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John Cheng

ASSOCIATE Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies

M.A./Ph.D., History, University of California, Berkeley
A.B., History and Science, Harvard

Office: LS G666
Phone: 777-3880

Areas of Study and Interest

Immigration and naturalization policy
Race, law, and geography
State organization and administration
Comparative ethnic studies/critical race theory
History of science and technology
American popular culture
Global history
Historiography/cultural theory
Social networks/social media
Digital humanities


Astounding Wonder: Imagining Science and Science Fiction in Interwar America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012)

Barred Zones: The Strange Geography of Asian America (in progress)

Other Publications

“Intercollegiate Web Pedagogy: Possibilities and Limitations of Virtual Asian American Studies“ with Karen Chow and Pamela Thoma in Rachel Lee and Sau-Ling Wong, eds., Asian America.Net, (New York: Routledge, 2003).

Review of Elaine H. Kim and Eui-Young Yu, eds., East to America: Korean America Life Stories (New York: New Press, 1996), A. Magazine, March/April 1996, 56.

Review of Steven Levy, Artificial Life: The Quest for a New Creation (New York: Pantheon, 1992), IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. 15:4 (1993): 87-88.

U.S. Patent #4,743,753, 10 May 1988, “Method and Apparatus For Carrying Out Fiber Optic Time Domain Reflectometry Wherein Golay Complementary Sequences Are Applied.”

Exhibits And Projects

“Roots of Health Inequity” web project, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Washington, D.C.

Race: The Power Of An Illusion documentary and web site, California Newsreel, San Francisco, CA.

Last Updated: 1/16/18