Derek Chang

Derek Chang iAssociate Professor of History and Asian American Studies at Cornell University.  He is author of Citizens of a Christian Nation:  Evangelical Missions and the Problem of Race in the Nineteenth Century (Pennsylvania, 2010), which examines Baptist domestic missions among former slaves in the U.S. South and Chinese immigrants on the Pacific Coast.  He has also authored a number of book chapters on the intersection of race and religion, and he has presented papers and lectures on topics ranging from late-nineteenth century migration to post-World War II social movements, from women’s missionary work to Asian immigrants and contemporary discourses of the “model minority.”  Professor Chang is currently working on a research project that examines the place of Asians within the segregated American South.  He is particularly interested in the relationships among Asian immigrants and African Americans and those groups’ relationships to the state.  Professor Chang held a Social Science Research Council fellowship in 2000-01, and he has served as an officer of the Association for Asian American Studies.  He directs Cornell’s Asian American Studies.

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