Professor Nathan Hill
Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, Sam Lam Professor in Chinese Studies.
Prof. Hill, based in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, researches Tibeto-Burman/Sino-Tibetan historical linguistics. He publishes in descriptive linguistics, corpus linguistics, comparative linguistics, and the history of Chinese.
Professor Lorna Carson
Professor in Applied Linguistics, F.T.C.D. Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences.
Professor Carson’s research focuses on second language teaching, learning and assessment, with a particular emphasis on multilingualism in urban contexts.
Dr Isabella Jackson (on maternity leave)
Assistant Professor in Chinese History, Associate Director of the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies.
Dr. Jackson, based in the Department of History, researches modern Chinese history, especially the history of Chinese childhood and China’s experience of foreign colonialism.
Dr JIANG Ning
Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies (Linguistics)
Dr Jiang, based in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, researches the Applied Linguistics of Chinese, with a particular focus on Chinese character writing, strategy use and translation. Dr Jiang coordinates the M.Phil. in Chinese Studies.
Dr INOUE Keiko
Research Fellow/Japanese Studies Coordinator
Dr Inoue coordinates and delivers the Trinity Electives in Japanese language and culture as well as the Japanese extramural programme. She is the former Chairperson of the Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland, and she continues to sit on the JLTI committee.
Ms DO Eunjee
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Korean Studies
Ms Do coordinates and delivers the Korean Studies programme at the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, including the Korean language modules and the Korean extramural programme.
Ms WANG Hongfei
Teaching Fellow/Mandarin Language Instructor
Ms Wang is a Mandarin Language Instructor at the Trinity Centre for Asian Studies and programme coordinator for Trinity Language and Culture Elective modules. Her Ph.D. focuses on the implementation of Computer-Assisted Language Learning in post-primary education in Ireland.
Dr Chung Kam Kwok
Research Fellow - Dr Kwok, based in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, and researches in the area of language and identity. He contributes to the Chinese Studies programme.
Dr GENG Yushu
Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Researcher) in Modern Chinese Studies, funded by the Irish Research Council Laureate Award CHINACHILD: Slave-Girls and the Discovery of Female Childhood in Twentieth-Century China (PI: Dr Isabella Jackson). Dr Geng is based in the School of Histories and Humanities. Her doctoral research examined discourses of obscenity and moral regulation in Singapore and China in the 1920s and 30s, and her current research focuses on the construction of girlhood and womanhood in republican Chinese medical advertisements.
Dr LAI Yunfan
Research Fellow and Principal Investigator on the GyU-LHA project (Gyalrongic unveiled: Languages, Heritage, Ancestry), supported by an SFI-IRC Pathway programme grant. His research focusses on the Gyalrongic languages of the Sino-Tibetan family, one of the most conservative language groups in the Sino-Tibetan family, from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives. His PhD focussed on Khroskyab and his most recent research has expanded to study other Gyalrongic languages such as Situ, and the ancient Tangut language of the Xixia kingdom.
Visiting Academics & Affiliated Researchers
Professor Jerusha McCormack & Professor John G. Blair
work in comparative culture studies. Their most recent publication is Thinking Through China (2015, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers). Currently Visiting Academics at TCAS, they contribute to the M.Phil. module China in Comparative Perspective and the UG module in Contemporary Asian Studies
Dr James Hadley
is Ussher Assistant Professor in Literary Translation who is affiliated with TCAS. Based in the Trinity Centre for Literary Translation, his work includes research on historical cases of translation in under-researched cultural contexts, particularly in East Asia, including Japanese Rakugo, translation from Chinese during Japan’s period of isolationism, and the patronage of translators in Japan.
Dr Louis Brennan
is a Professor within the Trinity Business School and a Fellow of Trinity College. His research focuses on the Business environment in East Asia with a particular emphasis on outward foreign direct investment from China. Dr Brennan is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Wong Center for the Study of Multinational Corporations.
Dr Jude Lal Fernando
is Assistant Professor in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics in TCD. He is the Director of the Trinity Centre for Post-Conflict Justice and brings praxis-based experience to the academic context in the fields of interreligious studies and international peace studies. His research has a specific focus on the role of interreligious dialogue in peace-building, and ethno-nationalisms and geopolitics, focusing on Sri Lanka in particular, and Asia more generally.
Dr Dong Jin Kim
is a Research Fellow at TCD’s Irish School of Ecumenics. Dong-Jin obtained his PhD from the University of North Korean Studies in Korea. His research interests are in the area of peacebuilding, reconciliation, humanitarian and development cooperation in the Korean peninsula and East Asia, and comparative studies of peace processes, including Korea and Ireland.
Dr Motoko Akashi
Dr Akashi’s research centres on modern and contemporary Japanese culture, with a particular focus on translation and literature. Her research topics have included Haruki Murakami, celebrity translators, publishing tradition and the modern history of Japanese literature.
Professor Brian Lucey
A graduate of TCD, with a First Class degree in Economics in 1984, Professor Lucey has worked as a statistician in the Department of Health and as an Economist in the Central Bank, prior to joining TCD. He has studied at graduate level in Canada, Ireland and Scotland, and holds a PhD from University of Stirling.
Dr. Shigeki Nakagome
Shigeki Nakagome is Ussher Assistant Professor in Genomic Medicine at School of Medicine. Dr. Nakagome received his Ph.D. at The University of Tokyo in 2010 with the focus on the evolutionary model in which high risk variants associated with Crohn's disease at the NOD2 locus may have exclusively spread into European populations by natural selection.
Doctoral Research Students at TCAS
Morpho-Phonological Analysis of Verbal System in Balti Language. Supervisor: Prof. Nathan Hill.
Finding Tujia’s Place in Tibeto-Burman. Recipient of the College Postgraduate Research Scholarship.Supervisor: Prof. Nathan Hill.
Synchronic and diachronic analysis of a Southern Situ variety (Gyalrongic).Supervisor: Dr Yunfan Lai.
Comparing Asian and Western Chinese learner perspectives: The New HSK level 3 Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language. Supervisor: Prof Lorna Carson.
Multilingualism in Sino-foreign educational programs in China. Funded by TCD-China Scholarship Council Award. Supervisor: Prof Lorna Carson.
Yau Ka Lo
Negotiating Modern Childhood: A Social History of Children in Republican China (1912-1949). Funded by Irish Research Council Laureate Award CHINACHILD. Supervisor: Dr Isabella Jackson.
Chan Pak Hei
Multilingualism in Hong Kong. Supervisor: Prof. Lorna Carson. Provost’s Ph.D. Project Award.
Changing Representations of the Republic of China, 1912-1915 and 1940-1945: An Analysis of Chinese Public History Practice. Funded by a Provost’s PhD Project Award. Supervisor: Dr Isabella Jackson.
Chinese Cultural Changes Reflected In Chinese Classics to Modern Chinese: A Linguistic Approach. Recipient of the TCD-CSC Joint Scholarship. Supervisor: Prof. John Saeed.
Identity and Irishmen in the Chinese Customs Service. Recipient of a North/South Postgraduate Scholarship. Supervisor: Dr Isabella Jackson.
Intelligent Tools for Beginner-level Chinese Learners". Supervisor: Dr Neasa Ní Chiaráin.
Media and Medical Equipment in the Republican Shanghai, 1912-1949. Recipient of the H&H School Research Studentship. Supervisor: Dr Isabella Jackson.
Supervisor: Dr Gessica De Angelis.
Meet our Ph.D. Graduates
Kwok, Chung Kam
School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, TCD. PhD Thesis title: Self and Identity in Additional Language Learning Motivation: A Case Study of Learners of Chinese.
Education Officer, Post-Primary Languages Ireland. PhD Thesis title: Demotivation in Learning Chinese.
Assistant Professor in Chinese Studies, TCD. Ph.D Thesis title: Chinese Character Learning Strategies in Foreign Language Education.
Assistant Professor, Shandong University. Ph.D. Thesis title: The Language Learning Motivation of Chinese Postgraduate Students in Ireland from the Perspectives of Confucian Learning Philosophy.
Chinese Language Instructor, Dublin City University. Ph.D. Thesis title: Three Case Studies in English Medium Instruction in Higher Education Business Programmes in in Expanding Circle Countries: Japan China, and the Netherlands.