Department Directory

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  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University, Anthropology

anthropology of globalization and the state, diaspora, affect and embodiment, humanitarianism and human rights

  • Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Berkeley, Political Science

immigration history, contemporary community issues

  • Professor

Ph.D., UCLA, Psychology

Social movement history, Asian American freedom movements 1940s-1970s, Japanese American radicalism, Afro-Asian solidarities in the Black Radical Tradition, race and racism, racialized gender, and community-engaged research and pedagogies

  • (805) 893-7140
  • HSSB 5034, SH 4603
  • Lecturer

M.A., History, University of Madras

M. Phil., University of Madras

M.A., Dramatic Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Student Staff

I am a first year student. I am very excited about attending UCSB this year! I look forward to a year of learning, building friendships, and experiencing and trying out new things. I am currently undeclared, but I am looking into majoring into psychology or sociology. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and hanging out with friends at the beach.

  • M 1- 4 , T & R 2 - 4 HSSB 5024
  • Peer Advisor

Hi! My major is pre-Economics and Accounting with an Asian American Studies Minor. I spend my free time volunteering with Health and Wellness, learning some techy stuff like JavaScript, and practicing multicultural songs. My hobbies include oil painting, sketching, phone photography, having fun with the piano or violin, and trying to become less clumsy (by dancing randomly). I’m taking ballroom this quarter so if you see me, come say hi! Or, you are always welcome to come to my office hours.

I really like Asian American Studies courses because they highlight and examine multiple intercultural perspectives in both literature and life. Asian American Aesthetics with Professor Pandya was the first class I ever took at UCSB and it wasn’t at all what I expect classes to be. In many of the classes I have taken, the professors always seem so distance because of the sheer number of students they have to work with. In upper division classes and even lower division ones, you get the chance to work closely with the professor to develop your communication, writing, and analytical skills. The professors work very closely with students, giving them the chance to express themselves and grow as individuals. The reason I became a minor is because of the wonderful experiences I had with both AsAm classes and the people of the department. Even if you’re not interested in becoming a major/minor, taking an AsAm class will definitely change the way you see the world and yourself.

Feel free to come and just hang. Or if you have questions and can’t come to my office hours, email me and I’ll respond ASAP.

  • Thursday 10:00 – 11:30am in HSSB 5026 Reading Room
  • Undergraduate Advisor
  • Department Assistant

Teaching Assistant coordinator, hiring, payroll, and fee remissions

Student petitions & degree progress checks

Student academic requirements and advising; meets with majors and minors

Department Assistant - financial reimbursements, travel, and lodging

Department events

Peer Advisor Supervision  


  • (805) 893 - 8039
  • HSSB 5044
  • Peer Advisor

Political Science Major

Asian American Studies Major

I also serve as an Off-Campus Senator in UCSB's Associated Students, work in the Exec Board of UCSB's Model United Nations club, and work as an API Mentor for Anacapa's Asian Pacific Islander Floor. When I'm not running between meetings and class, you can find me at home indulging in my ardent passions of napping, eating, and watching Netflix (and chilling).

I could talk for days as to why I chose to be an Asian American Studies major (which is why you should visit my office hours!). But ever since I took AS AM 1 my very first quarter with Professor Zhao, I was drawn in by the amazing people I met in the department. On the 5th floor of HSSB, you'll find a welcoming community of the most qualified and passionate faculty on campus. Everyone in the department wants you to succeed, and if you come by the department you'll find endless guidance and support (and bowls of candy). 

  • Thursdays 11am - 12pm in HSSB 5026
  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Berkeley, English

Asian American and comparative ethnic literatures, literary studies, women's literature, feminist studies, cultural studies

family and intergenerational conflict, power and subject formation, gender and the embodied subject, mental health, sexual violence

  • (805) 893-8370
  • HSSB 5036
  • Lecturer

Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature, Stanford University

Asian American literature; creative writing; postcolonial studies; sports studies


  • Michael Berry
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Rudy Busto
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Religious Studies
  • G. Reginald Daniel
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Sociology
  • Lawrence K. Fulbeck
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Art
  • Jin Sook Lee
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Education
  • Pei-te Lien
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Political Science
  • Shirley Lim
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • English
  • Paul Spickard
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • History
  • Mayfair Yang
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Religious Studies