Asian American Studies
Graduate Students Committee (AASGSC)

Ethan Caldwell

Originally hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ethan Caldwell is a second year Doctoral Student in the Department of African American Studies. His research examines how the intersections of race, gender, coloniality and militarism shape the interpersonal relations between African American soldiers and Okinawan women in Okinawa, Japan.


Faith R. Kares

Faith R. Kares is a Presidential Fellow and doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Since 2007 she has conducted dissertation research on Philippines-based NGO Gawad Kalinga and the three groups most involved in its efforts—local residents, staff, and foreign youth volunteers—in order to understand the increasing visibility and power of NGOs on a global scale. By framing research questions within the wider context of shifting political economies, she hopes to set the foundation for future work in social movements, transnational networks, urban development processes, and governmentality.


Kareem Khubchandani

Doctoral Student, Performance Studies. Kareem is interested in the experiences of queer South Asians in the diaspora, and the ways in which they use public culture (specifically Bollywood Dance) to perform socio-political identities.


Phonshia Nie

Doctoral Student, Department of History (entered 2008-09). Phonshia studies late nineteenth/early twentieth century Chinese Americans, and has also done research on early twentieth century Chinese American communities in Chicago and the Mississippi Delta. She is particularly interested in the Chinese American experience and treatment in relation and comparision to other and surrounding racialized groups.


Pavithra Prasad

Doctoral Student, Performance Studies.

James Zarsadiaz

Doctoral Student, Department of History. James is generally interested in twentieth century U.S. history with particular interests in Asian American history, cultural studies, and comparative urban/suburban history. He has conducted archival and ethnographic research on gentrification in Washington, DC's Chinatown and Los Angeles' Little Tokyo. His most recent project was on post-65 Filipino nurse migration to Chicago. James hails from Walnut, California - a suburb of LA's San Gabriel Valley. He has a B.A. in American Studies, Political Science, and History from the George Washington University.

Upcoming Event

Hidden Histories: Short films on Japanese American Incarceration During WWII
May 30, 20176:30 PM - 8:30 PM