Dr. Russell Jeung received a BA in Human Biology and a MA in Education from Stanford University. After working in China and in the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco, he obtained his PhD 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 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.