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Available Seats in AAS Courses for Fall 2018
posted Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:00:00 CDT
August is approaching quickly and classes are filling up, but seats are still available for several Asian American Studies courses for the Fall 2018 semester. These courses are excellent options for students who are looking to fulfil the new General Education Cultural Studies requirement, or who are simply interested in exploring new cultural viewpoints. Click through for a full list of courses with available seats.
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.   

Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship
posted Fri, 06 Oct 2017 08:00:00 CDT

The Fellowship

The Asian American Studies Department (AAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks one postdoctoral research associate for the 2018-2019 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.  S/he is also expected to give a presentation on his/her research project and to teach one of the department’s regularly offered undergraduate courses.This associate 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.

Stipend and Benefits

$47,476 salary over a 12-month period. Additional $5,000 for research expenses. Comprehensive benefit package.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must must have received a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree within the past five years or have completed this requirement by July 31, 2018. 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.

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 the research/writing project to be undertaken during the appointment
    • Scholarly writing sample (20 page minimum)
    • Graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable, but official transcripts may be requested at a later date)
    • Contact information for two professional references. For candidates who have not yet completed their Ph.D. at the time of application, one of these letters must be from the chair of the dissertation committee addressing the likelihood of completion by the starting date of the associateship. Note: Letters of reference cannot be uploaded. You must request that your letter writers email (preferably) or mail their recommendations directly to the department (by the deadline):

Post Doc Review Committee
Department of Asian American Studies
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1208 W Nevada St. 
Urbana, IL 61801


To be considered,  applications must be submitted by January 22, 2018. Additional materials may be requested at a later date.

For further information about the fellowship, contact the Department of Asian American Studies at (217)244-9530 


Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (

Call for Proposals 2017-2018 Re:Search The Undergraduate Journal of Literary Criticism at Illinois
posted Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:00:00 CDT

Re:Search, the Undergraduate Literary Criticism Journal at the University of Illinois, is seeking submissions for its fifth issue in Spring 2018!
Students currently enrolled as undergraduates at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from anydiscipline or major are encouraged to submit to Re:Search as long as the submissions are in accordance with our vision of the journal as a site of critical analysis. The most important criterion for acceptance is that the author proposes fresh, new critical analysis of a text, film, television show, graphic novel, or other work. We ask students to submit literary, media, or cultural criticism. We accept revisions of papers written previously for a class, current or completed honors theses, and even projects conceived outside the classroom. We welcome an analysis of texts from any period or language, given that modern English translation is provided for any material quoted within the submission and the submission itself is composed in English. Our audience includes university students, instructors, administration, alumni, and prospective students.
Please note that students whose proposal is accepted by the journal will be required to work with a
faculty mentor to revise and develop their research throughout the remainder of the Fall and Spring
semesters. We recommend that you contact a faculty member prior to submitting your proposal. You will be required to submit the names of faculty you plan to reach out to for mentorship in your
proposal. Further instructions will be provided if the proposal is accepted.
This journal is supported by the English Department and the Office of Undergraduate Research in
collaboration with the University Library.
If you are interested in submitting a work, we recommend that you attend our first Information
Session, which will be held on October 11th at 5:15 (location TBA). At the session, we will explain
in more detail the requirements for the proposal and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The deadline to submit a proposal is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 10th, 2017.

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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

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