Epsilon Alpha Sigma was founded on the Wittenberg campus in the spring of 1983. It is the first honorary in the United States dedicated to the recognition and advancement of excellence in East Asian Studies at the undergraduate level. Membership demands a high degree of academic achievement as well as endorsement by two faculty members who look for candidates to have a record of extra-curricular involvement in EAS activities along with excellence in their classroom work.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, is a cultural anthropologist and an East Asian enthusiast, specializing in medical anthropology and Japanese society. He has published numerous articles and reviews in such scholarly journals as Reviews in Anthropology, Monumenta Nipponica, and the Journal of the Royal Anthropologist Institute. His research interests include the cross-cultural study of alcohol use and abuse, foodways, and alternative medical systems.