Aguilar-San Juan, an urban sociologist, is the editor of the acclaimed anthology,
The State of Asian America: Activism and Resistance in the 1990s, which contributed to
the national Asian American Studies examination in 1995. She has studied Vietnamese
communities in Orange County, Calif., Boston, Mass., and around the country. She teaches
courses on community and identity in Asian America as well as race, racial inequality,
race-based social movements and racial justice. For a number of summers, she has taken
Macalester students to Detroit where they were able to learn about institutional racism,
the inequities of capitalism and experience social change as a "live concept."
Aguilar-San Juan was also selected by the Rockefeller Foundation to serve as a fellow for
its national Next Generation Leadership program. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Swarthmore College;M.A., Brown University; Ph.D., Brown University. 

Aguilar-San Juan has been teaching at Macalester College since 1999. 

Journal Articles


"Who's Discovering Whom?" Review of Dream Jungle, a novel by Jessica Hagedorn, and an interview with the author, Women's Review of Books (Center for Research on Women, Wellesley College) (2004)


Fields of Dreams: Place, Race, and Memory in Boston's Vietnamese American Community.., Amerasia Journal (2003)

In this article I explain how and why Boston's Vietnamese American story deserves its own...



Contributions to Books


Taking Charge in Lake Wobegon: Youth Organizing, Anti-Racism, and Social Justice in the Twin Cities, Beyond Resistance! : youth activism and community change : new democratic possibliities for practice and policy for America's youth (2006)

Youth Studies is an emerging interdisciplinary field; this anthology came out of a workshop sponsored...



Feminism Across Our Generations (with Delia D. Aguilar), Pinay Power: Pilipina Peminist Theory, Theorizing the Filipina/American Experience (2005)

In this essay, my mother (a professor of Women’s Studies) and I explore our relationships...



Going Home: Enacting Justice in Queer Asian America, Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives (2003)


Going Home: Enacting Justice in Queer Asian America, Q & A: Queer in Asian America (1998)

In this chapter, I explore the ideas of “home,” “community,” and “experience” as central but...