U.S., Race and Migration, Asian American Studies
Office: Harris Hall #323
Beth Lew-Williams (PhD, Stanford 2011) is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow appointed in history and Asian American studies. She specializes in 19th-century U.S. history, Asian American history, and race in the American West. She is currently working on her first book (under contract with Harvard University Press), which examines Chinese immigration and anti-Chinese violence in the 19th-century West. This project explores how American's first attempt to close its borders was deeply entangled with U.S. imperial ambitions in Asia. In support of this research, she has received fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the George P. Shultz Fund in Canadian Studies. Before coming to Northwestern, Lew-Williams was a fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.