Affiliated Faculty & Honorary Professors

Jack Austin

Jack Austin

jaustin (at) sternpartners.com

Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research
Co-Chair, UBC China Council

Jack Austin was a member of the Senate of Canada for 32 years, representing British Columbia and has championed stronger relations between Canada and Asia. In 1971, as the Serving Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, he was part of the first Canadian trade mission to China. He later served as President of the Canada China Business Council and Co-Chair of the Canada China Legislative Association. Senator Austin was awarded Order of Canada for his contribution in Canada-China relation, and was also instrumental in establishing the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He serves as an Honorary Professor of IAR, as well as the Co-Chair of the UBC China Council.

Mandakranta Bose

Mandakranta Bose

m.bose (at) ubc.ca

Professor Emerita, Institute of Asian Research
Former Director, Centre for India and South Asia Research

Dr. Mandakranta Bose is Professor Emerita at the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and Former Director of the Institute’s Centre for India and South Asia Research. She is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (London), and of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences. Dr. Bose is a Sanskritist with active research interests in the classical performing arts and religions of India, the Ramayana, and gender studies, with extensive publications in each of these areas.

Joseph Caron

Joseph Caron

jci (at) josephcaroninc.com

Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research

Joseph Caron is a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia. He is a former Canadian High Commissioner to India and former Canadian Ambassador to China and Japan. He has also previously been responsible for coordinating Canada’s activities at major international summits, such as the G8. He serves on the Board of Directors of Manulife Financial Corporation, Vancouver International Airport, and Westport Innovations.

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Josephine Chiu-Duke

Josephine Chiu-Duke

chiuduke (at) mail.ubc.ca

Co-director, Centre for Chinese Research
Associate Professor of Chinese Intellectual History, Department of Asian Studies

Josephine Chiu-Duke is a historian whose research and teaching are focused on traditional Chinese political thought and institutions. Her specialty is in the Tang intellectual, social and cultural history, and contemporary Chinese intellectual trends. She is the author of To Rebuild the Empire: Lu Chih’s Confucian Pragmatist Approach to the Mid-T’ang Predicament (2000), editor of Liberalism and the Humanistic Tradition—Essays in Honor of Professor Lin Yü-sheng (2005), co-translator of Ge Zhaoguang’s An Intellectual History of China, Volume 1: Knowledge, Thought, and Belief Before the Seventh Century C.E. (2014), and co-editor of two volumes of the English essays of Professor Ying-shih Yü entitled Chinese History and Culture (2016).

Earl Drake

Earl Drake

earl.drake (at) ubc.ca

Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research

Earl Drake has extensive public service experience related to the Asia-Pacific region, notably China and Indonesia where he served as Canadian Ambassador. After retiring from the civil service, Mr. Drake worked for 15 years as an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University where he directed a program to bring international experts to collaborate with local counterparts in developing sustainable environmental policies for China. Since becoming an Honorary Professor with the Institute of Asian Research, he has concentrated on writing about a formative period in Indonesian political and social history.

Ross King

Ross King

jrpking (at) mail.ubc.ca

Director, Centre for Korean Research
Professor of Korean Language & Literature, Department of Asian Studies

Ross King is the Department Head of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. His main research interests are Korean historical linguistics, Korean dialectology (esp. the dialect(s) preserved by the ethnic Korean minority in Russia and the former USSR), the history of Korean linguistics (including the history of Korean linguistic thought in Korea and Korean linguistic and script nationalism), and (increasingly), the history of language, writing and literary culture in the ‘Sinographic cosmopolis’, with a specific focus on medieval Korea and the interplay of cosmopolitan and vernacular in other regions of the Sinographic cultural sphere. He also has a strong professional interest in Korean language pedagogy, including both post-secondary (university) and K-12 instruction.

Xiaojun Li

Xiaojun Li

xiaojun.li (at) ubc.ca

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Xiaojun Li is an assistant professor of political science and faculty associate of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia. His research falls broadly in the area of international and comparative political economy with a focus on China. His work has appeared in Asian Survey, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Foreign Policy Analysis as well as edited volumes. A native of Shanghai, China, Xiaojun holds a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University, an M.A in political science and an M.S. in statistics from the University of Georgia, and a B.A. in English and international studies from China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.

Joshua Mostow

Joshua Mostow

jmostow (at) mail.ubc.ca

Co-director, Centre for Japanese Research
Professor of Pre-Modern Japanese Literature and Art, Department of Asian Studies

Joshua Mostow received his doctorate in the Comparative Literature and Literary Theory Program of the University of Pennsylvania. He has studied at International Christian University (Mitaka, Japan), Universite de Paris (III, VII, and Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes), and Gakushuin University (Tokyo). He has been a visiting researcher at Gakushuin, Osaka University, and the National Institute of Japanese Literature; and visiting professor at the University of Minnesota; the University of California, Berkeley; and the Institute for East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University (Germany). He has received grants and fellowships from the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the Japan Foundation, the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fellowship Committee.

Anne Murphy

Anne Murphy

anne.murphy (at) ubc.ca

Co-director, Centre for India and South Asia Research
Associate Professor of Punjabi Language, Literature and Sikh Studies, Department of Asian Studies

Anne Murphy initiated an oral history program in the UBC Punjabi program, in partnership with her colleague Sukhwant Hundal, and teaches classes on the vernacular literary and religious traditions of South Asia, South Asian cultural history, and the Punjabi Diaspora. She serves as Chair for the “Religion, Literature and the Arts” Interdisciplinary Program and Faculty Advisor to the “Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies” program.

Aung Tun Thet

Aung Tun Thet

Honorary Professor, Institute of Asian Research
Former President’s Economic Advisor, Union of Myanmar

Mark Turin

mark.turin (at) ubc.ca

Co-Lead, Himalaya Program
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
First Nations and Endangered Languages Program
Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies

Mark Turin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Co-Lead of UBC’s Himalaya Program. He writes and teaches on ethnolinguistics, language endangerment, visual anthropology, digital archives and fieldwork methodology, and is a regular BBC presenter on issues of linguistic diversity and language endangerment. He also directs both the World Oral Literature Project, an urgent global initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record, and the Digital Himalaya Project, a platform to make multi-media resources from the Himalayan region widely available online. He tweets @markturin.