A/P/A Certificate Advisors & Faculty Members

Below is a list of faculty members at each of the Five College campuses who regularly teach courses that count toward the Five College APA Studies Certificate. Click on faculty members' names to learn more about them.

Payal Banerjee

Payal Banerjee is Associate Professor of Sociology at Smith College. Her research focuses on globalization, migration and the centrality of state policies in sculpting the structures of displacement and labor incorporation. Her work on Indian immigrant IT workers in the United States has appeared in Critical Sociology; Race, Gender, and Class; International Feminist Journal of Politics; Irish Journal of Anthropology; Women's Studies Quarterly; Social & Public Policy Review; Man in India and in several edited volumes. Her research on Chinese minorities in India and India-China relations has been published in Huaqiao Huaren Lishi Yanjiu (Overseas Chinese History Studies, in Mandarin), Security and PeaceChina Report, and in the book Doing Time with Nehru. Her recent work on hydroelectric power projects and privatization in India has appeared in Perceptions and as a UNRISD Occasional Paper. Banerjee has been a research fellow at the BRICS Policy Center (BPC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has taught as visiting faculty at the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA), The New School in New York City, and in India at Sikkim University in Gangtok and at FLAME in Pune.

Sony Coráñez Bolton

Sony Coráñez Bolton is an Assistant Professor in Spanish and Latinx and Latin American Studies at Amherst College. Their research draws on Filipinx and Latinx queer cultural theory and critique. Their courses, taught in Spanish, English or a combination of the two(!), intentionally make connections between the fields of Asian American, US Latinx, Black, and indigenous studies. Sony’s research and teaching revolve around the intersection of Spanish colonialism and US imperialism in the Philippines as another “Borderlands” of encounter. Sony received their PhD in American Studies from the University of Michigan.

Kimberly Chang

Kimberly Chang is an Associate Professor Emerita of Cultural Psychology at Hampshire College. She is a writer and teacher of hybrid stories and forms, with a focus on those whose lives span national borders and cultural worlds. Her interdisciplinary work combines anthropology and psychology to explore the relationship between culture and self, and turns to history and the arts as interpretive ways of knowing and representing both the diversities and the inequalities of human experience. As a writer, she is interested in the radical possibilities of creative non/fiction as a hybrid literary form for writing about migration and diaspora. Her book, Accomplice to Memory (Kaya Press, 2017), mixes memoir, fiction, and documentary photographs to explore the limits and possibilities of truth telling across generations and geographies. She is an alumni of the Juniper Summer Writing Institute and the Vermont Studio Center. She publishes under the name, Q.M. Zhang, and is the Prose Editor for The Massachusetts Review.

Floyd Cheung (not currently taking new advisees)

Floyd Cheung is Professor of English Language and Literature and of American Studies at Smith College. His scholarly work focuses on the recovery of lesser-known works of early Asian American literature including H. T. Tsiang's And China Has Hands (Kaya Press, 2016) and John Okada: The Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy (University of Washington Press, 2018). With Keith Lawrence, he coedited and contributed to Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature (Temple University Press, 2005). Also a poet, he has published in journals like Mascara Literary Review and qarrtsiluni, as well as a chapbook, Jazz at Manzanar.

Richard T. Chu

Richard T. Chu is Five College Associate Professor of History. He is author of Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila: Family, Identity, and Culture 1860s–1930s (Brill, 2010). Currently, he is working on his next book entitled “Building A Nation, Effacing a Race: The “Chinaman” Question of the United States in the Philippines, 1898-1905” that analyses different newspaper articles dealing with the Chinese in the Philippines during the American colonial period. He teaches courses on the Chinese diaspora, Philippines, U.S. empire in the Pacific, and Asian/Pacific/America.

Iyko Day

Iyko Day is Associate Professor of English and Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College.  Her research focuses on Asian North American literature and visual culture; settler colonialism and racial capitalism; Marxist theory and queer of color critique.  She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke, 2016) and she co-edits the book series Critical Race, Indigeneity, and Relationality for Temple University Press.

Jane Hwang Degenhardt

Jane Hwang Degenhardt is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Although her work focuses on early modern drama, it is often informed by and in conversation with questions that lie at the heart of Asian American studies. She approaches Shakespeare’s plays trans-historically and places them in conversation with writers of color and theoretical discussions of race and gender. Her undergraduate courses often foreground Asian American and African American writing, particularly as grounds for exploring cultural and inter-generational trauma. Her graduate courses address the historical underpinnings of race as well as its development in relation to changing definitions of the human and emerging templates for the post-human. She is the author of Islamic Conversion and Christian Resistance on the Early Modern Stage (Edinburgh, 2010). She is completing a book entitled Fortune’s Empire: Chance, Providence, and Overseas Ventures in Early Modern English Drama that explores the meaning of chance, luck, and risk--and how these concepts become racialized and gendered--in the context of early English global expansion. She is also beginning a new book project on pluralistic understandings of the concept of “world” that sources its arguments in Shakespeare’s plays as well as in contemporary creative fiction and non-fiction writing, in visual and performance art, and in film and digital media.

Pawan Dhingra

Pawan Dhingra is Professor of American Studies and Contributing Faculty in Anthropology/Sociology at Amherst College. He is Former Curator and Senior Advisor to the Smithsonian Institution’s Beyond Bollywood project. His work has been profiled in various outlets, including the film Breaking the Bee, the White House forum on AAPI heritage, National Public Radio, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Colorlines, Times of India, and more. Publications include the Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream (Stanford University Press, 2012) and Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities (Stanford University Press, 2007) (both award-winning books). He co-authored, Asian America: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Polity Press, 2014). His latest book project, Hyper Education, explains the politics of educational pursuits by Asian Americans and others. He has been department chair and held tenured positions at Tufts University and Oberlin College.

Robert Hayashi (on leave 2021-22)

Robert Hayashi is Associate Professor of American studies at Amherst College where he teaches courses in Asian American studies, sports history, environmental studies, and writing. He is the author of Haunted by Waters: A Journey through Race in Place in the American West (Iowa, 2007), which explores the connected environmental and racial histories of Idaho. He served on the National Park Service Asian American Pacific Islander Theme Study Scholars Panel and has recently completed his second book manuscript, “Yinz Got Game? Sport and Identity in the Steel City.” He is currently working on research projects related to Asian American sports history.

Moon-Kie Jung 

Moon-Kie Jung is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Reworking Race: The Making of Hawaii's Interracial Labor Movement (Columbia, 2006) and Beneath the Surface of White Supremacy: Denaturalizing U.S. Racisms Past and Present (Temple, 2015) and coeditor, with João H. Costa Vargas and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, of State of White Supremacy: Racism, Governance, and the United States (2011).

Miliann Kang

Prof. Kang is an Associate Professor of the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Department at UMass Amherst and is affiliated with the Sociology Department. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in Social Studies at Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology at New York University, 2001. Her research is on Asian immigrant women's work in the service economy and her book, The Managed Hand: Race, Gender, and the Body in Beauty Service Work, focuses on Korean women in the nail salon industry and won multiple awards from several academic associations. Her other areas of interest are the social construction of race, gender and class, Asian American activism, second generation families, and ethnography. She also teaches a course on "Asian American Women: Gender, Race and Immigration."

Jina B. Kim

Jina B. Kim is Assistant Professor of English Language & Literature and of the Study of Women & Gender at Smith College. She received her doctorate in English and women’s studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her bachelor's in studio art and English from Agnes Scott College. She specializes in feminist disability studies, women-of-color feminisms/queer-of-color critique and contemporary ethnic U.S. literatures with an emphasis on feminist-of-color writing and cultural expression post-1968. Prior to joining Smith College, she was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity postdoctoral fellow at Mount Holyoke College in the program in critical social thought.

Lili M. Kim

Lili M. Kim is Associate Professor of History and Global Migrations in the School of Critical Social Inquiry at Hampshire College.  She has served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Professor of History in the Division of International Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea during the 2017-2019 academic year.  She was also a Visiting Associate Professor of History and Ethnic Studies at Harvard University in 2010-2011.  She is an interdisciplinary scholar who teaches 20th-century United States history broadly, focusing on the issues of (im)migration, race, gender, class, nation, and empire. She is currently at work on her book manuscript, In Transit: Migration, Globalization, and Koreans in Argentina and the United States, which traces the history of Korean migration to Argentina that began in 1965 and their remigration to the United States.  Her work has been supported by the NEH, Fulbright, and Whiting Foundation, among others.  Prior to coming to Hampshire College, she has taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California at Los Angeles.

C.N. Le

Prof. Le is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology department and also the Director of the Asian & Asian American Studies Certificate Program at UMass Amherst. His main research focuses on using Census data to describe and compare assimilation outcomes (socioeconomic, marital, residential, and entrepreneurial) among different Asian American ethnic groups, with a particular focus on Vietnamese Americans. He is the author of the book Asian American Assimilation: Ethnicity, Immigration, and Socioeconomic Attainment (2007). He teaches "The Asian American Experience" and "Bridging Asia and Asian America Colloquium" courses every year and also maintains a website titled Asian-Nation: Asian American History, Demographics, and Culture.

Asha Nadkarni

Asha Nadkarni is Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research and teaching interests include postcolonial literature and theory, transnational feminist theory, US empire studies, and Asian American studies, with an emphasis on the literatures and cultures of the South Asian diaspora. Her book, Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India (Minnesota, 2014), traces connections between U.S. and Indian nationalist feminisms to suggest that both launch their claims to feminist citizenship based on modernist constructions of the reproductive body as the origin of the nation. She is working on a second book project, tentatively titled From Opium to Outsourcing, that focuses on representations of South Asian labor in a global context.

Mazen Naous

Mazen Naous is  Assistant Professor of English at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He holds a BFA from The Boston Conservatory in composition and classical guitar performance, and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Before joining the faculty at UMass, he taught at the College of Staten Island, CUNY, the College of Wooster, and the University of Balamand (Lebanon). His teaching and research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, Arab American literature, music and literature, classical and modernist Arabic literature, and translation theory. He has published on Arab American fiction, 19th and 20th-century comparative Anglo-Arab poetry, and postcolonial fiction. Naous recently edited a collection of international, interdisciplinary articles titled Identity and Conflict in the Middle East and Its Diasporic Cultures. His current book project is titled Poetics of Visibility in the Contemporary Arab American Novel.

Franklin Odo

Franklin Odo is currently The John J McCloy Visiting Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy at Amherst College. He teaches Asian American Studies in the American Studies Department. Among his regularly scheduled courses is a seminar on WWII and Japanese Americans. Odo was founding director, in 1997, of the Asian Pacific American Center at the Smithsonian Institution, retiring in 2010. He was Chief of the Asian Division at the Library of Congress in 2011. Odo was among the first faculty teaching Asian American Studies in the early 1970s at UCLA and Cal State Long Beach. He continued at the University of Hawaii Manoa and was a visiting professor at UPenn, Princeton, University of Maryland College Park, Hunter College, and Columbia in the 1990s. His last major monographs were No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawai`i during WWII (Temple 1004) and Voices from the Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai`i, published by Oxford in 2013. Odo edited Finding a Path Forward: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study – published in hard copy and launched online by the National Park Service in 2017.

Malcolm Sen

Malcolm Sen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Malcolm’s research areas include postcolonial studies and the environmental humanities with a focus on Irish and South Asian literatures; beyond these his interests range from global anglophone to climate fiction. He is the co- editor (with Lucienne Loh) of Postcolonial Literature and the Challenges for the New Millennium (Routledge, 2016). He is currently completing a book-length study of the transformation of sovereignty at a time of climate chaos: Unnatural Disasters: Literature, Climate Change and Sovereignty. He is the editor of The Cambridge History of the Environment in Irish Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2020). Other forthcoming publications include “Godhuli / Twilight” in Loanwords to Live With in the Anthropocene (University of Minnesota Press, 2019); “Sovereignty at the Margins: The Oceanic Future of the Subaltern” in Representing Poverty and Precarity in a Postcolonial World (Brill, 2019), “Risk and Refuge: Contemplating Precarity in Contemporary Irish Literature” in The Irish University Review  (May 2019), “Particulate Matter and Planetary Aesthetics: Post-Statist Ecologies of James Joyce” in Irish Literature as World Literature (Bloomsbury, 2020). His podcast series, “Irish Studies and the Environmental Humanities,” is available through University College Dublin’s Scholarcast, Google Play and Apple iTunes. His thoughts on zombies and other crucial matters are found in The Chicago Review of Books.

Caroline H. Yang

Caroline H. Yang teaches Asian American literature and African American literature using the framework of critical race studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her first book, The Peculiar Afterlife of Slavery: The Minstrel Form and the Chinese Worker in American Literature, forthcoming from Stanford University Press in 2020, examines blackface minstrelsy as a US cultural institution that played a crucial role in literary representations of Chinese workers during and after Reconstruction in order to highlight the enduring antiblackness born out of slavery. Her other scholarly publications can be found in Modern Fiction Studies (MFS), MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, the Journal of Asian American Studies, and Asian American Literature in Transition Volume I (1850-1930), forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in 2020.