Teaching & Research


CAPS has over 30 affiliated faculty teaching over 200 courses of East Asian languages and cultures in around different departments and colleges. Through fundraising and external grants, CAPS has played an active role in increasing the number of faculty with expertise in Asia, encouraging course development, and promoting study abroad programs in Asia.  

CAPS regularly sponsors lectures, seminars and workshops that bring prominent scholars to campus to share their research with University of Iowa students and faculty.


CAPS sponsors student and faculty research on Asia by providing grants to graduate students for dissertation research and to faculty for research-related expenses. CAPS supports UI faculty and students to attend and present their research at Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting.

Visiting Scholars and Research Fellows

CAPS hosts visiting scholars from Asia and research scholars of Asian studies in the U. S. Visiting scholars pursue their academic research with funding from their home institutions. Scholars are provided with office space, access to the library’s collections, and assistance with finding housing. Currently, CAPS hosts the following visiting fellows from East Asia and U. S.

Limao Chen

Mr. Limao Chen is an associate professor of modern Chinese history from Shanghai Normal University. His research focuses on economic history of modern China.

Ting Guo

Ms. Ting Guo is a doctoral student from Beijing Language and Culture University and her research is on second language acquisition.

Kisuk Jeong

Ms. Kisuk Jeong is a research scholar from Institute of Global Concern at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Her research focuses on cooperation between local governments among East Asian countries.

Shumei Jin

Ms. Shumei Jin is an associate professor of education from Yanbian University. Her reearch focuses on ethic and cultural diversity in education.

Jeong-sik Ko

Mr. Jeong-sik Ko is a professor of economics from Paichai University, Seoul, Korea. His research focus is on economic cooperation and integration in the Northeast Asia.

Bile Lei

Ms. Bile Lei is an associate professor of English at Guangdong University of Technology. She does research on Chinese religion and philosophical thoughts.

Xiubo Shan

Ms. Xiubo Shan is a doctoral student from Beijing Language and Culture University. Her research is on Chinese linguistics.

Lan Yi

Ms. Lan Yi is doctoral student from China Minzu University. Her research is on sinicization of Buddhism in historical context.

Gangmi Choi

Ms Gangmi Choi is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Korean Studies. She is completing her dissertation on North Korean literature. 

Hayato Yukawa

Mr. Hayato Yukawa is doctoral student from Kobe University. His research focuses on history of Japanese diplomatic relations.