Constance Chen, Director 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 T. Rooks, Assistant Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies and Associate Dean of BCLA
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.
Jennifer Abe, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. 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
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
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.
Maria Valenzuela, Lecturer, Asian Pacific American Studies
Dr. Valenzuela received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Notre Dame and her BA in Comparative Literature from UCLA.
Cam Vu, Lecturer, Asian Pacific American Studies
Dr. Cam Vu received her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from USC in May 2010. Her dissertation "Regarding Vietnam: Affects in Vietnamese and Vietnamese Diasporic Literature and Film" places special emphasis on the study of emotion and affects in the post-1975 war era. She has traveled extensively in Vietnam and her current research project traces the ways Vietnamese diasporic subjects have composed selfhood out of the language of emotion and affects.