Kathleen Yep

Professor of Asian American Studies

With Pitzer Since: 2004
Field Group: Asian American Studies
Campus Address: Scott Hall 111
Phone: 909.607.2645
Email: Kathleen_Yep@pitzer.edu
Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Related Website: Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies

Educational Background

BA, MA, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests

Social Stratification (Race, Gender, Sexualities, and Class), Cultural Politics (Sport and Music), Education (Antiracist Feminist Pedagogies, Critical Consciousness), Contemporary Social Theory, Qualitative research (Oral Historiography, Participatory Action Research, Social Documentation).

Recent Courses

Theory and Methods in Asian American Studies (ASAM115)

Fieldwork in Asian American Communities (ASAM102)

Racial Politics of Teaching (ASAM/LGCS82)

Asian Americans and Education (ASAM111)

Teaching as Social Change (ASAM188)

Nonviolent Social Change (SOC84AA)

Selected Publications

“Reimagining Diversity Work: Multigenerational Learning, Adult Immigrants, and Dialogical Community-Based Learning,” Metropolitan Universities, vol. 25, no. 3, March 2015.

“The Revised Naturalization Exam and Chinese Immigrants in the United States: Key Issues for Social Workers,” Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, vol. 23, no. 4, 2014. With Zhao, T, Pang, S., Wang, C., & Wang, P.

“The Power of Collective Expression: College Students and Immigrant Women Learning  Together,” in Gwyn Kirk and Margo Okazawa-Rey, ed., Women’s Lives (6th edition). London: Mayfield Publishing, 2012.

“Linsanity and Centering Sports in Asian American Studies and Pacific Islander Studies,” Amerasia Journal, vol. 38, no. 3 (fall 2012).

“Peddling Sport: Liberal Multiculturalism and the Racial Triangulation of Blackness, Chineseness and Native American-ness in Professional Basketball,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 35, no. 6 (June 2012).

“To Reform or to Empower: Asian American Studies and Social Justice Service Learning,”in C. Cress and D. Donahue, eds., Democratic Dilemmas of Service-Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2011.

“Why Are You So Mad? Mediating Racial Conflict in Service-Learning Classrooms,”C. Cress and D. Donahue, eds., Democratic Dilemmas of Service-Learning: Curricular Strategies for Success. Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing, 2011.

“Playing Rough and Tough: Chinese American Women Basketball Players in the 1930s and 1940s,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies, vol. 31, no.1 (2010).

For What You See As Just: Paulo Freire and Asian American Studies in Community-Based Learning,” Journal for Civic Commitment, vol. 16, No. 1 (2010).

. Decolonizing community engagement: reimagining service-learning through an ethnic studies lens. In Cambridge Handbook for Service Learning and Community Engagement, Yep, K.S. & Mitchell, T.D. (2017),edited by Dolgon, C., Eatman, T. & Mitchell, T.D., Cambridge University Press.


Selected Conference Presentations, Invited Talks and Public Commentary

Quoted extensively in “Chinese Basketballers of Yesteryear,” NPR History Department, June 4, 2015.

“Social Justice Service Learning: Asian American Studies and Higher Education,” paper presented at the Connect, Share, Build: Community Engagement as a Central Value for Today’s Liberal Arts Education conference, Pomona College and the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Claremont, CA, January 2013.

“Social Justice Service Learning: Fostering Critical Consciousness, Fostering Social Change,” invited talk at the Sociology Department, California State University Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, May 4, 2012.

“Teaching as Social Change,” panel organizer and discussant, the Association of Asian American Studies Conference, Washington, DC, April 12, 2012.

Quoted in “The Asian American Basketball Leagues That Helped Create Linsanity,” Colorlines, February 21, 2012; in “Jeremy Lin Puts the Ball in Asian Americans’ Court,” Los Angeles Times, February 21, 2012; and in “NBA’s Lin Scores by Winning and Breaking Barriers,” The Sacramento Bee, February 15, 2012.

Interviewed on Radio Show, 2012, WURD, Philadelphia, PA, on February 24, 2012.

“Let That Sh*t Come Out in a Way That People Know: Asian American Studies and Teaching as Social Change,” paper presented at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, April 2010.

“Embodied Solidarity and Chinatown Basketball (San Francisco: 1930- 1950),” lecture presented at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, April 2010.

“Storytelling as Political Act: The Legacy of Asian American Studies,” Keynote Speaker, Five College Asian American Advisory Board Conference, Claremont, CA, February 2010.

“Student Development and Social Justice: Critical learning, radical healing and community engagement” lecture presented at The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being Conference (May, 2017) and Bridging Theory to Practice in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Chicago, Illinois (May, 2017)

“Longitudinal Research on a Multi-Campus Faculty Fellows for Political Engagement Initiative: Pedagogical Innovations, Engaged Scholarship, Leadership Trajectories, and Implications for Institutional Policy” lecture presented at International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement, Galway, Ireland (September, 2017)

Recent Selected Awards, Grants and Honors

Professor Yep received a grant from the California Council for the Humanities for her digital social documentation project “Women, Faith, and Action,” co-directed with Rev. Deborah Lee, 2009- 2010.

Additional Information

Personal Academic Website


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