Calvin (he/him) is a PhD candidate in Modern Thought and Literature who studies social movements, theories of race and ethnicity, and literary history. His writings have appeared in Amerasia Journal and In These Times. Prior to graduate school, Calvin organized hospitality workers in Silicon Valley.
Dissertation: Asians and the Color Line: A History of Asian American Studies, 1969-2000
His dissertation tells the story of how Asian American Studies was established as an academic discipline in the U.S. academy and created new ideas about the place of Asian Americans in the U.S. racial landscape. He uses this history to explore the rise and fall of Third Worldism, or the belief that Asian American, Black, Latinx, and Native American communities confronted analogous, if not identical, situations of racial oppression.