Faculty Member Academic Interests
Wu Photo Ellen Wu

Director, Asian American Studies,
Associate Professor,
The questions that I explore in my work deal with issues of race, immigration, citizenship, and nation through the lens of Asian American history. My book, The Origins of the Model Minority: Racial Liberalism, Global Wars, and Color of Success (November 2013, Princeton University Press) is the first to tell the history of invention of the "model minority" stereotype from the 1940s-1970s. Looking ahead, my next project will consider the ways in which Asian Americans have fit into and re-shaped the nation's racial order in the late 20th century and into the 21st.
Ashutosh Photo Ishan Ashutosh

Assistant Professor, Geography
South Asia, Transnational migration, Diaspora, Urban Geography, Political Geography, Pan-ethnicity, Immigration Policy, Postcolonial Studies
Cara Caddoo Cara Caddoo

Assistant Professor, History and Media School
My research examines popular culture, print and visual media, religion, and historical intersections of race, gender, and ethnicity. I am interested in nineteenth and twentieth century social, political, and institutional formations organized around the idea of blackness or being "colored," and how African Americans and Asian Americans contributed to these developments.
Gershon Photo Ilana Gershon

Associate Professor,
My previous research has compared Samoan migrant experiences in New Zealand and the United States, focusing in particular on the contrasts between how governments and migrants understand what it means to have a culture. I have two current research projects. In my long-term research project, I look at Maori members of the New Zealand parliament, exploring how indigenous self-representation in the national legislature has contributed to the current Maori Renaissance. In my short-term project, I am studying how people end relationships using new forms of communication. By studying breaking up, I hope to gain an understanding of when and how people experience new media as "new".
Halloran Photo Vivian Halloran

Associate Professor,
English and American Studies
My research and teaching interests include ethnic American literature in a comparative context, food studies, postmodernism, popular culture, museum studies and the intersection between race, gender and performance. I am currently at work on a book length project investigating how immigrants to the United States use the genre of the culinary memoir or memoir with recipes to both dissect and perform various cultural identities simultaneously. I am interested in analyzing how these popular texts serve as platforms for the writers to simultaneously perform their exotic Otherness by sharing intimate details of their upbringing as well as expand the racial, ethnic, and class assumptions about what it means to be an American by sharing recipes for the food they enjoy eating and preparing. This project includes in-depth analysis of memoirs by Chinese Americans, Indian Americans, Japanese Americans, Korean Americans and Vietnamese American writers. Examples of my work on Literary Food Studies may be found in my blog:
Inouye Photo Karen Inouye

Assistant Professor,
American Studies
Having earned a doctorate in American Studies from Brown University with a focus on Asian American and African American history and literature, I am interested in the afterlife of social injustices and the potential for empathetic agency. I trace the relationship among these concepts in my book, The Long Afterlife of Nikkei Wartime Incarceration (Stanford University Press, 2016). I have also published essays in American Quarterly, Journal of Ethnic History, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Journal for the History of the Behavioral Sciences. My next book project concerns Vietnamese Americans, affordable housing and cross-racial alliances.
Inouye Photo Lisa Kwong

Adjunct Lecturer,
Lisa Kwong is currently an Adjunct Lecturer for the Department of English and Asian American Studies Program at IU. Born and raised in Radford, Virginia, Kwong is an AppalAsian poet in the Midwest. She earned her MFA in Poetry from IU. Kwong was inspired to claim the AppalAsian identity after learning that poet Frank X Walker had coined the term Affrilachian. Her creative work explores the AppalAsian identity, gender and self-image, family history, and contains references to popular music, particularly 1990s R&B. She has lectured about writing as an AppalAsian in IU undergraduate courses in Asian American Studies and Anthropology, as well as at IU's Annual International Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference, the Indiana Asian American Conference (IAAC), and the IU Asian Culture Center. She has been interviewed about her AppalAsian experiences for the radio program Asians in Appalachia Series for Voice of America, English to Asia Programs. Kwong's poem, "An AppalAsian Finds Home in Bloomington, Indiana," was selected by Dorianne Laux for inclusion in Best New Poets 2014. Her poems and personal essays have appeared in Naugatuck River Review, Rebelle Society, Banango Street, Appalachian Heritage, Pluck!, and other journals. Her honors include two Frost Place scholarships, the Neal-Marshall Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing, Guy Lemmon Award in Public Writing, and the inaugural Asian Pacific American Inspiration Award at Indiana University. Her research interests in Asian American Studies include media representation, gender representation, obscurer Asian American experiences (e.g., AppalAsian, Asians in the US South, Indiana, and Montana), and the themes and forms of historical and contemporary Asian American poetry and prose.
Lee Photo Jennifer C. Lee

Associate Professor,
Jennifer C. Lee is an Associate Professor in Sociology and Acting Director of Asian American Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Her research and teaching interests lie in the areas of Sociology of Education, Immigration, and Asian American Studies. With grants and fellowships from the national Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association, Jennifer's research examines how the educational and occupational experiences of Asian and Latino children of immigrants are influenced by co-ethnic communities and bilingual proficiency. In other research, Jennifer has examined Asian immigrants' employment in ethnic economies, as well as racial attitudes towards Asian Americans.
Linton Photo Stephanie Li

Professor, English
My research is united by a commitment to bridging the divide between political rhetoric and literary narratives. Whether analyzing diffrering conceptions of freedom in 19th-century slave narratives or parsing the racial subtext of contemporary political rhetoric, I emphasize how personal and social resistance is vital to African American discourse. My extensive writing on Toni Morrison, including a short biography published in 2009, has also been foundational to elucidating the contradictions and doubled aims of American racial representation.
Linton Photo Joan Pong Linton

Associate Professor,
I am generally interested in the diverse ways literary and cultural productions relate to history and theory. I have written on gender and the literary formations of English colonialism, the romance, early modern women writers. My current research on trickster agency and trickster poetics in early modern England feeds my passion for narrative, storytelling, and the figural politics of theater. And I'm still working my way back to the trickster that launched my critical imagination, the Chinese Monkey in its diasporic transmissions.
Upadhyay Photo Samrat Upadhyay

Professor, English
Samrat Upadhyay is the first Nepali-born fiction writer writing in English to be published in the West, and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. His first book, the short story collection, Arresting God in Kathmandu (2001) has been translated into French and Greek. His stories have been read live on National Public Radio and published widely as well as in Scribner's Best of the Writing Workshops edited by Sherman Alexie, and Best American Short Stories edited by Amy Tan. Upadhyay's second book, the novel, The Guru of Love (2004), was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year 2003, and a finalist for the 2004 Kiriyama Prize. His recent story collection, The Royal Ghosts (2006), won the 2007 Asian American Literary Award and the Society of Midland Authors Award in fiction. It was also a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award. The Los Angeles Times marks him as "among the smoothest and most noiseless of contemporary writers."
Wong Photo Y. Joel Wong

Associate Professor,
School of Education, Counseling and Educational Psychology
I teach counseling theories, counseling skills, and multicultural counseling in the Counseling and Counseling Psychology programs at IU. One of my main research interests is the psychology of Asian Americans. My previous and current research projects have focused on Asian American mental health issues. For example, I am currently working on a study examining factors associated with Asian Americans' suicide ideation. I also have an interest in Asian American adolescent outcomes.