All Faculty

Lucille Barale

Visiting Professor

Professor Barale is a specialist in the legal aspects of doing business in China. In practice for more than 25 years, she has advised foreign companies on direct investments, mergers and acquisitions, as well as technology licensing, engineering and construction projects, distribution and retailing operations, and the protection of intellectual property rights in China. Ms. Barale started her career in Hong Kong with Coudert Brothers, then moved to their Beijing office in 1993, where she worked through July 1989. She then spent the next four years in the firms Washington, D.C. office, working with US-based clients on their China projects. In 1993, she joined the Frankfurt office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she advised European companies on their China projects through the firm’s London, Paris and Frankfurt offices. In 1996, she moved back to Hong Kong as a partner in the firm, traveling frequently to the Beijing and Shanghai offices. She retired from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer at the end of 2006. During her years in China, Ms. Barale took an active role in the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China, especially in promoting its recognition by the PRC government. In 1989, she was elected President of AmCham China. In Hong Kong, Ms. Barale continued to be active in the American Chamber of Commerce, first as chair of the China Business Committee, then as a member of the board of governors. In 2004, she was elected as Chair to lead the American Chamber in Hong Kong. In 2005, Ms. Barale chaired the AmCham Charitable Foundation. Ms. Barale has advised on a wide variety of China projects ranging from cars and chemical plants to pharmaceuticals and franchising. She has also advised multinational corporations on the restructuring of joint ventures and the expansion of operations in China.

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

Francisca Cho


Francisca Cho works in the areas of East Asian Buddhism and its expression through fiction, poetry, and film. She has also published extensively on Buddhism and science, and methods in the study of religion. Her courses include Introduction to Buddhism, Buddhism and Film, Buddhism and Science, and Religion and Aesthetics.

Min Koo Choi

Assistant Teaching Professor; Korean Language Coordinator
I was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to the United States to expand my educational opportunities. I taught Korean language and culture at the Defense Language Institutes at Presidio of Monterey, CA for two years before I acquired my current position at Georgetown University. Since I was very young, I have been fascinated by all kinds of stories, such as fairy tales and folktales, and in the course of my higher education, my fascination developed into an interest in the idea of narrative. I am currently doing my scholarly research on the ways in which Korean intellectuals under Japanese colonial rule created new kinds of approaches to subjectivity through confessional self-narratives addressing the subject of love. I teach various Korean language courses as well as Korean history and culture courses taught in English at Georgetown University.

Erin Cline

Associate Professor

Professor Cline specializes in Chinese philosophy and comparative philosophy and religion, with a particular focus on early Chinese ethical, religious, and political thought. She also works on Ignatian spirituality and inter-religious dialogue. She is the author of three books: Confucius, Rawls, and the Sense of Justice (Fordham University Press, 2013); Families of Virtue: Confucian and Western Views on Childhood Development (Columbia University Press, 2015); and A World on Fire: Sharing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with Other Religions (The Catholic University of America Press, 2018), which puts Asian traditions into conversation with the Ignatian tradition. She is currently completing a book on Chinese philosophy and parenting (under contract with Norton). In addition to her work in the Theology Department, Professor Cline is an Associate Member of the Philosophy Department, a member of the Asian Studies faculty, and a Faculty Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. She lives in suburban Maryland with her husband (who also teaches at Georgetown) and their three young children.

Raj Desai

Associate Professor of International Development

Raj M. Desai is Associate Professor of International Development at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and an affiliated researcher at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics. He is a specialist on problems of economic reform, foreign aid, and international development. In addition to coauthoring After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World (2012) and The World Bank’s World Development Report: A Better Investment Climate for Everyone (2005), he coedited Can Russia Compete? (2008) and Between State and Market: Mass Privatization in Transition Economies (1997). He has also authored articles on economic reform, entrepreneurship, and poverty alleviation in the American Political Science ReviewEconomics and Politics, the Journal of Comparative EconomicsIMF Staff PapersEconomics of Transition, the World Bank Research Observer, the International Studies Review, the European Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of International Law and Politics, the National Interest, and Survival. He has received fellowships from the Qatar Foundation and the Swedish Research Council. He has served as occasional consultant to the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, the UNDP, and other international organizations.  He was previously a private sector development specialist at the World Bank, where he worked on the privatization and restructuring of public enterprises in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union and on the recovery of financial systems following economic crises in East Asia and Latin America. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and his B.A. from the University of California, Irvine.

Viet Dinh

Co-Director, Georgetown Law Asia; Professorial Lecturer

Professor Dinh successfully argued Nevada v. Hibbs, before the Supreme Court on behalf of the U.S. government.  Dinh also served as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Legal Policy from 2001 to 2003. During his time at the Department of Justice, Dinh played a key role in developing legal policy initiatives to combat terrorism—namely, the USA Patriot Act.  Dinh also represented the Department of Justice in selecting and confirming federal judges, contributing to the appointment of 100 district judges and 23 appellate judges during his tenure.

Professor Dinh is also the Founding Partner of Bancroft PLLC and serves on the Board of Directors of Twenty-First Century Fox, Revlon, Inc., and LPL Financial Holdings, Inc.

Dinh graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was a Class Marshal and an Olin Research Fellow in Law and Economics.  He clerked for D.C. Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Kevin Doak

Professor and Nippon Foundation Endowed Chair

The winner of the 2014 First Terada Mari Japan Study Award, Professor Doak specializes in the study of nationalism and democratic thought and culture in modern Japan, as well as in the literary, cultural and philosophical expressions of public thought and values. Recently he has served as co-editor of The Journal of Japanese Studies and on the executive board of the Society for Japanese Studies. His writings in Japanese have been prominently published in major Japanese newspapers and journals and cited by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his book Atarashii Kuni E (2013). Professor Doak’s current research focusses on issues related to politics and religion (especially Catholicism) in modern Japan, ranging from jurisprudence, fiction and literary works, and theology. He has been widely interviewed in Japan’s leading newspapers and journals.

James Feinerman

James M. Morita Professor of Asian Legal Studies

Professor Feinerman joined the Law Center faculty as a visiting professor for the 1985-86 academic year. Immediately after law school he studied in the People’s Republic of China. Subsequently, he joined the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell as a corporate associate. During 1982-83, Professor Feinerman was Fulbright Lecturer on Law at Peking University. In 1986, he was a Fulbright researcher in Japan. In 1989, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation fellowship to study China’s practice of international law. During the 1992-93 academic year, he was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 1993-95, on leave from the Law Center, Professor Feinerman was the Director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with China. Professor Feinerman served as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA’s China Law Reporter from 1986-1998. Also, Professor Feinerman was the Co-editor of The Limits of the Rule of Law in China (2001), and Co-Author of China After the WTO:What You Need to Know Now(2001).