Faculty & Staff

Core Faculty

Janelle Wong, Ph.D. (janellew@umd.edu)
Director, Asian American Studies Program
Associate Professor, Department of American Studies

Janelle Wong is Director of the Asian American Studies Program. She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University. She is also Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2012, she was at the University of Southern California in the Departments of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity. She also served as Executive Director of the Institute of Public Service at Seattle University (2011-12). Wong is author of Democracy’s Promise: Immigrants and American Civic Institutions (2006, University of Michigan Press) and co-author of two books on Asian American politics. The most recent is Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and their Political Identities (2011, Russell Sage Foundation), based on the first nationally representative survey of Asian Americans’ political attitudes and behavior. This groundbreaking study of Asian Americans was conducted in eight different languages with six different Asian national origin groups. Wong has received research funding from the Russell Sage Foundation, Irvine Foundation, and Carnegie Foundation. She was a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, in 2006-2007.

Wong’s research is on race, immigration, and political mobilization. Her current book project focuses on how growing numbers of Asian American and Latino evangelical Christians will impact the traditional conservative Christian movement and immigrant political participation. The study is based on qualitative interviews, participant observation in Los Angeles and Houston, and analysis of survey data. As a scholar and teacher, Wong has worked closely with social service, labor, civil rights, and media organizations that serve the Asian American population.

Julie Park, Ph.D. (juliepar@umd.edu)
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Dr. Park teaches Introduction to Asian Americans Studies. Prior to joining the Maryland faculty in 2008, she was a research assistant professor in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the associate director of the Population Dynamics Research Group at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. (2003) and M.A. (2001) in Sociology as well as a Master’s in Urban Planning (1998) from the University of Southern California. She received her B.A. in Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Professor Park’s research focuses on the adaptation process of immigrants in the United States, which includes the areas of immigration, demography, race, and urban studies. Her dissertation work focused on the socioeconomic adaptation of Southeast Asian immigrants. More broadly, she examines how various immigrant groups improve their socioeconomic status. In addition, she has constructed an innovative cohort method to assess the intergenerational mobility across immigrant generations. Lastly, Professor Park considers how residential segregation changes in new and established immigrant gateways.
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Adjunct Faculty

Gemirald Daus
Lawrence-Minh Davis
Jude Paul Dizon
Deepa Iyer
Mimi Khúc
Phil Tajitsu Nash
Neha Singhal
Douglas Ishii, Visiting Instructor
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Affiliate Faculty

Feinian Chen, Professor, Sociology
Perla Guerrero, Assistant Professor, American Studies
Derek Iwamoto, Assistant Professor, Psychology
Jason Kuo, Professor, Art History
Seung-Kyung Kim, Professor and Chair, Women’s Studies
Esther Kim Lee, Associate Professor, Theater
Sunmin Lee, Associate Professor, School Public Health
Timothy Ng, Professor Emeritus, Plan Science & Landscape Architecture
Sharada Balachandran Orihuela, Assistant Professor, English
Jan Padios, Assistant Professor, American Studies
Julie J. Park, Assistant Professor, Education
Joann Prosser, Director of Assessment and Research, Residential Life
Jon Sumida, Professor, History
Ashwini Tambe, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies
Colleen Woods, Assistant Professor, History
Willow Lung-Amam, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies and Planning Program

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Program Staff

Grace H. Lee (gleeaast@umd.edu)
Senior Coordinator of Programs 

Grace Lee is the Senior Coordinator of Programs for the Asian American Studies Program and is responsible for managing the daily operations of the office, including supervising staff and students. Grace works closely with the scholarship committee, provides curriculum support, and serves on the AAST Program Advisory Committee. In addition, Grace is the AAST academic advisor. Prior to joining AAST, Grace administered an international educational initiative between the Republic of Korea and the U.S. State Department. She has also worked in South Korea serving as an administrator and teacher at Seoul National University and Hongik University. Grace’s interests include watching foreign films, going hiking, and reading short stories. Grace graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and Urban Studies from New York University, a Masters in Higher Education Administration from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Pennsylvania State University.

Jessica J. Lee (jisun@umd.edu)
Business and Planning Coordinator

Jessica Lee is the Business and Planning Coordinator at the Asian American Studies Program and is responsible for providing fiscal and budgetary management support, event planning, publication design and production, and marketing and recruitment. She is actively engaged with the student body and is currently serving as the advisor of several Asian American-interest student organizations at the university. Jessica’s passions include serving and mentoring the youth in her community, trying all types of ethnic foods, and experimenting with different forms of art and design. She is an alumna of the University of Maryland and graduated with a B.S. in Architecture.

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