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Asian/Asian American Studies

General Information

The Asian/Asian American Studies program at Syracuse University was formed as a result of student activism for over a decade. A faculty and student committee was formed in 2008 to develop the program and minor; the proposal for the minor was submitted in 2009 and approved in the spring of 2010. Professor Prema Kurien is the founding Director. Currently over 30 courses offered on campus and abroad contribute to this minor and the program is growing rapidly.
More than two thirds of the Asian American population is comprised of immigrants whose personal and migration histories, educational achievements and attitudes have been molded by their Asian heritages and who continue to maintain connections with their homelands. This program was developed out of an awareness that we cannot understand Asian Americans without understanding the histories and cultures of Asia and vice versa, that we cannot understand contemporary Asia without understanding how American politics, capital, religion, culture and Asian American diasporas have shaped countries in that continent.

Fall 2017 Meet and Greet - AAA minor

AAA Meet and Greet, November 3, 2017

Requirements for the Minor

Visit the Course Catalog for the Minor Requirements. For more information on the requirements for the minor.

The Asian/Asian American Studies program at Syracuse University was formed as a result of student activism for over a decade. A faculty and student committee was formed in 2008 to develop the program and minor; the proposal for the minor was submitted in 2009 and approved in the spring of 2010. Currently over 30 courses offered on campus and abroad contribute to this minor.

Program Director

Yingyi Ma

Yingyi Ma 
Associate Professor, Sociology

Asian/Asian American Program Faculty

Carol Babiracki

Carol Babiracki 
Associate Professor, Music History & Cultures

Tej Bhatia

Tej Bhatia 
Professor, Linguistics and Hindi (South Asian Languages); Linguistics Undergraduate Advisor

Susan Edmunds

Susan Edmunds 
Professor
English

Chris A. Eng

Chris A. Eng 
Assistant Professor
English

Gareth Fisher

Gareth Fisher 
Associate Professor
Religion

Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold 
Thomas J. Watson Professor, Religion and Professor, Anthropology

Prema Kurien

Prema Kurien 
Professor and Chair, Sociology

Norman Kutcher

Norman Kutcher 
Associate Professor and Chair, History

Amy Lutz

Amy Lutz 
Associate Professor, Sociology

Mitra Devashish

Mitra Devashish 
Professor, Economics

Deborah Pellow

Deborah Pellow 
Professor, Anthropology

Romita Ray  (Kapoor)

Romita Ray (Kapoor) 
Associate Professor, Art History and Department Chair

Farhana Sultana

Farhana Sultana 
Associate Professor, Geography

Susan Snow Wadley

Susan Snow Wadley 
Professor, Anthropology

Joanne Punzo Waghorne

Joanne Punzo Waghorne 
Professor
Religion