Research in Asian American Studies
Brown University has a very strong faculty and graduate research in Asian American Studies. Graduate students in various departments such as American Studies, English, History, and Sociology have been conducting research related to the Asian American community. Listed below are our current graduate students/faculty and their respective areas of research.
Jin Suk Bae, American Studies Ph.D. Candidate
Jin Suk Bae has previously worked on a paper titled, "Understanding the Construction of Racial and Ethnic Identities among Korean American Intercountry Adoptees" and is interested in Korean-American relations, GI wives, and Korean American adoptees.
Thomas Chen graduated from Tufts with a B.A. in American Studies and went onto receive his M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University. His dissertation, “Remaking Boston’s Chinatown: Race, Place, and Community in the Postwar Metropolis,” examines the ways in which diverse Bostonians produced and contested the space and place of Boston’s Chinatown from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Amy Jin Johnson, American Studies Ph.D. Candidate
Amy Johnson graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2005 with a B.A. in History and received her M.A. in American Studies from Brown in 2010. She is currently working on her thesis, '"The Coldest Blooded Outrage:' Constructing Race and Space in Late Nineteenth Century Los Angeles." Her interests include Asian American Studies, the American West, U.S. cultural history, and popular culture.
Chung Nguyen, American Studies Ph.D. Candidate
Chung Nguyen has worked on a paper titled, "Vietnam War/American War: Memory and the Construction of History in the U.S. and Vietnam."
Pia Sahni received her B.A. English and Women's Studies from Wesleyan University in 2005. She is interested in Asian American Studies, 20th century American Literature, Postcoloniality, cultural studies, and South Asian diasporic studies.
Having received his B.A. in English and M.A. in English and American Civilization, Brent Fujioka focuses on the topics of Comic Studies, Monsters and Monstrosity, and Game Studies. His dissertation is titled, "Four-Color Creatures: Monstrosity in American Comics Books and Japanese Manga, 1938-Present."
Heather Lee Amst
Jessica Johnson Amst
David Liao English
Patrick Chung History