Project Staff

Dr. Michael Nash (1946-2012) was co-director of the Frederic Ewen Academic Freedom Center and director of New York University’s Tamiment Library. He was a certified archivist and had written about the relationship between contemporary scholarship and archival practice. He was author of Conflict and Accommodation: Coal Miners, Steel Workers and Socialism and co-editor of The Good Fight Continues: World War II Letters from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade and had been published in The American Archivist, Labor History, The Journal of Social History, American Communist History, and The Business History Review. He had also taught in the NYU History Department. With more than 30 years of archival experience and prior supervision of numerous survey projects, Dr. Nash served as project director for this survey from 2008 to 2011.

Dr. John Kuo Wei (Jack) Tchen is a co-founder of the New York Chinatown History Project (now the Museum of Chinese in America), the Founding Director of the Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Studies Program and Institute at New York University, and an Associate Professor of the Gallatin School for Individualized Study and the History Department of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences at NYU. A recognized historian, curator, and cultural activist, for the past thirty years, Dr. Tchen has been helping to give voice to individuals and communities of the past and the present who have been largely absent from American public history. He has authored the award-winning publications New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism and the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882 and Genthe’s Photographs of San Francisco’s Old Chinatown and has written and spoken extensively on museums, immigration, race relations, New York City, and cross-cultural studies. Dr. Tchen has provided the project with overall direction and scholarly expertise on New York A/PA history and community.

Laura Chen-Schultz, a native New Yorker, received a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an M.A. in Public Administration from the New York University Wagner School for Public Service. She is currently the Deputy Director of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute. Her work with the A/P/A Institute focuses on helping to bridge communities, preserve and share their knowledge and histories, and nurture the production of new work that helps produce a more educated society. Laura Chen-Schultz’s extensive contact network within the A/PA community has been invaluable to the success of community outreach for this project.

Dr. Gail Malmgreen was Associate Head for Archival Collections at New York University’s Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives until 2010. She received a B.A. in Classics from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in Modern British History from the University of Rhode Island, a Ph.D. in Modern British History from Indiana University, Bloomington, and an M.L.S. from Columbia University’s School of Library Service. She has written and presented extensively on religion in the lives of women in Britain, the American Jewish Labor Movement and Holocaust archives. Dr. Malmgreen, who has worked at the Tamiment Library for nearly 20 years and for the past eight years has supervised the archival processing unit, supervised the graduate students’ day-to-day archival work until retiring from her position at New York University in 2010.

From September 2008-May 2009, the surveying of collections and writing up of survey reports have been conducted by three NYU graduate students, Hillel Arnold, I-Ting Emily Chu, and Yung Hua Nancy Ng Tam. From 2009, Amita Manghnani joined Yung Hua Nancy Ng Tam on continuing the survey project. Daniel Kim worked on the survey project from 2010 to 2012, Janice Liao from 2011 to 2013, and Alexandra Giffen from 2013 to 2015..

Alexandra Giffen (2013-2015) is the current Graduate Assistant at the A/P/A Institute and a second year student in NYU’s Archives and Public History M.A. program. She is currently working on her capstone project, which is a collections website dedicated to the Japanese American archival collections held at NYU.

Janice Liao (2011-2013) is a recent graduate from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized study, where she concentrated in A/P/A studies, History and Art History. Her Gallatin senior colloquium focused on the shifting visual economies of Asian Americans in the post-colonial context. She continued her studies at the Archives and Public History department at NYU and received her M.A. degree in 2013.

Daniel Kim (2010-2012) was a Graduate Scholar in A/PA Archives for the A/P/A Institute of New York University. A graduate student specializing in archives and public history, his interests include the intersections of information technology and memory. His ongoing research projects engage moments of cultural memory production within their social, political and economic contexts. While at NYU, he assistant curated a traveling exhibition based on the William F. Wu Comic Book Collection at The Fales Library and Special Collections.

Amita Manghnani (2009-2011) received an M.A. in Archives and Public History from New York University in May 2011. As the Graduate Scholar at A/P/A, Manghnani worked on the Documentary Heritage Archives Survey, identifying existing and potential archival collections relating to the history of A/PA communities in New York City. She curated a traveling exhibition and contributed to a publication, featuring images from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive.

Yung Hua Nancy Ng Tam (2008-2010) has called many places home— South America, the Caribbean, the West and the East Coast—and moved to New York City in 2008 to work on the survey project. During her time on the project, she has gotten to meet and work with many New York-based A/PA community organizations and individuals and learn about the ways that they have been documenting and archiving their work and histories inside and outside institutionalized archival contexts. She received her B.A. in History and Women’s Studies from Colgate University and an M.A. in Archives and Public History from New York University.

Hillel Arnold (2008-2009) holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from the Palmer School, and graduated with a Masters degree in History focusing on Archival Management in May 2009. He was employed at NYU’s Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive from 2007 until 2012, where he coordinates EAD production and worked on the Asian/Pacific American Archival Survey project. Since October 2007, he has also worked as the Digital Projects Manager for the Foundation for Landscape Studies, developing and implementing a digital library of cultural landscape images in collaboration with the Society of Architectural Historians and ArtStor. Hillel also worked as the Archives Assistant at the Woody Guthrie Archives from 2005-2007.

I-Ting Emily Chu (2008-2009) was raised in California and came to the East Coast for the first time in 2007 to join the A/P/A Institute as the Graduate Assistant in Archives. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Davis in Asian American Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She graduated from the History program with a focus on Archival Management in May 2009. As the Graduate Assistant in Archives and through this survey, she hoped to help build the collective Asian/Pacific American memory.