Recent News

In today's UW Today news, Professor Oliver Rollins is featured in the Faculty Friday's New Faculty Spotlight! Oliver shares his research focus, "I am a qualitative sociologist who works on issues of race/racism in and through science and technology. Specifically, my work is situated within a growing new area of inquiry, the sociology of the neurosciences. The recent explosion of brain research has… Read more
Knowledge Kapamilya (Family) publishes its online UW Pressbooks project, featuring its 2024 cohort of Filipino/a/x American Students Knowledge Kapamilya 2024 – Simple Book Publishing ( This book was created as a final project for the 2024 cohort of Knowledge Kapamilya, a knowledge family for Filipino/a/x American students at the University of Washington. The cohort met on Coast Salish lands at the Burke… Read more
In this recently published article by Teresa Tran, Vietnamese American actress Kieu Chinh, 86, shares how Hollywood's depiction of the Vietnam War has evolved over the years. In short, these Hollywood Vietnam War stories would conveniently leave out the Vietnamese… Read more
Congratulations to Prof. Levy for receiving the Faculty of the Year award from the Black Student Union during their Black Excellence Gala! Students nominated and voted for her for this terrific and well-deserved recognition. This is the second time Prof. Levy won this award, after receiving it in 2018 when she first started teaching in AES.
Wen Eckelberg, who majors in American Ethnic Studies and English Creative Writing with honors distinctions in both disciplines, and is earning a minor in Diversity, will join current UW Yenching Scholars in the fully-funded interdisciplinary master's program. Wen will be a part of the 2024 cohort, joining 107 scholars hailing from 38 countries. Eckelberg is looking forward to her time at Yenching to further explore literature as a lens to view history, culture and philosophy, while also… Read more
Program Supports Digital Humanities Projects that Advance Social and Digital Equity   AES is so proud to announce that our very own LaShawnDa L. Pittman has been awarded a 2024 ACLS Digital Justice Seed Grant! The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Digital Justice Grants Program supports digital projects across the humanities and interpretative social sciences that… Read more
Professor Rick Bonus returns as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Asian American Studies (JAAS) after serving in that capacity from 2018 to 2020. In its first issue for 2024, JAAS has lined up essays that ruminate on the spectacular performances of Filipino Rough Riders in Buffalo Bill's Wild West, the multiple meanings of Vietnamese refugee melancholia, the shifting patterns of Southeast Asian resettlement in Philadelphia, and the "elasticity of caste" in… Read more
Congratulations to the class of 2024! Join us as we celebrate the graduation of our American Ethnic Studies Majors and Diversity Minor students! Dr. M. Aziz will be reading the names of students graduating. After the graduation ceremony, students can take photos with their family, friends, and fellow classmates! Desserts and light refreshments will also be available for those attending. To RSVP, scan the QR code displayed on the flyer and complete the form. Please let us know if you have any… Read more
The Department of American Ethnic Studies is proud and gratified to be part of the Affirming Multivocal Humanities, a new set of grants from the Mellon Foundation that recognize the importance of studying race, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies. This grant to our department will support undergraduate research projects, graduate student mentorship opportunities, and community outreach activities that will help promote the values of ethnic studies work within and outside of campus. Our first… Read more
As a department that traces its origins to campus protests, the Department of American Ethnic Studies stands firmly and unequivocally in support of students’ rights to protest. We affirm their right to engage in civil disobedience and vigorously express their views without fear of violence or reprisal. We call on the University and all of its members and representatives to uphold these values and to guard and support our students and engage with them in good faith as they call attention to… Read more