Core Faculty

Carol Benedict


Carol Benedict (B.A. University of California at Santa Cruz 1980; M.A. Stanford University 1985; Ph.D. Stanford 1992) is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chair in the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of History, Georgetown University. She teaches courses on the Republic of China (Taiwan), modern China, and global history. Her research focuses on the social and cultural history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century China with a particular focus on the social history of medicine and disease, women and gender history, and the history of Chinese consumer culture. Benedict’s publications include Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-Century China (Stanford, 1996) and Golden-Silk Smoke: A History of Tobacco in China, 1550-2010 (University of California 2011). Golden-Silk Smoke was awarded the American Historical Association’s 2011 John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History. The book was also a finalist (one of two) for the 2013 Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies book prize.

Professor Benedict served as Chair of the Georgetown Department of History from 2012 to 2016. In 2013, she received the Georgetown University Distinguished Achievement in Research Award and in 2005, she was a recipient of the Georgetown College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Victor Cha

Professor, D.S. Song-Korea Foundation Chair in Asian Studies

Michael Green

Professor, Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy

Diana Kim, Asian Studies

Assistant Professor
Diana Kim’s research and teaching focuses on the transnational politics and history of markets across Southeast and East Asia, with particular interest in the regulation of vice, illicit economies, theories of crime and disorder, state formation, and legacies of Empire and colonialism. Her first book, entitled Empires of Vice, develops a comparative study of the rise of opium prohibition in British Burma, Malaya, and French Indochina since the late 19th century. Diana has worked as a consultant for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and her scholarship has been awarded prizes from the American Bar Foundation and the Social Science History Association.

Christine Kim

Visiting Assistant Professor

Christine Kim is Associate Professor of Teaching in the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University. An historian by training, she teaches courses on modern Korea and East Asia at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; topics include comparative colonialisms, twentieth century conflicts, political symbolism, and film. Her research and writing focus on national identity, material culture, and political movements. The King Is Dead (forthcoming) explores the ways that colonization and modernization influenced Korean polity and identity during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is also engaged in a study examining cultural heritage and arts management in Korea in the twentieth century. Kim is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including ones from the Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Korea Foundation, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the East-West Center.

Joanna Lewis

Associate Professor
Joanna Lewis is associate professor of Science, Technology and International Affairs at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and faculty affiliate in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She is also a Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report and an adviser to multiple foundations, governmental and non-governmental organizations working on energy and climate issues in China. Dr. Lewis is currently leading a National Science Foundation-funded project on International Partnerships and Technological Leapfrogging in China’s Clean Energy Sector. She also leads the Georgetown US-China Climate Research Dialogue as part of the new Georgetown Initiative for US-China Cooperation on Global Issues. Dr. Lewis has conducted research in China on energy technology and innovation and climate change policy for over 15 years. Her recent book, Green Innovation in China was awarded the 2014 Harold and Margaret Sprout Award by the International Studies Association. Her research has appeared in journals such as Science, Energy Policy, Global Environmental Politics, and Nature Energy, as well as in numerous edited volumes on environmental policy and on contemporary Chinese politics. Dr. Lewis is the editor of a new book series with Oxford University Press, Studies in Comparative Energy and Environmental Politics. Previously, Dr. Lewis was a Senior International Fellow at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and a researcher in the China Energy Group at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She served as the technical director for the Asia Society’s Initiative for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate, and has also worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the National Wildlife Federation and the Environmental Defense Fund. She has been a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the East-West Center.

Kristen Looney, Asian Studies Program (ASP)

Assistant Professor

Kristen Looney is an assistant professor of Asian Studies and Government at Georgetown University, where she teaches courses on Chinese politics. Dr. Looney completed her PhD in Government at Harvard University in 2012. Trained as a comparative political scientist, she is completing a book manuscript on the politics of rural development in East Asia, focusing on state-led modernization campaigns in China (1980s-2000s), Taiwan (1950s-1970s) and South Korea (1950s-1970s). She is also interested in rural governance and party building under authoritarianism. Dr. Looney’s research has been supported by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the Blakemore Foundation, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. Dr. Looney holds a B.A. from Wellesley College in Chinese Studies. She is fluent in Chinese and has some training in Korean language as well.

Evan Medeiros, Asian Studies Program (ASP)

Professor of Practice, Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies
Specializations: East and Pacific Asia

The Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Evan S. Medeiros, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the White House’s National Security Council (NSC), as the inaugural Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies. Beginning August 1, 2018, Medeiros will be a full-time Professor of Practice at the School of Foreign Service and the Asian Studies Program, where he will help advance Georgetown’s research and teaching on China. He will offer undergraduate and graduate courses on U.S.-China relations and Chinese foreign policy. Medeiros will also serve as the Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies, working with the Asian Studies Program to expand engagement and research on China. As a senior fellow, he will work closely with the Georgetown University Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues.

James Millward

James A. Millward is Professor of Intersocietal History at the Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of History, Georgetown University. He teaches a variety of classes on Chinese, Central Asian and world history at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests focus on China and Central Eurasia including Mongolia, Tibet and especially Xinjiang, as well as the silk road more generally. He has written extensively on the Qing empire, Xinjiang, the silk road, and is currently studying cross-cultural exchange in a history of lute-type instruments across the Eurasian silk road and the world. He has served on the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), as well as on the Executive Board of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS). He was president of CESS in 2010. When not busy with teaching and research projects, Millward enjoys performing in the Washington DC area band “By & By” and spending time with his wife and two daughters in Washington, D.C.

Irfan Nooruddin

Professor, Al Thani Chair in Indian Politics; Director, Georgetown University India Initiative; SFS Faculty Chair

Irfan Nooruddin is the Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics and the Faculty Chair of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. He directs the Georgetown University India Initiative, a university-wide initiative that advances research and teaching around India and its role in world affairs and creates a platform for high-level dialogue among American and Indian leaders from government, business, civil society, and the academy.