People / Faculty

Core Faculty

Khatharya Um

Associate Professor

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

access and education of racialized minorities in American public schools, conflict and post conflict studies and genocide studies, post-colonial, refugee migration, Southeast Asian and Southeast Asian American Studies, transnational and diaspora studies

- Chancellor’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
- Ph.D. (Political Science), University of California, Berkeley
- M.A. (Political Science), University of California, San Diego
- B.A. (Political Science), University of California, San Diego

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Office:

568 Barrows Hall

Contact:

t: 510-643-0796

Bio & Research Interests

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Politics of memory and commemoration in post conflict communities
  • Transnationalism and diaspora
  • Colonial and postcolonial studies
  • Community Studies and Oral History
  • Southeast Asia and Southeast American communities
  • Youth and second generation issues
  • Human rights, human security, and social justice
  • Genocide studies
  • Wars, empires and refugees
  • Education

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Critical Refugee Studies (UC multi-campus)
  •  Memory Project
  •  Comparative Asian diaspora
  • Southeast Asian American second generation issues 

Courses Taught

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

– Introduction to Asian American histories  (AAADS 20A)

– Critical issues in Southeast Asian American communities (AAADS 125)

– Southeast Asian migration, US refugee policies adn international human rights regime (AAADS 126)

– US-Asia:  History and Politics (AAADS 130)

-Asian Diaspora in Comparative Contexts (AAADS 190)

– Honors Seminar (ES/AAADS/NAS/CS H195)

 

GRADUATE COURSES

– Critical Concepts, Theories And Approaches in Social Sciences (ES 203)

– Bodies in Motion: Theories and Approches in Transnational and Diaspora Studies (ES 250)

– Critical Pedagogy (ES 375)

 

 

Books

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Select publications

  • Um, K. “Crossing Borders: Citizenship, Identity and Transnational Activism in the Cambodian Diaspora” in Um and Gaspar Southeast Asian Migration: People On the Move in Search of Work, Refuge and Belonging (Sussex Academic Press, forthcoming November 2015)
  • Um, K.  “Genocide”, in Key Words in Asian American Studies, edited by Linda Trinh Vo, K. Scott Wong and Cathy Schlund-Vials (under contract with NYU Press)
  • Um, K.  “Education in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cambodia: Technology of Dominance, Technology of Liberation” submitted for Equity, Opportunity and Education in postcolonial Southeast Asia, edited by Cynthia Joseph (forthcoming Routledge, Critical Studies in Asian Education Series, 2014)
  • Um, K. “Southeast Asian American Health and Mental health”, in Handbook on Asian American Health Edited by Grace Yoo, Mai Nhung Le, Alan Oda, Springer, 2013.
  • Um, K.  “Exiled Memory: History, Identity and Remembering in the South East Asian Diaspora” in Southeast Asians in the Diaspora, edited by Mimi Nguyen, Fiona Ngo, and Miriam Lam, Positions, 2012.
  • Um, K.  Wisdom For The Ages, Native Hawaiian Education, NEA, 2011
  • Um, K. “Cambodia 2010: Trials, Tribulations and Tribunals”, in Southeast Asian Affairs, Spring 2011.
  • “Cambodia 2007: A Decade After the Coup,” Southeast Asian Affairs Spring 2008
  • “Diasporic Nationalism and Citizenship,” Refuge, 23:2, 2006
  • “Political Remittances: Diasporas In Conflict and Post-conflict Situations” in Hazel Smith and Paul Stares (eds), Diasporas in Conflict: Peace-makers or peace wreckers?Washington DC: United Nations University Press, 2006
  • “Refractions of Home: Exile, Memory and Diasporic Longing” in Leakthina Tollier and Timothy Winter Expressions of Cambodia: The Politics of Tradition, Identity and Change (Routledge, 2006)
  • “The ‘Vietnam War’: What’s In a Name.” Amerasia, 31:2, 2005, Museum of California, 2005
  • “Locating the ‘Vietnam War’: A Critical Re-Examination of US History,” online curriculum, Museum of California, 2005

Watch an interview with Prof. UM on Youtube  here.

Awards & Honors

– Chancellor’s Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellowship        

– MacArthur Fellowship- Social Sciences

–  Freeman Foundation Grant

–  Luce Foundation Fellowship

– National Science Foundation, Chancellor’s Grant

–  Humanities Research Grant

– Abigail Reynolds Hodgen Publication Fund 

 

AWARDS AND REOGNITION

– Chancellor’s Public Scholar 

– Distinguished Achievement Award- University of Massachusetts- Boston

– Special Recognition – Congresswoman Anna Eshoo 

– Special Recognition- Congressionwoman Barbara Lee 

–  Awarded for outstanding service and special contribution to the education and advancement of Southeast Asian Americans 

– Nominated for the Refugee Honor Roll of the UNHCR

– Special Recognition- Southeast Asian Student Coalition