UCLA International Institute
Asia Institute

Advancing collaborative, interdisciplinary research on Asia worldwide

About Us

Mission Statement

The Asia Institute advances collaborative, interdisciplinary research on Asia worldwide to further our understanding of the global transformations of which we are all a part. Its programs cover East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia, fostering innovative research, graduate training, international collaborations, and public programs that cross conventional political and geographical boundaries to promote greater knowledge and understanding of Asia at UCLA and in the wider academic and public communities. The Asia Institute is designated as a National Resource Center on East Asia under the US Department of Education’s Title VI program.

Administrative Staff

R. Bin Wong

Elizabeth Leicester
Executive Director, Asia Institute

Aaron Miller
Assistant Director, Asia Institute

Executive Committee

John Duncan

Andrea Goldman
Associate Professor, History

Ursula Heise
Professor of Humanities, Department of English and Institute of the Environment

Ninez Ponce, PhD, MPP
Director, UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health; Professor of Health Policy and Management