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 the U. S.

Han Jiang

Ms. Han Jiang is a doctoral student in public administration at Sun Yatsen University in Guangzhou, China. Her research focuses faction politics in the history and its lesson in current politics.  

Jingjing Lin

Jingjing Lin is an assistant professor teach at the School of Public Affairs and Law at the Southwest Jiaotong University. Her research focus on public administration. 

Steve Renshaw

Dr. Steve Renshaw recently completed twenty years of research and teaching in Japan and returned to the US to join CAPS as a research fellow. His research looks into many aspects of Japanese culture and intercultural communication.

Jun Wang

Mr. Jun Wang is an associate professor of linguistics at the Shanghai Jiaotong University. His research is applied linguistics.  

Xiubo Shan

Ms. Xiubo Shan is a teacher of Chinese language at the Beijing Language and Culture University from which she received her Ph. D. in linguistics. Her research focuses on dialects in China. 

Xinhui Zhang

Xinhui Zhang is a doctoral student of journalism and media at Nihon University, Japan. Her research focus is on portrait of China in Japanese media. 

Xia Zhou

Ms. Xia Zhou is an associate professor in foreign studies at North China Electric Power University. Her research is on translation and translation theories.