Mark Bookman (PhD student): Mark received his B.A. from Villanova University in Global Interdisciplinary Studies in 2014 prior to researching Buddhist Philosophy as a Fulbright Fellow in Japan. He received his M.A. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Penn in 2016, where he currently studies the history and politics of disability in Japan as a PhD student. When he is not working on his dissertation, “Politics, Prosthesis, and the Popular Imagination: 100 Years of Disability,” Mark collaborates with local advocacy groups to promote equity and access for as many individuals as possible.

John G. Grisafi (MA student): John is a second-year MA student who submatriculated from the BA program. For his BA, John double-majored in East Asian Languages & Civilizations (EALC) and World History. For his MA, he is majoring in EALC with a concentration in Korean Studies. His research interests include modern Korean history focusing on topics such as religion, ideologies, and social & political movements as well as military history, transnational interactions, and geography. He plans to pursue a PhD in Korean Studies after graduating from Penn. Before coming to Penn, John spent ten years in the U.S. Army as a Korean linguist and analyst. He studied the Korean language at the Defense Language Institute and served two tours of duty in Korea, totaling five years, as well as one tour in the Middle East. It was his military experience which sparked his interest in Korea and started him on a career path focused on East Asia. John also worked as a writer and analyst for NK News, a website focused on North Korea.

Kristina Horn

Ashley Liu (PhD student): Ashley Liu is a Ph.D. student whose research focuses on literary theory, narrative theory, theories of fiction, and the development of fiction in pre-modern China. She also studies pre-modern Chinese and Japanese poetry. She is currently working on a book chapter on factuality in pre-modern China to be published in Handbook of  Narrative Factuality (Walter de Gruyter 2018) alongside leading narratologists. She is the founder of Asia Forum (, an academic forum where users can publish and discuss Asia-related issues.


Dotno D. Pount

Yiwen Qiao

Fangzhou Yuan

More member bios coming soon!

GSRC Board

Chair: John G. Grisafi (outgoing)
Vice Chair: Kristina Horn
Web Manager: Dotno D. Pount
Secretary: Vacant
Logistics Manager: Yiwen Qiao
Treasurer: Vacant

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