Full-Time Faculty

Constance Chen, Director of Asian Pacific American Studies and Associate Professor of History
Dr. Constance Chen received her Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Exploring the development of Asian Pacific histories and cultures within a transnational context, her research interests include comparative racial and gender discourses, museums and art collecting, and the politics of visual culture. Dr. Chen's work has appeared in the Journal of Asian American Studies, Amerasia Journal, the Journal of American Studies as well as other journals and anthologies. One of her current projects examines the ways in which cross-cultural encounters shaped the development of ethnic-racial identities in nineteenth- and twentieth-century China, Japan, and the United States. 

Edward Park, Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies
Dr. Edward Park received his Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies with a disciplinary concentration in Sociology (1993) and a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning (1998), both at the University of California, Berkeley. His research topics include immigration policy, race relations, urban studies, and economic sociology. His most recent publications include "Probationary Americans: Contemporary Immigration Policies and the Shaping of Asian American Communities" ( New York: Routledge, 2005 with John S.W. Park) and “Labor Organizing Beyond Race and Nation: The Los Angeles Hilton Case” (International Journal of Sociology and Social Research, 2004). From September 2005 to July 2006, Professor Park was at the University of Tokyo and the Japan Women's University on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Curtiss Takada Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies 
Dr. Rooks earned his B.A. in 1979 with a double major in Economics and Asian Studies (honors) from Dartmouth College. He received his M.A. in Public Policy from Trinity College in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Comparative Culture from the University of California, Irvine.  In 1996, he was a University of California Regents Fellow.  Prior to his appointment at LMU, Dr. Rooks was a tenured assistant professor in Asian American Studies at San Jose State University.   His research interests include applied community-based research focusing on cultural competency in community health and ethnic community development.  Current projects include a cultural assessment of Japanese and African American senior care-giving needs and community partnerships in chronic disease needs assessment in the Samoan community. A second research trajectory focuses on Asian American multiracial identity and diversity. 


Extended Faculty


Jennifer Abe, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology 
Dr. Jennifer Abe joined the Psychology Department in 1994. She is affiliated with the National Research Center on Asian American Mental Health (NRCAAMH) at UC Davis. Dr. Abe conducts research related to cultural competence in mental health service delivery, and to religiosity, spirituality, culture, and help seeking. She has twin daughters, Jessica and Samantha, and twin sons, Adam and Bennett. 

Stuart Ching, Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Stuart Ching teaches courses in composition and rhetoric, children’s literature, and Asian Pacific American literature. His research has appeared in journals such as The New Advocate and Writing on the Edge and his published fiction in the North Dakota Quarterly and Hawaii Review among others. His current research focuses on cross-cultural issues in children's literature. He is completing a collection of short stories.

Nadia Kim, Associate Professor, Sociology Department
Dr. Nadia Young-na Kim received her doctorate at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She publishes in the areas of race/ethnicity, gender and immigration with attention to Asians and Asian Americans within global and transitional contexts. Her book, Imperial Citizens:Koreans and Race from Seoul to L.A., was published by Stanford University Press in 2008. Her research has also appeared in the academic journals Critical Sociology, Social Problems, Amerasia Journal and the Du Bois Review. Her current projects investigate second-generation ethnics as well as immigrant social movements around environmental justice in the United States. She has won paper awards and been an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow.

Stella Oh, Associate Professor, Department of Women's Studies

Dr. Stella Oh completed her Ph.D. in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine with an emphasis in Women's Studies and Critical Theory. Dr. Oh teaches Asian Pacific Women’s Experience, Feminist Theories, Feminist Research Methods, and Women of Color in the U.S. Her research has appeared in numerous journals  and her essay Rhetoric of the Image and the Construction of the National Body Politic: Miné Okubo's “Citizen 13660” is forthcoming in Following Her Own Road: The Life and Legacy of Miné Okubo published by University of Washington Press. Dr. Oh is currently working on her book manuscript which explores racial and gender formations of Asian Americans during the Cold War.

Father Paul H. Vu, S.J., Assistant Dean of Students, Student Affairs 
Father Paul H. Vu, S.J. earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas-Austin and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on acculturation and men’s issues.  He completed his doctoral internship at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a week later entered the Jesuit novitiate in St. Paul, Minnesota in August of 2000.  Father Vu completed his philosophy studies at St. Louis University and worked and taught at Regis University in Denver for three years prior to receiving his Masters in Divinity (M.Div.) and Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 2011 and 2012, respectively.  He was ordained as a priest in June 2011 and is currently the Assistant Dean of Students.  He has also been on the Board of Trustees at Rockhurst University since 2007 and is currently chairing the Student Affairs Committee.


Part-Time Faculty

Florante Ibanez 


Dahlia Setiyawan, Lecturer, Asian Pacific American Studies

Dr. Dahlia Gratia Setiyawan received her Ph.D. in History and a certificate in Asian American Studies from UCLA. She was awarded a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. A specialist in the transnational and political history of modern Southeast Asia, her research interests include U.S.-Indonesia relations and Southeast Asian emigrants. Her essay on Indonesian migration narratives appears in a recent edited volume on Southeast Asian diaspora in the United States. Dr. Setiyawan is presently working on transforming her dissertation into a book manuscript on U.S. foreign policy, street politics, and political violence in Indonesia during the Cold War.