Department Directory

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  • Associate Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University, Anthropology

anthropology of globalization and the state, diaspora, affect and embodiment, humanitarianism and human rights

  • Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., Berkeley, Political Science

immigration history, contemporary community issues

  • Peer Advisor

Hello everyone! 


My name is Christine Choi and I am a 3rd-year Asian American Studies Major, double minoring in Educational Studies and English from Northridge, California. I am a first-generation and Korean-American student and I am beyond excited to be working with the Asian American Studies Department as an Undergraduate Peer Advisor. 


On-campus I am a Resident Assistant (RA) and will be again next year for a pre-dominantly freshmen residence hall, Santa Cruz Hall, and also serve as a Campus Tour Guide and the Vice President of Recruitment and Training through the Gaucho Tour Association within the Office of Admissions. I also am involved as a Peer Mentor and Research Assistant within the UCSB Gevirtz Graduate School of Education’s Koegel Autism Center. I am also an elementary school instructor for an organization SproutUp and currently a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the UCSB Education Department’s course, Introduction to the University, ED 20 for freshmen, and for ED 118 for transfer students. I am also the Administrative Vice President of the National Residence Hall Honorary Chapter here on campus. I have also experience working in different departments such as UCSB Health & Wellness, UCSB Residential Housing Association, UCSB Disabled Students Program, and more. 


I am very passionate about education and specifically ethnic studies being accessible to students as taking my first Asian American class here at UCSB changed my life and really allowed myself to further develop my own identity as an Asian American Student. 


I am so excited to work as a Peer Advisor within the department and would love to talk to you more about why I chose to pursue the Asian American Studies major and more. Please feel free to email me whenever and I would love to chat! 

  • Professor

Ph.D., UCLA, Psychology

Social movement history, Asian American freedom movements 1940s-1970s, Japanese American radicalism, Afro-Asian solidarities in the Black Radical Tradition, race and racism, racialized gender, and community-engaged research and pedagogies

  • (805) 893-7140
  • HSSB 5034, SH 4603
  • Lecturer

M.A., History, University of Madras

M. Phil., University of Madras

M.A., Dramatic Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Student Staff

I am a second year student minoring in Asian American Studies. I look forward to a year of learning, building friendships, and experiencing and trying out new things. I am currently undeclared, but I am looking into majoring into psychology or sociology. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and hanging out with friends at the beach.

  • Peer Advisor

Hi! I am a third year Asian American Studies major double with Financial Math and Statistics. I spend my free time learning to cook and trying out new things. My hobbies include photography, learning classical instruments like the violin and piano, and painting. Normally you will see me in Asian American Studies classes so if you see me, come say hi! Of course, you are always welcome to come to my office hours.

I adore Asian American Studies courses because they are highly applicable in daily life. In our classes, we examine multiple intercultural perspectives in literature and history. I learned many useful things that aren’t available in STEM classes. In Asian American Studies courses, you get the chance to work closely with the professors to develop your communication, writing, and analytical skills. In these classes, students are given the chance to express themselves and grow as individuals. I started off as a minor and became a major because I realize each of the interdisciplinary topics gives me invaluable knowledge, background, and experience. Regardless of becoming a major/minor, taking an AsAm class will change your outlook on mechanisms of the world and yourself.

If you have questions and can’t come to my office hours, email me at and I’ll respond to you as soon as possible. 

  • Mondays 12:30 – 3:30 in the main office (HSSB 5044) or if you can’t find me there I’ll be in the Reading Room (HSSB 5026) or by Appointment
  • Peer Advisor
Hello there,
My name is Michelle Rose Jocson-Macrohon and I am a 3rd year Asian American Studies Major and Technology Management Program. I was born in Pomona but grew up in Fontana, California in the Inland Empire. I am a Filipino/Chinese American First-Generation student. I was apart of Residential Housing Association which is the student government that oversees Residential Living and Kapatirang Pilipino. I came in as an Economics and Accounting Major, then thought of Communications and Sociology. But then I found the Asian American Department and fell in love with my overall experience taking the classes. 
There is a trend within these Asian American classes that I have taken that keep me coming back for me. Where possible, courses rely on historical and comparative methodologies, a combination of epistemological/theoretical concerns with an analysis of “real-life” problems, and a critical approach to the processes of knowledge construction, all of which allow a student to develop a contextual understanding of the issues they are studying. Although, called the "Asian American Studies Department, the content of the class is not only about Asian Americans. These classes encompass multiple factors that involve and are relevant to groups not only pertaining to Asian American History, covering a broad range of issues, from the historically constructed and contested nature of individual identities to issues of cultural and historical representation, social justice, and struggles for racial redress. Its overall objective is to encourage, allow, and facilitate a study of the self in relation to the other. Because the department is a bit smaller than some of the other department here, I have had the greatest opportunities to interact with on an intimate level, as the less student, they have the more time they have to meet with you 1 on 1.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about my experience in the Department. I have office hours Thursdays 12:30 - 3:30 on the 5th floor of HSSB in the Asian American Studies Department. My email is also:


  • Undergraduate Advisor
  • Department Assistant

TA coordinator, hiring, payroll, and fee remissions

Student petitions & degree progress checks

Course Scheduling

Student academic requirements and advising; meets with majors and minors

Department Assistant - financial reimbursements, travel, and lodging

Department events

Peer Advisor Supervision 

  • (805) 893 - 8039
  • HSSB 5044
  • Associate Professor

Asian American and comparative ethnic literatures, literary studies, women's literature, feminist studies, cultural studies

family and intergenerational conflict, power and subject formation, gender and the embodied subject, mental health, sexual violence

  • (805) 893-8370
  • HSSB 5036


  • Michael Berry
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
  • Rudy Busto
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Religious Studies
  • G. Reginald Daniel
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Sociology
  • Lawrence K. Fulbeck
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Art
  • Jin Sook Lee
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Education
  • Pei-te Lien
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Political Science
  • Shirley Lim
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • English
  • Paul Spickard
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • History
  • Mayfair Yang
  • Affiliated Faculty
  • Religious Studies