DLC Members

DLC Members are eligible to apply for funding to support their research activities. SFU Researchers conducting research related to the mission of the Centre are encouraged to become DLC Members by submitting a CV (maximum 4 pages) to dlcadmin@sfu.ca.

See our funding policy for detailed information →

John Alderete

Professor | Department of Linguistics

PhD (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Research Interests: Theoretical phonology and morphology, Optimality Theory, computational learning algorithms, neural networks, speech errors, language production; Cantonese, Austronesian, Athabaskan, Tahltan

Curriculum Vitae (January 2019)

Robert Anderson

Professor Emeritus | School of Communication

PhD (University of Chicago)

Myanmar, India

Research Interests: sustainable development and environment history, agriculture and forestry, role of science and technology in developing nations

Curriculum Vitae (November 2020)

Leslie Armijo

Adjunct Professor | School for International Studies

PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

India, China

Research Interests: Emerging Powers, especially the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), Politics of Money/Finance, Democracy & Markets, Comparative & International Public Policy (regional cooperation, climate, migration, infrastructure)

Curriculum Vitae (January 2019)

Nadine Attewell

Associate Professor | Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

PhD (Cornell University)

Asia

Research Interests: empire, intimacy, and Asian and Asian diasporic life

Curriculum Vitae (September 2021)

Jeremy Brown

Associate Professor | Department of History

PhD (University of California, San Diego)

China

Research Interests: Modern China

Darren Byler

Assistant Professor | School for International Studies

PhD (University of Washington)

China, Central Asia, Southeast Asia

Research Interests: Political and economic anthropology; Critical studies of race, ethnicity and masculinity; Political economy of information; Biometric surveillance and digital media; Urban technologies and infrastructures; Comparative state violence and critical terrorism studies; Culture, economics and politics of Muslim societies

Curriculum Vitae (September 2021)

Habib Chaudhury

Professor | Department of Gerontology

PhD (Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Hong Kong

Research Interests: Aging and Built Environment; Design for Dementia; Personhood and Dementia; Design for Active Living; Design in Acute Care Environment

Curriculum Vitae (January 2018)

Luke Clossey

Associate Professor | Department of History

PhD (Berkeley)

China

Research Interests: Global Comparative, Early modern world

Paul Crowe

Associate Professor | Department of Humanities

PhD (UBC)

China, Japan, India

Research Interests: Chinese culture and intellectual history from tenth to thirteenth century texts concerning inner alchemy in China

Zhipeng Gao

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow | Department of Sociology and Anthropology

PhD (York)

China

Research Interests: Chinese immigrants in Canada

Curriculum Vitae (August 2019)

Andrea Geiger

Associate Professor | Department of History

PhD (Washington)

Asia Pacific, Japan

Research Interests: Trans-Pacific & borderlands history, race, contact relations, migration, legal history

Bascom Guffin

Lecturer | Department of Sociology and Anthropology

PhD (California, Davis)

India

Research Interests: human senses, urban religious practices, and the role of technology in everyday life

Curriculum Vitae (January 2018)

Huamei Han

Associate Professor | Faculty of Education

PhD (University of Toronto)

China

Research Interests: language learning, multilingualism, and socioeconomic inclusion of linguistically marginalized individuals and groups in globalization

John Harriss

Professor | School for International Studies

PhD (East Anglia)

India, South Asia

Research Interests: Political economy of development; Indian politics; political participation and civil society in India; social policy in India and other ‘emerging economies’; institutional theories; agrarian change (especially in South India)

Lillian Mei Hung

Postdoctoral Fellow | Department of Gerontology

PhD (University of British Columbia)

Hong Kong

Research Interests: person-centred care

Curriculum Vitae (April 2019)

Nicole Jackson

Associate Professor | School for International Studies

PhD (London School of Economics)

Russia, Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan)

Research Interests: security management in Central Asia; authoritarianism in Central Asia

Dal Yong Jin

Professor | School of Communication

PhD (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Korea, Asia

Research Interests: globalization and media, transnational cultural studies, cultural industries and policies; Korean cinema; digital games and social media platforms, political economy of media and culture, science journalism/communication

Curriculum Vitae (January 2019)

Tsuyoshi Kawasaki

Associate Professor | Department of Political Science

PhD (Princeton University)

Asia, Japan

Research interests: International Relations; Comparative Politics

Shuyu Kong

Professor | Department of Humanities

PhD (UBC)

China, Asia Pacific

Research Interests: Chinese literary, cultural studies, Asian Diaspora studies, diasporic media and literature

Curriculum Vitae (March 2018)

Helen Hok-Sze Leung

Professor | Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Asia Pacific

Research Interests: Queer and Trans Cinema, Film Sound, Sinophone Media, Transpacific Cultural Studies, Film Location & Film Policies in BC

Curriculum Vitae (January 2018)

Atiya Mahmood

Associate Professor | Department of Gerontology

PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

South Asia

Research Interests: health and built environment with focus on housing for older adults, neighbourhood environment, mobility and active living, socio-cultural factors in homecare and gerontechnology

Maureen Maloney

Professor | School of Public Policy

LL.B. (Warwick), LL.M. (Toronto)

South-East Asia, Iraq, China, Brazil, Guatemala and South Africa

Research Interests: international governance, dispute resolution and human rights

Janice Matsumura 

Associate Professor | Department of History

PhD (York)

Japan, Asia

Research Interests: Japanese psychiatric profession, Japanese thought control/internal security system

Kirsten McAllister

Associate Professor | School of Communication

PhD (Carleton University)

Japan, Asia

Research Interests: Visual culture, Cultural memory, Political violence, Photography, memorials, multi-media art, interviews, field work, Asylum and displaced populations, Japanese/Asian Canadian cultural studies

Curriculum Vitae (January 2020)

Tamir Moustafa

Professor | School for International Studies

PhD (Washington)

Southeast Asia

Research Interests: Law and society; Religion and politics

Curriculum Vitae (January 2019)

Murray Munro

Professor | Department of Linguistics

PhD (Alberta)

Research Interests: communication skills of immigrant groups in Canada; research on acquisition of tone by speakers of Asia

Curriculum Vitae (February 2018)

Melek Ortabasi

Associate Professor | World Languages and Literatures

PhD (University of Washington)

Japan

Research Interests: Children’s literature and World literature, Translation theory and practice, Cultural studies and intellectual history of 20th-century Japan, Crosscultural influences between European and Japanese literature and critical theory, Comparative folklore studies, Film and popular culture in contemporary Japan

Irene Pang

Assistant Professor | School for International Studies

PhD (Brown University)

China, India

Research Interests: political sociology; development; citizenship; labor; civil society; dynamics of capitalism

Curriculum Vitae (January 2019)

Cindy Patton

Professor | Department of Sociology and Anthropology

PhD (University of Massachusetts)

Taiwan

Research Interests: Social study of medicine; continental theory; research design; and bioethics

Curriculum Vitae (August 2018)

Stacy Pigg

Professor | Department of Sociology and Anthropology

PhD (Cornell University)

South Asia

Research Interests: theory/ethnography in anthropology; medicine and science in postcolonial social relations; sexuality, medicine and reproduction

Curriculum Vitae (December 2018)

Simone Rapisarda

Assisstant Professor | School for the Contemporary Arts

M.F.A., Film and Video (York University)

Asia

Research Interests: emerging approaches to experimental, collaborative, and ethnographic process-driven filmmaking

Curriculum Vitae (July 2019)

Andrew Sixsmith

Professor | Department of Gerontology
PhD (King's College London)

Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore

Research Interests: technology for independent living; theories and methods in aging and understanding the innovation process

Curriculum Vitae (September 2018)

Naoko Takei

Senior Lecturer | World Languages and Literatures

PhD (Simon Fraser University)

Japan

Research Interests: Japanese language

Curriculum Vitae (February 2019)

Rosalie L. Tung

Professor | Beedie School of Business

PhD (UBC)

Asia Pacific

Research Interests: Comparative and Cross-cultural Management, Strategies for International Business, International Human Resources Management, Asia-Pacific Business, International Business Negotiations

Jan W. Walls

Professor Emeritus | Department of Humanities

PhD (Indiana University)

Asia Pacific

Research Interests: East Asian languages and cultures, East-West intercultural communication, and the theory and practice of cross-cultural translation

Curriculum Vitae (January 2020)

Jennifer Wang

Assistant Professor | Department of Philosophy

PhD (Rutgers University)

China

Research Interests: classical Chinese philosophy, metaphysics (esp. modality), philosophy of logic, epistemology, and early modern philosophy

Curriculum Vitae (September 2021)

Yue Wang

Associate Professor | Department of Linguistics

PhD (Cornell University)

Research Interests: Phonetics, Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Cognitive Science

Jie Yang

Professor | Department of Sociology and Anthropology

PhD (University of Toronto)

China

Research Interests: linguistic/psychological anthropology, mental health, psychotherapy, psychologization, therapeutic governance

Curriculum Vitae (October 2019)

Habiba Zaman

Professor | Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

PhD (University of Manitoba)

South Asia, Bangladesh, the Philipines

Research Interests: immigrants and settlement in Canada, global south and social justice movements, labour mobility, race, gender and class

Curriculum Vitae (February 2018)

David Zandvliet

Associate Professor | Faculty of Education

PhD (Curtin University of Technology, Australia)

Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan

Research Interests: science, technology and environmental education with expertise centred on the assessment of physical and/or psychosocial learning environments

Curriculum Vitae (April 2018)

Yuezhi Zhao

Professor | School of Communication

PhD (Simon Fraser University)

China

Research Interests: Political economy of global communication; media & democracy; communication industries in China

Yushu Zhu

Assistant Professor | Urban Studies Program

PhD (University of Illinois)

China, Canada

Research Interests: urban housing; home and belonging; migration; neighbourhood engagement; social capital; public opinion research

Curriculum Vitae (August 2020)