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Forum Of New Frontiers


The United States Naval Academy has embraced the rising Asia with remarkable devotion to increasing and enhancing its curriculum and faculty strength in Asia-Pacific studies. The most dramatic change has taken place in the Naval Academy's Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Today more than a dozen full-time civilian professors with Ph.D.'s are regional specialists in Asia-Pacific studies in the Division. They include two in the Japanese language, three in the Chinese language, one in Chinese and Asian politics, and four historians respectively specializing in the histories of China, Japan, South Asia and Southeast Asia. In fact, the faculty strength in Asia-Pacific studies at the United States Naval Academy rivals most of the leading universities in the nation, a rare distinction that reflects a profound commitment of the Academy to the study of an area vital to the present and future interests of the United States. 

Richard Ruth

(Ph.D. Cornell University) is the director of Asia Forum. He is a professor in the History Department who specializes in the modern histories of Southeast Asia with a particular focus on Thailand. 

Shinobu Anzai

Ph.D. in Education, American University, 2008. She is an Associate Professor of Japanese, Languages and Cultures Department, United States Naval Academy. Her specializations are comparative education and intercultural communication.

Hayden Bellenoit

An Associate Professor of South Asian history. He holds a doctoral degree from the Oxford University. His specialty is Indian social, religious and cultural history and the history and culture of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal and the Indian Ocean.  He is the author of "Missionary Education and Empire in Late Colonial India, 1860-1920" (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2007).

Yong Deng

A Professor in the department of political science specializing in Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor's degree from the People's University in China. His latest book is "China's Struggle for Status: The Realignment of International Relations" (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Wenze Hu

An Associate Professor in the Languages and Cultures Department. He holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the Ohio State University. He specializes in Chinese Linguistics. Prior to his employment at the USNA, Dr. Hu taught at Chinese Language Program at Harvard University

Lee Pennington

(Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005) is an Associate Professor in Japanese History. He teaches courses on Japanese and East Asian history in the USNA Department of History. His research specialization is social welfare programming and social militarization and demilitarization in Japan from the 1930s through the 1950s. He is completing a manuscript on Japanese disabled veterans of the Second World War. Dr. Pennington spent 2002-2003 as a Fulbright Scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. 

Miles Maochun Yu

(Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is the founding director of Asia Forum, and professor of East Asia/Military History. He is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles on modern China and World War II, including OSS in China: Prelude to Cold War [Yale University Press, 1997], and the Dragon's War: Allied Operations and the Fate of China, 1937-1947 [Naval Institute Press, 2006]. He is the recipient of several awards including the US Naval Academy Research Excellence Award [2009] and US Navy special action and meritorious awards. 

Fangyuan Yuan

Professor in the Languages and Cultures Department. Dr. Yuan came to USNA after years' teaching at the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialty is business Chinese. She is the author of "Advanced Business Chinese: Economy and Commerce in a Changing China and the Changing World" (Yale University Press, 2003)

Erica Zimmerman

Ph.D. in East Asian Language and Literature (Japanese), University of Hawaii, 2007. She is a Professor of Japanese, Languages and Cultures Department, United States Naval Academy. Her specializations are conversation analysis and second language acquisition.


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