Affiliated Faculty

S. Megan Berthold, Assistant Professor at UConn School of Social Work – West Hartford, CT. She has worked with diverse Asian and other refugee and asylum-seeking survivors of torture, war traumas, human trafficking and other traumas since 1987. She was a clinician and educator in refugee camps in Nepal, the Philippines and on the Thai-Cambodian border. She has extensive clinical experience with Southeast Asian refugees and torture survivors from many countries and frequently testifies as an expert witness in U.S. Immigration Court.

Thomas E. Buckley, Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice at UConn – Storrs. In 2012, he received the Provost’s Award for Public Engagement in the Faculty Category for his work with the Cambodian community in Hartford. His publications include: The Continuing Health Crisis in the Cambodian American Community, Report 2012. National Cambodian American Health Initiative. January 2013; and Eliminating Barriers to Care: Using Technology to Provide Medication Therapy Management to the Underserved, a Center for Technology and Aging Grant Program.

Terrence Cheng, Stamford Campus Director and Professor of English. Terrence Cheng (MFA in Fiction and James Michener Fellow, University of Miami, FL)  is the author of two novels Sons of Heaven, 2002 and Deep in the Mountains, 2007. His short stories and essays have appeared in Glimmertrain, Nimrod, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Georgetown Review, and other journals and collections. In 2005 he received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior to his appointment at the University of Connecticut, Professor Cheng also held senior administrative positions at Lehman College and Brooklyn College, both part of the City University of New York.

Debanuj Dasgupta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), UConn — Storrs. He is also affiliated with the Human Rights Institute and the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (CHIP) at the University of Connecticut. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Dasgupta’s work focused on international development, HIV/AIDS, LGBT rights and immigrant rights through several organizations in India and the US. He is the recipient of the Ford Foundation funded “New Voices Fellowship,” American Association of Geographers national award in Disability Studies, and the International AIDS Society Emerging Activist Award.

Alexis Dudden, Professor of History at UConn – Storrs. She is also Director of Program in Humanitarian Research, and author of the books, Troubled Apologies Among Japan, Korea, and the United States (2008) with Columbia Univ. Press and Japan’s Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power (2005) with Univ. of Hawaii Press. Forthcoming with Oxford Univ. Press is “Is History a Human Right?”

Lewis Gordon, Professor of Philosophy and Africana, with affiliations in Judaic Studies and El Instituto: Institute for Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies at UConn – Storrs. He has supervised doctoral work in Asian and Asian American Studies on topics ranging from race representations of Asian Americans in film to studies of Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Vietnamese existentialisms and the intellectual and social history of Asians in the Caribbean. He has been particularly active in the Centre for Contemporary Theory in Baroda, India, where he has organized and participated in forums across the sub-continent and edited work for The Journal of Contemporary Thought. He is the author of several books and numerous publications, among them selectively: “Labor, Migration, and Race: Toward a Secular Model of Citizenship,” in the Journal of Contemporary Thought 32 (Winter 2010): 157–165; “A Pedagogical Imperative of Pedagogical Imperatives,” in Thresholds in Education XXXVI, nos. 1 & 2 (2010): 27–35; and “Falguni A. Sheth: Toward a Political Philosophy of Race,” in Continental Philosophy Review 44, no. 1 (2011): 119–130; as well as “Race in the Dialectics of Culture.” In Reconsidering Social Identification: Race, Gender, Class and Caste, edited by Abdul JanMohamed. New Dheli: Routledge India, 2011. Pp. 55–79; “On the Temporality of Indigenous Identity,” in The Politics of Identity: Emerging Indigineity, edited by Michelle Harris, Martin Nakata, and Bronwyn Carlson. Sydney, Australia: UTSePress, 2013. Pp. 60–78; and “To Want and to Live: Thoughts for Today Inspired by Amílcar Cabral,” in Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral, edited by Firoze Manji and Bill Fletcher Jr. Dakar, Senegal: CODESRIA/Daraja Press, 2013. Pp. 183–188. Forthcoming publications include, “Justice Otherwise: Thoughts on Ubuntu.” In Ubuntu: Curating the Archive, edited byLeonhard Praeg. Scottsville, South Africa: University of KwaZulu Natal Press, forthcoming 2014, 26 m.s. pp.; “Theology and the Problem of History,” in The Oxford Handbook of African American Theology, edited by Katie G. Cannon and Anthony B. Pinn. NY: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 25 m.s. pp.; “Fanon’s Decolonial Aesthetic,” in The Aesthetic Turn, edited by Nikolas Kompridis. NY: Continuum, forthcoming, 36 m.s. pp.; and “Franz Boas in Africana Philosophy,” in Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas, edited by Isaiah Lorado Wilner and Ned Blackhawk. New Haven: Yale University Press, forthcoming. Twenty-six m.s.pp.

Betty Hanson, Emerita Professor of Political Science and Director of the India Studies Program at UConn – Storrs. Her research and teaching interests include International Relations, International Political Economy, International Communication, and South Asia. Recent articles include: “A History of International Communication Studies.” In Robert Denemark, ed.  The International Studies Encyclopedia.  Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell, vol 6:  pp. 3396-3417; with Yu Zheng. “Foreign Direct Investment in Chindia’s Digital Media.”  Global Media and Communication. vol. 6. No 3: 1-9; “India in the Information Age,” Indian Journal of Politics and International Relations; and “Globalization, Inequality, and the Internet in India.” In Jason P. Abbot, ed., The Political Economy of the Internet in Asia and the Pacific. Westport, CT.: Praeger.

Shareen Hertel, Associate Professor of Political Science and the Human Rights Institute, UConn – Storrs. Her research focuses on changes in transnational human rights advocacy, with a focus on labor and economic rights issues. A consultant to foundations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies in the United States, Latin America and South Asia, she has conducted fieldwork in factory zones along the US-Mexico border, in Bangladesh’s garment manufacturing export sector, among NGO networks in India, and in the multilateral trade arena. Hertel is editor of The Journal of Human Rights, serves on the editorial boards of Human Rights Review as well as Human Rights and Human Welfare, and is co-editor of the International Studies Intensives book series of Paradigm Publishers.

Patrick Hogan, Professor in the Department of English / Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies with affiliations in the India Studies Program and Program in Cognitive Studies, UConn – Storrs. He is the author of thirteen books, including The Mind and Its Stories: Narrative Universals and Human Emotion, hailed by Steven Pinker of Harvard University as “a landmark in modern intellectual life.”

Sara R. Johnson, Associate Professor of Literatures, Cultures & Languages and the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn – Storrs. Her areas of specialty include: Hellenistic Jewish Literature, Ethnic Identity in the Hellenistic World. Home Section: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Field: Hellenistic Judaism.

Mary Ellen Junda, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Ensembles / School of Fine Arts, UConn – Storrs. A nationally recognized conductor, educator, scholar and recording artist, she is the recipient of a number of grants for her research with Dr. Robert Stephens on the music and culture of the Gullah people of the Sea Islands and is the co-director with Dr. Stephens for their Landmark Grant in History and Culture, Gullah Voices:  Traditions and Transformations, awarded $180,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH also provided supplemental funding to document the proceedings from Gullah Voices to share with a global audience. In 2011, Dr. Junda was selected as a Summer Scholar for the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Global Music and Culture.

Prakash Kashwan, Assistant Professor of Comparative Environmental Policy and Politics in the Department of Political Science, UConn – Storrs. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy (2011) from Indiana University, Bloomington and a M.S. in Forestry Management (1999) from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal. Professor Kashwan’s research is situated at the intersection of the questions of international environmental conservation and social justice. Employing statistical and qualitative research methods, he combines theories of institutional analysis, political economy, and power.

Carolyn Lin, Professor in the Department of Communication, UConn – Storrs. Her research and teaching focus on the content, uses and effects of information technologies, health communication and campaigns, advertising, integrated marketing communication, political communication and international communication. As the recipient of a University Distinguished Research Faculty award, she is also the founder of the Communication Technology Division at the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. Recent research covers such topics as social media, information technology usability, political participation, global communication divide, and social marketing campaigns. She has conducted externally funded research on the diffusion and applications of digital media technologies, in addition to public health communication in such areas as HIV prevention, nutrition education, medication adherence, binge/underage drinking prevention, seat belt use, immunization and sex education. She also served as Head of the Communication program and Associate Dean for the Graduate School.

Rebecca Mathews, Adjunct Professor in the Department of English, UConn – Storrs. Rebecca Mathews, Adjunct Lecturer in English in the English Department at UCONN and Eastern Connecticut State University. She teaches World Literature in English, Asian American Literature, Major Works of Eastern Literature, Literature and Culture of India and Short Stories at UCONN, and College Writing at ECSU. Prior to her immigration to the United States, she was Head of the Post Graduate Dept of English at Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore. Her research interest continues to be in the area of women and Post colonial literature.

Liansu Meng, Assistant Professor of Literatures, Cultures and Languages, UConn – Storrs. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (2010) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research and teaching interests include modern and contemporary Chinese language, literature and culture, Chinese poetry, gender politics and literature, Chinese feminism, transnational production of Chinese literature, Daoism and eco-poetics, digital humanities, and comparative poetics.

Glenn Mitoma, Assistant Professor in Residence in the Human Rights Institute and Director of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn – Storrs. He recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Human Rights on humanitarianism and responsibility. His first book Human Rights and the Negotiation of American Power was published in 2013 as part of the University of Pennsylvania Press series Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights and examines the link between the coincident mid-twentieth century ascendancies of the U.S. as the preeminent global power and human rights as the most compelling global ethic. His current projects include a biography of the Lebanese philosopher and diplomat—and prominent UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights author—Charles H. Malik, and an edited documentary history of human rights in the twentieth century.  Glenn is also the book review editor of the Journal of Human Rights.

Kathryn Myers, Professor of Art and Painting at UConn – Storrs. A painter and videographer whose creative work and research centers around the art and culture of India, Prof. Myers is the recipient of two Fulbright fellowships to India (2002 and 2011). She is the creator of a unique series of video interviews with contemporary artists in India, found at Her curated exhibitions on Indian art include: “Convergence, Contemporary Art from India and the Diaspora” at UConn’s William Benton Museum of Art; “Radiate, Art of the South Asian Diaspora” at the Windsor Art Center, Connecticut and at Gallery 400, The University of Illinois Chicago; and “Traversing Traditions – India” at the Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford.

Tim Nguyen, Lecturer in Asian American Studies at UConn – Storrs. For Fall Semester 2013, he taught a seminar entitled “From Finance to Sports: Social Economic Analysis of Big Industries” under ECON 2498-001 (13399). He also taught the very well-received course “Asia and its Disciplines” under AASI 3998 and ECON 2498 during the 2012 Spring Semester. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as Director of Investments at the University of Connecticut Foundation.

Mark Overmyer-Velazquez, Associate Professor of History and Director of El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean and Latin American Studies, as well as a faculty associate of the Human Rights Institute at UConn – Storrs. He is the author, most recently, of “Good Neighbors and White Mexicans: Constructing Race and Nation on the Mexico-US Border” in the Journal of American Ethnic History (University of Illinois Press), Fall 2013, Vol. 33, No. 1, 5-34, winner of the Latin American Studies Association, Latino Studies Section Outstanding Article Award 2014; and “Migration and Labor in the Americas: Praxis, Knowledge, and Nations”, which is co-authored with Raymond Craib, in a Special issue on the pedagogy of Latin American history, Hispanic American Historical Review (Duke University Press) May 2012, Vol. 92, No. 2, 245-267. His new book project draws on epistemological and methodological elements of those earlier works to examine Latin American and Caribbean migration to new destinations — both within the hemisphere and to countries in Europe and Asia — shifting the analytical lens away from US-dominant interpretations to document the growing flow between and within destination in the Global South and across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans: Global Latin(o) Americanos: Transoceanic Diasporas and Regional Migrations (Oxford University Press, History of the Americas Series, under contract). And he also serves as the Vice Chair of the West Hartford Board of Education.

Nishith Prakash, Assistant Professor in Economics and the Human Rights Institute, UConn – Storrs. His primary research interests include development, labor, public policy, and health economics. One line of his work focuses on understanding the effects of affirmative action policies in India on labor market outcomes, child labor and poverty. His other work has examined topics such as the returns to English-language skills in India, effects of corruption, nutrition and child development in India, and evaluation of welfare and behavioral impacts of Index Based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) in Kenya. Professor Prakash’s research uses experimental and quasi-experimental econometric techniques to obtain estimates with causal interpretations. He has experience conducting surveys in developing countries and working with large scale observational and administrative data sets. He is also a Research Fellow at Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and Member of Insights on Immigration and Development (INSIDE-SPAIN). Professor Prakash maintains a blog about his research and teaching interests at:

Susan Randolph, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Randolph is Co-Director of the Economic and Social Rights Initiative of the Human Rights Institute (HRI) at UConn and has served as a short-term consultant to the Office of the High Commission on Human Rights, The World Bank and the United States Agency for International Development. A faculty affiliate of HRI, she is also affiliated with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and the India Studies Program at UConn. Professor Randolph’s research focuses on a broad range of issues in development economics, including poverty, inequality, food security, and economic and social rights, at both the country and regional levels and has been published in numerous refereed multidisciplinary as well as economic journals. One stream of her work has emphasized measurement while other streams have emphasized development policy. Her work on marginal malnutrition and food security has focused on Mexico, Senegal, and India, while her other work on development policy has been focused cross-nationally as well as on Malaysia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Egypt, Nepal, and Indonesia.

Christine “Tina” Reardon, Lecturer in History at UConn – Waterbury. She is also director of Litchfield College Counseling, LLC, a private college search and application process counseling company. Trained in East Asian Studies with a concentration in China and Japan, her courses include Introduction to Asian American Studies, Japanese Americans during WWII, History through Fiction – Asia, East Asia since Mid-19th century, Roots of Traditional Asia, and Views of China through Film.

Angela Rola, Adjunct Lecturer in Asian American Studies and Director of the Asian American Cultural Center, UConn – Storrs. Founding Director of the Asian American Cultural Center, she has developed two mentoring programs, Asiantation Mentoring Program– a program for entering UConn students and K.U.B.E. (Kids & UConn, Bridging Education) – a community-based program for middle school students. She also teaches a First Year Experience course, a course on Asian American Mentoring and Leadership, and lectures extensively in undergraduate and graduate courses on campus as well as other public and private schools, and for profit and non-profit companies nationwide. She is a diversity trainer for state mandated training and also develops site appropriate training programs. Angela serves on the Advisory Boards of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute and the Center for Academic Programs, as well as a number of committees and task forces throughout the University. From 1991-93, she was President of the UConn Asian Faculty & Staff Association and now holds an Executive Board position. She is currently Chair of the Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut, a committee of Connecticut residents who have successful worked towards the creation of the Asian Pacific American Commission.

Bhakti Shringarpure, Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Editor of Warscapes, an on-line magazine. She focuses on literature emerging from civil wars in the aftermath of European colonialism with an emphasis on narratives of nation, violence, gender and the figure of the “other”. Her current research is focused on decolonization and its intersections with the period of the Cold War. Twitter @bhakti_shringa  – See more at:

Robert Stephens, Professor of Music in the School of Fine Arts, UConn – Storrs. A former director of the Institute for African American Studies, he specializes in world music, Asian cultural production and music education, and was awarded a Rockefeller Residency Fellowship in Bellagio, Italy. With Dr. Mary Ellen Junda, he co-directs a Landmark Grant in History and Culture, Gullah Voices: Traditions and Transformations, which was awarded $180,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities. More information at

Charles R. Venator Santiago, Associate Professor of Political Science with a joint appointment in El Instituto: Institute for Latino/a, Caribbean and Latin American Studies at UConn – Storrs. Tenured in Spring 2014 and currently President of the Puerto Rican Studies Association, he teaches courses in Latino/a politics, Latino/as and the law, LatCrit, immigration, Puerto Rican politics, political theory and public law. His current research focuses on the relationship between the status of unincorporated territories and U.S. Global Empire with a special focus on political status questions, citizenship, public health, and political participation. He is also a board member of the Latino & Latina Critical Theory (LatCrit) organization; and the Latino/as CT initiative.

Chunsheng Yang, Assistant Professor of Literatures, Cultures and Languages/Chinese, UConn – Storrs. His research focuses on the acquisition of second language (L2) phonology, especially the acquisition of L2 prosody (i.e., tones, intonation, stress, etc), computer-assisted and mobile-assisted language teaching and learning, and Chinese linguistics and Chinese pedagogy in general. More information at

Grace Yun, Adjunct Lecturer in Asian American Studies at UConn – Stamford, Waterbury and Hartford campuses. She is also director of InterRelations Collaborative, Inc. a nonprofit educational organization. Trained in Higher Education Policy and Administration, she has taught Asian American Studies courses that include The Historical Role and Status of Asian Women in American Society, Myths and Realities: From the Yellow Peril to the Model Minority, and Asian American History and Culture.

Peter Zarrow, Professor of History at UConn – Storrs. A research fellow in the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica (Taipei, Taiwan) between 2001 and 2013, he is currently finishing a monograph on the history of textbooks used in Chinese schools from the formation of the modern state school system in 1902 until the Japanese invasion in 1937, as well as beginning a research project on the “museumification” of the Forbidden City in the twentieth century. Selected publications include: Anarchism and Chinese Political Culture, Columbia University Press, 1990; China in War and Revolution, 1895-1949, Routledge Press, 2005; and After Empire: The Conceptual Transformation of the Chinese State, 1885-1924, Stanford University Press, 2012.