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Vivian Louie, Director

Vivian Louie is Professor of Urban Policy and Planning and Director of the Asian American Studies Center and Program at Hunter College. She was CUNY Thomas Tam Visiting Professor in the department from 2013-2014. Louie has 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. She has also previously worked as a newspaper journalist, journalism teacher, and youth magazine editor.

Louie’s research focuses on what it means to be an American, in public dialogues and policies, civic education, including Ethnic Studies, and the factors that shape success along the educational pipeline among immigrants and the children of immigrants. She is the author or editor of three books, Compelled to Excel: Immigration, Education and Opportunity Among Chinese Americans (Stanford University Press), Keeping the Immigrant Bargain: The Costs and Rewards of Success in America (Russell Sage Foundation), and Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (University of California Press) along with numerous scholarly reports, articles, chapters, and entries. Her research has been featured on NPR, All Things Considered and additional news outlets. She serves on the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Board of Youth Communication, and the Russell Sage Foundation, Advisory Committee for Race, Ethnicity and Immigration. 

Louie earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the Yale University Department of Sociology, M.A. from the Stanford University Department of Communication, and A.B. from Harvard University in History and Literature. She is a native New Yorker.

Email: vl923@hunter.cuny.edu

 

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