Asian Studies Program Advisory Committee

Coordinator, Asian Studies

Gideon Fujiwara


History Department
Office: B876 (University Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2502

Gideon Fujiwara coordinates the emerging Asian Studies program. His research looks at early modern to modern Japan, intellectual networks, kokugaku (nativism or National Learning), community, nation and nationalism, regionalism, modernity, and information access. Among his courses in History, HIST2290 - Main Themes in East Asian History and HIST4040 - Seminars in East Asian History are eligible to count toward the Asian Studies minor.

Andrea Amelinckx
Area Chair

International Management
Office: M2063
Phone: 403.332.5216

John Harding
Religious Studies
Office: A812B (University Hall)
Phone: 403.317.2834

John Harding's primary areas of interest explore Japanese Buddhism and the cross-cultural exchange between Asia and the West that has shaped the development of modern Buddhism worldwide. Among his courses in Religious Studies, RELS 2200 – The Buddhist Tradition, RELS 2300 – East Asian Religions, and the series courses

RELS 3300 and RELS 4110 are eligible to count toward the minor in Asian Studies.

Trevor Harrison

Office: A876 (University Hall)
Phone: 403.329.2552

Dr. Trevor Harrison was born and raised in Edmonton. He holds a BA from the University of Winnipeg, an MA from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Alberta. His broad areas of specialty include political sociology, political economy, and public policy. He was the University of Lethbridge exchange professor to Hokkai Gakuen in 2006, out of which he wrote Twenty-First Century Japan: A New Sun Rising (Black Rose Books, 2008).

Abigail McMeekin

Modern Languages
Office: B532 (University Hall)
Phone: 403.329.2722

Hillary Rodrigues

Religious Studies
Office: A812C (University Hall)
Phone: 403.329.5123

Hillary Rodrigues specializes in the study of medieval and modern Hinduism, Asian philosophical traditions, and the pedagogy of Religious Studies, including its theories and methods.  His books include Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess (SUNY, 2003), Introducing Hinduism, 2e (Routledge, 2016), and Introduction to the Study of Religion (Routledge, 2009), co-authored with John Harding.  He regularly teaches RELS2100 (The Hindu Tradition), and frequently offers various upper level courses in Asian philosophy or the Hindu epics, all of which are eligible towards the Asian Studies minor.