Chia Youyee Vang

  • Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Professor, History
  • Affiliated Professor, Urban Studies


  • PhD, University of Minnesota (2006)
  • MA, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota (1996)
  • BA, Gustavus Adolphus College (1994)

Courses Taught

  • Ethnic 265 - Hmong American History, Culture and Contemporary Life
  • Ethnic/Hist 297/497 - Exploring Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (short-term study abroad)
  • Hist 287 - The Vietnam War
  • Hist 840 - Globalization of America-The Asian American Experience

Teaching Interests

  • Cold War in Asia
  • Asian American history
  • Hmong history and culture
  • Refugee migration
  • Transnational and diaspora communities

Research Interests

  • 20th century US-Asia relations
  • Cold War politics
  • Asian America history
  • Refugee migration
  • Transnational and diaspora communities

Related Activities

Hmong Diaspora Studies Program, Director

Selected Publications

Vang, Chia Y. “Hmong Youth, American Football, and the Cultural Politics of Ethnic Sports Tournaments” Asian American Sporting Cultures: Performing and Challenging Identities, Practice, and Space New York, NY: New York University Press.
Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women Ed. Vang, Chia Y., Nibbs, Faith, and Vang, Ma. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. .
Vang, Chia Y. “Southeast Asian Americans” Oxford Handbook of Asian American History Ed. Yoo, David, and Azuma, Eiichiro. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. (2016).
Vang, Chia Y. “"Rethinking Hmong Women's Wartime Sacrifices"” Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women (2016).
Vang, Chia Y. “"A Portrait of Refugees from Burma/Myanmar and Bhutan"” Journal of Asian American Studies 18.3 (2015).
Vang, Chia Y. “Children of Hmong Refugees from Laos: Hmong Transnational Lives and the Politics of Negotiating Place” Southeast Asian Migration: People on the Move in Search of Work, Marriage, and Refuge Ed. Um, Khatharya, and Gaspar, Sofia. Sussex Academic. (2015).
Vang, Chia Y. Review of Transnationalizing Viet Nam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora by Kieu-Linh Valverde 43.5 Contemporary Sociology. 2014: 748-749
Vang, Chia Y., and Trieu, Monica M. Invisible Newcomers: Refugees from Burma/Myanmar and Bhutan in the United States Washington, D.C.: Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. 2014.
Vang, Chia Y. “America’s Most Loyal Allies: The Hmong and the War” Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War Ed. Tully, John, Austin, Brad, and Masur, Matthew. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. (2013).
Vang, Chia Y. Hmong America: Reconstructing Community in Diaspora Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. 2010.
Vang, Chia Y. Hmong in Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Historical Society Press. 2008.
Vang, Chia Y. “Reconstructing Community in Diaspora: Narratives of Hmong American/Refugee Resistance and Human Agency” Global Currents 3.2 (2007): 3.
Vang, Chia Y., Cheung, Stella S., Murphy, Mary Ellen, and Stephens, Vanessa M. “Preschool Literacy Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Hmong Children in WORDS WORK!” Southeast Asia Resource and Action Center/Harvard Civil Rights Project Washington, D.C.: Southeast Asia Resource and Action Center. (2006).
Vang, Chia Y. Families, Friends and Neighbor Child Care Providers in Recent Immigrant and Refugee Communities St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Department of Human Services/Child Development Services. 2006: 40
Vang, Chia Y. Review of The Lao: Gender, Power, and Livelihood by Carol Ireson-Doolittle and Geraldine Moreno-Blac 34. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews. 2005: 28-30
Vang, Chia Y. Attending to Human Details: Review of Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America by Aiwha Ong H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences. 2004.
Vang, Chia Y. “Contested Economic Growth among Hmong Americans” Hmong 2000 Census Publication: Data and Analysis Ed. Thao, Bo, Schein, Louisa, and Niedzweicki, Max. Washington, D.C.: Hmong National Development, Inc.. (2004): 29-31.
Vang, Chia Y. Historical Sketch of the Refugee Studies Center Minneapolis, MN: Immigration History Research Center. 2004.
Vang, Chia Y. Language Acquisition and Acculturation Efforts for Immigrants and Refugees in Minnesota Minneapolis, MN: The McKnight Foundation. 2003: 34