Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Bao Lo

Title: Associate Professor and Director of Asian American Studies

Email: lo@csus.edu

Dr. Lo received her Ph.D. from the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include contemporary race and racism, decolonization, settler colonialism, and Asian American Studies, with a specialization in Hmong American Studies. Dr. Lo grew up in Stockton, CA and has conducted research on second-generation Hmong Americans in the central valley of California. She has published her research in a variety of academic journals, including the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, Amerasia Journal, Ethnic Studies Review, and Feminist Formations.

Course Offerings

ETHN 14: Introduction to Asian American Studies 

ETHN 110: Asian American Experience

ETHN 118: Asian American Women 

ETHN 121: Hmong American Experience 

ETHN 123: Asian Americans in Media and Popular Culture

ETHN 194: Ethnic Studies Research

ETHN 195: Ethnic Studies Fieldwork

ETHN 203: Contemporary Issues in Ethnic Studies



Lo, Bao. 2024. "School-to-prison pipeline." The SAGE Encyclopedia of Refugee Studies. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications(forthcoming).

Lo, Bao, Annalise Harlow, Timothy Fong. 2024. “The Fight for Ethnic Studies at Sacramento State.” AAPI Nexus: Policy, Practice and Community, 21(1-2): 1-22.

Lo, Bao. 2023. “Anti-Asian Violence and Abolition Feminism as Asian American Feminist Praxis,” Feminist Formations, 43(3): 24-31.

Lo, Bao. 2023. “U.S. Imperialism in Asia and the Pacific Islands,” ABC-CLIO, LLC.

Lo, Bao. 2022. “The Hmong in the United States: Resilience, Resistance, and Survival of a People.” In Ethnic Studies: An Introduction, edited by Gregory Mark, Boatamo Mosupyoe, Brian Baker, and Julie Figueroa. Kendall Hunt. 

Perez, Jason M., Leslie Quintanilla, Yumi Pak, Patrick Johnson, Jocyl Sacramento, Lori Walkington, Bao Lo. 2020. “A Move Toward Genuine Solidarity,” Ethnic Studies Review, University of California Press, 43(3): 24-31. 

Lo, Bao. 2019. “Epistemic Decolonization: Centering Settler Colonialism in Asian American Studies,” Ethnic Studies Review, University of California Press, 42(2): 210-224. 

Lo, Bao. 2018. “Criminalization and Second-Generation Hmong American Boys,” Amerasia Journal, 44(2): 113-126. 

Lo, Bao. 2017. "Gender, Culture, and the Educational Choices of Second-Generation Hmong American Girls," Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, 12(1): 1-18. 

Community Involvement and Partners

Orange County Department of Education (Hmong History and Cultural Studies Curriculum)

Stockton Unified School District Ethnic Studies Community Collaborative

Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Consortium

Asian American Liberation Network

Hmong Innovating Politics

Anti-Asian Violence (Resources and Community Responses)

AAPI Women Lead. “#ImReady Movement.” https://www.imreadymovement.org/.

Asian American Feminist Collective. “Building an Asian American Feminist Movement: A Manifesto.” https://www.asianamfeminism.org/resources.

Asian American Feminist Collective.“We Want Cop-Free Communities: Against the Creation of an Asian Hate Crime Task Force by the NYPD.” September 3, 2020. https://aafcollective.medium.com/we-want-cop-free-communities-3924956251a2.

Asian American Feminist Collective. 2020. “Feminist Abolition and Transformative Justice: A Conversation.” July 21, 2020. https://www.asianamfeminism.org/amc-2020.

Asians4Abolition. “Against Asian Violence, Towards Abolition.” February 18, 2021. https://asians4abolition.medium.com/.

Asian Prisoner Support Committee. https://www.asianprisonersupport.com/.

De Leon, Adrian. “The long history of US racism against Asian Americans, from ‘yellow peril’ to ‘model minority’ to the ‘Chinese virus.’” University of Southern California Dornsife Equity Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA. April 13, 2020. https://dornsife.usc.edu/csii/blog-long-history-of-racism-against-asian-americans/.

GAPIMNY. “ 75+ Asian and LGBTQ Organizations’ Statement in Opposition to Law Enforcement-Based Hate Crime Legislation.” May 12, 2021.https://gapimny.org/75-asian-and-lgbtq-organizations-statement-in-opposition-to-law-enforcement-based-hate-crime-legislation/.

 Haymarket Books. “Beyond #StopAsianHate: Criminalization, Gender, and Asian Abolition Feminism.” June 16, 2021. https://www.haymarketbooks.org/blogs/328-beyond-stopasianhate-criminalization-gender-amp-asian-abolition-femiHaymarketBooks.orgnism.

Ho, Jennifer. “White supremacy is the root of all race-related violence in the U.S.” The Conversation, April 8, 2021. https://theconversation.com/white-supremacy-is-the-root-of-all-race-related-violence-in-the-us-157566.

Ho, Vivian. “Police Patrols have increased in Asian areas. Not everyone is feeling safer.” The Guardian, March 19, 2021. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/19/atlanta-shooting-asian-police-violence.

Kuo, Rachel and Matthew Bui. “Against carceral data collection in response to anti-Asian violence.” Big Data & Society (Spring): 1-6. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/20539517211028252

Pillai, Drishti, Aggie J. Yellow Horse, and Russell Jeung. 2021. “The Rising tide of Violence and Discriminatiton Against Asian American and Pacific Islander Women and Girls.” Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center and National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. May 20, 2021. https://www.napawf.org/our-work/content/2021/5/20/napawf-sah-report

 Red Canary Song. “Red Canary Song Response to 8 Lives Lost in Atlanta.” https://www.redcanarysong.net/ourwork.

Rodriquez, Dylan. “The ‘Asian exception’ and the Scramble for Legibility: Toward an Abolitionist Approach to Anti-Asian Violence.” Society and Space, April 8, 2021. https://www.societyandspace.org/articles/the-asian-exception-and-the-scramble-for-legibility-toward-an-abolitionist-approach-to-anti-asian-violence.

Survived & Punished. https://survivedandpunished.org