American Studies Faculty
Jinqi Ling, Ph.D., Chair
Bascara, Ph.D., Vice-Chair,
Undergraduate and Graduate Faculty Adviser
(Ph.D., UC Berkeley,
Asian American literature, comparative ethnic literature, Renaissance
British literature, Comparative Heroic Traditions.
C. Cindy Fan (Ph.D., Ohio State
Population geography, regional development, migration, ethnicity,
post-Mao China, quantitative methods, and spatial modeling.
Lane Ryo Hirabayashi (Ph.D., UC
Berkeley, 1981) (Website)
George and Sakaye Aratani Professor of Japanese Internment, Redress,
Japanese Americans, Asian Americans; ethnicity and race in the
Americas; ethnography; practice theory.
Kagawa-Singer (Ph.D., UCLA, 1988)
Sociocultural aspects of health; cancer and chronic diseases;
developing cultural competence in health practice; qualitative research
Asian American History, U.S. 20th Century, women's history, and oral
(M.F.A., UCLA, 1975)
Endowed Chair in Japanese American Studies
Asian Pacific American film, video, and multimedia projects, the
Japanese experience in America, visual life histories of the
second-generation Nisei, digital and multi-media technologies.
Don T. Nakanishi (Ph.D., Harvard
University, 1978), Professor Emeritus
Issues of access, representation, and influence of Asian Pacific
Americans and other communities of color in relation to major American
political, educational, and social institutions; international
dimensions of race relations; and Asian Pacific American public policy
Paul Ong (Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1983)
Race, ethnicity and environmentalism; social inequality; urban labor
markets; immigrants in the urban economy; welfare and work; geographic
information systems and transportation planning.
David K. Yoo (Ph.D., Yale
Director, Asian American Studies Center
Asian American history, United States history, religion and Asian
Min Zhou (Ph.D., State University
of New York at Albany, 1989)
Immigration and immigrant adaptation, immigrant children,
race/ethnicity, ethnic economies, the community, and urban sociology.
(Ph.D., Columbia University, 2000) Cultures of United States
imperialism, critical race theory, Asian American and U.S. ethnic
literatures, gender and sexuality.
Hong (Ph.D., UC San
American literature and history, women of color literature and theory,
20th century American literature, women and work, and feminist theory.
Jinqi Ling (Ph.D., Washington State
Asian American literature, new historicist approach to literature,
cultural theory, and transnational issues.
(M.F.A., University of
Creative writing and Asian American literature.
Purnima Mankekar (Ph.D.,
of Washington, 1993)
Studies, Women’s Studies, media/television, nationalism, and
(Ph.D., UC Irvine,
Vietnamese Diaspora, Vietnamese labor, globalization, governmentality,
class, and gender. Ethnic subjectivity in policies, consumption,
literary and cultural practices.
Kyeyoung Park (Ph.D.,
City University of New York, 1990)
Urban anthropology, cultural change, social inequality, migration,
theory, Korean/Asian Americans.
Mae San Pablo Burns (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts,
Asian American/Filipino Studies, Feminist Performance studies,
community-based theater/cultural projects.
Keith Lujan Camacho (Ph.D.,
University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2005)
Pacific Islander Studies, colonialism, decolonization, militarism,
migration, and tourism.
Russell Leong (M.F.A., UCLA, 1990)
Adjunct Professor, English; Editor, Amerasia
Creative writing, poetry, Asian American literature.
Tritia Toyota (Ph.D., UCLA, 2004)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Political participation, contemporary Chinese migration, transnational
Asian American communities, race theory, social movements.
Mitchell Chang (Ph.D.,
initiatives on college campuses, race in higher education.
Gilbert Gee (Ph.D., John Hopkins
Community Health Sciences
and other forms of structural oppression (e.g., ageism, classism);
racial and ethic disparities; stressors at the individual and community
level; and environmental justice.
Jerry Kang (J.D., Harvard Law
procedure, critical race studies, race relations, hate crimes,
Affirmative Action, and cyberspace/communications.
Lal (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1992)
Indian History, comparative colonial history, postcolonial theory,
sexuality in India, politics of culture and knowledge systems, popular Hindi
Anna Lau (Ph.D., UCLA, 2000)
(Ph.D., UC Berkeley, 1989)
Associate Professor, Psychology
Health care, culture and child psychopathology, and parent-child
Associate Professor, Social Welfare
welfare policy, program evaluation, and gerontology.
Vinit Mukhija (Ph.D.,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Associate Professor, Urban Planning
and land development; urban and neighborhood revitalization;
development strategies for low income communities; physical planning
and urban design; property rights and social relations and planning
(Ph.D., UCLA, 1992)
Professor, Asian Languages and Comparative Literature
Twentieth century literature and cinema from
China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Asian America, feminism,
comparative minority discourse, and inter-Asia cultural studies.
Takahashi (Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1992)
Professor, Urban Planning
service delivery focusing on HIV/AIDS and homelessness; NIMBY/community
opposition toward human service facilities; social capital and health;
social capital and environmental management in Southeast Asian cities.