Columbia University

Gary Okihiro started the AAS program in Fall 1999. In 2000, the program was incorporated into Columbia’s Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity (CSRE). From 2000 to 2010, Asian American Studies existed as a major and a minor. The last graduate was in 2012. Now CRSE only offers a major in Ethnicity and Race Studies. Columbia also offers “East Asian Studies” and “Middle East, South Asian, and African Studies” as official majors.

Columbia’s Asian American Alliance have a post on their website, pushing for the re-establishment of Asian American Studies at Columbia. The website states, “Asian American Alliance Political Committee fights for the resources necessary to maintain a truly sustainable Asian American Studies program at Columbia University.” The current administration status is unclear.

Columbia offers limited coursework within the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, such as Asian Americans and the Psychology of Race, Latino and Asian Memoir, Asian American Cinema, Introduction of Asian American Studies, and Asian American Genders/Sexualities

Gary Okihiro, International and Public Affairs 
Eric Gamalinda, Center for Study of Race and Ethnicity 
Shinhee Han, Psychotherapist, Psychology 
Nathalie Handal, Arab Poet, Playwright 
Sel J Hwahng, Public Health, Researcher LGBTQ Related Issues 

For more information, visit the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at