Department of East Asian Studies

  • Xin Wen received a Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Early Career Fellowship for his book project titled Capital of the Past: Urban and Cultural Transformations of Chang'an, 900-1400.
  • The Department & Program of East Asian Studies held the 274th Class Day Commencement Celebration on Monday, May 24th, 2021. An edited version of the recording is now available for viewing.
  • Soojung Han (PhD Candidate) received the inaugural Graduate Student Award at the Early Medieval China Group (EMCG) Conference, for presenting her research on “Empress Dowager Lou the Kingmaker: Identity Politics in the Northern Qi (550–577).” The award is given to “the most outstanding graduate student contribution to this year’s conference.” He
  • Chih-p’ing Chou (known to colleagues as “CP”), Professor of East Asian Studies, Director of the Chinese Language Program in East Asian Studies, and Director of the Princeton-in-Beijing summer language program, will transition to emeritus status after 42 years on the Princeton faculty.
  • Statement from the Department of East Asian Studies and Program in East Asian Studies  April 5, 2021  To students, colleagues, alumni, and friends of East Asian Studies, 
  • The Department of East Asian Studies held its annual Open House event to sophomore and first-year students on March 19, 2021, featuring guest speakers who expressed the variety of benefits included with being an EAS major. Professor Ksenia Chizhova, Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Students in the fall 2020 course “Language to Be Looked At” examined modernist and avant-garde experiments in word and image, including engaging with Princeton University Library (PUL)’s Special Collections.
  • The EAS annual newsletter announces new graduate students, staff, faculty and lecturers and visitors to the Program in East Asian Studies and the Department of East Asian Studies. Full version of the newsletter is available for download (link)
  • Princeton University - Program and Department of East Asian Studies.   Annual Report 2019-2020
  • Effective July 1, 2020, Professor Anna M. Shields, Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies, will be Chair of the Department of East Asian Studies. Her contact information is, (609) 258-5365.

The Department of East Asian Studies at Princeton University invites you to explore the culture, history, societies, politics, and languages of East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea). A total of 54 full-time professors and language lecturers offer students, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the opportunity to study with preeminent scholars and to do research in our world-renowned East Asian Library - home to the Gest rare books collection.

EAS undergraduate courses provide students with a wide range of courses on both the classical traditions and the current world of China, Japan, and Korea.

In the summers, EAS faculty members have been offering a series of Global Seminars in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam.

Taking EAS language courses can lead students to participate in international programs, such as summer language courses through Princeton in Beijing and Princeton in Ishikawa, amongst others.  Undergraduate students may obtain the A.B. degree in East Asian Studies; earn a departmental Language and Culture Certificate in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean; or earn an EAS Program Certificate in East Asian Studies.

At the graduate level, students focus their doctoral training on Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literature and history, the traditional strengths of the East Asian Studies Department, with many new offerings on contemporary East Asia.