Shalini Shankar | Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and the Department of Anthropology

Shalini Shankar

Ji-Yeon Yuh | Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and the Department of History

Ji-Yeon Yuh

Nitasha Tamar Sharma | Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and the Department of African American Studies

Nitasha Tamar Sharma
  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004

Justin Tse | Visiting Assistant Professor

Justin Tse
  • 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.

Douglas Ishii | Visiting Assistant Professor

Douglas Ishii
  • 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 Fall 2016; is scheduled to teach Asian American Music and Asian American Literature in Spring 2017. Has previously taught courses in American Studies; race, immigration, and activism; Asian American history; and Asian American film and media.

Umayyah Cable | Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (with MENA)

Umayyah Cable
  • 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.

Tatsuyuki Aoki | Adjunct Lecturer

Tatsuyuki Aoki
  • E-mail:  taoki@saic.edu
  • Tatsuyuki Aoki is a composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. He has appeared in over 90 musical albums and has produced over 40 experimental films. Born in Tokyo, 1958 Aoki began performing at an early age and by early 1970, he was part of Tokyo’s underground arts movement with experimental arts and music. He left Japan in 1977 and became an active in the Asian American arts scene as well as a member of cross-cultural collaborations.