Executive Committee

Leslie Bow

Position title: Professor, English and Asian American Studies

Email: lbow@wisc.edu

Address:
7179 Helen C White Hall, 600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706

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Leslie Bow is fourth-generation Chinese American hailing from the Bay Area. She is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of English and Asian American Studies and Dorothy Draheim Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of the award-winning, ‘Partly Colored’: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South (New York University Press, 2010); and Betrayal and Other Acts of Subversion: Feminism, Sexual Politics, Asian American Women’s Literature (Princeton University Press, 2001). She edited the four-volume Asian American Feminisms (Routledge, 2012); a reissue of Fiona Cheong’s novel The Scent of the Gods (Illinois University Press, 2010); and is co-editor (with Russ Castronovo) of the forthcoming anthology The Oxford Handbook of Twentieth-Century American Literature (Oxford University Press, 2022). Her new book, Racist Love: Asian Abstraction and the Pleasures of Fantasy, is out with Duke University Press.

Cindy I-Fen Cheng

Position title: Professor, History and Asian American Studies

Email: cicheng@wisc.edu

Address:
5106 Mosse Humanities, 455 Park Street, Madison, WI 53706

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Cindy I-Fen Cheng is a historian by training with an emphasis in feminist studies and critical theory. After taking her first Asian American Studies course as an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, she was hooked. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Irvine, hoping that one day she could share with others just how transformative it was for her to see herself represented in U.S. history and culture. She dedicated her first book to exploring how Asian Americans shaped U.S. Cold War culture and in particular, the credibility of our nation’s democracy. Citizens of Asian America: Democracy and Race during the Cold War (New York University Press, 2013) won the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association’s Award for Literature in Adult Non-Fiction. She followed this book by editing The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies (Routledge, 2016). She has also published numerous articles that have appeared in the American Quarterly, Journal of Asian American Studies, and other academic journals and anthologies. Currently, she is working on a book length study on race, immigration, urban poverty, and the growth of California’s skid rows.

Peggy Choy

Position title: Associate Professor, Dance and Asian American Studies

Email: pachoy@wisc.edu

Address:
125 Lathrop Hall, 1050 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706

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Peggy Myo-Young Choy (M.F.A., 2006) is Associate Professor of Dance and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Specializing in Asian dance (Korean and Javanese forms), Asian martial and vital energy arts, she teaches her contemporary Dance Noetics that encompasses Asian/Asian American dance, martial arts and vital energy thought, practice, and explorations into Afro-Asian fusion. Her courses include Asian American Movement, Afro-Asian Fusion, Taijiquan, and Javanese dance. She is a choreographer and dancer, and the artistic director of Peggy Choy Dance (2010), a New York-based dance company, and President of The Ki Project, Inc., a non-profit organization that committed to performance and creative thinking for future generations.

LiLi Johnson

Position title: Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies

Email: lili.johnson@wisc.edu

Address:
3434 Sterling Hall
475 N Charter St
Madison, WI 53706

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LiLi Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies. Her research focuses on Asian American racial formation and multiculturalism, family and kinship, and cultural studies of science. She is currently working on a book project titled Technologies of Family: Asian American Racialization and the Making of Kinship. Her writing has been published, or is forthcoming, in journals including American Quarterly, Photography & Culture, Trans-Asia Photography Review, and, Adoption & Culture.

Lori Kido Lopez

Position title: Director, Asian American Studies; Professor, Communication Arts

Email: lklopez@wisc.edu

Address:
6134 Vilas Communication Hall, 821 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706

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Lori Kido Lopez is Professor in Media and Cultural Studies and Director of the Asian American Studies Program. Her research examines the way that minority groups such as women, racial minorities, and queer communities use media in the fight for social justice. She is interested in struggles to improve the representation of disenfranchised groups within mainstream media, as well as the different ways that grassroots/activist media, digital media, and consumer culture all can play a role in transforming identities and communities. Her book Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship (2016, NYU Press) examines the efforts of Asian Americans to impact the way that their community has been represented. Using ethnography, interviews, and archival research, it examines the work of traditional activists who have worked since the 1960s to protest and reform imagery, but also contextualizes the kinds of media activism undertaken by advertising agencies, fans, YouTube artists, and bloggers. She is dedicated to the blending of scholarship and activism, and highly value collaborations between community organizations and academics. Her newest research examines Hmong Americans and the culturally specific ways that they are participating in the production and consumption of digital media, particularly considering the gendered dimensions of Hmong media cultures.

Stacey Lee

Position title: Professor, Educational Policy Studies, School of Education

Email: slee@education.wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 262-6846, (608) 265-5956

Address:
209 Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall, Madison, WI 53706

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Stacey J. Lee is Professor in Educational Policy Studies and a faculty affiliate in Asian American Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, M.A. in Political Science from New York University and A.B. in Political Science from Vassar College. Her research focuses on the role of education in the incorporation of immigrants into the US. She is the author of Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth and Up Against Whiteness: Race, school and immigrant youth.

James McMaster

Position title: Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies

Email: jmcmaster@wisc.edu

Address:
3418 Sterling Hall, 475 N Charter St
Madison, WI 53706

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James McMaster is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies and Affiliate Faculty Member of the Interdisciplinary Theater Studies Program. He is currently working on a book project that puts the discourse of care theory into conversation with queer, feminist, and Asian Americanist critique and cultural production. His writing has appeared, or will soon, in the Journal of Asian American StudiesAmerican QuarterlyTDR/The Drama Review, and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory where he is also the co-editor of a special issue titled The Between: Couple Forms, Performing Together with Olivia Michiko Gagnon. He completed his Ph.D. in the department of Performance Studies at NYU.

Morris Young

Position title: Professor, English

Email: msyoung4@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 263-3367

Address:
6187c White Hall, Helen C, 600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706

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Morris Young is Director of English 100, Professor of English, and faculty affiliate in Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  His research and teaching focus on the relationship between writing and identity, the intersections of literacy and rhetorical studies, and Asian American literature and culture. Morris’s current research interests take up rhetorical space as both metaphor and material and how this shapes rhetorical activity in response to exigencies of exclusion, marginalization, and containment. His book, Minor Re/Visions: Asian American Literacy Narratives as a Rhetoric of Citizenship (2004) received the 2004 W. Ross Winterowd Award and the 2006 CCCC Outstanding Book Award. His co-edited collection (with LuMing Mao), Representations: Doing Asian American Rhetoric(2008), received honorable mention for the 2009 MLA Mina P. Shaughnessy Award.

Timothy Yu

Position title: Professor, English and Asian American Studies

Email: tpyu@wisc.edu

Address:
7137 White Hall, Helen C, 600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706

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Timothy Yu is Professor of English and Asian American Studies. He is the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry Since 1965 (Stanford University Press), which won the Book Award in Literary Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies, and the editor of Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets (Kelsey Street Press).  He is also the author of a poetry collection, 100 Chinese Silences, the editors’ selection in the NOS Book Contest from Les Figues Press.