Evelyn Hu-DeHart began as a Latin Americanist, with two books on the Yaqui Indians of northwest Mexico and the borderlands. For more than two decades, she has explored Asian diasporas in Latin America and the Caribbean, with particular attention to the Chinese of Mexico, Peru, and Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean. She has adopted not only transnational and transborder approaches in constructing the histories of these movements but also has worked and published multilingually, in English, Spanish, and Chinese, on several continents. As the director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University, she has taken a leading role in moving ethnic studies in more relational, comparative, hemispheric American and transpacific directions. She currently teaches a first-year bilingual (English-Spanish) seminar on the U.S.-Mexican border as well as a graduate seminar on diaspora and transnationalism.
- Asians in the Americas: The Chinese, Japanese, and South Asian Diasporas
- Spanish Manila and the First American Chinatown
- The Strange and Curious History of the "Illegal Alien"