Mae M. Ngai

520 Fayerweather Hall

212-854-2518
Office Hours :
416 Hamilton Hall - Thursdays 10am-12pm
Mae M. Ngai
Co-Director, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History

Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1998 and taught at the University of Chicago before returning to Columbia in 2006. Ngai is author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton 2004), which won six awards, including the Frederick Jackson Turner prize (best first book) from the OAH and the Littleton Griswold prize (best book in legal history) from the AHA; The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010); Major Problems in American Immigration History (Cengage, 2011); and The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (WW Norton 2021).  She is now writing A Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea  (under contract, Princeton).  She has held fellowships from NYU Law School, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, Library of Congress, NY Public Library, Davis Center (Princeton), Russell Sage Foundation, among others. Ngai writes on immigration history and policy matters for Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Atlantic, and Dissent.

Mae M. Ngai
Mae M. Ngai
Co-Director, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History

520 Fayerweather Hall

212-854-2518
Office Hours :
416 Hamilton Hall - Thursdays 10am-12pm

Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1998 and taught at the University of Chicago before returning to Columbia in 2006. Ngai is author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (Princeton 2004), which won six awards, including the Frederick Jackson Turner prize (best first book) from the OAH and the Littleton Griswold prize (best book in legal history) from the AHA; The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010); Major Problems in American Immigration History (Cengage, 2011); and The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics (WW Norton 2021).  She is now writing A Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea  (under contract, Princeton).  She has held fellowships from NYU Law School, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, Library of Congress, NY Public Library, Davis Center (Princeton), Russell Sage Foundation, among others. Ngai writes on immigration history and policy matters for Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Atlantic, and Dissent.

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