Wendy Cheng

Associate Professor of American Studies
Chair, Department of American Studies

Department: American Studies
Office Address: HU 215
Office Phone: (909) 607-3692

Wendy Cheng will be on leave during the spring semester.

Wendy Cheng


Wendy Cheng is Associate Professor of American Studies at Scripps College. She received her A.B. from Harvard University in English and American Language and Literature, her M.A. in Geography from UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on race and ethnicity, comparative racialization, critical geography, urban and suburban studies, and diaspora. Her book, The Changs Next Door to the Díazes: Remapping Race in Suburban California (University of Minnesota Press, 2013) develops a theory of regional racial formation through the experiences and perspectives of residents of majority nonwhite, multiracial suburbs, and won the 2014 Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Asia and Asian America. Her coauthored book, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles (with Laura Pulido and Laura Barraclough; University of California Press, 2012), for which she was also the photographer, is a guide to sites of alternative histories and struggles over power in Los Angeles County. Her current research focuses on the political activism of Taiwanese student migrants to the United States. Cheng is a board member of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers and the Journal of Urban History, and was a founding member of Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies. In 2016, she was named a Diverse: Issues in Higher Education Emerging Scholar and was the recipient of the 2016 Early Career Achievement Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.