Professor and Director

Dr. Steven Heine
Professor of Religious Studies and History
Office: SIPA 504
Phone: 305-348-1788

Undergraduate Director

Dr. Asuka Mashav
Teaching Professor of Japanese Language

Asian Studies Faculty

Asian Studies Staff

  • Dr. Maria Sol Echarren, Program Manager
  • Raul Caner Cruz, Program Assistant
  • Jhonatan Baez, Office Assistant
  • Darius Barnes, Graduate Assistant
  • Madeline Galivan, Graduate Assistant
  • Kosar Hasani, Graduate Assistant
  • Alexandria Preda, Graduate Assistant

For Upper Division advising on:

  • majors and tracks
  • minors and certificates
  • coursework, study abroad, internships
  • graduation certification and career planning

Please request an appointment at or 305-348-1914. Asian Studies majors (excluding 2nd majors, minors, and certificate students) can also reach Claudia Lau, Academic Advisor for SIPA:

For Lower Division Advising, especially:

  • university core curriculum requirements
  • transfer credits

Please contact:

Claudia Lau, Academic Advisor
Asian Studies
Office: SIPA 512
Please email to set up an appointment

(Preferred method of contact is via Dashboard)

For Asian Studies majors only (not including 2nd majors, minors, and certificate students). All other students must contact Asian Studies directly for advising (see above).

Community Organizations

  • Asian-American Advisory Board, Miami-Dade County
  • Charles Wei-hsun Fu Foundation
  • China Latin America Trade Center
  • Chinese Language Teacher's Association of Florida
  • Consulate General of Japan in Miami
  • Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Miami
  • Thai-American Association of South Florida
  • Organization of Chinese Americans, South Florida Chapter
  • Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
  • Norton Museum of Art
  • Southeast U.S. Japan