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Light Fellowship Staff

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.

Robert A. 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 an M.A. in East Asian Studies and a Masters of Public Administration.

Ming-Yee Lin, Light Fellowship Assistant Director

Ming-Yee graduated from Yale College in 2010. A former Light fellow and avid language learner, Ming-Yee dedicated three summers and a fall semester during college to studying abroad in China and Japan. She is looking forward to sharing her life-changing experiences as a former Light Fellow with students exploring opportunities to study language in East Asia. After practicing real estate law in Los Angeles for three years, Ming-Yee returned to New Haven to serve as a Global Scholars Fellow at the Yale Young Global Scholars Program, where she helped to develop and administer sessions on campus and in Beijing. Ming-Yee holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. 


Light Fellowship Executive Committee

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

Robert A. Clough - Director
Richard U. Light Fellowship

Jane Edwards - Senior Associate Dean
Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)

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

Ninghui Liang - Senior Lector, Chinese
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Pauline Lin - Senior Lecturer, Chinese; Director of Undergraduate Studies
East Asian Languages and Literatures

Yoshiko Maruyama - Senior Lector, Japanese
East Asian Languages & Literatures

Richard Sosa - Program Director
Council on East Asian Studies

Rebekah Westphal - Director of Fellowship Programs
Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)

Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl - Director
Center for Language Study

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The Light Fellowship office is located at:

55 Whitney Avenue, 3rd Floor
New Haven, CT 06510