Karin Aguilar-San Juan


Associate Professor, American Studies
Focuses on urban sociology and Asian American studies

Neill Hall 101
Telephone: 651-696-6148

Karin Aguilar-San Juan, Associate Professor of American Studies, is an urban sociologist and a second-generation Filipino American. Her book, Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America examines the relationship between community and place for Vietnamese Americans in Boston, Massachusetts and Orange County, California. Her edited volume, The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s gave visibility to Asian American activism for an earlier generation. She has published book chapters and articles on teaching about the Vietnam War, youth anti-racist organizing, and feminist/lgbtq community issues.

Her courses have included: Race, Place & Space; Schools & Prisons; U.S. Racial Formations and the Global Economy; Asian American Community & Identity; and Hunger Games: Map and Mirror for the 21st Century.

She co-directed the Mellon Curricular Pathways Grant (2008-2012) and the Urban Faculty Colloquium (2005 to the present). She also co-chaired the Resource and Planning Committee, which advises the President on long-range growth and strategic planning (2009-2011).

Karin received her M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2000) in sociology from Brown University and her B.A. in economics from Swarthmore College (1984). She is a former member of the South End Press book publishing collective, and a former editor/production manager of Dollars & Sense magazine. She has studied Japanese and Chinese martial arts since 1986.