Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Timothy P. Fong

Title: Professor, Ethnic Studies / Director and Principal Investigator, Full Circle Project

Office Location: Lassen Hall 2008

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 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

Professional Biography

Dr. Timothy P. Fong is Professor of Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento. 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 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 was a Steering Committee member of the California State University Asian American & Pacific Islander Initiative.  The steering committee advised 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 attend and succeed in college.

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

Tranfromative Practices for Minority Student Success: Accomplishments of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), edited by  Dina C. Maramba and Timothy P. Fong (Stylus Publishers, 2020).

A Community Survey Profile of Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders in Sacramento (2019).

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

The Contemporary Asian American Experience: Beyond the Model Minority, Third Edition (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 (Prentice Hall, 2002).

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

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

The First Suburban Chinatown: The Remaking of Monterey Park, California (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

Controversy over "Chinese Coronavirus" Tweet (March 12, 2020)

Sacramento Asian American Communities Wary of Potential Coronavirus-related Xenophobia (February 28, 2020)

Sacramento State's Full Circle Project (November 13, 2019)

It's AANAPISI week: Here's how it helps low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islander students (September 28, 2019)

Mural goes up at Sacramento State (August 20, 2019)

Sac State report profiles Asian Americans in Sacramento (March 26, 2019)

Institutionalizing Programs at AANAPISIs is Essential (October 1, 2017)

In celebrating King, we must overcome divisive policy changes (January 16, 2017)

$1.75 million grant to prepare transfer students for careers (December 8, 2016)

Sac State lands nearly $900,000 for new student research (June 8, 2016)

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

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

Full Circle Project-Sacramento State (September, 2015)

Full Circle Initiative Helps AAPI Students Close Gaps (April 13, 2015)

First program to provide Asian American and Pacific Islander students with resources (April, 2014)

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)