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Staff 

Name

Contact
Teresa Toguchi Swartz
Director, Asian American Studies
778 Social Sciences Building 
612-626-1862
tswartz@umn.edu
Saymoukda D. Vongsay
Community Outreach Coordinator
782 Social Sciences Building
612-625-4813
vong0018@umn.edu

Faculty

Name

Contact Specialities
Vichet Chhuon
Associate Professor of Culture and Teaching
College of Education and Human Development
Room 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
Jigna Desai
Associate Professor
Department of Gender, Women, and 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 disaporas, 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
Assistant 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
Bic Ngo
Assistant Professor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
College of Education and Human Development
350A PeikH
612-625-7520
bcngo@umn.edu
Culturally relevant pedagogy, urban and multicultural education, immigrant education
Yuichiro Onishi
Assistant 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
Juliana Hu Pegues
Assistant Professor
Department of American Indian Studies
215 Scott Hall
612-624-8217
pegue002@umn.edu
Asian American studies, native and indigenous studies, American studies, settler colonialism, women of color feminism, queer studies, social history, history of the U.S. west, nineteenth and twentieth century American literature, postcolonial theory, social justice movements, performance, spoken word
Elliott Powell
Assistant 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
Moin Syed
Assistant 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