The East Asia Center (EAC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara promotes interdisciplinary research, scholarly development, and cultural events on East Asia. It leverages UCSB’s incredible depth of faculty and student expertise on East Asia to promote the study of East Asia across departmental, disciplinary, and divisional boundaries. Through its programming, sponsorships, and Visiting Scholar Program, EAC fosters deep relationships between scholars and students at UCSB and those in the East Asian region as well as between the academy and the public. The EAC is housed within the Area Global Initiative (AGI) at UCSB.

East Asia Center Director Kate McDonald is Associate Professor of Modern Japanese History at UC Santa Barbara. Dr. McDonald is the author of Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan (California, 2017) and co-director of the NEH-funded digital spatial history project, Bodies and Structures: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History ( In addition to her work with EAC, Dr. McDonald currently serves as the Associate Editor for Japan at the field’s flagship journal, Journal of Asian Studies.


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