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Dr. Timothy Fong

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Contact Information

Name: Dr. Timothy Fong

Title: Professor, Ethnic Studies / Director, Liberal Studies and Social Science Program (LSSSP) / Director and Principal Investigator, Full Circle Project

Email: tfong01@csus.edu

Office Phone: (916) 278-6207

Mailing Address:

Sacramento State University 6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6122

Office Hours: MW 10-noon, T 2-3, TH 1-3, or By Appointment Only!

Courses that I teach

  • ETHN 11 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ETHN 100 Ethnic America
  • ETHN 110 Asian American Experience
  • ETHN 112 Contemporary Asian American Issues
  • ETHN 113 Asian American Communities
  • ETHN 133 Multicultural Aging

Profession Biography

Dr. Timothy P. Fong is Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento.  He was recently appointed to the position of Director of the Liberal Studies and Social Science Program (LSSSP), where he oversees all preparation of multiple-subject pre-service K-6 teachers, as well as single-subject pre-service 7-12 grade teachers in History-Social Sciences.  Dr. Fong is responsible for curriculum, supervising faculty teaching courses in the program, and has oversight of the program’s budget and operations.  He also carries out program activities related to advisement, articulation, assessment, and recruitment and outreach. 

Dr. Fong is also the Project Director and Principal Investigator for the Full Circle Project (FCP) a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. FCP is a comprehensive approach to implement a strategically focused, campus-wide effort to improve retention and graduation rates of underrepresented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. FCP aims to assist AAPI students throughout his or her entire college careers, and provide ample opportunities to engage in service both on and off campus to enhance their university experience. 

In addition, Dr. Fong is a Steering Committee member of the California State University Asian American & Pacific Islander Initiative.  The steering committee advises the Chancellor's Office on Asian American & Pacific Islander issues, provides direction to the CSU AAPI Initiative's programs on campus, and develops long-term strategies designed to increase the number of students who go and succeed in college.

Dr. Fong received his doctorate in Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992. His research specialty areas include comparative race and ethnic relations, contemporary immigration, politics and public policy, community studies, higher education equity and student engagement, and qualitative methodology (ethnography and oral history).

Dr. Fong has written and edited several books (see Publications below) and has presented at numerous professional conferences across the nation and internationally.  He was also the editor of the Critical Perspectives on Asian Pacific Americans Series published by AltaMira Press (a division of Roman & Littlefield). The Series presented books that are theoretically engaging, comparative, and multidisciplinary. Special emphasis is placed on works that reflect contemporary concerns critically important to understanding and empowering Asian Pacific Americans.

A recognized authority on multiculturalism and social change, Dr. Fong has been interviewed in stories by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee, the World Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and on National Public Radio, among others.

Publications

Models of Practice: Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) in Action, edited by Timothy P. Fong and Dina Maramba (forthcoming).

Ethnic Studies Research: Approaches and Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. Fong (Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 2008).

The Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2007).

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Sacramento: A Community Profile, 2000 and Beyond  (2006).

The Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority, 2nd Edition  (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002).

Asian Americans: Experiences and Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. Fong and Larry H. Shinagawa (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000).

The Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1998).

The First Suburban Chinatown: The Remaking of Monterey Park, California (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994). Association for Asian American Studies National Book Award Winner!

Contemporary Racialization in the United States (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, forthcoming).
Ethnic Studies Research: Approaches and Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. Fong (Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 2008).
The Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2007).
Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Sacramento: A Community Profile, 2000 and Beyond (2006).
The Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority, 2nd Edition (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002).
Asian Americans: Experiences and Perspectives, edited by Timothy P. Fong and Larry H. Shinagawa (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2000).
The Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1998).
The First Suburban Chinatown: The Remaking of Monterey Park, California (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1994).Association for Asian American Studies National Book Award Winner!

In the News

Full Circle Project aims to boost graduation rates (Oct. 15, 2015)

Asian students need aid, too (October 14, 2015)

Full Circle Project-Sacramento State (September, 2015)

Sac State To Host Journey to Success Fair (July 31, 2013)

Sac State wins federal opportunity grant (October 7, 2011)

U.S. takes halting steps toward a post-racial era (January 19, 2009)

Mr. Yunioshi destined to be classroom topic (August 28, 2008)

Faculty members open hearts and homes to children overseas (December 17, 2007)

Campus unveils new Tea Room and Garden (June 5, 2007)

Robert Matsui's legacy lives on in digital archive (February 19, 2007)

University Library receives treasure trove of Southeast Asian cultural history (February 5, 2007)

Study finds Asian Americans in Sacramento face high poverty rates (May 23, 2006)