Faculty and Staff

General contact


Mark Hansell
Mark Hansell Profile
Chair of Asian Languages & Literature
Coordinator of East Asian Studies
Professor of Chinese

Office Hours:  Monday 11:00 am-12:00 pm, Wednesday 1:00-2:00 pm, and Thursday 1:30-2:30 pm; or by appointment

McGill University B.A.; University of California, Berkeley M.A. Ph.D.; Chinese language and linguistics, especially language contact, lexical borrowing; writing systems; Southeast Asian historical linguistics.

Mariko Kaga enjoying Kyoto's cherry blossums.
Mariko Kaga Profile
Class of 1952 Professor of Asian Languages
Off Campus: Winter 2016

Office Hours:  Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm, Thursday 2:20-3:20 pm, and Friday 2:30-3:30 pm; or by appointment

Kobe Kaisei Women's College, B.A.; University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), M.A., Ph.D.; Japanese language and language pedagogy, especially measures of proficiency. Professor Kaga has also co-authored a computer program, Exercises in Japanese Counters and Kana, available for download here. She is developing a digitized computer program for listening and reading practice.

Faye Merritt
Faye Merritt Profile
Visiting Instructor in Chinese

Office Hours:  Monday 1:45-2:45 pm, Tuesday 11:00 am-12:00 pm, and Thursday 10:45-11:45 am; or by appointment

Zhejiang University, (Hangzhou, People's Republic of China), B.A.in English Language and Literature; Utah State University, (Logan, Utah), M.A. in Second Language Teaching.

Kathryn Sparling
Kathryn Sparling Profile
Tanaka Memorial Professor of International Understanding and Japanese
Off Campus: Spring 2015

Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:00 pm, Wednesday 3:15-4:30 pm, and Friday 9:50-10:50 am; or by appointment

Stanford, B.A.; Ochanomizu University, M.A.; Harvard, Ph.D.; Japanese language and literature, especially modern fiction, with particular emphasis on Natsume Soseki, Mishima Yukio, Shimao Toshio, and fiction by contemporary Japanese women. Growing interest in English language fiction by Indian women.

Noboru Tomonari
Noboru Tomonari Profile
Associate Professor of Japanese
Off Campus: Spring 2016

Office Hours:  Monday 3:00-4:00 pm, Tuesday 3:20-4:20 pm, Wednesday 4:20-5:20 pm, and Thursday 3:20-4:20 pm; or by appointment

Sophia University B. A., Tsukuba University M. Ed., Monash University M. A., University of Chicago, PhD; modern and contemporary Japanese literature, cinema, and language, especially autobiographies and works by minorities in Japan.

Qiguang Zhao Profile
Burton and Lily Levin Professor of Chinese
Off Campus: Spring 2015

Office Hours:  Monday 9:40-11:10 and Thursday 3:10-4:40 pm; or by appointment

Tianjin (Tientsin) Normal University, (Tianjin, People's Republic of China), B.A.; Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, (Beijing, P.R.C.), M.A.; University of Massachusetts (Amherst), M.A., Ph.D.; Chinese literature and culture, comparative literature (especially Eastern and Western mythology, Chinese and British/American literature.)

Shaohua Guo Profile
Assistant Professor of Chinese

Office Hours: Monday 3:15-4:15 pm and Wednesday 3:15-5:15 pm; or by appointment

Beijing Normal University, (Beijing, Peoples Republic of China), B.A., M.A.; The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D; cultural studies of new media, Chinese literature, film and culture.


Jean Sherwin
Administrative Assistant in Classical Languages
Administrative Assistant in Middle Eastern Languages
Administrative Assistant in Asian Languages and Literatures
Kimie Tago
Japanese Language House Resident & Language Associate

Office Hours (in LDC 204): Monday 7:00-8:30 pm, Wednesday 4:00-5:30 pm, and Sunday 7:00-9:00 pm

Baolin Niu
Chinese Language Associate

Office Hours (in LDC 201): Monday 3:10-5:10 pm, Tuesday 3:30-5:30 and Wednesday 3:10-4:10