Our Director

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Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen

Inaugural Clement A. Price Chair in Public History and the Humanities
Director, Clement A. Price Institute
Professor of History

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is a historian, curator, writer, and dumpster diver devoted to anti-racist, anti-colonialist democratic participatory storytelling, scholarship, and opening up archives, museums, organizations, and classroom spaces to the stories and realities of those excluded and deemed “unfit” in master narratives. Professor Tchen has been honored to be the Inaugural Clement A Price Professor of Public History & Humanities at Rutgers University – Newark and Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture & the Modern Experience, since Fall 2018.

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Featured Events

Rutgers University-Newark American Studies Symposium: Why American Studies? Why Now?

April 16, 2021

Join us April 16 at 1:00 PM for Why American Studies? Why Now?

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The American Studies Symposium April 16, 2021
White Text on Blue Background Reads Research Week April 19-23, 2021

Rutgers University-Newark Research Week 2021

April 19-23

Research Week will take place virtually from Mon. April 19- Thur. April 22 with lectures, panels, & presentations. 

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In the News

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No Politics at the Dinner Table-Podcast: The Archives of Anti-Asian Fear (w/Jack Tchen) - Ep87 

Brothers-in-law Amit and Tony discuss the Atlanta massacre, anti-Asian ideology, and culture in the plural with historian, museum curator, and archivist Jack Tchen.

Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear

Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen's Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear has recently been featured on the following Asian American Experience Reading Lists

Cover Art for "Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear".  Artwork features a yellow octopus with a human face covering the earth with its tentacles. Book cover is against a yellow background.