Our Global Reach: Asia

Study Abroad

In Asia, the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs has approved Study Abroad programs in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Visiting International Students Program (VISP)

Barnard participates in a Visiting International Students Program (VISP) Partnership with China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing Foreign Studies University and Bejing Normal University in China and Ewha Woman's University, and Yonsei University, Underwood International College in South Korea.

Global Symposia

In March 2009, Barnard hosted an influential group of extraordinary women leaders for the inaugural Global Symposium in Bejing entitled Women Changing China. In 2014, Barnard traveled back to China, this time to Shanghai. Women Changing China 2014 brought together some of China’s most prominent women leaders in business, finance, academia, media, and the arts.

Faculty Research

Barnard faculty have lived, studied, researched, and taught all over the world, and they contribute constantly to our contemporary knowledge of cultures and countries around the globe. Below are highlighted only some of the many remarkable faculty at Barnard who are pursuing an international research agenda:

Professor of Professional Practice, Architecture

Professor Baxi's current work focuses on design, new technologies and global cultural relationships. Recent projects include an audio-visual montage titled Two Cities Three Futures: Architectural Transmittals revisiting CST Station in Mumbai and Ground Zero in New York (ongoing); Triptych-Apps mobile and spatial interfaces for translingual play (ongoing); and Citizenship by Design, a series of exhibitions and workshops on international passports (2010-11).

Professor of Religion

Professor Hawley's research is focused on the religious life of north India and on the literature that it has spawned in the course of the last 500 years. His most recent book—A Storm of Songs:  India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Harvard University Press, 2015)—is devoted to deconstructing and reconstructing one of the principal ways in which Indians have told their religious history. Its focus is bhakti, the religion of song, of radical engagement, and of the heart.

Professor of Political Science

Professor Marten's current research focuses on Russia. She has two major projects underway: a counterfactual analysis of what would have happened if NATO hadn't expanded, and a historical analysis of Soviet intelligence organizations and their foreign policy impact. Her latest book, Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States (Cornell University Press, 2012), traces the development of warlordism and its consequences in the tribal areas of Pakistan, Sunni Arab areas of Iraq, and post-Soviet Georgia and the Republic of Chechnya in Russia.

Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures

Professor McDermott's research focuses on the Hindu-goddess-centered religious traditions of the Bengal region of India. Her forthcoming book, Of Fortunes and Festivals: Money, Power, and the Goddesses of Bengal, focuses on the Durga, Kali, and Jagaddhatra Pujas and the relation between economics, politics, and religion as seen through the lens of these 300-year-old public festivals.

Associate Professor of History 

Professor Rao has research and teaching interests in the history of anti-colonialism; gender and sexuality studies; caste and race; historical anthropology, social theory, and colonial genealogies of human rights and humanitarianism. She is currently working on a book on the political thought of B. R. Ambedkar, as well as a project titled Dalit Bombay, which explores the relationship between caste, political culture, and everyday life in colonial and postcolonial Bombay.

Professor of Art History

Professor Reynolds's research focuses on the history of modern Japanese architecture and Japanese photography. His recently published book, Allegories of Time and Space: Japanese Identity in Photography and Architecture, explores the role of the concept of tradition in the construction of cultural identity in Japanese architecture, photography, and popular culture from the 1940s to the 1990s.

Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Professor Tadiar's research focuses on contemporary Philippine and Filipino cultures and their relation to political and economic change, while addressing broader issues of gender, race, and sexuality in the discourses and material practices of nationalism, transnationalism, and globalization. She is currently working on two book projects: Present Senses: Aesthetics, Affect, Asia in the Global (with Jonathan L. Beller) and Remaindered Life: Becoming Human in a Time of War.

Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Dance

Professor Thomas's teaching at Barnard includes advanced modern-dance technique, introductory ballet technique, contact improvisation, and advanced composition/collaboration and the creative process. Her choreographic works have been performed in Brazil, Estonia, Hong Kong, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Taiwan, and Venezuela, among others, and she is also the director of the Barnard Dance in Paris program.

Student Research

As a result of an international fellowship or scholarship, students have researched in Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.


Additionally, our global Alumnae Network includes graduates in Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.