OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Mae M. Ngai

Portrait of Mae M. Ngai

Mae M. Ngai is a professor of history and the Lung Family Professor of Asian American studies at Columbia University. Her research and teaching focus on twentieth-century U.S. history, with emphasis on immigration and ethnicity, politics and law, and labor. She is especially interested in problems of nationalism, citizenship, and race as they are produced historically in law and society, in processes of transnational migration, and in the formation of ethno-racial communities. She is the author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004), winner of the OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Prize, and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010).

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