Associate Professor; Director of the Center for Asian American Studies

HDO Master’s Program Course: HDO 383: Society, Culture, and Diversity

Education: Ph.D., American Studies, New York University

Biography:

Eric Tang is an Associate Professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and director of the Center for Asian American Studies. He also directs the undergraduate major, Race, Indigeneity, and Migration. His first book, titled Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto (Temple University Press, 2015), is an ethnographic account of refugee life in some of New York City’s most impoverished and socially marginalized neighborhoods.  

A former community organizer, Tang has published several journal articles on race and urban social movements, including award-winning writing on post-Katrina New Orleans. His opinion writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere. Locally, Tang’s research focuses on the past and present of racial segregation in Austin, Texas, paying particular attention to the gentrification-driven displacements of the city’s longstanding African American residents. He co-authored the report “Outlier: The Case of Austin’s Declining African American Population,” which revealed that Austin was the only major growing city in the United States to experience an absolute numerical decline in African Americans.