UCLA International Institute
Asia Institute

Advancing collaborative, interdisciplinary research on Asia worldwide

About Us

Mission Statement

The Asia Institute promotes Asian Studies at UCLA and fosters greater understanding of Asia through a wide variety of research support, public programs, and community outreach on East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia. It promotes collaboration with institutions in Asia, Europe, and North America to make the study of Asia even more interdisciplinary and truly international in its content, communication, and organization through international research exchanges and graduate and faculty fellowships. East Asian programs of the UCLA Asia Institute are supported by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant.

Administrative Staff

R. Bin Wong
Distinguished Professor, History; Director of the Asia Institute


Larissa Harrison
UCLA - Program Coordinator, JRI


Elizabeth Leicester
Assistant Director, Asia Institute


Nick Menzies
Executive Director, Asia Institute

Executive Committee

Stephen K. Commins
Lecturer, Urban Planning

Lisa Kim Davis
Assistant Professor of Geography

George Dutton
Associate Professor of Southeast Asian Studies, Director of Center for Southeast Asian Studies

Andrea Goldman
Associate Professor, History

Nile Green
Professor, Department of History; Director, Program on Central Asia

Ursula Heise
Professor of Humanities, Department of English and Institute of the Environment

Marjorie Kagawa-Singer
Professor of Public Health and Asian American Studies

Ching Kwan Lee
Professor, Sociology

Aparna Sharma
Assistant Professor, Department of World Arts and Cultures