Board of Trustees

Allan Punzalan Isaac is Associate Professor of American Studies and English and Chair of American Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of American Tropics: Articulating Filipino America (University of Minnesota Press, 2006), which received the Association for Asian American Studies Cultural Studies Book Award. He has taught as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at DeLaSalle University in Manila, Philippines. He teaches a broad range of courses in theory and literature, Asian American Studies, critical race theory, law and literature, and comparative race studies.

David J. Leonard is Associate Professor and chair in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University, Pullman. He is the author of  After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness (SUNY Press) as we as several other works. Leonard is a regular contributor to NewBlackMan, and Feminist Wire. He blogs at Follow him on Twitter@drdavidjleonard.
Martin F. Manalansan IV is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies and a Conrad Professorial Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is an affiliate faculty in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Global Studies Program and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006) which was awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize in 2003. He is editor/co-editor of two anthologies: Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (Temple University Press, 2000) and Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (New York University Press, 2002), Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013) as well as a special issue of International Migration Review on gender and migration. He is also Social Science Review Editor of GLQ: A journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies. His current research involves the ethical and embodied dimensions of the lives and struggles of undocumented queer immigrants, Asian American immigrant culinary cultures, sensory and affective dimensions of race and difference, and Filipino return migration.

Richard T. Rodríguez is Associate Professor of English, Latina/Latino Studies, Criticism and Interpretive Theory, and Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Next of Kin: The Family in Chicano/a Cultural Politics (Duke University Press, 2009), which received the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award. His research interests include contemporary American literature, Latino/a literature and culture, poetry, film and visual culture, gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnic studies literary theory and cultural studies.
Cathy Schlund-Vials is Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is also the director of the Asian American Studies Institute (UConn) and the faculty director for Humanities House, a campus living/learning community. She is the author of two monographs: Modeling Citizenship: Naturalization in Jewish and Asian American Writing (Temple University Press, 2011) and War, Genocide, and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work (University of Minnesota Press 2012). In addition to book chapters in multiple collections, Dr. Schlund-Vials has published and forthcoming essays in Life Writing, Journal of Asian American Studies, MELUS, Modern Language Studies, Amerasia, American Literary History, and positions. Dr. Schlund-Vials was the 2011 recipient of the Association for American University Professors “Teaching Promise” Award and the 2013 Early Career Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.

Cynthia Wu is an Associate Professor of American Studies in the Department of Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo.  She specializes in Asian American and critical race/ethnic studies, disability studies, and gender and sexuality studies.  She is the author of Chang and Eng Reconnected: The Original Siamese Twins in American Culture (Temple University Press, 2012).  Her current project is a study of the U.S. military in the Asian American imagination.  When she’s not teaching and writing, she’s thinking about and taking action on the recruitment and retention of under-represented populations in academia.