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About Karin Aguilar-San Juan

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.


Present Associate Professor, American Studies, Macalester College



  • Asian American Community and Identity
  • Explorations of Race in Contemporary North America
  • Senior Seminar: Critical Race Theory

Contact Information

Macalester College
Neill Hall, 101
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6148


Journal Articles (7)

Books (2)

Contributions to Books (5)