Dr. Prasenjit Duara

Global Asia Initiative Director

Dr. Prasenjit Duara is the Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University and the Director of the Global Asia Initiative with research interests in modern Chinese social and cultural history, nationalism and transnationalism, history and poststructuralist theory, historical sociology, historical philosophy and historiography.

Dr. Takushi Odagiri

Global Asia Initiative Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Takushi Odagiri is the postdoctoral research fellow for the Global Asia Initiative and a visiting faculty member for the Asian & Middle Eastern Studies department (Japanese film, literature, religion). His research topics include (but not limited to) (1) phenomenology, bioethics, environmental ethics (2) East Asian religions and Buddhism (3) cinema and global coloniality, world literature, world history, critical theory. Having an M.D. degree, he is also very interested in global mental health and medical ethics.

Taylor Rowland 

Global Asia Initiative Staff Specialist

Taylor Rowland manages the program coordinating for Global Asia Initiative. She has her MA in International Studies focusing on Chinese and Hong Kong foreign policy from North Carolina State University. She is proficient in German and studies Mandarin Chinese as well as Cantonese.