Wendy Cheng

Associate Professor of American Studies
Chair, Department of American Studies

Department: American Studies
Office Address: Miller 104
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), 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, won the Association of American Geographers’ Globe Book Award for Public Understanding of Geography and the SCIBA Nonfiction Award. Her current research projects focus on the political activism of Taiwanese student migrants to the United States and racial plunder in everyday landscapes. Cheng is a board member of the Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Amerasia Journal, and the Journal of Urban History, and was a founding member of Arizona Critical Ethnic Studies.