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Collins, Lauren Katherine

Teaching Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • My scholarly agenda broadly interrogates the following question: What is the relationship between the United States’ global power status and the practice of global education?


  • Global Asia


courses taught

  • ASIA 1000 - Origins of Contemporary Southeast Asia
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Explores the dynamic present of Southeast Asia in light of its complex past. Introduces the shared historical experiences that have shaped diverse Southeast Asian societies, with a focus on the continuing effects of colonialism, nationalism, and globalization in the region. Examines key issues facing contemporary Southeast Asian communities, including current debates around gender, faith, human rights, democracy, development, etc. Engages with Southeast Asian literature, film, art, journalism, and museum collections from a transdisciplinary perspective. Recommended prerequisite: students may find some prior coursework in history, anthropology, or Asian Studies to be helpful, but this is not required.
  • ASIA 2000 - Gateway to Modern Asia: Exploring Regional Connections
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2022
    Introduces main themes, intellectual approaches used in Asian Studies through a transdisciplinary perspective that focuses on interactions and links between geographic regions and national boundaries. Presents Asia as a concept, a powerful imaginary geography, and historically dynamic construct that has shaped / been shaped by global patterns of economic development, nation building, war and diplomacy, colonialism and aspirations for better lives.
  • ASIA 4200 - Politics of Memory and Heritage in Asia
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Explores the uses of memory and heritage in the present-day politics of Asia. Examines how the past ' historical events, heritage sites, shared memories ' fuels nationalist movements, diplomatic disputes, grassroots activism, nostalgic tourism, and popular media. Delves especially into the legacies of colonialism and conflict in the region, highlighting how communities today seek justice and reconciliation in the wake of historical trauma. Engages with films, graphic novels, public art, photography, museums, monuments, archaeological sites, and more. Recommended prerequisite: Familiarity with Asian history, social science or humanities courses.
  • ASIA 4500 - Urban Asia: Tradition, Modernity, Challenges
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Explores change in urban Asia, the representation of Asian cities, and the challenges of urban life through a transdisciplinary and thematic approach using academic articles, documentaries, and literary materials. The class discusses the role of tradition, concepts of modernity, the impact of tourism, rural to urban migration, poverty, the effects of war, legacies of colonialism, and environmental challenges.
  • ASIA 4830 - Senior Seminar in Asian Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Participates in a discussion seminar on topics in Asian Studies, conducts research and writes a final paper or creates a final project on an approved Asian topic, following guidelines established by the program director. Required for an Asian Studies major but open to non-Asian Study majors.


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