Research Fellowship Program

In 1994, the Institute for Asian American Studies established a Research Fellowship Program, which provides small grants funding to faculty, graduate students, and other researchers who conduct a study on Asian American issues. Each fellow is expected to present his or her research at a public forum at UMass Boston, and to produce a scholarly manuscript.

To view the 2018 Call for Proposals, click here.

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Son Ca Lam
Doctoral Candidate, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University
Shifting Grounds: Changes in the Meaning of Home for Vietnamese Refugee Women across Generations


Kevin Gin
Doctoral Candidate, Higher Education, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
Racism Online: Racialized Aggressions and Sense of Belonging for Asian American College Students

Akansha Vaswani
Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology, College of Education and Human Development, UMass Boston
Communication backstage practices among South Asian Indians in New England: Toward a conceptual framework for understanding transnational connections


George Chigas
Lecturer, World Languages and Cultures, College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, UMass Lowell
A History of the Lowell Cambodian American Community: 1980 to 2015

MinJeong Kim
Assistant Professor, Language Arts and Literacy, Graduate School of Education, UMass Lowell
The Literate Lives of Southeast Asian American Children in the Classroom: Rethinking Early Childhood Literacy Curriculum from an Ecological Perspective

Yuqing Zhang
Doctoral Student, Nursing, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, UMass Boston
Oral care knowledge and practice among Asian American pregnant women with gestational diabetes mellitus


Jane Yeonjae Lee
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Humanities Center, Northeastern University
Being Non-Christian in a Christian Community: Experiences of Belonging and Identity among Korean Americans

Ivy Ho
Associate Professor, Psychology, UMass Lowell
Health Care Providers’ Perceptions of Cambodian American Female Patients in Lowell, MA

MinJin Kim
Doctoral Student, College of Nursing & Health Science, UMass Boston
Understanding Socio-Cultural Factors of Human Papillomavirus Prevention Among Korean American Mothers and Their Perceptions of Parenting


Leslie Wang
Assistant Professor, Sociology, UMass Boston
Searching for Birth Parents: The Experiences of Adopted Chinese Adolescents


Loan Dao
Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, UMass Boston
Mapping Services and Social Networks for Elderly Vietnamese Americans in Boston, MA

Heather Lee
Doctoral Candidate, American Civilization, Brown University
Visualizing the Data: Spatial and Statistical Analyses of The Chinese Restaurant Labor Markets in the Northeast, 1920-1965


Kiran Shahreen Kaur Arora
Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, UMass Boston
Ten Years Later: The Experiences of 9/11 for Sikh Men and Women

Rosann Tung
Director of Research and Policy, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University
English Language Acquisition and Heritage Language Maintenance for English Language Learners: Vietnamese Parent Perspectives

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Jing Tan
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Bridgewater State College
Health and Mental Health of Older Asian Americans: a comparative study of Chinese, Filipino, Asian Indian, and other Asian/Pacific Islanders


Cecilia Chen
Staff Attorney, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)
Destabilizing the History of Busing in Boston

Marlene Kim
Associate Professor, Economics, UMass Boston
Asian Women and Double Discrimination in Earnings

Haeok Lee
Associate Professor, Nursing and Health Sciences, UMass Boston
Improving the Management of Hepatitis B: Patients' Perceptions of Chronic HBV Prevention and Management

Nicole Newendorp
Lecturer and Assistant Director, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University
The 'Age' of Migration: Caregiving, Security, and Chinese Elderly in Boston


Michaela Wyman Colombo
Assistant Professor, Education, UMass Lowell
Perspectives of Successful Cambodian American High School Students

Patricia Lee
Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology, UMass Boston
Mental health and rehabilitation for Asian Americans with traumatic brain injury

Phitsamay Sychitkokhong Uy
Doctoral Student, Education, Harvard University
Educational experiences of Lao and Khmer high school students in Lowell


Enrico Marcelli and Philip Granberry
Former Assistant Professor, Economics, UMass Boston, and PhD Candidate, Public Policy Program, UMass Boston
The Influence of Individual and Family Characteristics and Health Related Behaviors on Asian Immigrant Health


Shobha Hamal Gurung
Visiting Professor, Sociology, University of Connecticut
Exploring the Lives of Women in the Informal Global Economy: The Case of Nepali Women in New York and Boston

Lili M. Kim
Henry R. Luce Assistant Professor of History & Global Migration, Hampshire College
Multiple Belongings and Identity Formations: Korean Argentine Americans in Boston and New York City, 1965 - Present

Jacob I. Stowell
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, University of Massachusetts Lowell
A New Direction in the Study of Immigration and Crime: Examining the Relationship Between Asian Immigration and Criminal Deviance in New England

Wing-kai To
Associate Professor, History, Bridgewater State College
Chinese American Education and Culture in Boston during the Exclusion Era, 1870s to 1950s


Patrick Clarkin
Assistant Professor, UMass Boston, Department of Anthropology
Refugee Experiences of Lao in Rhode Island

Nan Zhang Hampton
Associate Professor, UMass Boston, Department of Counseling & School Psychology
Exploring Cultural Impacts of Perceptions of Disability and Rehabilitation among Cambodians, Chinese, and Vietnamese in New England

Sophia Kim and Phitsamay Sychitkokhong
Staff at UMass Boston, Community Organizer
Doctoral Candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Massachusetts Asian American Youths' Educational Experiences


Soo Hong
Doctoral candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Beyond Alinsky and the IAF: Contemporary Organizing in Asian American Communities

Miliann Kang and C.N. Le
Assistant Professor, Women's Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Doctoral candidate, Sociology, University of Albany, State University of New York and Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Second Generation Asian Pacific American Households in New England: Negotiating Work, Family, Community and Identity

Grace Kim
Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
The Co-Construction of Racial and Ethnic Identities, and Self-Esteem in Asian American Youth: Effects of Belonging and Exclusion

Josephine Louie
Doctoral candidate, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Television and Race: What Chinese Youth from Immigrant Families Watch and Learn

Nalini Visvanathan
Lecturer, College Of Public and Community Service, University of Massachusetts Boston
South Asian Immigrant Women's Health: An Exploratory Study


Maria Brunette
Assistant Professor, Work Environment, UMass Lowell
Decent and Safe Workplaces for Cambodian Workers in Lowell: A Pilot Study to Establish a Worker Awareness Campaign Using a Participatory Approach

Monica Chiu
Assistant Professor, English, University of New Hampshire
Laotian Americans, Ethnicity, and Youth Culture on New Hampshire's Seacoast

Paul Fernald
Doctoral student, Geography, University of Connecticut
Settlement patterns of Asian Americans in New England

Shirley Tang and James Bui
Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies and American Studies, UMass Boston
Director of Community Organizing, Viet-AID
Community Cultural Development Matters: The Vietnamese American Experience in Dorchester, MA


Khanh Dinh
Assistant Professor, Psychology, UMass Lowell
Psychosocial Profile of Asian Immigrants in Relation to their Past Life Events

Richard Hung
Assistant Professor, Human Services, UMass Boston
Asian American Nonprofits in U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Sunaina Maira
Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, UMass Amherst
South Asian Muslim Immigrant Youth in Cambridge: Cultural Citizenship in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001

Yuting Shih
Doctoral candidate, Education, UMass Amherst
Narratives of Chinese Female Immigrant Professionals: Factors that Affect their Career Development and Strategies Used for Career Adjustment


Shehong Chen
Assistant Professor, History, UMass Lowell
Reconstructing the Chinese Experience in Lowell, MA, 1876-1967

Marlene Kim
Assistant Professor, Economics, UMass Boston
Wage Penalties for Asian American Workers

Michael Liu
Research Associate, Institute for Asian American Studies, UMass Boston
Survey of East Coast Asian American Activism

Jocelyn Pan
PhD candidate, Harvard School of Public Health
Tobacco Use Among Asian Immigrant Youth: Integration of the Segmented Assimilation Framework to Public Health

Rachel Rubin
Assistant Professor, American Studies, UMass Boston
Cyberspace, Y2K: Giant Robots, Asian Punks


Mai Tuyet Pho
Student, UMass Medical School
A Failure to Communicate: Exploring the Psychosocial Basis for HIV/AIDS-related Interpersonal Communication between Vietnamese American Sexual Partners

Yuegang Zuo
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UMass Dartmouth
Antioxidants in Traditional Asian Americans' Food and Drink-Free Radical Quenching Property and Protective Effects on Breast Cancer


Madhulika Khandelwal
Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies, UMass Boston
Documenting Emerging Asian American Communities: South Asians in the Boston Area

Zhonghe Li
PhD candidate, Sociology, UMass Amherst
Culture, Acculturation and Wife Abuse: A Community-based Study of Chinese American Women Living in Boston

Maya Shinohara
MA candidate, Art History, UMass Amherst
Here and Now: Contemporary Asian American Artists in New England

Bei Wu
PhD candidate, Gerontology, UMass Boston
Supplementing Informal Care of Frail Elders with Formal Services: A Comparison of White, Hispanic and Asians

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