Mae Ngai, professor of history and Lung Family Professor of Asian
American Studies, is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in
questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is the author of the award-winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern
America; The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of
Chinese America; and Major Problems
in American Immigration History (coeditor).
Before becoming a historian, she was a labor-union organizer and educator
in New York City. She is now working on Yellow and Gold: The Chinese Mining Diaspora, 1848-1908, a
study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in 19th-century
California, Australia, and South Africa.
She has written on immigration history and policy for the NY Times, LA Times, and Washington Post;
and has received fellowships and grants from the Institute for Advanced Study, New
York Public Library, and Guggenheim Foundation.
Thu-Fri, October 22-23 Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland
Mon-Tue, November 2-3 Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
Thur-Fri, January 14-15 University of California, Riverside
Thur-Fri, February 11-12 Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Thur-Fri, February 25-26 Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
Thur-Fri, March 10-11 Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Thur-Fri, March 24-25 Denison University, Granville, Ohio
Thur-Fri, April 7-8 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
The Chinese Question and Global Politics in the Nineteenth Century
The United States as a Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea