Mae Ngai (Columbia University) is the Visiting Stone Professor for 2018. She will present a three-lecture series entitled A Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea. The lectures are as follows:
- Monday, October 15: "A Short History of an Idea"
- Tuesday, October 16: "Immigration at the Turn of Two Centuries"
- Wednesday, October 17: "Impossible Subjects"
Lectures will be held at 4:30pm in 010 East Pyne. A reception follows immediately after each lecture. Open to the public.
This series is co-sponsored by the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and Princeton University Press.
Mae M. Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is author of the award-winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010). Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and the Boston Review. Before becoming a historian she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education. She is now writing The Chinese Question (under contract with WW Norton), a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in nineteenth-century California, Australia, and South Africa; and Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea (under contract with Princeton University Press).