DEAN Executive Committee 2015-16
President, Editor | Trinity '18, Statistics & Political Science
Angie Shen is a Junior from Yangzhou, China. She is studying Statistics and Global Cultural Studies (Literature). She is interested in East Asian literature and film, feminist studies and postcolonial studies, and have published extensively on these topics. She has written about plastic surgery and feminism in East Asia, the left-over women phenomenon in China, cross-cultural human rights activism, the cost of assimilation for ethnic minorities, etc. Reading, thinking and writing about these topics will be a lifelong pursuit of hers.
Editor-in-chief | Trinity '17, Psychology
Sakura Takahashi is a junior University Scholar at Duke from Yokohama, Japan. She is particularly interested in social and cross-cultural psychology, and hopes to use her experience growing up in Japan to help diversify DEAN's content.
Editor | Trinity '18, Cultural Anthropology, AMES/Public Policy
Attyat Mayans is a junior University Scholar from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is pursuing a major in cultural anthropology and an interdepartmental major between Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy. Her research focuses on comparative educational policy in China, Singapore, and Taiwan and sociohistorical shifts in education from the 19th century to the present.
Treasurer, Editor | Trinity '17, Neuroscience, Chinese
Luis Natsuki Rodriguez is currently a junior. He is interested in international politics and defense policy, particularly in the recent rise of China's military and the resulting changes in the region. Besides DEAN, Luis also participates in Duke's International Relations Association on the Model United Nations Team.
Managing Editor (Online), CLS Senior Advisor | Trinity '17, Statistical Science, Neuroscience
Sam (Lun) Yin is a statistics major at Duke. Grown up and educated in China before coming to America for college, Sam holds a unique point of view about China as an insider. He is now sharing and exploring Chinese language and culture as a co-organizer of Duke Chinese Conversation Club. As his interest also expands to natural science, his approach to East Asian affairs is rigorous as well as interdisciplinary, both analytical and anecdotal.
Andrew Guokun Lin
CLS Fundraising Director, Editor | Trinity '19, Economics & Public Policy
Andrew is a sophomore from Wichita, Kansas. He is interested in the intersection of business and law, particularly in the developing Asian markets. Andrew has served as a trade intern for the U.S. Consulate General Shenyang, worked as a legal assistant, and currently conducts research through the Duke Center for International Studies.
Editor | Trinity '14, Evolutionary Anthropology & AMES
Pramodh Ganapathy graduated from Duke University in 2014 with a double major in Evolutionary Anthropology and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He currently works in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories at the Duke University Medical Center. He is particularly interested Japan, South Korea, and historical tensions in East Asia.
Editor | Trinity '18, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Having lived in various countries in East Asia, Hunter is interested in the economic and diplomatic relations in the region. He hopes to explore the various languages and cultures of East Asia and further understand how they influence economic governance and policy-making.
Graphic Designer | Pratt '17, Mechanical Engineering and Material Science
As an international student who studies engineering and graduated from China’s Nanjing Foreign Language School -- a high school initially established to educate diplomatic talents for the newly-born republic -- Yang is particularly passionate about the technology advances happening in China and their implications to the world. Influenced by his father who used to work in the state-owned military industry system, Yang has followed the dynamic of the military power landscape in Asia Pacific closely since high school. Apart from his engineering background, which makes him a believer of hard power in international relations, he is paying increasingly more attention to fields like education and media. Last summer, Yang spent a month leading a team of Chinese college students teaching in a high school in Longsheng, Guangxi, where ethnic Han like him are minority. He found the entire environment, including the education sector, in the small town behind mountains to be quite different from the eastern China or the coastal China that most foreigners were familiar with. As a native Chinese, he realized how little he knew of his own country and the long way in front of him to discover a more complete picture of China.
Managing Editor (Journal) | Trinity '18, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Sabrina Tucker is a sophomore from Winter Springs, Florida. She’s majoring in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies with a Korean focus and is also pursuing a certificate in Markets and Management. Sabrina is interested in the societal and political environment in South Korea as well as humanitarian issues in North Korea and their role as a global power.
Fundraising Chair of China Leadership Summit | Trinity '19, Statistics, Public Policy
James Chenyang Wang, Class of 2019, is from Nanjing, China, and is majoring in Statistics and Public Policy. Having lived in four continents of the world for at least a month, James has a curious heart for cultures and civilizations. A ruthless pragmatist and an insatiable pilgrim in pursuit of knowledge and happiness, James is particularly interested in the Asia Pacific, be it politics, poetry, or philosophy. At Duke, James is on the executive board of the American Grand Strategy and the Alexander Hamilton Society. James enjoys playing soccer and tennis in his spare time.