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Now Accepting Applicants for 2019-2020 Postdoctoral Fellows
posted Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:00:00 CDT

Asian American Studies

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2019-2020

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Asian American Studies Department (AAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks two postdoctoral research associates for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is a one-year, non-renewable, appointment. Applicants should conduct research germane to Asian American Studies.  Proposed research projects should have the potential to make a significant contribution to the field.  These associates will be housed in the Department of Asian American Studies, but will also be provided opportunities to build a supportive on-campus community with the associates from African American Studies, American Indian Studies, and Latina Latino Studies.

Applicants must have received a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree within the past five years or have completed this requirement by July 31, 2019. They must demonstrate promise for a tenure-track appointment at a research college or university and their primary research focus must be Asian American, and/or transnational Asian populations in the U.S. and across the Asian Diaspora.

Appointments have a target start date of August 16, 2019, and are for a nine-month period, August 16, 2019 – May 15, 2020. Recipients must be in residence full-time at the University’s Urbana campus for the duration of the appointment, and may not hold other fellowships or awards during the appointment period. During their stay at Illinois, postdoctoral research associates will be expected to participate in research and teaching.  While research and participation in the intellectual life of the program is the primary responsibility, research associates will be expected to teach a course in Asian American Studies. The specific teaching duties will be decided in consultation with the Associate Head.

Postdoctoral research associates will receive a $47,476.00 salary paid over a 12-month period (August 2019 – August 2020), $5,000 in research funds, and a comprehensive benefits package. The program will provide the research associate with office space.

To apply, create your candidate profile through the University of Illinois application login page at and upload your application materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of current research and writing plans
  • Up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Scholarly writing sample (20-25 pages)
  • Official graduate transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation (including one letter from the dissertation advisor) should be sent to:

Post Doc Review Committee

Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

1208 West Nevada Street, MC 142

Urbana, IL 61801

Letters of recommendation can also be e-mailed directly from the recommender to

To guarantee full consideration, application materials should be submitted to the AAS office by 5:00 p.m. on January 21, 2019.

For further information on the Asian American Studies Department, please visit our web site: Questions regarding the postdoctoral research associate positions and application process should be directed to Christine Lyke (

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an AA/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

AAS Spring 2019 Course List
posted Mon, 01 Oct 2018 08:00:00 CDT

It's not too early to begin considering your courses for next semester! Starting on October 5, the full list of Spring Semester courses will be available on Course Explorer. Priority registration begins on October 29th, and registration will open up to all students on November 19.

In the meantime, here are the courses the Department of Asian American Studies will be offering this coming semester:

  • AAS 100:  Intro to Asian American Studies
  • AAS 215:  U.S. Citizenship Comparatively
  • AAS 260:  Intro to Asian American Theatre
  • AAS 265:  Politics of Hip Hop
  • AAS 283:  Asian American History
  • AAS 297:  Asian Families in America
  • AAS 299:  Narratives of Migration
  • AAS 300:  Theories of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
  • AAS 310:  Race and Cultural Diversity
  • AAS 315:  War, Memory, and Cinema
  • AAS 365:  Asian American Media and Film
  • AAS 479:  Race, Medicine, and Society
Letter of Support for The GEO
posted Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:00:00 CST

February 3, 2018


We, the faculty in the department of Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, write to express our support for the Graduate Employees’ Organization in their effort to bargain a fair contract with the University. Graduate employees at UIUC have been without a contract since August, with negotiations for a new contract having stalled. We urge Provost Cangellaris to accept the GEO’s proposals for a new collective bargaining agreement, preserving graduate employees’ tuition waivers, paying them a living wage and providing them with adequate healthcare. 

Graduate employees perform essential work for the University as teachers and graduate assistants. At some point, every undergraduate student is taught by a graduate instructor, and over 2,800 graduate workers on this campus provide valuable labor. In fact, Illinois ranks 6th in the country among universities where graduate employees teach the most classes. 

In spite of its dependence on graduate labor, the University is proposing cuts to the tuition waivers that many graduate employees need in order to be here. This will directly impact the quality of education and research at Illinois, harming our ability to attract the graduate workers who help make UIUC a preeminent institution of higher learning and research in the United States. 

Additionally, the GEO’s contract proposals call for a living wage and adequate healthcare coverage. Despite the fact that Teaching Assistants making the minimum salary earn about $6,000 less than the University’s own published cost of living, the University has not raised their wages in a meaningful way, while attempting to force them to pay significantly more for their healthcare in the current contract negotiations. Graduate employees should not have to choose between healthcare and food, and the quality of education at Illinois will suffer as long as this is the case. 

We urge Provost Cangellaris and the University bargaining team to work with GEO to provide graduate employees with a fair contract. If the Graduate Employees’ Organization is forced to strike, we understand that this drastic measure means that the University administration is unwilling to resolve negotiations at the bargaining table. We recognize that striking graduate employees are protecting themselves, undergraduates, and the integrity and quality of education at the University of Illinois.  Therefore, we support this and all efforts by GEO to secure economic stability for its members.   

Congratulations to Associate Professor Soo Ah Kwon for receiving the Conrad Humanities Professorial Scholar Award.
posted Wed, 19 Jul 2017 08:00:00 CDT


Administered through the College of Letters and Arts, the goal of the Conrad Humanities Professional Scholar Award is to recognize exceptional achievement in humanists between the initial promotion to associate professor through the promotion to professor, with the aim of enhancing retention of our strongest scholarly leaders. These awards are designed to recognize tenured faculty members who are established or emerging leaders with exceptionally strong scholarly recognition and significant promise for continued achievement.

The award is funded by a gift from Arlys Conrad, the daughter of an Illinois farmer and teacher, Mrs. Conrad was strongly encouraged in her pursuit of higher education. She always aspired to attend the University of Illinois and in 1940 she received a four-year scholarship. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education

Listen now: AAS Professor Lila Sharif on Imagine Otherwise Podcast
posted Wed, 31 May 2017 08:00:00 CDT

What does the rising popularity of the olive mean for global consumers, producers, and resisters? How do our intimate connections with food build memories and notions of place?

In Episode 39 of the Imagine Otherwise podcast, host Cathy Hannabach and guest Lila Sharif discuss the role of food in both transnational settler colonialism and resistance to it, how Lila uses the classroom to get students thinking about their own food histories, the complex dynamics of ethical consumerism and where we get our food, and decolonization as an embodied, everyday form of imagining otherwise.


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