Clement Lai, an assistant professor in the Department of Asian American Studies, has been selected as a 2012/13 University Research Fellow. One of nine faculty membersappointed this cycle—including honorees from each college and from the university library—Dr. Lai represents the College of Humanities in this campus-wide provost’s initiative to offer CSUN faculty the time and resources needed for ongoing scholarship.
|Clement Lai, Ph.D.|
Lai also will continue archival and interview-based research on his next major research project, which examines everyday life in historic multiracial neighborhoods in Southern California, depicting conflicts and cooperation among diverse groups with shared geography and intersecting histories.
“Ultimately, I believe my research sheds light on the question of the meaning and implications of dense diversity in California,” Lai states. “[It makes] a contribution as well to literature on racialization outside of a Black-White model of race relations.”
Lai, who earned his Ph.D. in ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, began teaching at CSUN in fall 2011. He previously held a faculty position at Cornell University and was a Visiting Scholar/Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA’s Institute of American Cultures and Asian American Studies Center.