Ellen Wu, Ph.D.

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. She is currently in the process of writing another book entitled Overrepresented: Asian-Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action, which sheds light on Asian-American politics from the 1960’s.


Associate professor of history and director of Asian Studies program, Indiana University at Bloomington

Location: Bloomington, Indiana

Areas of Expertise: Asian-American history and culture, race and identity, immigration, diversity, higher education

Contact Information

E-mail: wue@indiana.edu
Twitter:
@ellendwu

Beverly Tatum

Beverly Tatum is the president of Spelman College, a historically black liberal arts college for women in Atlanta. Before becoming Spelman’s president in 2002, Tatum was a professor of psychology at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. Prior to Mount Holyoke, Tatum taught psychology at Westfield State College and was a lecturer in black studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Tatum’s research interests include black families in white communities, racial identity in teens, and the role of race in the classroom. She has written three books, including 2007’s Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation.

President Barack Obama appointed Tatum to the Advisory Board for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Tatum received the Brock International Prize in Education in 2005 for her leadership and academic contributions.


President of Spelman College

Areas of Expertise: Higher Education, Clinical Psychology, Race Relations, Race, Racial Identity

Location: Atlanta, GA

Contact Information:
Phone: (404) 270-5822 (o) | (404) 569-2789 (c)
Twitter: @BDTSpelman

You can also email or call the President’s Office at Spelman:
Email: presidentsoffice@spelman.edu
Phone: (404) 270-5001

Or you can contact Tomika DePriest or Terrilyn Simmons:

Tomika’s Email: tdepriest@spelman.edu
Phone: (404) 270-5060

Terrilyn’s Email: tsimmons8@spelman.edu
Phone: (404) 270-5822 (o) | (404) 569-2789 (c)

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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