Meet the Team

Director of Asian Studies
D.S. Song-KF Professor of Government and International Affairs
(202) 687-2978

Dr. Cha is the Director of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, where he also serves as the D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Professor of Government and International Affairs. From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Cha served as Director for Asian Affairs on the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House. In this position, he was primarily responsible for Japan, the Korean peninsula, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. Dr. Cha was also the Deputy Head of Delegation for the United States at the Six Party Talks. During his tenure at the White House, he received two Outstanding Service commendations. In 2009, Dr. Cha was named the inaugural Korea Chair and Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.

As a scholar, Dr. Cha has authored five books on international politics and Asia: 1) Alignment Despite Antagonism: The United States-Korea-Japan Security Triangle (Stanford University Press, 1999); 2) Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies (Columbia University Press, 2004 with Dave Kang); 3) Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia (Columbia University Press, 2009); 4) The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future (HarperCollins, 2012); and 5) Powerplay: Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia (Princeton University Press, forthcoming). He has also written articles that appeared in International Security, Political Science Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Asian Survey, and Foreign Affairs. Dr. Cha holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a B.A. from Columbia University as well as an M.A. from Oxford University.

Assistant Director of Finance and Administration
Publisher, Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs
(202) 687-7574

As the Assistant Director, Ms. Lee manages financial and administrative affairs of the Asian Studies Program. She also serves as a liaison between the Program and its external counterparts, and represents the Program to various audiences in the absence of the Director. In addition, she directs the production of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs (ISSN 2376-8002), an open-access, peer-reviewed social science journal with a focus on Asia.

Ms. Lee is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University, where she received a B.S. in Foreign Service (honors in International Politics) and a certificate in Asian Studies. She is also the winner of both the Edmund A. Walsh Medal in International Law and the Donald S. Macdonald Prize in Korean Studies. Prior to joining the Asian Studies staff, she served as Editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and interned at CSIS in Washington, DC and Kim & Chang in Seoul, Korea.

Assistant Director of Academic Programs
(202) 687-7176

Mr. Lyons is the Assistant Director of Academic Programs in the Asian Studies Program. Since 2011, Mr. Lyons has managed the M.A. degree, the graduate certificate program, and the undergraduate certificate program in Asian Studies. He continues to serve as the primary contact for current, prospective, and former students of the program and handles faculty affairs as well as the M.A. admissions. He also oversees the Visiting Researchers Program.

Mr. Lyons received his B.A. from Augustana College and M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Previously, he taught conversational English at Huazhong Normal University in Wuhan, China and worked for the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Office of Academic Affairs. He also interned at CSIS in Washington, DC. 

Public Relations Officer
(202) 687-7163

Ms. Gan's role is to maintain and improve the brand of the Asian Studies Program. She coordinates and executes academic conferences and events for the Program, and leads the Program's advertising, multimedia projects, and social network outreach.

Ms. Gan graduated with a B.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Before joining the Asian Studies staff, she was based in Kaohsiung, Taiwan following the completion of a Fulbright ETA Grant. Previously, Ms. Gan was with an international events and communications firm in New York City, working on assignments across three continents. She is a CSIS Korea Chair alumna as well. 

Program Coordinator, India Initiative
(202) 687-0787

Ms. Paragamian is the Program Coordinator of the India Initiative, a university-wide project anchored in the SFS Asian Studies Program but open to other schools, centers, programs, and departments at Georgetown. She manages the administrative affairs of the India Initiative, coordinates events and outreach, and manages its website and social media. Ms. Paragamian also serves as the point of contact for undergraduate and graduate students seeking to engage with the India Initiative.

Ms. Paragamian is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she received a B.S. in International Politics and earned language proficiency in Arabic. During her time as an undergraduate, Ms. Paragamian held internships in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington, D.C., and the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan.