Wendy Cheng

Faculty Advisor: Ruth Wilson Gilmore Status: Alumnus

Contact Information

E-mail: wendy.cheng@asu.edu

Biographical Sketch

Wendy Cheng holds an AB in English from Harvard University and an MA in Geography from UC Berkeley. Her dissertation, Episodes in the Life of a Place: Regional Racial Formation in Los Angeles’s San Gabriel Valley, develops a theory of regional racial formation through an analysis of the everyday experiences of Asian and Latina/o residents of “majority-minority,” multiethnic suburbs. Wendy has published articles in Progressive Planning and Hyphen Magazine, as well as interviews with authors Karen Tei Yamashita, Nina Revoyr, and Pankaj Mishra on the literary website, Loggernaut.org. She is also an exhibiting artist whose photographs will be featured in the forthcoming, A People’s Guide to Los Angeles, a guide to sites of marginalized histories and struggles for power in Los Angeles, of which she is co-author with Laura Pulido and Laura Barraclough. Her dissertation chair is Ruthie Gilmore.


  • B.A. English, Harvard University, 06/1998
  • M.A. Geography, UC - Berkeley, 12/2003

Employment History

  • Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, 2010 - Present



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534