LeiLani Nishime has been in the Department of Communication at UW since 2008. Her research areas are multiracial and interracial studies, Asian American media representations, and Asian American subcultural production. Her most recent publications look at the visual representation of multiracial people in mass media and at race in science fiction and fashion. Her book, Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture was published in 2014.
Dr. Nishime currently serves as the Northwest and Hawai’i representative on the board of the Association of Asian American Studies. She is also one of the organizing members of the Seattle Asian American Film Festival.
Dr. Nishime received her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in English from UC Berkeley. She comes to the UW from Sonoma State University where she was a professor in American Multicultural Studies.