Staff and Faculty

Staff 

Name

Contact

Richard Lee
Director, Asian American Studies
Professor
Department of Psychology

N218 Elliot Hall

 

CLA Core Faculty

Name

Contact Specialties
Jigna Desai
Professor
Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
425 Ford Hall
612-624-0363
desai003@umn.edu
Asian American literature and media, feminist theory, postcolonial studies, queer/sexuality studies, South Asian diasporas, critical disability studies, autism, neuronormativity
Kale B Fajardo
Associate Professor
Department of American Studies
104 Scott Hall
612-626-7646
kfajardo@umn.edu
Philippine studies, Filipino/a American studies, Asian/Asian American studies, American studies, masculinity studies, gender studies, feminist studies, queer studies, migration/immigration/transnationalism/ diasporas/globalization, maritime studies, Pacific World, port cities
Karen Ho
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center
karenho@umn.edu
Cultural studies of finance capital; finance, globalization, and capitalism; ethnography; feminist studies; political economy; United States; comparative race and ethnicity
Erika Lee
Professor
Department of History
Director of Immigration History Research Center
Andersen Library Suite 311
612-625-5573
erikalee@umn.edu
Migration, race, and ethnicity; Asian Americans; 20th-century United States; law and public policy
Josephine Lee
Professor
Department of English, Department of American Studies
310D Lind Hall
612-625-9510
jolee@umn.edu
Dramatic literature, theater history, performance studies
Asian American studies
Mai Na Lee
Associate Professor
Department of History
937 Heller Hall
612-625-6124
mainalee@umn.edu
Southeast Asia, highland Southeast Asian studies, Southeast Asian American/Hmong communities
Richard Lee
Professor
Department of Psychology
N563 Elliott Hall
612-625-6357
richlee@umn.edu
Counseling psychology, prevention science, ethnic minority mental health, international adoption, individual differences, Asian American studies
Martin F. Manalansan
Professor
Department of American Studies
72 Pleasant St SE Rm 104
612-624-4190
manal016@umn.edu
Sexuality and gender, race and ethnicity, immigration and globalization, cities and modernity, affect, senses and embodiment, food and culture, science and technology studies, critical theory, Filipino global diaspora, Asian Americans, Southeast Asia, Philippines
Yuichiro Onishi
Associate Professor
Department of African American & African Studies
808 Social Sciences
612-624-9847
ohni0001@umn.edu
Black radicalism and internationalism, African American history, transnational American studies, critical race studies, Asian American studies
Elliott Powell
Associate Professor
Department of American Studies
104 Scott Hall
ehpowell@umn.edu
American popular music and culture, critical race theory and comparative ethnic studies, feminist and queer studies, African American and Asian American studies, music and politics, music and globalization, jazz, hip hop, sound studies

Kari Smalkoski  Assistant Professor Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

414 Ford Hall  smal0009@umn.edu

Masculinity, gender and identity, education and political economy, LGBTQ youth as well as youth sports and social capital. 
Moin Syed
Professor
Department of Psychology
N567 Elliott Hall
612-625-9501
moin@umn.edu
Identity development among culturally and ethnically diverse youth, intersections among multiple identities, educational and career pathways, narrative psychology
Teresa Toguchi Swartz
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
933 Social Sciences Building
612-626-1862
tswartz@umn.edu
Families; intergenerational relations; social inequality; Asian American studies; gender; welfare state; children, youth, and young adulthood

Affiliate Faculty

Name Contact Specialties
Vichet Chhuon
Associate Professor of Culture and Teaching
College of Education & Human Development
359 Peik Hall
612-625-4331
vichet@umn.edu
Motivation, urban education, racial and ethnic identities, adolescent development, school connectedness, immigrant youth, Asian American studies
Bic Ngo
Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
350A Peik Hall
612-625-7520
bcngo@umn.edu
Culturally relevant pedagogy, urban and multicultural education, immigrant education