GradFUTURES | East Asian Studies

Overview of How GradFUTURES Partners with Academic Departments

Princeton University has 42 degree-granting departments and programs that admit students. The University also offers a growing number of joint degree offerings, graduate certificates and interdepartmental programs that allow students to work across disciplinary boundaries while still continuing to receive advanced training and a degree in the home department. Access the full list of these departments and links to departmental homepages on the Graduate School's website. 

GradFUTURES partners with academic departments to create custom programming, deliver data and professional development briefs, and facilitate connections with graduate students and alumni. Please note that as of March 2021, the page below is a draft and will be updated.

GradFUTURES Profiles: Department of East Asian Studies

Ellen Ambrosone
South Asian Studies Librarian

Ellen Ambrosone joined Princeton University Library as the South Asian Studies Librarian in 2019. She has a Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago, where she completed her dissertation, "Making Modern Malayalam: Literary and Educational Practices in Nineteenth-Century Kerala." Ellen has…

Yuzhou Bai *23, EAS
Professional Development Associate 2019-21

"I'm excited to support my fellow Ph.D.s in at least two ways: to highlight recent job market trends and consult on new career options for graduate students and to use career outcome data to illuminate the diverse career paths of our graduate alumni. Feel free to reach out through e-mail or LinkedIn!"

Melvin Barnes Jr.
Program Officer, Ohio Humanities

Melvin Barnes Jr. is a teacher-scholar specializing in East Asian, Transnational, and African American history. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.  Currently, he works as a program officer for the Ohio Humanities. 

"I firmly believe that humanities…

Jesse Sloane *10, EAS
Consultant, Perrett Laver

I work in the Hong Kong office of Perrett Laver, a UK-based consulting and executive search firm specializing in supporting universities and other mission-driven organizations.

After completing my doctorate I took a position as Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Underwood International College (UIC), a highly selective…

James M. Van Wyck
Assistant Dean for Professional Development

James M. Van Wyck is the liaison for the Humanities & Social Sciences. He manages graduate student professional development programs, strategic communications, the GradFUTURES Fellows program, including the University Administrative Fellows Program, and the Community College Teaching Initiative.

James Watson-Krips, GS, EAS
University Administrative Fellow

"I have come to see that there is no single path to academic career development -- skills learned outside the academy can be of great use in one's academic work, and the methodologies we employ as Ph.D. students can similarly help in a variety of careers beyond the academy."

Shengyu Yang, GS, EAS
Community College Teaching Fellow

As a Community College Teaching Fellow, and a American Higher cohort member "I learned how to balance my research and teaching in a safe yet challenging environment."

Xue Zhang *20, EAS
Assistant Professor of History, Reed College

"[The UAF program] reshapes my ways of being a learner, teacher, and leader in higher education settings...It provides me with ample opportunities to work with diverse student body and organizations and to communicate my ideas to a broad audience beyond my academic field. It reshapes my ways of being a learner, teacher, and leader in higher education settings."