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Mae Ngai

Mae Ngai

Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History
Department: 
History Department
Office: 
520 Fayerweather Hall
Email: 
mn53@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-2518
Biography

Mae M. Ngai, Professor of History and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies, is a U.S. legal and political historian interested in questions of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism. She is author of the award winning Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2004) and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America (2010).  Ngai has written on immigration history and policy for the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Nation, and the Boston Review. Before becoming a historian she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education.  She is now working on Yellow and Gold: The Chinese Mining Diaspora, 1848-1908, a study of Chinese gold miners and racial politics in the nineteenth-century California, the Australian colony of Victoria, and the South African Transvaal.

Research & Other Works
Article
A General Business Model for Marine Reserves
Report
International Emission Permits: Equity and Efficiency
Report
Who should abate carbon emission?
Report
Global Environmental Risks
Report
Price Uncertainty and Derivative Securities in a General Equilibrium Model
Report
Option and Non-Use Values of Environmental Assets
Report
Believing in Multiple Equilibria
Report
Financial Markets for Unknown Risks
Report
Financial Markets for Unknown Risks
Report
Arbitrage and Equilibrium in Economies with Infinitely Many Securities and Commodities
Report
Robustly Efficient Equilibria in Non-Convex Economies
 
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