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Evelyn Hu-DeHart  

Professor of History; Director of the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America at Brown University

Evelyn Hu-DeHart is Professor of History, American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University. 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, and lectures extensively in the United States, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean and Europe, in three languages (English, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Spanish).

She has written, edited and published 11 books, on three main topics, in 4 languages and 5 continents: indigenous peoples on the U.S.-Mexico border; Asians in the Americas, with special attention to the Chinese diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean; diversity, multiculturalism, race, race relations and minority politics in the U.S. Select publications include: "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).

She is primary collaborator 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.

In 2020, she was elected International Fellow of the Mexican Academy of Historians.

In 2019-20, she was the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Centennial Fellow in the Dynamics of Place to research and write a book on “The Chinese in the Spanish Empire, From Manila in the 16th Century to Cuba in the 19th Century”.

Speech Topics


"Asian Latinos" and the Asian Diaspora Worldwide

The "Underside" of Globalization

Immigration and US Borders

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

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