Adjunct Professors

Darius V. Echeverría

Darius V. Echeverría earned his doctorate and an M.A. in American History from Temple University. He also holds a B.A. magna cum laude in History from Rutgers University. As a Lecturer in both Columbia’s Department of History and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER), he specializes in Latinx Studies, Mexican American History, Political History, Social Movements, and Sport and Society.  He currently leads the Senior Project Seminar for CSER, which is designed to develop and hone the skills necessary to complete an advanced senior academic project. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Columbia, he serves as an undergraduate academic dean for Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science and Lecturer II faculty member for the Department of History and the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University.

As a historian, his teaching, scholarship, and public engagement focus on inequality and social policy; cycles of agency related to constitutional rights; the American Presidency in historical perspective; the conjunction of film and television history; baseball studies; and the formation of racial, ethnic, class, national, and transnational identities.  He is the author of Aztlán Arizona (University of Arizona Press, 2014), a history of the Chicano Movement in Arizona during the 1960s and 1970s. He has held his appointment at Columbia University since 2013.

Eric Gamalinda

Eric Gamalinda recently published The Descartes Highlands (Akashic Books, NY), his fifth novel and his first to be published in the US, which was shortlisted for the 2009 Man Asian Prize. His poems, stories and essays have been anthologized in Manila Noir (Akashic Books), Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton), Structure & Surprise (Teachers & Writers Collaborative), Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World (Penguin), Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing (Rutgers University Press), and Vestiges of War: The Philippine American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream (New York University Press), among others. He has been artist-in-residence at various institutions around the world, including The Rockefeller Foundation in Bellagio (Italy), The Corporation of Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony (USA), and most recently, Civitella Ranieri (Italy) and Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain).

Shinhee Han
Shinhee Han

Shinhee Han, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. She is also a senior psychotherapist at the Newschool University’s counseling service. Her clinical specializations include Asian and Asian American mental health, transnational adoptees, LGBT population and college students with identity, depression and anxiety. Previously, Dr. Han worked on the staff of counseling services at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Barnard College and Columbia University. Dr. Han is a founding member of the Asian Women Giving Circle, a New York City philanthropic fund supporting Asian women artists involved with social justice. She is the co-author with David L. Eng on Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans by Duke University Press due out end of 2018.

Viola Lasmana

Viola Lasmana is a Lecturer for the Department of English and Comparative Literature, and the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. Dr. Lasmana works at the intersections of transpacific studies and digital media, with an emphasis on literature, film, and media arts. She is currently completing a book, Shadow Imaginations: Transpacific Approaches to Post-1965 Indonesian Archives, on the reconstitution of Indonesia’s decimated cultural archive. Her work has appeared in Film Quarterly, The Cine-Files, Visual Anthropology, make/shift: feminisms in motion, Computers and Composition, and Interdisciplinary Humanities.

Dr. Lasmana received her PhD in English from the University of Southern California, with a certificate in Digital Media and Culture from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She has previously held the Andrew W. Mellon fellowship in Digital Humanities, and served as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee is the Executive Director of Freedom and Citizenship. Jessica received her Ph.D. from Columbia in 2016 and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2008. Throughout college Jessica worked at a summer camp; developing summer programming for campers and supervising undergraduate cabin counselors. She enjoyed it so much that after graduating college she wasn’t sure if she wanted to pursue a Ph.D. in history or become a director of a summer camp. In the end she decided to attend graduate school at Columbia University where she quickly found a way to combine both passions as the graduate coordinator of F&C. There, she could immerse herself in the history and philosophy of citizenship while also growing a tight knit community of motivated high school students each summer, developing meaningful summer and yearlong programming, and teaching and mentoring undergraduate college students. While working for Freedom and Citizenship and teaching in Columbia’s Center for the Core Curriculum, Jessica finished her dissertation on the formation of an American ethnic voting bloc during the Great Depression. As Executive Director of Freedom and Citizenship, Jessica continues to think a lot about how new citizens can make an oversized impact on the country’s political trajectory. Rather than writing about it, she now gets to act on it.

Brian Luna Lucero

Brian Luna Lucero is the Digital Projects Librarian for Columbia University Libraries. In that role, he helps Columbia faculty and librarians develop online exhibits and digital collections based in the library’s archives. He was previously Digital Repository Coordinator, overseeing cataloging and metadata for Columbia’s institutional repository, Academic Commons. Brian has a PhD in history from the University of New Mexico.

Ed Morales

Ed Morales is an author and journalist who has written for The Nation, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, Newsday, and the Guardian. He is the author of Latinx: The New Force in Politics and Culture (Verso Press, September 2018), Living in Spanglish (St. Martins 2002) and The Latin Beat (Da Capo Press 2003). He has contributed chapters to Latin@s in New York: Communities in Transition (University of Notre Dame Press 2016) and “Latin@s in Alternative Media and Latin@s As Alternative Media,” (NYU Press Fall 2014). In 2009, while a Columbia University Revson Fellow, he produced and co-directed Whose Barrio? (2009) a documentary about the gentrification of East Harlem. The film was inspired by “Spanish Harlem on His Mind,” an essay published in 2003 in The New York Times and in the anthology New York Stories: The Best of the City Section of the New York Times (NYU Press 2005). He is currently writing a book about the Puerto Rico debt crisis for Nation Books.

Elizabeth OuYang
Elizabeth OuYang

Elizabeth R. OuYang has been a civil rights attorney for more than thirty years. Her areas of expertise include census, voting rights, immigration, race and disability discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations, and combating police brutality, and hate crimes. Currently, OuYang is a census trainer with APIA VOTE (Asian Pacific Islander American VOTE), a national organization dedicated to increasing the civic participation of APIA’s. She was a census consultant to the New York Immigration Coalition and the coordinator of New York Counts 2020, the first statewide coalition of more than 100 diverse stakeholder organizations seeking a fair and accurate 2020 Census. Post 9/11, OuYang served as an immigration consultant to the New York Immigration Coalition in collaboration with the City of New York Bar Association to conduct pro bono advice clinics throughout New York City to the Arab, Muslim, and South Asian communities targeted by post 9/11 government policies. In 2000, OuYang was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. For eight years, OuYang worked as a staff attorney with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund and with the Disability Law Center in Boston, MA for three years. OuYang is the former past president of OCA-New York Asian Pacific American Advocates.

CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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