Evelyn Hu-Dehart Professor of History, Professor of American Studies

Evelyn Hu-DeHart is Professor of History, and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown. She joined Brown from the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies and Director of the Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Race in America. She has also taught at the City University of New York system, New York University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Arizona and University of Michigan, as well as lectured at universities and research institutes in Mexico, Peru, Cuba, France, Hongkong, Taiwan, and China.

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Research Areas

scholarly work

"The Chinese in Cuba," in Lingchi-Wang and Gungwu Wand, eds. The Chinese Diaspora: Selected Essays. 2 vols. Times Academic Press. 1998.

"Cajeme," "Jose Maria Leyva," "Chinese," in Michael S. Werner, ed., Encyclopedia of Mexico. Fitzroy Dearborn. 1998.

"The Chinese Diaspora," in George Leonard, ed., The Asian Pacific American Heritage. Garland Press. 1998.

"The Chinese in Spanish America," in Lynn Pan, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas. Singapore: Landmark Books: 1998. American edition to be published by Harvard U. Press in 1999.

"The Chinese in Cuba," in Lingchi-Wang and Gungwu Wand, eds. The Chinese Diaspora: Selected Essays. 2 vols. Times Academic Press. 1998.

"Cajeme," "Jose Maria Leyva," "Chinese," in Michael S. Werner, ed., Encyclopedia of Mexico. Fitzroy Dearborn. 1998.

"The Chinese Diaspora," in George Leonard, ed., The Asian Pacific American Heritage. Garland Press. 1998.

"The Chinese in Spanish America," in Lynn Pan, ed. The Encyclopedia of the Chinese Overseas. Singapore: Landmark Books: 1998. American edition to be published by Harvard U. Press in 1999.

"Latin America In Asia-Pacific Perspective," in Arif Dirlik, What is in a Rim? Critical Perspectives on the Pacific Region Idea, second revised edition. Roman and Littlefield. 1997.

"Affirmative Action," Colorado Law Review, Vol. 68, Issue 4, Fall 1997.

"Race, Civil Rights, and the New Immigrants: Nativism and the New World Order," in Samuel L. Myers., Jr., ed., Civil Rights and Race Relations in the Post Reagan-Bush Era (NY: Praeger, 1997)

"Latin America In Asia-Pacific Perspective," in Arif Dirlik, What is in a Rim? Critical Perspectives on the Pacific Region Idea, second revised edition. Roman and Littlefield. 1997.

"Affirmative Action," Colorado Law Review, Vol. 68, Issue 4, Fall 1997.

"Race, Civil Rights, and the New Immigrants: Nativism and the New World Order," in Samuel L. Myers., Jr., ed., Civil Rights and Race Relations in the Post Reagan-Bush Era (NY: Praeger, 1997)

"Reconceptualizing Liberal Education: The Importance of Ethnic Studies," in Educational Record, vol 76, no 2,3 (Spring/Summer), 1995, pp. 23-31.

"Reconceptualizing Liberal Education: The Importance of Ethnic Studies," in Educational Record, vol 76, no 2,3 (Spring/Summer), 1995, pp. 23-31.

research overview

Evelyn Hu-DeHart often describes herself as a multicultural person who speaks several languages (including English, Chinese, French, and Spanish) and moves easily among several cultures. Her professional life has focused on what Cuban historian Juan Perez de la Riva calls "historia de la gente sin historia."

research statement

Professor Hu-DeHart was born in China and immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was 12. As an undergraduate at Stanford University she studied in Brazil on an exchange program. She became fascinated with Latin America and that interest eventually led her to a Ph.D. in Latin American history. She has written two books on the Yaqui Indians, and is now engaged in a large research project on the Asian diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The goal of Professor Hu-DeHart`s diaspora project is to uncover and recover the history of Asian migration to Latin America and the Caribbean, and to document and analyze the contributions of these immigrants to the formation of Latin/Caribbean societies and cultures. It should also contribute towards theorizing diasporas and transnationalism. The importance and timeliness of this research was most recently demonstrated by the election of Alberto Fujimori, son of Japanese immigrants, as president of Peru. Hu-DeHart also hopes that her work will broaden the scope of Asian American studies as well as contribute to an area not well covered within Latin American studies.

Selected Publications:

Missionaries, Miners, and Indians: History of Spanish Contact with the Yaqui Indians of Northwestern New Spain, 1533-1830. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1981.

Yaqui Resistance and Survival: Struggle for Land and Autonomy, 1821-1910. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1984.

Adaptación y Resistencia en el Yaquimi: Los Yaquis Durante la Colonia. Colección de Historia de los pueblos indígenas de México, dirigida por Teresa Rojas Rabiela y Mario Humberto Ruz. Mexico: Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) (Instituto Nacional Indigenista), 1995.

Across the Pacific: Asian Americans and Globalization (Editor). Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1999.

Asians in the Americas: Transculturations and Power (co-editor with Lane Hirabayashi). Special issue of Amerasia Journal 28:2 (2002)
Voluntary Associations in the Chinese Diaspora (co-edited with Khun Eng Kuah-Pearce).Hong Kong: Hong Kong U. Press, 2006

Asia and Latin America (Editor). Special Issue of REVIEW: Literature and Arts of the Americas 72 (Spring 2006)

"Afro-Asia," (Guest Editor with Kathleen López). Special issue of Afro-Hispanic Review 27: 1 (Spring 2008).

funded research

Rockefeller Residency Fellowships in the Humanities, awarded to University of Colorado, Boulder, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race in America, $250,000 for three years (1992-1995)

Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance Grant, $25,000, Institute for Non-Traditional Leadership (2005)