American Sociological Association

Section on Asia and Asian America


Section Officers



Pawan Dhingra (2014-2015)

Pawan Dhingra (Ph.D., Sociology, Cornell University) is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Tufts University. He is the author of the award-winning Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream (Stanford University Press, 2012), which has been profiled in National Public Radio, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. His first book was the award-winning Managing Multicultural Lives: Asian American Professionals and the Challenge of Multiple Identities  (Stanford University Press, 2007). From 2011-2012 he also served as a curator at the Smithsonian Institution for the Indian American Heritage Project. His co-curated exhibition, Beyond Bollywood, opens in 2014. He served as a counsel member of the Section on Asia/Asian America from 2005-2007.




Sharmila Rudrappa (2015-2016)

Sharmila Rudrappa is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin. Her research focuses on gender, labor, race, and immigration. She is the author of Ethnic Routes to Becoming American: Indian Immigrants and the Cultures of Citizenship (Rutgers University Press, 2004), which explores race and activism in late 20th century Chicago. Her recent work is on surrogacy in India. She is currently working on a manuscript titled, Outsourced: Surrogate Mothers on India's Reproduction Assembly Line.



Lynn Fujiwara (2012-2013)

Lynn Fujiwara is Associate Professor in Women's and Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. She is also the Department Head of Ethnic Studies. She received her doctorate in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests are intersectional theory and praxis, women of color feminisms, sexuality and representation, Asian American politics, immigration, welfare, and citizenship.


C.N. Le (2012-2015)

C.N. Le (Ph.D., Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York) is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology and Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Certificate Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research focuses on racial/ethnic relations, immigration, and socio- demographic comparisons of assimilation outcomes among different Asian American groups.

Council Members:

Anna Guevarra

Anna Guevarra (Ph.D., Sociology, University of California, San Francisco) is an Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and Affiliated Faculty of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her scholarly, creative, and teaching interests focus on immigrant and transnational labor, Filipino labor diaspora, transnational feminist politics/practice and movement building, and feminist ethnographic methods.

Yingyi Ma (2013)

Yingyi Ma (Ph.D., Sociology, Johns Hopkins University) is currently an Assistant Professor in Sociology of Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also the affiliated faculty member with Women's Study Department and the program of Asia/Asian American. Her work deals with a variety of themes of social inequality related to education, gender and migration.

Anthony Ocampo (2015)

Anthony C. Ocampo, PhD is Assistant Professor of Sociology at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona in Southern California. His research on Filipino and Latino children of immigrants has been published by Ethnic and Racial StudiesLatino Studies, and the Journal of Asian American Studies, and has received various recognitions from the American Sociological Association. Currently, he is working on his first book manuscript on how Filipinos navigate the rules of race along the new Latino-Asian racial spectrum. He is also developing publications on his second project, which is on gay children of immigrants in Los Angeles. Beyond the job, Anthony spends most of his time doing Crossfit and watching Netflix and Hulu on his Roku, the greatest device ever invented.


Jane Yamashiro (2015)

Jane Yamashiro (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa) currently a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Japanese Religions and Culture at the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests include race and ethnic relations, ethnic identity, transnationalism, globalization, and international migration, especially in relation to Asia and Asian Americans.

Dr. Wang is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, one of only eight higher education institutions awarded an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution grant by the U.S. Department of Education.  She received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and holds joint BA degrees in Sociology and Chinese Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Her research explores transnational issues of gender, family, and migration that connect mainland China with the industrialized world.  Currently she is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Reversal of Fortune: Orphanage Care in Globalizing China.  Drawing from a year and a half of ethnographic fieldwork, the book provides an in-depth look at the care and welfare of abandoned youth residing on the margins of the world’s fastest growing economy. Her other publications have appeared in Gender & Society, Qualitative Sociology, and Adoption Quarterly.  She is also the co-editor of a book for adoptive families entitled From Home to Homeland: What Adoptive Families Need to Know Before Making a Return Trip to China.


Prema Kurien is Professor in Sociology at Syracuse University. Her research focuses on race and ethnic group relations, as well as the role of religion in shaping group formation and mobilization among contemporary ethnic groups: She brings the areas of race, religion, and social movements together by examining how religious institutions often provide the setting within which new ethnics confront the racialization they experience within the wider society. She also focuses on the ways in which religion becomes the axis around which such groups mobilize to challenge racial discrimination and to make claims regarding their “cultural citizenship.” She has received postdoctoral fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center, the Carnegie Corporation, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, the American Institute of Indian Studies, the Louisville Institute, and the New Ethnic and Immigrant Congregations Project. Her research has been recognized with two national book awards and three national article awards.


Student Representative:

Elena Shih (2014-2015)

Elena Shih (Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles) is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation explores the anti-human trafficking movement in China, Thailand and the U.S.