Nayan Shah

Expert in minorities, immigration, refugees and human rights

Professor American Studies and Ethnicity
Professor of History


  • Hunger strikes
  • Immigrant and refugee detention
  • Public health, race, gender and sexuality
  • LGBT history and politics
  • Asian American immigration, history and politics
  • Law and human rights
  • South Asian immigrants
  • California and inequality
  • Asian diaspora art and installation

Additional Information

Media experience with radio, TV and documentary films:

  • Radio show interview and discussion, Odyssey program, Chicago Public Radio, NPR Nationwide network, on the theme of “Hygiene, Culture and History,” September 29, 2003
  • Radio show interview “SARS: The History of Asian Health Panics,” Asia Pacific Forum, WBAI, April 29, 2003
  • Documentary interview, “Rats, Bats and Bugs,” History Channel, aired October 2003
  • Interview subject for Dirty Laundry , Richard Fung, director, (Canada, 30 minutes, 1996 video distributed by Video Databank, NAATA and V-Tape)

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