Academics - Faculty Profiles

Kathleen Yep, PhD
Professor of Asian American Studies
Chair, Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies at The Claremont Colleges

Kathleen Yep

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:

  • “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).
  • “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.
  • Outside the Paint: When Basketball Ruled at the Chinese Playground. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009.
  • "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).
  • The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island. New York: Harper Collins, 2008. With Laurence Yep.
  • “Intellectual Praxes and the Politics of Analyzing Sport,” Sociology of Sport, vol. 24, no.1 (2007).

Recent Conferences and Invited Talks:

  • "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
  • "Is Change Possible? Critical Pedagogies and Political Engagement," paper presented at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, January 2009.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

  • Professor Yep's novel The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island was named a Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice for 2009. Dragon's Child was also selected as a New York Public Library "Top 100 Books to Read and Share in 2008."
  • 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.

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