Scholars & Affiliates


A/P/A Institute Visiting Scholars 2020-21

The A/P/A Institute at NYU Visiting Scholar Program extends specified courtesy titles and privileges to scholars of distinction who visit the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University in order to engage in research and scholarship, and in general scholarly and cultural interaction with New York University’s faculty and students. Learn more and apply here.

Tomie Arai will be conducting interviews and collecting artifacts for “A/P/A Voices: A COVID-19 Public Memory Project.” This project is a collaboration with the A/P/A Institute and the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU, and involves researchers and educators from across the country. The purpose of this archival project will be to document this unprecedented time of COVID-19 and the ways it has and will impact Asian/Pacific American communities in New York and nationally.

Wesley Attewell was recently a visiting assistant professor of Asian/Pacific/American studies at NYU. He works at the intersection of geography, Asian/Pacific/American studies, and history to map the spatial dimensions of US empire-building from the Cold War on. His first book, Developing Violence: Disassembling the USAID Complex in Afghanistan, is contracted for publication with the University of Minnesota Press. He is currently writing a second manuscript, which is titled The Lifelines of Empire: Logistical Life in the Decolonizing Pacific.

Daniel H. Inouye will continue his book project titled Cosmopolitan Rights: Racial Politics and Japanese American Activism, 1900–1930. Between 1900 and 1930, four ideological-based, Japanese American social movements—cooperative, civil rights litigation, Americanist, and radical workers’—formed in response to either racism or class discrimination. The book endeavors to uncover the hidden origins of these movements, revealing their sweeping diversity, enigmatic interconnections, and remarkable civil rights legacy.

Sue Jeong Ka will continue work on Book Repair Lab, a project exploring the ways in which three institutions—public libraries, private universities, and carceral systems—are connected in a double bind of complicity and restorative care around incarceration. Inspired by recent protests against police brutality and New York City’s plan to close Rikers Island and open new borough-based small jails, the new project chapter examines the geopolitical relationship between the new jail locations and immigrant neighborhoods, particularly Chinatown.

Dylan Yeats will continue to conduct research on 19th-century Chinese American activism in New York City and expand on the walking tour he has been developing into a more public-facing platform (digital and/or print) to share with the NYU and NYC communities.


View a list of previous Visiting Scholars. 

Asian/Pacific/American Studies Assistant Professor & Visiting Scholar Working Group

The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Assistant Professor & Visiting Scholar Working Group was founded in Fall 2018 to support NYU junior faculty and post-doctoral scholars working in the field of A/P/A Studies. The group meets at the A/P/A Institute at NYU for co-writing sessions, book chapter and article workshops, and professional development conversations. If you are an NYU faculty member or post-doc interested in joining the group, please email

Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program in the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

Since 1996, the Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program In the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, together with the A/P/A Institute at NYU, has been the home for students, faculty, staff, and alumni who sought to collaboratively explore the complex A/P/A experience — deciphering the present, reclaiming the past, and anticipating the future. Ten years later, in September 2005, the A/P/A Studies Program, together with NYU’s Programs in Africana Studies, American Studies, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Latino Studies, and Metropolitan Studies, came together to form a new, interdisciplinary, one-of-a-kind Department of Social & Cultural Analysis (SCA). A/P/A Studies offers a minor and major course of study, and boasts a growing list of accomplished faculty. While the Program and Institute have become separate entities since A/P/A Studies became part of the SCA Department, they still work closely together to collaborate on exciting conferences, events, and new research. Learn more about the A/P/A Studies Program in the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis. The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Research Guide is an NYU Libraries directory of books, special collections, and online resources related to A/P/A Studies.

Affiliated Faculty

A/P/A BRIDGE Program

Students at a collaborative workshop brainstorming on large pieces of paper

A/P/A BRIDGE was created by Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) student leaders through the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU to cultivate “Asian/Pacific American” as a political identity, by doing the following:

  • Community Building: Building intentional community by exploring the complexities and diversity of A/P/A as both a political and cultural identity
  • Education & Dialogue: Fostering open dialogue around race, culture, identity, and activism in efforts to educate ourselves and our communities
  • Leadership Development: Developing leadership skills and making connections with NYU and NYC organizations to work towards social change


The 2019-20 A/P/A BRIDGE Cohort poses at Bailey Farms, the site of their Fall retreat. They sit and stand on steps, outdoors.
2020-21 MEMBERS
  • Lauren Yingqi Cheung 
  • Kimberly Cheung
  • Johanna Dong
  • JiJi Lee 
  • Victoria Maung
  • Kira Elizabeth Santos
  • Shefali Tamaskar
  • Ahri Wu
  • Minju Bae
  • Sooah Kwak

A/P/A BRIDGE seeks to include a diverse group of student leaders from various backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, spirituality, academic study, and class). Applicants with a range of experiences are encouraged to apply, and we welcome all applicants with an interest in issues affecting A/P/A communities. Sooah Kwak (NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs) and Minju Bae (historian and activist) will co-facilitate A/P/A BRIDGE in 2020-21.

Applications for the 2020-21 cohort of A/P/A BRIDGE have closed. A call for 2021-22 applicants will be announced in September 2021.

Photograph of three students working on a call-a-thon and letter-writing campaign

In January 2011, three NYU A/P/A Studies majors appealed to the A/P/A Institute at NYU for support and guidance to develop an A/P/A leadership program for NYU undergraduate students. Since then, A/P/A BRIDGE was created and continues to support NYU undergraduates in their education around issues of race and racism, culture, identity, and more.

A/P/A Reads

Launched in Fall 2020, A/P/A Reads is a virtual book club for NYU students with an interest in A/P/A literature. Members will meet monthly to discuss selected works, and engage in meaningful dialogue together. To join the group, please complete this form.


Graduate Scholars in A/P/A Archives

The Graduate Student Employee in Archives at the A/P/A Institute (A/P/A) works on collection building efforts while simultaneously pursuing a Master of Arts degree in the Archives and Public History Program in the History Department at New York University. As part of A/P/A’s ongoing commitment to documenting and preserving A/P/A history, the grad student will help to create and build access to A/P/A collections of the New York area. The student serves as a key resource connecting A/P/A’s network of scholars, researchers, activists, archivists, librarians, artists, curators, and community members with archives.

Pooja Desai, 2016-2017
As the A/P/A Institute Graduate Archives Scholar, Pooja will continue work on cataloging, preserving, and digitizing the video portion of the Jack G. Shaheen Collection on Arabs in U.S. Film and Television for which she created a master inventory in summer 2016. She will also help to assess collections for potential donation to NYU and facilitate intake for new archival material.

Paul Tran, September-December 2015
Paul co-curated, with the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), an exhibition to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary and to mark the donation of their records to the NYU Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Archives.

Alexandra Giffen, 2013-2015
As a Graduate Scholar in A/P/A Archives, Alexandra processed the Yun Gee Papers at the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections and began working on developing digital galleries of A/P/A collections at NYU.

Janice Liao, 2011-2013
Inspired by her introduction to archival research during her undergraduate years at NYU, Janice pursued her interest in archives as the Graduate Scholar in A/P/A Archives from 2011-13. One of her major achievements during her first year was assisting with A/P/A Institute’s first NEH-funded Summer Institute, “Re-envisioning American Art History: Asian American Art, Research, and Teaching.” In her second year, she processed the Midori Shimanouchi Lederer Papers.

D. Daniel Kim, 2010-2012
D. Daniel Kim worked on the Documentary Heritage Project and assisted in bringing the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance and Asian American Arts Centre archives to the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives.  Daniel co-curated the A/P/A traveling exhibit Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 based on the William F. Wu Comic Book Collection housed at The Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU.

Amita Manghnani, 2009-2011
As the Graduate Scholar in A/P/A Archives, Amita worked on the Documentary Heritage Archives Survey, identifying existing and potential archival collections relating to the history of A/P/A communities in New York City. She curated A is for Arab a traveling exhibition featuring items from the Jack G. Shaheen Archive, and edited the accompanying publication.

Y.H. Nancy Ng Tam, 2008-2010
At the A/P/A Institute, Ng Tam worked on the Documentary Heritage Project, surveyed collections relating to the New York A/P/A community. She has also assisted on a range of projects relating to A/P/A Archives, including processing the George Yuzawa Papers, sorting of the Yoshio Kishi / Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection, and managing the active files of the East Coast Asian American Art Project.

Hillel Arnold, 2008-2009
Joining A/P/A Institute as a second year graduate student in the Archives & Public History Program, Hillel Arnold served as a starting member of the Documentary Heritage Project team alongside I-Ting Emily Chu and Y.H. Nancy Ng Tam.  With extensive archives processing and surveying experience from Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives as well as the Woody Guthrie Archives, Arnold was instrumental in helping to jumpstart the DHP.

I-Ting Emily Chu, 2007-2009
Emily’s research focus concentrates on Asian/Pacific/American women, activism, and archives. While at A/P/A Institute, Emily co-curated Art, Archives and Activism: Martin Wong’s Downtown Crossings, and was a member of the Documentary Heritage Project team that surveyed Asian American collections in New York.

Dylan Yeats, 2005-2007
While at A/P/A Institute, Dylan co-curated The Archivist of the Yellow Peril and curated Persistent Light: Eugenia Sumiye Okoshi and George Mukai. He also worked on the Yoshio Kishi / Irene Yah Ling Sun archive collection and wrote the essay titled “Documenting Exclusion and the Logic of Difference” for the book Yellow Peril: Collecting Xenophobia published by A/P/A Institute, 2008.

A/P/A Alumni Group

The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program and Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU were founded together in 1996 after a group of dedicated students, faculty, and staff lobbied the administration for a program and place they could call their own. Indeed, we would not be here todayoffering an A/P/A Studies major and minor, hiring and supporting faculty and staff, providing public events and programming, and building a major research archivehad it not been for these students. We want to hear from youwhether you majored/minored in A/P/A Studies, took a class, attended an event, or want to get involved now. Please feel free to email us at or complete our alumni form.