Graduate Program

Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies

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As the current Director of Graduate Studies, I am pleased to welcome you to our graduate program website. The Department of Asian Languages & Cultures is one of the largest such departments in the United States and focuses on the linguistic, literary, historical, and religious traditions of the entire Asian macroregion.

Our department is home to both established, well-known faculty members and exciting younger scholars, and we count among our faculty a past president of the Association of Asian Studies, a winner of the Levenson Book Prize, a Korea Foundation Award winner, and a MacArthur Fellow, among others. Our graduate students have created a challenging, yet supportive and collegial, intellectual community, one that rivals the best worldwide. Our department is proud of our graduate students’ achievements, and we have a stellar record of tenure-track job placements, postdoctoral positions, and major fellowships.

We invite you to explore our website — please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!


Christopher P. Hanscom

Assistant Professor & Director of Graduate Studies