Karen Su

Clinical Assistant Professor in Asian American Studies and Project Director UIC Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Initiative


BA in English literature and Chinese studies – Mount Holyoke College
MA in Chinese literature – Stanford University
PhD in English literature – UC Berkeley


Karen Su is currently the Principal Investigator and Project Director of the UIC AANAPISI Initiative. The Initiative is made up of two grants spanning 6 years and provides almost $4 million to support the enhancement of programs and activities that improve the educational outcomes and experiences of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and English language learner undergraduate students at UIC. The UIC AANAPISI Initiative is fully funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions Minority Serving Institutions grant.

Prof. Su currently teaches ASAM 105 seminars on Asian American children's literature, graphic novels, and life stories, She is developing Asian American Studies community engagement curriculum, as well as a faculty-led Study Abroad course to Japan in summer of 2014, Crosscurrents of American and Japanese Cultures, to be co-taught with Prof. Laura Fugikawa.

Prof. Su has been at UIC since 2004 and was the founding director of the Asian American Resource and Cultural Center. She established not only the center but also helped to start many Asian American Studies initiatives before ASAM became an official program in 2010, such as the ASAM Expo, Lecture Series, and Knowledge Bowl. She also taught ASAM 125, Introduction to Asian American Studies from 2005-10. Prof. Su has been recognized for her service to UIC with the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Award in 2010 and the Award of Merit in 2008.

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Contact Information

Office: 1024 UH, MC 231
Phone: 312-996-8530
Fax: 312-996-9839
Email: karensu@uic.edu