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Linh Nguyễn
In Autumn 2017, AES welcomed two new professors to the teaching faculty: Dr. Linh Nguyễn and Dr. Jang Wook Huh. At the end of their first year in the AES community, both professors have had a chance to look back on their experiences with their own scholarship and teaching in the department. Nguyễn, who was raised in Escondido, California, received bachelor’s degrees in Women's Studies and Spanish from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2008 before completing her PhD in Ethnic... Read more
Dr. Connie So with Katrina Salazar Punzalan, Thien-Tu Lien, and Dylan Tran
On May 7th, the Husky 100 Class of 2018 was honored with a celebration in the HUB Mural Lounge. This year, three American Ethnic Studies students were included among the 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students recognized from across the three UW campuses. The award honors students who meet the following criteria: “The Husky 100 actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future.... Read more
Dr. Gamboa at the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a Latino/a Culture sneak preview.
In Spring 2018, AES faculty, staff and students were invited to a sneak preview of the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a Latino/a Culture. The 10 million dollar building under construction in the South Park neighborhood was developed with the support of Sea Mar Community Health Centers, the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Washington State Historical Society, the King County 4Culture and JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Erasmo Gamboa, AES Professor Emeritus, has been working as consultant on... Read more
Dr. Alina Méndez
Following the retirement of Professor Erasmo Gamboa in Spring 2017, the AES search committee spent several months of the 2017-2018 academic school year searching for a new hire in Chicano/a Studies. In particular, the committee was dedicated to finding a professor who could engage students in Chicano history, environmental and health issues, labor issues, diasporic communities, but, especially, around knowledge about Chicano people in the Pacific Northwest. In April, AES was happy to officially... Read more
Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: Decolonial Perspectives
The Association for the Study of Food and Society awarded the "Best Edited Volume - 2018" Prize to a book co-edited by UW Professor Devon G. Peña (AES, Anthropology). Mexican-Origin Foods, Foodways, and Social Movements: Decolonial Perspectives was published in September 2017 by the University of Arkansas Press as part of the award-winning series "Food and Foodways Series" edited by Jennfiar Wallach and Michael Wise. The 466+ page volume was supported by a grant from the Julia Child ... Read more
AES Graduates 2018
AES students graduated June 9th at the Mountaineers in Seattle. Enjoy video of their commencement on YT or FB! Read more
Participants in the famous Korematsu, Hirabayashi, and Yasui court cases joined leading jurists to discuss the ongoing significance of legal battles over the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. AES’s Vince Schleitwiler reported on the Seattle University event for the International Examiner.
Viet Thanh Nguyen, an ethnic studies scholar and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, recently spoke with AES’s Vince Schleitwiler for an interview in the International Examiner, in advance of his recent appearance at Seattle Arts & Lectures. Check out the article for an assist from UW doctoral student and AES TA Michelle... Read more
The cover of ‘Walk Tall Y’All by Dale Hom
AES's Vince Schleitwiler recently interviewed Dale Hom about his latest graphic novel, on gentrification in Beacon Hill, for the International Examiner... Read more
Attendees of award ceremony (Photo by Assunta Ng,
Dr. Tetsuden Kashima, Professor Emeritus of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington, was presented with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays... Read more