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Faculty Associates


Odessa Gonzalez Benson, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work. Primary interests: refugee resettlement, refugee/migrant-led organizations, participatory approaches to urban governance and social services with refugees, state-civil society relations, critical policy studies

Christi-Anne Castro, Associate Professor Music (Musicology), School of Music, Theater and Dance; and Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies. Primary interests: identity and cultural politics, nationalism, and embodiment.

Edward C. Chang, Professor of Psychology(LSA) and Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work. Primary interests: the study of several different predictors of psychological and physical adjustment, including optimism and pessimism, perfectionism, and social problem-solving.

Deirdre de la Cruz, Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies; Associate Professor of History. Primary interests: the transformation of religious sensibilities, beliefs, and phenomena in modernity.

Ayesha Ghazi Edwin, Lecturer and Research Assistant, School of Social Work, Executive Director, American Citizens for Justice/Asian American Center for Justice. Primary interests: Community engagement, Asian Americans, diversity, public policy, immigrants.

Joseph Galura, Academic Advisor and Adjunct Lecturer, School of Social Work. Primary interests: Community service learning, especially how this pedagogy affects student outcomes; diversity, spirituality, and social work practice; the experiences of Filipino Americans, particularly in metropolitan Detroit.

Arnold Ho, Associate Professor of Psychology and of Organizational Studies (LSA). Primary interests: the psychological and sociopolitical factors that contribute to group-based discrimination and inequality

Stuart Kirsch, Professor of Anthropology (LSA). Primary interests: climate change, design ethnography, engaged anthropology, indigenous movements, political ecology, property, resource extraction.

Joseph Lam, Professor of Music (Musicology), School of Music, Theater and Dance; and Director, Confucius Institute at U-M. Primary interests: the musics and cultures of Southern Song (1127-1275), Ming (1368-1644), and modern China (1900 to present).

Fiona Lee, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Professional Development, Professor of Psychology (LSA). Primary interests: Culture; Applied; Personality & Social Contexts; Psychology; Organizations; Social Psychology.

Lydia Li, Associate Professor of Social Work. Primary interests: Depression and suicide in later life, rural elders, cross-cultural gerontology, ageism, community-based interventions.

Ann Lin, Associate Professor of Public Policy (Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). Primary interests: public policy implementation, gender and politics, qualitative research methods, and immigration.

Ramaswami Mahalingam, Professor of Psychology and of Womenʻs Studies (LSA). Primary interests: mindfulness and dignity.

Arvind-Pal Mandair, Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures (LSA).  Primary interests: World Philosophies, continental philosophy, postcolonial theory, translation studies, history and theory of religions, political theory, and the study of spirituality and consciousness.

Brian Min, Associate Professor of Political Science (LSA). Primary interests: Comparative Government and Politics, Political Development, Political Economy, Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, Methods.

Donna Nagata, Professor of Psychology (LSA). Primary interests: Japanese Americans and the psychosocial consequences of the World War II incarceration and historical trauma; Asian American family processes; intergenerational relations; emotions and distress.

Sela Panapasa, Assistant Research Scientist, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research. Primary interests: family support and intergenerational exchanges among aged Pacific Islanders living in the US and Pacific region.

Esperanza Ramirez-Christensen, Professor Emerita of Japanese Literature (LSA). Primary interests: Japanese Literature

Hitomi Tonomura, Professor, History (LSA). Primary interests: Premodern patterns of gender construction and representation, war and manhood, work and environment, reproduction and lineage, impurity and law, violence and heroism, samurai films.

Mieko Yoshihama, Professor of Social Work. Primary interests: Violence against women, community organizing and participatory action research in immigrant and marginalized communities, theatre-based prevention, mental health.