Monica M. Trieu

Monica M. Trieu

Associate Professor // SIS

Associate Professor // Asian American Studies // SIS

Associate Professor // American Studies // SIS

Office and Contact

Room: HEAV G7


Phone: (765) 494-6472


Undergraduate Courses:
• ASAM 240/AMST 301: Introduction to Asian American Studies
• ASAM 340/AMST 301: Asian American Popular Culture
• ASAM 340: The New Asian American Second-Generation
• Sociology 310: Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Graduate Courses:
• AMST 604: American Studies Methods
• AMST 650: Transnational American Studies
• AMST 650: Contemporary Issues in Asian American Studies
• AMST 650: Immigration and the New Second-Generation
• SOC 609: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration


Ph.D., Sociology (graduate certificate in Asian American Studies), University of California, Irvine
M.A., Sociology, University of California, Irvine               
B.A., Sociology (major) and Asian American Studies (minor), University of California, Davis


International Migration; Post-1960s Immigrants and Refugees; 1.5 and Second-Generation Identity; Transnational Ties; Historical and Contemporary Asian American Experiences; Race and Ethnicity

Dr. Trieu is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of Asian American Studies Program at Purdue University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology, with an emphasis in Asian American Studies, from the University of California, Irvine. Her research primarily examines the post-1960s Asian immigrants and political refugees, and the adaptation of their children (1.5 and second-generation) in the United States. Her work explores the intersection of race, ethnicity, immigration, and identity. Her interdisciplinary work is situated within, and contributes to, multiple disciplines. This includes the fields of Asian American studies, American studies, sociology, migration studies, transnational studies, refugee studies, and racial and ethnic studies. The core themes that drive all of her research questions involve identifying factors that influence Asian immigrants and their children: 1) forced or voluntary migration, 2) socioeconomic and cultural adaptation in the host country, 3) negotiation of national, racial, and ethnic identity formation, and 4) processes of racialization.

More specifically, she has written on themes including: family obligation, language and identity, transnational ties, the role of Asian American Studies, and internalized racial oppression. She is the author of Identity Construction among Chinese-Vietnamese Americans: Being, Becoming, and Belonging (LFB, 2009). Her work has also appeared in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Journal of Asian American Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Sociological Inquiry, Journal of Family Issues, Ethnicities, and Race Ethnicity and Education.

Currently, she is working on several projects that include: the 1.5 and second-generation Midwest Asian American experiences, and the relationship between Asian Americans, the U.S. National Parks, and the great outdoors.

Selected Publications:

Trieu, Monica M. and Hana C. Lee. 2018. “Asian Americans and Internalized Racial Oppression: Identified, Reproduced, and Dismantled.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 4(1): 67-82. 

Trieu, Monica M. 2018. “‘It was about Claiming Space’: Exposure to Asian American Studies, Ethnic Organization Participation, and the Negotiation of Self Among Southeast Asian Americans.Race Ethnicity and Education 21 (4): 518–539.

Trieu, Monica M. 2018.  “The ‘Isolated Ethnics’ and ‘Everyday Ethnics’: Region, Identity and the Second-Generation Midwest Asian American Experience.National Identities 20(2): 175-195.

Trieu, Monica M. 2016. “Family Obligation Fulfillment among Southeast Asian American Young Adults.Journal of Family Issues 37(10): 1355–1383.

Trieu, Monica M., Nicholas Vargas* and Roberto G. Gonzales. 2016. “Transnational Patterns among Asian American and Latina/o American Children of Immigrants from Southern California.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42(7): 1177-1198. 

Trieu, Monica M. and Chia Y. Vang. 2015. “A Portrait of Refugees from Burma/Myanmar and Bhutan in the United States.” Journal of Asian American Studies 18(3): 347-369.

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