Jasmine Alinder
Lead Academic Advisor

Jasmine Alinder is Associate Professor of History, Coordinator of Public History and Director of Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and holds a PhD in the History of Art with a focus on the History of Photography from the University of Michigan (1999). Her book Moving Images: Photography and the Japanese American Incarceration was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2009. Alinder is the project director for the March On Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project, a digital archive of primary sources and contextual materials. She is also participating in a multi-campus digital oral history project about Wisconsin farming. She is a contributing author to Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II, edited by Eric Muller and published by University of North Carolina Press in 2012. Alinder is currently researching a book on photography and censorship during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with support from an ACLS Ryskamp fellowship.


Ellen Wu
Ellen Wu is an associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies program at Indiana University. Her research interests include race, identity and immigration in the context of the Asian-American experience. Her book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority tracks the changing attitudes towards Asian immigrants to the United States towards the middle of the 20th century from the “yellow peril” to “model minority” ideologies. Wu’s commentary has been featured by a number of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NPR’s Code Switch.


Helen Zia
Helen Zia is an award-winning author, journalist, activist and Fulbright Scholar. She is the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People, about the contemporary struggles of Asian American communities to be full participants in this American democracy. She is the former Executive Editor of Ms. Magazine and board chair of the Women’s Media Center.


Michael Jin
Michael Jin is an assistant professor of history and Global Asian Studies. He is also a member of the Diaspora Studies Cluster at UIC. His research and teaching interests include migration and diaspora studies, transnational Asia and the Pacific Rim world, Asian American and Pacific Islander history, critical race and ethnic studies, and historical memory. His scholarly work is featured in Critical Ethnic Studies and The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies.