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Evelyn  Hu-DeHart

Evelyn Hu-DeHart

Founder, Asian/Pacific American Women's Leadership Institute


Evelyn Hu-DeHart is Professor of History, American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. She was Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown from 2002-2014, and Director of the Consortium on Advanced Studies in Cuba during the 2014-2015 Academic Year, and again in Spring 2019. Read More >

From June 2015 to June 2016, she was Visiting Professor in the History Programme at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. She received her B.A in Political Science from Stanford University and her PhD in Latin American/Caribbean history from the University of Texas at Austin.  She has received two Fulbright fellowships, to Brazil and Peru. 

She has written, edited and published 11 books, on three main topics, in 4 languages on 5 continents: indigenous peoples on the U.S.-Mexico border; the Chinese diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean; and race relations and minority politics in the U.S. Select publications on the Chinese diaspora include these edited volumes: Across the Pacific: Asian Americans and Globalization (1999; e-version 2010); Asians in the Americas: Transculturation and Power (2002); Voluntary Associations in the Chinese Diaspora (2006); Asia and Latin America (2006); Afro-Asia (2008); Towards a Third Literature: Chinese Writings in the Americas (2012). In 2015, Zhejiang U. Press in China published a book of her essays in Chinese on the Chinese diaspora in Latin American and Caribbean, entitled Heyi weijia 何以为家.

In 2016, U. of Wisconsin Press published a New Edition of her 1984 book on the Yaqui Indians of Northern Mexico: Yaqui Resistance and Survival: The Struggle for Land and Autonomy, 1821-1910. She is currently collaborating on two international research, public humanities and digital humanities projects: 

  • Asia Pacific in the Making of the Americas: Towards a Global History at Brown University, and
  • Chinese Railroad Workers of North America at Stanford University.

Currently (2018-19), she is the American Council of Learned Scholars Centennial Fellow in the Dynamics of Place, on leave from Brown University to do research on "China, the Chinese Diaspora, and the Spanish Empire, 16th to 21st Centuries." Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Race Issues and Affirmative Action from an Asian American and Asian Transnational Perspective

Immigration and US Borders

The "Underside" of Globalization

"Asian Latinos" and the Asian Diaspora Worldwide