Scholars & Affiliates

A/P/A Institute Visiting Scholars 2019-20

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 conduct research for a bilingual mapping project that will center on placekeeping efforts in New York’s Chinatown, while drawing connections with Chinatowns across the country. The project will address the following question: How can we engage communities in the process of preserving culture and history, and re-visioning the future?

Following on his “Visual Arts After Indenture” project, Andil Gosine will be working on “Arts in A Crisis Climate,” which identifies, evaluates, and develops artistic methodologies in response to various crises, including climate change.

Daniel H. Inouye’s book project examines the origins, political ideologies, and work of four divergent Japanese American social movements between 1900 and 1930. Inouye will document and historicize the contributions of Asian Americans in the struggle for civil rights and social justice during the early twentieth century, and particularly during the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.

Sue Jeong Ka will conduct research for a new chapter of her ongoing project, Book Repair Lab: Archives of Mass Incarceration and Immigrant Detention, a site-specific project that uses book restoration and archival research as an artist interventionist tool. The project explores the ways in which different institutions—public libraries, private universities, and correctional systems—are connected in a double bind of complicity and restorative care around the issue of incarceration.

Ronak K. Kapadia will be working on research toward his second book, “Breathing in the Brown Queer Commons,” which develops a critical theory of healing justice across multiple transnational sites of security, terror, and war amidst the wilds of US imperial decline.

Alpesh Kantilal Patel (Fall semester) will explore the work of queer South Asian performers Faluda Islam and LaWhore Vagistan as part of his book project “Transregional Entanglements: Sexual Artistic Geographies,” forthcoming in 2022.

Vivian Truong will continue her dissertation project, “Whose City? Our City!” Asian American and Multiracial Movements against Police Violence in New York. Examining cases including the 1995 police killing of Chinese American Yong Xin Huang in Brooklyn and the eviction of Vietnamese street vendors from an increasingly gentrifying Chinatown under the broken windows policing regime, she situates resistance to police brutality within a broader struggle over the spaces and future of New York as it became a “majority minority” city in the late twentieth century.

Dylan Yeats will continue his research on how Chinese American activists in the late nineteenth century harnessed the political power of some of New York City’s most prominent Protestant churches to combat discriminatory policies such as the Chinese Exclusion Acts. Many of these activists lived and worked near Washington Square, and some went to NYU, making Greenwich Village an under-recognized site of Asian American organizing for over 130 years.

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

A/P/A Studies Program

The Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program, together with the A/P/A Institute since 1996 has been the home for students, faculty, staff, and alumni who sought to collaboratively explore the complex A/PA 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 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

Paula Chakravartty

Dipti Desai

Elizabeth Ellis

Luis Francia

Gayatri Gopinath

Feng-Mei Heberer

Fiona Hui

Monica Kim

Heather Lee

Robert Lee

Sharon Heijin Lee

Thomas Looser

Agnes “Bing” Magtoto

Nicholas Mirzoeff

Elizabeth OuYang

Crystal Parikh

Sonya Posmentier

Krishnendu Ray

Sukhdev Sandhu

Dean Itsuji Saranillio

Karen Shimakawa

Pacharee Sudhinaraset

Thuy Linh Tu

Jini Kim Watson

Diane Wong

Hentyle Yapp

A/P/A BRIDGE Program


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

  • Creating a space for fostering open dialogue and activism around issues of race and racism, culture, and identity
  • Exploring the diversity and complexity of Asian/Pacific America in relation to other social identities (ability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, religion/spirituality, sexuality, class)
  • Educating and empowering individuals to inspire social change
  • Building A/PA leaders to bridge communities within NYU and beyond


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.2019-20 MEMBERS

Monica Mai
Nithya Reddy
Karina Thao Rodriguez
Daniel Tan
Delphine Zheng
Grace Zheng


Sooah Kwak
Diane Wong


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/PA communities. The deadline to apply for the 2019-20 cohort of A/P/A BRIDGE has passed. The 2020-21 application will be posted in Fall 2020. 





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/PA 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.




Graduate Scholars in A/PA 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/PA history, the grad student will help to create and build access to A/PA 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/PA Archives, Alexandra processed the Yun Gee Papers at the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections and began working on developing digital galleries of A/PA 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/PA 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/PA Archives, Amita 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 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/PA community. She has also assisted on a range of projects relating to A/PA 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 Documenting 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

A/P/A Studies Program and A/P/A Institute were founded together in 1996 after a group of ambitious and dedicated students, faculty and staff at NYU lobbied the administration for a program and place they could call their own. Indeed, we would not be here today — offering an A/P/A Studies major and minor, hiring and supporting faculty and staff, providing public events and programming, and building a major research archive — had it not been for these students who we proudly call our alumni. We want to hear from you — whether you majored/minored in A/P/A, took a class, attended an event, or just never got a chance to do any of the above but want to get involved now. So email us at with any updates, questions, suggestions, or news you want to share, and complete our alumni form in order to be added to our database. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you at an upcoming event!