Emily Lawsin

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Lecturer IV

Surface Mail: 505 S. State Street | 3722 Haven Hall
Ann Arbor MI 48109-1045

Fax: 734.936.1967
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Facutly: Department of American Culture (AC), Asian/Pacific Islander American (A/PIA) Studies
    • Faculty: Department of Women's Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Asian American studies, Filipina/o American history literature & communities, community service-learning, Asian American activism
  • About

    Emily P. Lawsin is a second-generation Pinay originally from “She-attle”, Washington. She teaches Filipino American history and literature, Asian Pacific American Women, Oral History Methods, and Community Service-Learning courses in the Program in American Culture Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies and the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She joined the U-M faculty in 2000. From 1994-2000, she taught Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge, where she won awards for her dedication to students. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) and volunteers with Detroit Summer, the Detroit Chinatown Revitalization Committee, Detroit Asian Youth Project, Paaralang Pilipino Cultural School, Filipino Youth Initiative, Asian American Center for Justice, and the Japanese American History Project of Michigan. She is the co-author, with Joseph Galura, of Filipino Women in Detroit, 1945-1955: Oral Histories from the Filipino American Oral History Project of Michigan. Her poetry and essays on war brides, students, and writers have been published in numerous journals, newspapers, and anthologies. An oral historian and spoken word performance poet, she is a member of Ma’arte Tribe Artists Collective, and has performed on radio and stage throughout the United States and Manila. 

  • Education
    • M.A. in Asian American Studies (Terminal Degree), University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • - Pinay power pedagogy, race, gender, class and cultural discourse in American media
      - Filipina/o American oral history, public history
      - creative writing & spoken-word performance poetry
      - short fiction writing
      - ethnic studies online composition