Asian Studies Faculty





Ilan Alon, Ph.D.

Professor/Cornell Chair of International Business 
Director of Asian Studies & the China Center 

BS, Fairleigh Dickinson University
MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson University
MA, Kent State University
Ph.D., Kent State University 

Areas of Specialization: Breaking into New Markets, International Management, Business in the Global Environment, Doing Business in Emerging Markets, Global Consulting Projects, International Study Trip/Global Research and Study Program, International Business Theory and Practice, Environments of International Business, International Management, International Economics, International Finance, International Marketing, Comparative Marketing Systems Marketing/Management -- Global Franchising, Marketing Theory and Practice, International Marketing, Comparative Marketing Systems, Sales Management, Logistics, New Product Development, Industrial (Business-to-Business) Marketing, Advertising, International Trade & Economics, Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics


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Mario D'Amato, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

BA, Loyola University Chicao
MA, University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Mario D’Amato (B.A., Loyola University Chicago; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Rollins College. His area of research is in Indian Buddhism, primarily in the translation, interpretation, and analysis of Buddhist doctrinal texts from Sanskrit. He specializes in the study of Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy, with a particular focus on the Yogācāra school, and has published papers on Yogācāra thought in the Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, Journal of Indian Philosophy, Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies, Semiotica, and other journals. He is currently completing a book-length study and translation of a Yogācāra doctrinal treatise known as the Madhyāntavibhāga (Distinguishing the Middle from the Extremes). He teaches courses on Asian Religions, Buddhism, Philosophy of Religion, and Psychology of Religion.




Robert Moore, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology and
Director of International Affairs for the Holt School

BA, Tulane University
MA, University of California
Ph.D., University of California

Robert L. Moore (B.A., Tulane University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rollins College, Director of Asian Studies, and Director of International Affairs for the College's Holt School. His areas of research are linguistic anthropology and youth culture in China and the United States. He has published papers in various journals including Ethnology, American Speech, and the Journal of Sociolinguistics, and chapters on dating and courtship in China and the U.S. in The Psychology of Love. He teaches courses on Chinese culture, Japanese culture, cultural conflict, anthropological linguistics and youth culture.


Jenifer Ruby



Jenifer Ruby

Director of International Student & Scholar Services

BA, Gettysburg College
MA, St. Johns University









Wenxian Zhang

Professor and Head of Archives & Special Collections

BA, Peking University
Master of Library & Information Science
MS, Southern Connecticut State University

Wenxian Zhang is a Chinese native and graduate of Peking University and Southern Connecticut State University. A recent recipient of the Cornell Distinguished Faculty Service Award and Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship, he is currently a Research Associate of Rollins China Center, Professor and Head of Archives & Special Collections of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he joined the rank of Arts and Sciences faculty since 1995. He has team-taught courses on Chinese history and cultures and frequently taken students on field study trips to China. In addition to the Entrepreneurial and Business Elites of China: The Chinese Returnees Who Have Shaped Modern China (with Wang and Alon, Emerald Group Publishing), A Guide to The Top 100 Companies in China, (with Alon, World Scientific, 2010), and the Biographical Dictionary of New Chinese Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders (with Alon, Edward Elgar, 2009), he has published many articles on information studies, international librarianship, historical research, and Chinese business management.





Tonia Warnecke, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of International Business

BA, Political Science, Rollins College
M.P.I.A., University of Pittsburgh
MA, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Areas of Specialization: Economic Development and Globalization and Gender for the Asian Studies program. Dr. Warnecke is recipient of the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award (2010-11) and the Professing Excellence Award (2010-11). Her primary research interests include the economics of gender, globalization and development, labor markets, social welfare regimes and international financial institutions. Her research on informal labor and development in China, Indonesia and India has been published in numerous journals including the Journal of Economic Issues, Journal of Industrial Relations, and the International Journal of Business and Globalization. In 2009, she was awarded the Young Scholars Award by the European Society for the History of Economic Thought. Currently, she is co-editing with Deborah M. Figart the Handbook of Research on Gender and Economic Life, to be published by Edward Elgar.


Yudit Greenberg





Yudit Greenberg, Ph. D.

George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Religious Studies
Director of Jewish Studies Program

BA. California State University
MA, San Fransisco State University
Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union

Professor Greenberg's fields of teaching and research include modern and contemporary Jewish thought, women and religion, and cross-cultural studies of the body. She writes on issues related to language, love, and the body in religious and philosophical writings. Greenberg is the author of Better than Wine: Love, Poetry and Prayer in the Thought of Franz Rosenzweig (Scholars Press), and has written numerous articles in modern and contemporary Jewish thought in leading journals such as The Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy. She has contributed essays to several books in modern and postmodern Jewish philosophy, and is presently completing her second book entitled Divine Love and Eros in Jewish Thought. Her Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions was published in November, 2007.

Greenberg has lectured nationally and internationally, has served as co-chair of the studies of Judaism section of the American Academy of Religion and is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. A native of Israel, she has been a very active voice and presence in the religious and spiritual life of the Central Florida community. She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard and, in spring 2001, was a visiting scholar at the Centre for Jewish Studies at Oxford University.





Jonathan R. Walz, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology Program

BA University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, Ph.D., University of Florida

Jonathan R. Walz is an archaeologist whose work focuses on East Africa and the Indian Ocean since 500 BCE. He earned a PhD/MA in Anthropology from the University of Florida, where he was a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Abroad Awardee. He also holds a BA (highest honors) in Anthropology and African Studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Currently, Dr. Walz is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, the Archaeology Coordinator, and an Affiliate of the Center for India and South Asia at Rollins College. A Research Associate at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, his projects address historical representations, African and South Asian cities and states in antiquity, and human and object itineraries in the Indian Ocean region. An on-going digital initiative of his enhances heritage experiences and public archaeology in Tanzania and India.



jie yu

Jie Yu

Assistant Professor

B.A. Pedagogy, East China Normal University; M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, East China Normal University; PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Louisiana State University

Dr. Yu teaches foundations, math methods, and multicultural courses in education. Her major research interests include curriculum studies, classroom teaching and learning, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, and multicultural education.



Yusheng Yao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Areas of Specialization: Twentieth century China, modern education reform and rural reconstruction.





Susan Cohn Lackman, Ph.D.

Professor of Theory and Composition

Areas of Study

  • Composition
  • Music Business
  • Music Education
  • Music Theory



Gloria Cook, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Piano

Areas of Study

  • Ensembles
  • Piano




Li Wei, MA, M Phil

Chinese Lecturer

A native of Shanghai, Li Wei received his M.A. and M.Phil. at Columbia University. As an ethnomusicologist-turned language teacher, Li Wei has broad interests in culture, language and music. His research interests include computer-assisted technology in Chinese language teaching, language ideology, globalization and world music, and hybridity. His articles and reviews have appeared in Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Ethnomusicology, Yearbook of Traditional Music, and Asian Music.