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Staff & Executive Committee

  • The Light Foundation and Yale University have combined efforts to ensure that students enjoy the best possible service from the moment of application onward.
  • Numerous members of the Yale community comprise the staff and committee that work on the fellowship's behalf.
  • Together, these two teams ensure that students know about and can take thorough advantage of the Light Fellowship's opportunities.
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Robert Clough, Light Fellowship Director
As Director of the Light Fellowship, and in concert both with the on-campus Executive Committee and with the Light Foundation Trustees based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Robert Clough assists in the program's overall development.

Robert worked in Wakayama, Japan for nearly six years and studied in northern China for two before returning to the United States to pursue graduate studies. His academic interests are in historic preservation and community and economic development. As an educator, Robert has guided student groups in Japan, assisted first-year language studies of both Japanese and Chinese, and taught Introduction to Philosophy courses to undergraduates. A lifelong student of the region’s languages and cultures, his experiences in East Asia culminated in his working for the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) to support international exchange, research, and educational outreach about Asia. He has developed, administered and evaluated grant and fellowship programs at various mission-driven organizations, including CGP, Dartmouth College, the Salzburg Seminar, and the Vermont Community Foundation. Robert holds a M.A. in East Asian Studies, and a M.P.A. with a concentration in effective grantmaking and nonprofit management.

Alan Baubonis, Light Fellowship Assistant Director
Alan strives to engage with students, and to share their enthusiasm about going to study language and enrich themselves through cultural immersion abroad.

After graduating from Boston University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese, Alan moved to Qingdao, China. He spent two years there studying Chinese and practicing/researching martial arts. He previously worked in the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, running China-related event programming and serving as Graduate Registrar. He has worked on the Light Fellowship staff since 2010. Alan is also a Yale alumnus, holding an M.A. in East Asian Studies.

Julia Bakes, Light Fellowship Administrative Assistant
Having spent a significant portion of her early life traveling overseas, Julia identifies greatly with the core values of the Light Fellowship’s mission. She is extraordinarily pleased to be able to assist in facilitating such experiences for students with the Fellowships team. Julia is currently studying English with a minor in Anthropology.

Light Fellowship Executive Committee

Jing Tsu, Chair (BIO) - Professor, Chinese Literature & Comparative Literature
Chair, Council on East Asian Studies

Robert Clough - Director
Richard U. Light Fellowship

Jane Edwards - Dean
Center for International and Professional Experience

William Fleming - Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures & Theater Studies
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Edward Kamens - Sumitomo Professor of East Asian Languages & Literatures
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Angela Lee-Smith - Senior Lector, Korean
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Yu-lin Wang Saussy - Senior Lector, Chinese
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Richard Sosa - Program Director
Council on East Asian Studies

Mari Stever- Senior Lector, Japanese
East Asian Languages & Literatures

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Last updated December 8, 2015.

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