Dr. Kari Smalkoski is an assistant professor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Asian American Studies. Her current book project, American Dream Disrupted: Reframing Narratives on Asian American youth, gender, and inequality in schools, is a multi-sited ethnography that examines the impact of gender, race, and sports on Hmong American youth. She is co-founder (with Dr. Jigna Desai) and director of Minnesota Youth Story Squad, a community engaged, K-12 university partnership. She is currently principal investigator and co-principal investigator on local, national, and federal grants including MN Transform, a $5 million higher education initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that engages racial justice work through the public humanities at the University of Minnesota and across the state of Minnesota.

Read Professor Smalkoski's most recent publication in American Quarterly, De-exceptionalizing Sunisa Lee: Uneven Gymnastics and a Hmong American State-less Critique.