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. She previously was a member of the faculty leadership team for the grant project, MN Transform, awarded in 2021 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Just Futures Initiative. This $5 million dollar higher education initiative is the largest grant the University of Minnesota has received from the Mellon Foundation. You can read Dr. Smalkoski's most recent publication in American Quarterly, De-exceptionalizing Sunisa Lee: Uneven Gymnastics and a Hmong American State-less Critique. 

Professor Smalkoski is on leave and will return spring semester, 2025.