Meet the Scholars!

Organizer: The Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at UC Berkeley promotes teaching and research on East and Southeast Asia in all disciplines and professional programs. The Institute and its regional centers sponsor a wide variety of activities including academic seminars and colloquia series, public lectures, cultural events, and other programs with the mission to foster interaction and facilitate deeper understanding among the academic, business, and professional communities on issues concerning the Asia-Pacific region.

Sponsor: Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in San Francisco

Richard J. Haddock

Richard J. Haddock is currently the Program Associate for the East Asia National Resource Center (NRC) at The George Washington University (GW), which is supported by a Title VI grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Mr. Haddock’s research interests include U.S.-Taiwan relations, U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, state and society relations, public diplomacy, and education policy. 

Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee is the President and CEO of Anacostia Consulting Group, leading the practice’s environmental, economic, and security issues. His work focuses on analyzing the risks posed in maritime operations domestically and internationally.

James Lee

James Lee is a postdoctoral research associate at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), a research center for the UC system that is based at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. His research is on U.S. grand strategy in Europe and East Asia, with a focus on the Taiwan question in U.S.-China relations.

Melissa Newcomb

Melissa Newcomb is a Senior Project and Grants Manager with the Political and Security Affairs group at The National Bureau of Asian Research. In this position, Ms. Newcomb manages projects related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, U.S.-China relations, and U.S. alliances. 

Sara Newland

Sara Newland is an Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College and a scholar of local politics in China and Taiwan. She has conducted research on public goods and services in rural China, collaboration between civil society organizations and the local state, local government responsiveness in Taiwan, ethnic politics, and political science pedagogy.

Mi Shih

Mi Shih is an assistant professor in international planning and urbanization in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Her areas of specialization include: international urbanization, urban redevelopment, land commodification, property and housing rights, and citizenship. 

Kharis Templeman

Kharis Templeman is an adviser to the newly-created Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His areas of expertise include democratic transitions and consolidations, parties and elections, constitutional design for divided societies, and the political economy of defense in Taiwan.

Winston Tseng

Winston Tseng, PhD, is Associate Professor of Research in the School of Public Health Division of Community Health Sciences and Lecturer in the Department of Ethnic Studies Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is Associate Director of Research at Health Research for Action at UC Berkeley.

Daniel J. Woo

Daniel J. Woo (Dan) serves as a Health Program and Policy Specialist with the California Department of Public Health’s Climate Change and Health Equity Program. Key focus areas include land use and transportation planning, affordable housing, clean energy and energy efficiency, urban greening, community engagement, and addressing shared root causes of GHG emissions and health inequities. 

Cathy Xuanxuan Wu

Dr. Cathy Xuanxuan Wu is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science & Geography and the Graduate Program in International Studies at Old Dominion University.  She studies the roles of domestic politics and leadership in diplomacy and international conflict, with a regional focus on East Asia. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Conflict Resolution.