New & Newsworthy


The Asian/Asian American Studies Institute/CLAS is very proud to announce Cathy Schlund-Vials’ promotion to the rank of Full Professor in Spring 2016. This signal achievement caps two years of growth and an infusion of research/teaching vibrancy with several tenure-track hires and faculty affiliates, owing to Cathy’s untiring leadership and inspired commitment to upholding the Institute’s standard of excellence.

Schlund-Vials was recently quoted in an Associated Press article about the social media protest by students of Dartmouth College’s lack of faculty diversity following the denial of tenure to Asian American Assistant Professor of English Aimee Bahng. More at


Professor Schlund-Vials was a major speaker at the 2015 Summer Institute in Asian American Studies – “The Subject(s) of Human Rights” – that took place at National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan from July 16-18.  This year’s gathering addressed “The Subject(s) of Human Rights” both as social agents attempting to effect forms of change and as academic subjects organizing and regulating the sorts of knowledge produced around such subjects. More information at

Schlund-Vials was also the featured commentator on the UConn Today coverage of the “Remembering the Vietnam War” exhibition at the William Benton Museum of Art (Storrs, CT) that ran through August 9, 2015. The article followed-up on the standing-room only May 1st Friday Salon which she moderated and also included panelists, Lane Barrows of the School of Business and Quan Tran, doctoral candidate at Yale.