Columbia University

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

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