Office: Social Science Building 228
ETHN 100A - Ethnic Studies: Theoretical Approaches
(TuTh 11:00a-12:20p WLH 2208)
ETHN 200A - Departures: A Genealogy of Critical Racial and Ethnic Studies
(Th 1:00-3:50p SSB 103)
Ph.D., Sociology - University of California, Los Angeles, 1990.
M.A., Sociology - University of California, Los Angeles, 1987.
B.A., Communication - University of California, San Diego, 1985
Yến Lê Espiritu began her academic career in 1990 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UCSD. She has published extensively on Asian American identities and politics, gender and migration, and U.S. colonialism and wars in Asia. Her most current book, Body Counts: The Vietnam War and Militarized Refuge(es) (UC Press, 2014) retheorizes the connections among history, memory, and power and refashions the fields of American studies, Asian American studies, and refugee studies not around the narratives of American exceptionalism, immigration, and transnationalism but around the crucial issues of war, race, and violence—and the history and memories that are forged in the aftermath of war.
Espiritu has served several terms as Chair of the Department, and also as its Director of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies. At the national level, she has served as the President of the Association of Asian American Studies, Vice President of the Pacific Sociological Association, and member of the Committee on Nominations of the American Sociological Association.
Espiritu is also the recipient of several UCSD teaching awards: the Eleanor Roosevelt College’s Outstanding Faculty Award; the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award; and the Chancellor's Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching; and the inaugural recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Mentorship Award—for outstanding mentorship of undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and/or colleagues in the field of Asian American Studies.