The University of Iowa


CAPS has nearly 30 affiliated faculty teaching over 120 courses of Asian languages and cultures in 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.

Spring and Fall 2022 Asian Language Courses

Spring and Fall 2022 Asian Studies Courses


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.

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.

Nicholas Theisen
Dr. Nicholas Theisen receives his Ph. D from University of Michigan. His research areas include modern Japanese culture and classics. 

David Tucker
Dr. David Tucker received his Ph. D in history from the University of Iowa. His research focuses on modern Japanese history and urban life. He teaches both Japanese and Chinese history at University of Iowa and other institutions.