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Connie So

Senior Lecturer

BA, Communications, English, University of Washington (1987)
MPA, Public Administration (domestic policy), Princeton University (1989)
Ph.D., Ethnic Studies, University of California, Berkeley (2000)


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Professional Biography

Connie So is an immigrant from Kowloon, Hong Kong. In February 1969, her family of 8 rejoined her maternal grandparents in the United States. She grew up in Seattle s Beacon Hill (Asian American) neighborhood, graduated from the University of Washington with B.A.s in English and Communications (1987). She received her Master s in Public Administration from Princeton University (1989) and her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies (emphasis Political Science) at U.C. Berkeley (2000).

Since 1992, she has taught at the University of Washington s American Ethnic Studies Department. In 2002, she became a Senior Lecturer and the Supervisor of the Department s Community Practicum and Internship. She is currently the Vice President of OCA (formerly the Organization of Chinese Americans) Greater Seattle. In 2013, she directed the AES student-run conference, "Chinese American Historical Societies - Passage to Seattle," and in 2014, the "Pre-Conquest Indigenous Cultures and Its Aftermath" conference, a joint project between the American Ethnic Studies Department and Heritage University.

Teaching and Research Interests

Asian American and Pacific Islander American Studies; Studies on Race Relations


AES 150 -- In-Justice for All: Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in the United States

AAS 101 -- Introduction to Asian American Studies

AAS 206 -- Contemporary Issues of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans

AAS 210 -- Asian American and Pacific Islander American Identity: Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

AAS 350 -- Critical Overseas Chinese/Chinese American Histories

AAS 395 -- Critical Studies of Post-Vietnam War Southeast Asian Americans: Not Just Refugees


Since 1994, she has been primarily responsible for the AES 494 Internship and Practicum.

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