Ellen D. Wu

National Fellow, 2022

Ellen D. Wu, National Fellow, researches, teaches, and writes about race and immigration in United States history. She is an associate professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington and the author of the award-winning book The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (2014).

Wu’s scholarship has been supported with fellowships from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Historical Studies, and the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture. Her work has been featured in a variety of academic and public-facing platforms, including Modern American History, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, NPRs Code Switch, Goop, Adam Ruins Everything, and the PBS documentary series Asian Americans. As a fellow, she worked on her forthcoming book Overrepresented: The Surprising History of Asian Americans and Racial Justice, a new story about diversity, data, and democracy in the United States forthcoming from Princeton University Press.

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