The Asian American Studies Program will welcome three new core faculty members next year, expanding the range of topics and classes the program offers.
Tahseen Shams, currently an assistant professor at the University of Toronto who studies international migration, race and ethnicity, and religion, is due to arrive in the spring of 2023 as a member of the Department of Sociology. Hardeep Dhillon, a legal historian who recently earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University, will join the Department of History in fall 2023. Dhillon is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the American Bar Foundation researching law and inequality. Bakirathi Mani will also arrive during fall 2023 as a member of the Department of English specializing in Asian American studies, postcolonial studies, and transnational feminist and queer studies. Mani, who currently teaches at Swarthmore College, is a founding member of the Tri-College Asian American Studies program at Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford Colleges.
The Asian American Studies Program was established in 1996 as a result of collective student, faculty, and alumni action, and celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. It is an interdisciplinary program that offers a minor as well as a broad range of courses, events, and research opportunities to contextualize the history, experiences, and contributions of Asian immigrants and persons of Asian ancestry in North America and the diaspora. It is led by Faculty Director David Eng, Richard L. Fisher Professor of English, and Co-Director Fariha Khan.