Shalini Shankar

Shalini Shankar


Associate Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D., New York University, 2003

Email: sshankar@northwestern.edu






Core Faculty


Ji-Yeon Yuh

Ji-Yeon Yuh


Associate Professor of History

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1999

Email: j-yuh@northwestern.edu



Nitasha Tamar SharmaNitasha Tamar Sharma

Associate Professor of African American Studies and Asian American Studies

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004

Email: n-sharma@northwestern.edu





Visiting Assistant Professor


  Justin K.H. Tse

Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies

Email: jkhtse@northwestern.edu


Justin Tse earned his PhD in Geography from the University of British Columbia and was Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He tends to publish on the range of ideologies and theologies that make up Asia and Asian America and is lead editor of a forthcoming volume Theological Reflections on the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement (Palgrave). He is working on a book manuscript titled Religious Politics in Pacific Space: Grounding Cantonese Protestant Theologies in Secular Civil Societies.


Visiting Assistant Professor


  Douglas Sadao Ishii

Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies

Email: douglas.ishii@northwestern.edu

Visiting Assistant Professor of Asian American Humanities.  Research specialties include panethnic Asian American activisms, popular culture and media studies, comparative ethnic studies, and queer of color critique.  Taught Introduction to Asian American Studies and Asian American Sexualities in F'16; is scheduled to teach Asian American Music and Asian American Literature in S'17.  Has previously taught courses in American Studies; race, immigration, and activism; Asian American history; and Asian American film and media.


Post-doctoral Fellow


Umayyah Cable

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies and MENA

Email: umayyah.cable@northwestern.edu


Umayyah Cable earned a PhD in American Studies & Ethnicity and a certificate in Visual Studies from the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests span the fields of ethnic studies, film and media studies, and queer theory, with a particular focus on how marginalized or underrepresented identity-based and cause-based groups leverage film culture in order to foment social, cultural, or political change. She is currently conducting new research for a manuscript based on her dissertation: Cinematic Activism: Film Festivals and the Exhibition of Palestinian Cultural Politics in the United States.


At Northwestern, Umayyah will develop courses in Arab American Studies, including “Introduction to Arab American Studies” and “Arab American Arts and Cinema.” She is also a board member for the Arab American Studies Association, where she serves as Web Coordinator.



Adjunct Lecturer


   Tatsuyuki Aoki


    Adjunct Lecturer of Asian American Studies

    Email: taoki@saic.edu



Affiliate Faculty

Susannah Gottlieb, Department of English


Upcoming Event

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