Yung-Yi Diana Pan is an associate professor of sociology at City University of New York, Brooklyn College. A 1.5-generation immigrant from Taiwan, who grew up in predominantly white Oregon, Diana has been interested in issues of racial inequalities for as long as she can remember.
Inspired by her childhood and observations in Oregon, California, and New York, Diana's work broadly focus on the experiences of nonwhites in white spaces. Her first book, Incidental Racialization (Temple University Press, 2017), examines how Asian American and Latinx law students are racialized as a part of their professional socialization. Extending that project, Diana's current project interrogates how race matters for professionals with a focus on doctors, lawyers, and professors. She is also in the nascent stages of a collaborative project with her sister that explores the intersection of drug addiction recovery, class, and race.
Diana regularly teaches theory, methods, and race and ethnicity courses. She was the former Undergraduate Deputy Chair for the Department of Sociology. She also serves on the Asian American/Asian Research Institute (AAARI)-CUNY board.
As a first-generation college student, Diana financed her own education -- from college through graduate school -- with financial aid (and is quite familiar with all things FAFSA). She is an alumna of the Ronald E. McNair Predoctoral Scholars program, and the CSU Sally E. Casanova Predoctoral program. Diana earned her BA in Ethnic Studies and Political Science from Oregon State University, MA in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, and PhD in Sociology from University of California, Irvine.
After living in cities for 15 years, Diana now resides just north of NYC with her family where she practices public sociology through community engagement: coaching little league softball and being a part of local racial and social justice efforts.