Our governance

Co-Director

Professor Oleg Benesch

Oleg is Professor of East Asian History, specialising in the history of early modern and modern Japan and China. Oleg’s research interests include Japanese intellectual, religious, and social history, Chinese intellectual history, as well as the transnational history of modern East Asia. He presents his research findings at academic conferences and invited lectures throughout East Asia, Europe, North America, and Australia.

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Co-Director

Dr Jon Howlett

Jon is Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Colonial History. He is an historian of modern China and its global relationships. His current research explores the consequences of a sudden political change, the communist revolution of 1949, for ordinary people in Shanghai, China’s most foreign-influenced city. He has published on decolonisation in China, Sino-British relations, the development of communist ideology and the fate of British companies in Shanghai after 1949. Also the East Asia regional coordinator for YARN, Jon is keen to support colleagues across the University in organising and promoting interdisciplinary initiatives.

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Co-ordinator for Social Sciences

Dr Claire Smith

Claire Smith

Claire's main research interest is in conflict and peace studies, especially in Southeast Asia. Other research interests include: democratisation, war-to-peace transitions, humanitarian interventions, ethno-religious violence, mass atrocities, civil war, the politics of development in contested states, Indonesia, Myanmar and Timor-Leste.

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Contact us

York Asia Research Network

yarn@york.ac.uk
York Asia Research Network, Department of History, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD

Steering Committee

Prof Tom Stoneham

Tom is the Head of the Department of Philosophy

Prof Matthew Festenstein

Matthew is the Associate Dean of Social Sciences, and Director of ReCSS.

Reneé is the Associate Dean(Research) of the College of Asia & the Pacific at the Australian National University.

Prof Karen Mumford

Karen is a professor in the Economics Department at York and Founding Director of YARN.

Regional Leaders

If you have a query that is specific to a YARN region, you can contact our Regional Leaders directly.

Dr Alice Nah

Southeast Asia and Oceania Region Leader

Professor Claire Chambers

South Asia Region Leader

Dr Jon Howlett

East Asia Region Leader

Dr Harry Munt

Central and West Asia Region Leader

Operational support

Vaughan McKee

Global Partnerships Lead, Southeast Asia, Japan & Korea

Contact us

York Asia Research Network

yarn@york.ac.uk
York Asia Research Network, Department of History, University of York, Heslington, York, YO10 5DD