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May C. Fu, PhD

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies

May Fu grounds her vocational praxis in student-centered pedagogies and curricula that address the self-determination of our selves, families, and communities. Her classes explore the development, intersectionality, and utility of race while also identifying how aggrieved groups call new communities, cultures, and possibilities into being. Her research interests include comparative racialized histories, social movements, women of color feminisms, gender and labor, and the politics of historiography. She especially seeks to connect the different knowledges that exist in grassroots, activist, and academic communities. Drawing on oral histories, she is currently writing a book that explores Asian American radicalism and community organizing during the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
M.A., Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
M.A., History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
B.A., History and English, UC Los Angeles

Scholarly and Creative Work

May Fu, "On Contradiction: Theory and Transformation in Detroit's Asian Political Alliance," Amerasia Journal 35:2 (2009).

May Fu, "'Serve the People and You Help Yourself': Japanese American Anti-Drug Organizing in Los Angeles," Social Justice 35:2 (2008): 80-99.

Teaching Interests

Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Race and U.S. Social Movements
Asian American Social Movements
U.S. Women of Color