Greetings from the Chair


Welcome to the UCLA Asian American Studies Department!

Asian American Studies was created to address the longstanding inequities in education and research.  The field calls attention to the histories and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans and the important heterogeneity within these communities.  It brings together perspectives from different fields in the creative arts, humanities and social sciences while at the same time seeking to maintain a commitment to activism and to the needs of our communities. For over fifty years, UCLA has been a leader in the development of Asian American Studies across the nation.  Our department offers a space for students, scholars, artists and activists to come together to learn, grow and innovate. In addition to academic scholarship, our curriculum emphasizes community involvement and offers opportunities for engaging in the creative arts. In research, our faculty push the field towards new directions of study such as considering the role of colonialism, immigration, racial formation and transnationalism.

We invite you to explore our website to find out more about Asian American Studies at UCLA. Our website is updated frequently, so please check back often for the latest information about events, news, courses, profiles, collaborations, links, and ways to get more involved.

Natalie Masuoka

Chair, Asian American Studies Department

Upcoming Events



Prospective and current undergraduate and graduate students may email Justin Baker with any questions related to academic advising:

Department Maintained Google Sheet

Tentative scheduled course offerings may be found here.

*Schedule of courses is subject to change.*

Registrar’s Office Schedule of Classes
Check the Schedule of Classes for the most updated listing of courses.

Why Asian American Studies?

Sara Nguyen, Asian American Studies Commencement Speaker 2021

Sahra Nguyen is the founder & CEO of Nguyen Coffee Supply — the first-ever specialty Vietnamese coffee company importing and roasting in Brooklyn, New York.

On a mission to transform the coffee industry through diversity, inclusion, and transparency, Nguyen Coffee Supply has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, VICE, New York Magazine, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, and honored with the 2019 StarChefs Rising Star Award.

Early January 2020, Imbibe Magazine featured Sahra Nguyen as one of the #Imbibe75 — people, places, and directions that will shape the way you drink in 2020. She is a Gold House Collective Founder for Spring 2020 cohort, a leading network to celebrate and elevate the Asian American community.