Peter Hershock

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Manager, Asian Studies Development Program
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BA, Yale University; MA, PhD, University of Hawaii
Area of Expertise: 

Globalization and Comparative Higher Education; Contemporary Buddhist Thought; Ethics and Social Justice; Cultural Diversity

Peter Hershock is Director of the Asian Studies Development Program (ASDP) and Education Specialist at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai'i.  In his work with ASDP, he designs and directs higher education faculty and institutional development programs that seek to mainstream the study of Asian cultures and societies in the undergraduate classroom.  In connection with his work in the Professional Development Program at the Center, he has collaborated in designing and hosting international education leadership programs and research seminars that critically examine the relationships among higher education, globalization, equity and diversity. Most recently, he has helped launch the Center’s initiative on Humane Artificial Intelligence, with a focus on the societal impacts and ethical issues raised by emerging technologies.  Trained in Asian and comparative philosophy, his research and writing draw on Buddhist conceptual resources to reflect on and address contemporary issues of global concern.

Curriculum Vitae


Buddhism and Intelligent Technology: Toward a More Humane Future, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021.

Human Being or Human Becomings? A Conversation with Confucianism on the Concept of Person, edited Peter D. Hershock and Roger T. Ames, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2021.

Confucianism and Deweyan Pragmatism: Resources for a New Geopolitics of Interdependence, edited Roger T. Ames, Chan Yajun, and Peter D. Hershock. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2021

Philosophies of Place: An Intercultural Conversation, Peter D. Hershock and Roger T. Ames, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2019

“Ethics and the Risks of Intelligent Technology: The Algorithmic Threat to Freedom of Attention,” East-West Center Humane AI Working Paper, No. 3 – October 2020

“Inequality, Social Cohesion and the Post-Pandemic Acceleration of Intelligent Technology,” East-West Center Humane AI Working Paper, No. 1 – June 2020


2023 ASDP 30th National Conference
NEH - Colonial Experiences and Their Legacies in Southeast Asia
Infusing Modern China into the Undergraduate Curriculum