Indiana University Bloomington


Faculty Member Academic Interests
Wu Photo Ellen Wu

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
Bose Photo Purnima Bose

Associate Professor, English
Director, Cultural Studies Program
Literary theory, globalization, and post colonial and comparative ethnic literatures. Her book, Organizing Empire (Duke 2003), examines colonial, Irish and Indian feminist and nationalist constructions of individualism and collective agency. Her articles on South Asian feminism and the diaspora, nationalism, and globalization have appeared in Genders, Passages, Concerns, GLOBAL SOUTH, and Haunting Violations. Her co-authored essays with Laura E. Lyons on colonial personnel circuits and corporate globalization have appeared in boundary 2 and Against the Current. She serves on the editorial board of Genders, SAMAR (South Asian Magazine for Action and Reflection), and SAGAR (South Asia Graduate Research Journal).
Cara Caddoo Cara Caddoo

Assistant Professor, American Studies
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,
Communication and Culture
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,
American Studies and English
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:
Hendershott photo Nate Hendershott

Asian American Studies
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Inouye Photo Karen Inouye

Assistant Professor,
American Studies
In my courses, I ask students to think about the tensions between civil liberties and national security during times of crisis and the experience of Asian Americans during these periods. I also teach courses on the history of race and labor in the U.S. with a focus on comparative ethnic histories. My own research interests include Asian Americans and Social Scientific Practice, Comparative Asian American Experience, Asian Americans and Temporality, History of Trauma, and Internment of Japanese Americans.
Lee Photo Jennifer C. Lee

Associate Professor,
Sociology of education, work and labor market stratification, and Asian American communities. Jennifer has recently published research on high school employment and dropout, and her current research investigates Asian employment in ethnic economies in the United States. In other research, she examines high school employment patterns and educational attainments of children of immigrants.
Linton Photo Stephanie Li

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.
Robinson Photo Michael Robinson

Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Adjunct Professor, History
My research is focused on modern Korea in the early to mid-20th century. I have a particular interest in the period of colonial rule between 1910-1945. My early work was in the field of intellectual and political history of the Korean nationalist movement in the 1920s. Since the late 1980s, I have shifted towards an examination of the cultural history of Korea during the period of Japanese rule, and toward a more general study of the links between popular culture, group identity, and political elites. I am currently writing a monograph on the origins, evolution, and significance of broadcasting during the colonial period. My teaching draws from my general background as a Koreanist trained in the modern history of the East Asian region. I offer courses on Korean civilization, modern Korean history, the history of Asian immigration to the U.S., cultural identity and nationalism in East Asia, and East Asian popular culture. I also work with graduate students in Japanese and Chinese history, literature, and culture as well as students from Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Anthropology.
Upadhyay Photo Samrat Upadhyay

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.