University of Iowa


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.

Yan Lei

Yan Lei is an associate professor of linguistics teaching modern Chinese language at Guangxi College of Education. Her research focus is on applied linguistics and second language acquisition. 

Associate Professor, Teaching Modern Chinese Language, Guangxi College of Education.

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.

Wei Xue

Wei Xue is a vocal artist and assistant professor of School of Music Arts, Zhejiang University of Media and Communications. Her research is on opera studies.