Dr. Russell Jeung received a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.A. in Education from Stanford University. After working in China and in the Mayor's Office of San Francisco, he obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2000. After teaching at Foothill College for two years, he came to San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Department in 2002.
Dr. Jeung is the author of
- Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Oxford University Press, 2019)
- Moving Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies (UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2019)
- At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors (Zondervan, 2016)
- Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion Among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (New York University Press, 2012)
- Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches (Rutgers University Press, 2004).
In addition, he has co-produced with Valerie Soe the documentary, The Oak Park Story (2010), about a landmark housing lawsuit involving his fellow Cambodian and Latino tenants.
His research interests include the Sociology of Race, the Sociology of Religion, and Social Movements. Dr. Jeung is extensively engaged with his students in conducting community-based, participatory research with Asian American communities.
In 2020, Dr. Jeung launched Stop AAPI Hate, a project of Chinese for Affirmative Action, the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, and SF State Asian American Studies. It tracks Covid-19 related discrimination in order to develop community resources and policy interventions to fight racism.
Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley, Sociology
M.A. University of California at Berkeley, Sociology
M.A. Education, Stanford University, Education
B.A. Stanford University, Human Biology/Child Development
Asian American religions, public policy, and community change
- 211 Contemporary Asian Americans
- 323 Chinese American Identities
- 595 Asian American Communities and Public Policy
- 681 Asian American Community Changes and Development
- 710 Critical Approaches to Asian American Studies
- 865 Asian American Community and Public Policy
Dr. Russell Jeung was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021.
Presidential Sabbatical Award
- The Project on Lived Theology Grant, University of Virginia
- Community University Empowerment Grant, SFSU Cesar Chavez Institute
- San Francisco State University Community-based Participatory Research Award
- Center for Asian American Media Post-Production Award for The Oak Park Story
Fulbright Scholar (Tamkang University, Taiwan)
Super Urban Areas Security Initiative Grant
Haas Foundation Creative Works Fund Grant for The Oak Park Story
Engaged Scholars Fellowship
- Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals Luce Grant
- San Francisco State University Cesar Chavez Institute Research Fellowship
San Francisco State University Presidential Award
- Association for Asian American Studies, Book Award Committee
- Bhutanese Community of California
- Burma Refugee Family Network
- Chinese Progressive Association
- Community Youth Center, Consultant
- NICOS Health Coalition
- AAS Major/Minor Advisors
- Academic Program Review Committee (2015 - 2018)
- COES Graduate Council
- Faculty Advisor (Asian American Christian Fellowship - AACF)
- Faculty Advisor (Asian Student Union - ASU)
- MA Coordinator & MA Admissions & Planning Committee
- AAS RTP Committee
At Home in Exile: Meeting Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2016
- "Dancing with a Ghost: A Cambodian Exorcism" Boom: A Journal of California, Winter 2015.
- with Brett Esaki “Redefining Religious Nones: Lessons from Chinese and Japanese American Young Adults” Religions, 2015, 6(3), 891-911.
- “The Globalization and Racialization of Asian American Churches” Common Ground Journal. 12 (1), 2015: 31-38.
- "Hakka Diasporic Tales: Exilic Understandings of Shalom in California" Cultural Encounters, 10 (2), 2014:106-114.
- "Secularization and Asian Americans" In Asian American Religious Cultures, edited by Jonathan Lee, Jane Iwamura, Fumitaka Matsuoka, Edmond Yee, and Ron Nakasone, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio Press, 2015, 136-144.
- with Lisa Mar "Chinese American Religions" In Asian American Religious Cultures, edited by Jonathan Lee, Jane Iwamura, Fumitaka Matsuoka, Edmond Yee, and Ron Nakasone, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC Clio Press, 2015, 290-295.
- “Keeping the Traditions: a Comparison of Cantonese and Mandarin-Speaking Chinese American Immigrants”
- In Yinxin and the Wuyi Qiaoxiang Society. Edited by Zhang Guoxiong, Zhao Hongying, Zeng Luling, and Lorraine Dong, Bejing: Overseas Chinese Press of China, 2014.
- and Helen Jin Kim. “Nonreligious Second-Generation Chinese Americans: How Gender Shapes Their Worldviews.” Chinese America: History & Perspectives (2013): 23-28.
- with Kathleen Garces-Foley. “Asian American Evangelicals in Multiracial Church Ministry.” Religions 4 (2013): 190-208.
- “Keeping the Traditions: A Comparison of Cantonese-Mandarin-Speaking Chinese American Immigrants.” International Symposium on “International Migration and Qiaoxiang Studies“ Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1. Jiangmen, PRC: Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center, Wuyi University. 315-335.
- co-edited with Carolyn Chen. Sustaining Faith Traditions: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation. New York: New York University Press.
- “Asian American Religions and Identity.”The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Asian American Issues. Ed. Edith Chen and Grace Yoo. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing. |
- "Faith-Based Multiethnic Tenant Organizing: The Oak Park Story." Reprint. Readings of Diversity and Justice. Ed. Maurianne Adams, et al. New York: Routledge Press.
- “Asian American Studies Tours as Pilgrimages of Memory.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al. San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 121-123.
- “Evangelical and Mainline Teachings on Asian American Identity.” Reprint. Asian American Christianity Reader. Ed.Viji Nakka-Cammauf and Timothy Tseng. Castro Valley, CA: Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity.
- “Response - Transforming the Ethnic: The Emergence of Covenant Values at New Hope Covenant Church, Oakland CA.” Covenant Quarterly, Feb. 2009.
- “To Serve the Community: The Fourth Decade of Community Service Learning at Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al. San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University. 157-162.
- with Marian Wang. “The Use of Religious Repertoires in Asian America.” At 40: Asian American Studies @ San Francisco State. Ed. Jeffery Paul Chan, et al. San Francisco: AAS Department, San Francisco State University.199-204.
- with Brett Esaki, et al. Asian American Bible Believers: An Ethnological Report. Claremont, CA: Institute for Signifying Scriptures, Claremont Graduate University.
- with Dean Adachi. “Chinese American Demographic Change in the San Francisco Bay Area: 1990-2000.” The 2008 Report: The Bay Area Chinese Churches Project. Castro Valley, CA: Institute for the Study of Asian American Christianity.
- with Him Mark Lai. “Guilds, Unions, and Garment Factories: Notes on Chinese in the Apparel Industry.” Labor and San Francisco’s Garment Industry. Spec. issue of Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2008):1-10.
- “The Loss of the Garment Industry Is Part of a Cycle: An Interview with Fei Yi Chen, Community Organizer for the Chinese Progressive Association.” Tr. Wai Sum Leung, Cheuk Lap Lo, and Aaron Ng. Labor and San Francisco’s Garment Industry. Spec. issue of Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2008): 65-66.
- “The Only Thing I Could Do Was Sew: An Interview with Li Qin Zhou.” Tr. Wai Sum Leung and Cheuk Lap Lo. Labor and San Francisco’s Garment Industry. Spec. issue of Chinese America: History and Perspectives (2008): 61-62.
“The Oak Park Story: Organizing a Faith-based, Multi-ethnic Community.” Religion and Social Justice for Immigrants. Ed. Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Asian American Religious Leadership Today: A Preliminary Inquiry. Co-written report for the Pulpit and Pew Project, Duke University (Durham, NC). July 2005.
- “Creating an Asian American Christian Subculture: Grace Community Covenant Church.” Asian American Religions: the Making and Unmaking of Borders and Boundaries. Ed. Tony Carnes and Fenggang Yang. New York: NYU Press.
- Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches. New Brunswick, NY: Rutgers University Press.
- “Gung Ho: Community Building and Asian American Christians.” The Cresset: A Review of Literature, the Arts, and Public Affairs. Valparaiso, IN: Valpairaiso University Press.
- “New Asian American Churches and Symbolic Racial Identity.” Revealing the Sacred in Asia America: Writings on Religion. Ed. Jane Iwamura and Paul Spickard. New York: Routledge Press.
- “Comparing Evangelical and Mainline Asian American Pan-Ethnic Congregations.” Religions in Asian America: Building Faith Communities. Ed. Pyong Gap Min and Jung Ha Kim.Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira Press.
- “Evangelical and Mainline Teachings on Asian American Identity.” Semeia 90-91: Special Ed. - Bible in Asian America (Summer 2002).
- “Southeast Asians In the House: Multiple Layers of Identity.” Intersections and Divergences: Contemporary Asian Pacific American Communities. Ed. Linda Vo and Rick Bonus. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
with Carolyn Chen. “Creating and Sustaining Our Communities: Asian American Religious Institutions.” Asian American Studies: Identity, Images, and Issues - Past and Present. Ed. Esther M. Ghymn. Boston: Peter Lang.
“Sacred Systems of Representation: Asian American Congregations.” Bridges: Journal for the Pacific Asian Center for Theologies and Strategies (Dec. 1997).
co-produced with Valerie Soe. The Oak Park Story. Documentary film.