A/P/A Institute Announces Leadership Transition: Jack Tchen to Leave NYU After Twenty-Two Years of Service

“It has been my privilege to work with such a great range of students, staff, and faculty at NYU. Together we’ve been envisioning what a future with greater global social justice, ‘learning by doing,’ and collaborative, liberatory education can mean. At Rutgers-Newark, I’ll be starting a dream job building what a public, engaged research university of the 21st century will be about. Stay in touch!” Jack Tchen

At the end of the Spring 2018 semester, after twenty-two years, Jack Tchen, Associate Professor in the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, will be stepping down from his role as Founding Director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU.

We are grateful for Jack’s vision and leadership, and wish him all the best in his new position as the Inaugural Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities and Director of the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University, Newark.

Please see the full message from NYU’s Provost, Katherine Fleming, below.

Message from the Provost

I write to advise you that Jack Tchen, Associate Professor in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, will be stepping down from his role as Founding Director of the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute at NYU.

As a champion of public history and archives building and a teacher and scholar of great interdisciplinary range and depth, Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen has helped strengthen areas of significant research, teaching, and activism at New York University. Over the past twenty-two years, he implemented a vision at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute that fostered global approaches while studying local community histories, and highlighted the interconnection of the New York region and larger areas in projects that included “Haunted Files” and “The Wayfinding Project.”

Under Professor Tchen’s leadership, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute has attracted renowned scholars, practitioners, and artists from around the world to NYU; presented pathbreaking and widely discussed exhibitions, public events, and conferences; established Artist-in-Residence and high school and undergraduate leadership programs; and founded a growing research archive.

Please join me in thanking Professor Tchen for all he has done to build and strengthen Asian/Pacific/American Studies at NYU.

 —Provost Katherine Fleming



Photograph by  Tim Knox.