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Melissa Borja
Assistant Professor, A/PIA Core Faculty
Fields of study: migration, religion, Asian American studies, politics, oral history.
Loveleen Brar
Graduate Student Instructor FA21
Fields of study: Asian American Studies, Migrant Labor, Critical Food Studies, and Women of Color Feminisms
Henry Chen
Graduate Student
Fields of study: Asian American history and culture; critical mixed race studies; and queer of color critique
Manan Desai
Associate Professor, Director of A/PIA Studies Program and Undergraduate Advisor for the minor
505 S. State Street | 3658 Haven Hall
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Fields of study:
South Asian American studies
734.615.2524
Roland Hwang
Lecturer I, A/PIA Core Faculty
Fields of study: Asian/Pacific Islander American history, A/PIAs in civil rights movement 925-586-4613
Emily Lawsin
Lecturer IV, A/PIA Core Faculty
2137 Lane Hall

Fields of study:
Asian American studies, Filipina/o American history literature & communities, community service-learning, Asian American activism
734.763.2047
Susan Najita
Associate Professor, A/PIA Core Faculty
Surface Mail: 435 S. State Street | 3187 Angell Hall; Ann Arbor MI 48109-1003

Fields of study:
Pacific literatures in English, Asian American literatures, U.S. minority literatures
734.764.6345
Lisa Nakamura
Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor;
On Leave FA21 & WN22
3735 Haven Hall

Fields of study:
Asian American studies, digital media theory, digital game studies, feminist theory, film and television studies, race and gender in new media
Melissa Phruksachart
Assistant Professor, A/PIA Core Faculty, Film, Television, and Media (FTVM), 2018 LSA Collegiate Fellow, FTVM
Field of study: Asian American studies; media and cultural studies; ethnic studies; American studies
Ian Shin
Assistant Professor, A/PIA Core Faculty
Field of study: Intellectual & Cultural History; Race & Ethnicity; United States; History

2640 Haven Hall
Jasleen Singh
Graduate Student
Fields of Study: Sikh diaspora, activism and subjectivities in the post-9/11 era, transnational narratives, feminist and queer theories, digital assemblages, and community development.
Amy Stillman
Professor, A/PIA Core Faculty
Fields of study: Asian American student-organized culture shows, Indigenous knowledge & epistemology, Discography, Historiography, Methods of representing music and dance repertoire

Surface Mail: 505 S. State Street | 3722 Haven Hall, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045
734.763.5559
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang
Lecturer I: Department of American Culture, Program in Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies
Fields of Study: Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies: Asian/Pacific Islander American Media, Civil Rights, Activism, Arts, History, and Journalism