New appointments expand and extend the Asia Institute’s East and Southeast Asian expertise

The Asia Institute is delighted to announce the appointment of four new academic staff: Professor John M. Minford, Professor Andrew Rosser, Dr Yuko Shibata and Dr Zoe Wang.

Professor John M. Minford

John Minford joins the Asia Institute as coordinator of Translation Studies (Chinese) and Program Convenor of the Master of Translation.

John is a distinguished scholar of Chinese literature and specialist in translation studies. He comes to the University of Melbourne from the Australian National University where he was Professor of Chinese and Head of the China and Korea Centre. John has taught and published widely in the fields of Chinese Literature and Translation Studies and is also a highly regarded translator of Chinese literature.   

Professor Andrew Rosser

Andrew Rosser joins the Asia Institute as Professor of Southeast Asia Studies.

Andrew is a political-economist working on development issues in Southeast Asia with a special interest in Indonesia and Timor Leste. He joins us from the University of Adelaide where he was Associate Professor in Development Studies and Director of the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre.  Andrew has consulted on a range of local and international development initiatives with both government and non-government organisations. He is an accomplished teacher and researcher and his work in the areas of Politics, International Studies, Development Studies and Asian Studies has been published in leading international journals.

Dr Yuko Shibata

Yuko Shibata joins the Japanese Studies program as a Lecturer in 2017.

Yuko’s research focuses on Modern Japanese Literature and Cinema. She is the author of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Debunking a Myth of the Hibakusha Narrative (Tokyo: Sakuhinsha, 2015), and her monograph Transnational and Trans-pacific Images of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Knowledge Production and the Politics of Representation is forthcoming with the University of Hawai’i Press. She received her PhD from Cornell University.

Dr Zoe Wang

Zoe Wang joins the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies as a research fellow in 2017.

Zoe received her PhD from the University of Sydney and holds a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) from National Taiwan University, and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University. Prior to commencing her PhD research, Zoe was an associate researcher with the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Taiwan.