People / Faculty
Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Professor of the Graduate School
Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies
Comparative historical studies of race, gender and class and their intersections in relation to immigration, labor markets, and citizenship. Uncovering the connections among social structure, cultural discourse, and everyday experience.
Ph.D., Harvard University
B.A. University of California, Berkeley
Bio & Research Interests
I continue to work on a book length project entitled Foundational Violence: U.S. Settler Colonial Articulations of Racialized and Gendered Citizenship. This project builds on and expands ideas developed in my 2015 article in the inaugural issue of the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. It takes the settler colonial origins of the U.S. seriously as foundational to the formation of an American national identity rooted in whiteness and masculinity. It traces the concept of endangered whiteness and white victimization to settler-Indian relationships and its continuation through tropes of black violence and alien immigrant invasion.
A second longterm project documents the heretofore untold story of certain West Coast Japanese Americans who avoided internment during World War II by “voluntarily” relocating to inland areas. As revealed through in-depth interviews with survivors, the experiences of self evacuees varied a great deal, but many ended up in remote rural areas where living conditions were harsh and where relocatees faced hostility and threats to their safety. Because they did not share the central experience of the vast majority of Japanese Americans, many self-evacuees felt that their experiences were not acknowledged by the ethnic community or the larger society.
Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America, Harvard University Press, 2010.
Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters (ed.) Stanford University Press, 2009
Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002)
Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency, Evelyn N. Glenn, Grace Chang and Linda Forcey, eds. (New York: Routledge, 1994)
Issei, Nisei, Warbride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986)
Hidden Aspects of Women's Work, Christine Bose, Roslyn Feldberg, and Natalie Sokoloff with the Women and Work Research Group, eds. (New York: Praeger, 1987)
Awards & Honors
2018 Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, and Class
2014 Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence
2013 Local Hero Award, KQED for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
2009-2010 President, American Sociological Association
2007 Feminist Lecturer for Outstanding Feminist Sociology, Sociologists for Women in Society
2005 Jessie Bernard Award, American Sociological Association
2004 Outstanding Book Award, American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America
2004 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Association
2003 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award, American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities