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Message From The Director Vivian Louie

Welcome to Asian American Studies at Hunter. I returned to Hunter in August 2018 to serve as director of the undergraduate program, now in its 26th year, and to launch the new Asian American Studies Center, which will feature community- and policy-driven research and enrich student and community engagement.  I am also Professor of Urban Policy & Planning at Hunter.

Asian American Studies at Hunter features an exciting interdisciplinary program with a 12 credit undergraduate minor, public programming and the Mapping Asian American New York seminar series (MAANY). Our website offers more information about our program (courses, undergraduate minor, the college's Asian American student organizations); our public events; the MAANY series, and the Hunter College Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions Program (HCAP), a partner offering academic and other student support services for Asian American and Pacific Islander and other high-need students at Hunter College. All our efforts are designed to serve as a bridge between the Hunter College campus community and the city and nation's rapidly expanding Asian American populations.

I am a native New Yorker and am excited to lead Asian American Studies at Hunter, where I was CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor from 2013-2014 and which was a fieldsite for my doctoral dissertation. I have previously been associate and assistant professor, and postdoctoral fellow in education, as well as lecturer in sociology at Harvard, and a program officer at the William T. Grant Foundation. I have also previously worked as a newspaper journalist, journalism teacher, and youth magazine editor.

My research has focused on understanding the factors that shape success along the educational pipeline among immigrants and the children of immigrants. I have written two books, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans (Stanford University Press) and Keeping the Immigrant Bargain: The Costs and Rewards of Success in America (Russell Sage Foundation), along with numerous scholarly reports, articles, chapters, and entries. I co-edited a third book, Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (University of California Press). 

 

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