Ellen Wu
Published April 28, 2017
Updated April 14, 2021

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. Her latest book is Overrepresented: Asian-Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action.

Wu serves on the board of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society and the Indiana Advisory Committee for the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Wu’s commentary has been featured by a number of outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and Code Switch.

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

Location: Bloomington, Ind.

E-mail: wue@indiana.edu

Phone: (812) 855-6344

Twitter: @ellendwu

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