One of the foremost scholars of Asian diaspora studies, Asian American Research Center Chair Lok Siu has broken new ground in linking hemispheric and transpacific approaches to the study of Asian migration. She is a highly regarded teacher and mentor, including recently receiving a mentorship award from the Graduate Assembly. She has been an exemplary campus citizen, taking leadership roles in the Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies (AAADS) Program, the Ethnic Studies Department, and the Academic Senate, in addition to AARC.
Carolyn Chen, a member of the AARC Advisory Committee, was also promoted to the rank of Professor. Carolyn is a sociologist of religion whose research has been recognized for its great originality, interdisciplinarity, scope, and empirical rigor; her latest book, Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley, was released earlier this year. Carolyn is a teacher of great impact, a dedicated departmental citizen, and a campus leader, including serving as co-director of the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion.