comparative colonial histories and introductory surveys in Global History. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota in 2008. His first book, Creating a New Medina: State Power, Islam, and the Quest for Pakistan in Late Colonial North India was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.


Gao Bei, International Studies






Gao Bei, Department of International Studies 

Gao Bei is coordinator of the Asian Studies minor. Her academic interests include the politics and society of modern China and Japan, the history of international relations in East Asia, and China’s relationship to the wider world.


  Beverley McGuire





 Beverley McGuire, Philosophy and Religion Department

Beverley McGuire is an associate professor of East Asian Religions who received an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. As a historian of religion specializing in Chinese Religions - especially late imperial and modern Chinese Buddhism - her intellectual interests include comparative religious ethics, ritual studies, and asceticism. Her first book entitled Living Karma: The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu (Columbia University Press, 2014) examined an important but overlooked figure in Chinese Buddhist history who engaged in a variety of religious practices to try to change his karma. At UNCW she teaches PAR 232 (Asian Religions), PAR 371 (Buddhism), PAR 372 (Indian Religions), PAR 373 (Chinese Religions), and PAR 374 (Japanese Religions).


Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer, Film Studies Department

Tim Palmer's research has been supported by both the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Frequently informed by archival research, he teaches and publishes on world cinema history, specializing in French, Japanese, and classical Hollywood cinemas. His research focuses on the history of film style; representations of gender, sexuality and women-authored cinema; intersections between art and popular cinemas; acting and the star phenomenon; the impact of film pedagogy on film practice; historiography and minority representations; and notions of canons and film culture. He is based in North America, England and France.



Priyadarshini Shanker, Film Studies Department



Priyadarshini Shanker teaches and writes about Indian cinema and media. Dr. Shanker joined UNCW in Fall 2020 and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses titled History of Indian cinema, Bollywood, Contemporary Cinefeminisms, Cinephilia and Film Historiography



Hongyu Zhang, Department of Public and International Affairs


Assistant Professor 
Teaching areas: Comparative Politics, International Relations, East Asian and Chinese Politics, Politics of Weapons of Mass Destruction