Derek’s research focuses on two areas: the networks and organizations of religious AAPIs, and the racialized processes of neighborhood change (such as gentrification and ethnic suburbanization). He is especially interested in the coordination of religious, ethnic/racial, political, and economic geographies in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was raised as a church-going, second-generation Taiwanese American.
Derek received his Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2022, earning a certificate in Black Church Studies and the Asian American Ministry Award. At PTS, Derek helped establish the Center for Asian American Christianity and was a Lead Researcher on the Imagining Church Project. He received his B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Biola University.