Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

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Professor, Asian American Studies

Director of Humanities Center

Chancellor's Fellow

Ph.D., Stanford University, 1998, History

Phone: (949) 824-4207
Fax: (949) 824-7006
Email: j.wu@UCI.edu

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Asian American History; Comparative Racialization and Immigration; Empire and Decolonization; Gender and Sexuality
University of Chicago, Visiting Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, 2005-2006

Martin Luther King, Jr. Papers Project, Research Assistant, 1991-1992
Research Abstract
My research and teaching focus on analyzing intersecting social hierarchies, such as those based on race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship. I am particularly interested in understanding how individuals form identities and navigate/protest social inequalities.

My first book was a biography of Margaret Jessie Chung, the first American-born Chinese woman doctor. Born in the late 19th century, she became a celebrity during World War II, adopting over 1000 U.S. military personnel, entertainers, and politicians. My biography of Chung explores how she performed multiple and at times contradictory gender, racial, and sexual identities. To find out more, please see: “Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards,” A Digital Narrative, May 2009 (https://tinyurl.com/DrMomChung)

My second book examined the international travels of American anti-war activists and how these journeys shaped their political identity and goals. I focus on understudied individuals and historical events, particularly the anti-war activism and global travels of people of color and women.

My current book project is a political biography of Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color U.S. congressional representative and the co-sponsor of Title IX. I am working in collaboration with Mink's daughter, Political Scientist Gwendolyn Mink.

I enjoy creating digital narratives and assigning them as class projects. These multi-media "essays" explore complex topics through storytelling. Please check out the following:

1. Why I became a professor of Asian American Studies:
“The Takeover: May 15, 1989,” A Digital Narrative, May-April 2009

2. My personal story and political take on immigration:
“A Trip Down Immigration Lane,” A Digital Narrative, October 2010
Co-Editor, Gendering the Trans-Pacific World (Brill, 2017)
Co-Editor, Women's America: Refocusing the Past, 8th Edition (Oxford University Press 2015)
Radicals on the Road: Internationalism, Orientalism, and Feminism during the Vietnam Era (Cornell University Press, 2013)
Dr. Mom Chung of the Fair-Haired Bastards: The Life of a Wartime Celebrity (University of California Press, 2005)
UCI Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award, “A Double Minority: Undocumented and AAPI," 2017-2018
Other Experience
Co-Editor, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies

Co-Editor, Gendering the Trans-Pacific World: Diaspora, Empire, and Race
Book Series with Brill 2014—pres

Co-Editor, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000
Alexander Street Press 2017—2023

Co-Convener, Rethinking Transnational Feminisms
UCHRI Research Residency Group Fall—2017

Faculty Mentor for Research Project
BADAAS@UCI (The Beginnings of Activism for the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Irvine 2017—2018

Faculty Mentor for Research Project
AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Women on the Move 2017—pres

UC Consortium for the Study of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Histories in the Americas (WGSHA) 2017

The Inaugural Cultural Resonance in Contemporary Bodies Dance Festival 2018

Amerasia Journal 2019—2022

Berkshire Conference of Women Historians —2023

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