INTS Faculty


Shane J. Barter

(PhD University of British Columbia)

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Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics
Associate Director, Pacific Basin Research Center

Research Interests
Comparative Politics, Southeast Asia, Armed Conflict, Democracy, Religion & Politics

Courses Taught
Introduction to Southeast Asian Studies (INTS 150); Democracy & Democratization (INTS/POLI 305); State & Society (INTS/POLI 365); Political Islam (INTS 381); Armed Conflict in Southeast Asia (INTS 450); Political Buddhism (INTS 390: Special Topics); Introduction to the Pacific Basin


Sarah England*

(PhD University of California Davis)
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Associate Professor of Anthropology
Title IX and Section 504 Deputy Coordinator for Students

Research Interests
Cultural Anthropology, history and ethnography of Central America, Gender and Sexuality, Race and Racism, Central American immigrants and the deportation regime. Author of Afro-Central Americans in New York City: Garifuna Tales of Transnational Movements in Racialized Space (University Press of Florida, 2006). Currently working on a book about media representations of violence against women in Guatemala for Lexington Books.

Courses Taught
Introduction to Latin American Studies (INTS 130); Latin American/US Transnational Migration (INTS 313); Inequality, Repression, and Resistance in Central America (INTS 325); Indigenous Peoples of Latin America (INTS 335); Gender & Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective (INTS 348); Race & Ethnicity (INTS 385); Violence and Oppression in Latin America (INTS 404)


Hong-Yi Chen

(PhD University of California Berkeley)
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Professor of Economics

Research Interests
Development Economics, Institutional Economics, Pacific Asian and China’s Economic Development

Courses Taught
Principles of Economics (INTS/ECON 100); China’s Economic Development & Economic Reform (INTS/ECON 262); Economic Development in Pacific Asia (INTS/ECON 321); Economic Development (INTS 361/ECON 330); Microeconomics (ECON 301); Introduction to the Pacific Basin; Core II


Lisa MacLeod

(PhD University of Denver)
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Associate Professor of International Studies

Research Interests
The United Nations & Security Council Politics, UN Peace Operations, Human Rights, and International Law

Courses Taught
Introduction to International Relations (INTS 111); Introduction to Peace Studies (INTS 114); Introduction to Human Rights (INTS 205); The United Nations and World Politics (INTS 304); Peace & Conflict Resolution (INTS 310); International Law (INTS 322); Learning Cluster; The American Experience


Dongyoung Hwang

(PhD Duke University)
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Professor of Asian Studies

Research Interests
Radicalism and Nationalism in Twentieth Century Eastern Asia, The Guomindang Leftists in the 1920s, and Wartime Collaboration in China during the Pacific War

Courses Taught
East Asia: A Historical Survey (INTS 120/HIST 140); History of East Asian-American Relations (INTS/HIST 221); Modern China: Roots of Revolution (INTS 261/HIST 231); Third World & The West (INTS 283/HIST 234); Ideas of East & West (INTS 316/HIST 315); Women in East Asia (INTS/HIST 326); Modern China in Literature & Film (INTS/HIST 330); China Since 1949 (INTS 333/HIST 335); The Emergence of Modern Japan (INTS/HIST 371); Introduction to the Pacific Basin


Tetsushi Ogata*

(PhD George Mason University)
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Visiting Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies

Research Interests
Genocide and mass atrocities, mass political violence, identity conflict, extremist violence, genocide & atrocity prevention, post-conflict memories and narratives, denialism of past violence, early warning tools of prevention

Courses Taught
Introduction to International Relations (INTS 111); Introduction to Peace Studies (INTS 114); Introduction to Human Rights (INTS 205)


Ian Olivo Read

(PhD Stanford University)
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Associate Professor of Latin American Studies

Director of International Studies

Research Interests
Brazil, Latin America, history, health and disease

Courses Taught
Introduction to Latin American Studies (INTS 130);  US-Latin American Relations (INTS 210); Brazil, Mexico, and the Nation (INTS 303); Political Economy of Latin America (INTS/SBS 323); Plagues & Peoples (INTS 410); The Americas in the Era of Slavery (INTS/HUM 390: Special Topics); Introduction to the Pacific Basin


Michael Weiner

(PhD University of Sheffield)
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Professor of East Asian History and International Studies
Associate Dean of Faculty

Research Interests
Current research interest include the history of medicine in Japan with particular reference to the social history of leprosy and leprosy control. A co-authored article that compares disease control in modernizing states (Chile and Japan) is currently in progress, and a single authored monograph, A Social History of Leprosy and Leprosy Control in Japan, is planned. A second book (edited) project, Race and Ethnicity in Asia, will be published by Routledge.

Courses Taught
The Emergence of Modern Japan (INTS/HIST 371); Media & Society in Pacific Asia (INTS 345); War & Memory in Pacific Asia (INTS 405); Human Rights & Civil Society in East Asia (INTS 406); Introduction to the Pacific Basin



*Sarah England is Affiliate Member of International Studies.  Tetsushi is a Visiting Professor who teaches mainly in the Concentration.