People / Faculty


Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Professor of the Graduate School

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

and citizenship, and everyday experience, Comparative historical studies of race, cultural discourse, gender and class and their intersections in relation to immigration, labor markets, Uncovering the connections among social structure

Ph.D., Harvard University
B.A. University of California, Berkeley

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Bio & Research Interests

I continue to work on a book length project entitled Foundational Violence:  U.S. Settler Colonial Articulations of Racialized and Gendered Citizenship.  This project builds on and expands ideas developed in my 2015 article in the inaugural issue of the Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.  It takes the settler colonial origins of the U.S. seriously as foundational to the formation of an American national identity rooted in whiteness and masculinity.  It traces the concept of endangered whiteness and white victimization to settler-Indian relationships and its continuation through tropes of black violence and alien immigrant invasion.

A second longterm project documents the heretofore untold story of certain West Coast Japanese Americans who avoided internment during World War II by “voluntarily” relocating to inland areas.  As revealed through in-depth interviews with survivors, the experiences of self evacuees varied a great deal, but many ended up in remote rural areas where living conditions were harsh and where relocatees faced hostility and threats to their safety.  Because they did not share the central experience of the vast majority of Japanese Americans, many self-evacuees felt that their experiences were not acknowledged by the ethnic community or the larger society.


Forced to care
Issei nisei war bride
Shades of difference
Unequal freedom

Select publications

Article: “Settler Colonialism as. Structure: A Framework for. Comparative Studies of U.S.. Race and Gender Formation.”

Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America, Harvard University Press, 2010.

Shades of Difference: Why Skin Color Matters (ed.) Stanford University Press, 2009

Unequal Freedom: How Race and Gender Shaped American Citizenship and Labor (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002)

Mothering: Ideology, Experience and Agency, Evelyn N. Glenn, Grace Chang and Linda Forcey, eds. (New York: Routledge, 1994)

Issei, Nisei, Warbride: Three Generations of Japanese American Women in Domestic Service (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986)

Hidden Aspects of Women’s Work, Christine Bose, Roslyn Feldberg, and Natalie Sokoloff with the Women and Work Research Group, eds. (New York: Praeger, 1987)

Awards & Honors

2018 Distinguished Career Award, American Sociological Association Section on Race, Gender, and Class

2014 Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence
2013    Local Hero Award, KQED for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

2009-2010 President, American Sociological Association

2007 Feminist Lecturer for Outstanding Feminist Sociology, Sociologists for Women in Society

2005 Jessie Bernard Award, American Sociological Association

2004 Outstanding Book Award, American Sociological Association Section on Asia and Asian America

2004 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Award, Pacific Sociological Association

2003 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award, American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities