Beth Lew-Williams, Princeton University

Assistant Professor Princeton, New Jersey bethlw@princeton.edu Office: (609) 258-6962

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Bio/Research

Beth Lew-Williams is a historian of race and migration in the United States, specializing in Asian American history. Her current project examines the role of Chinese migration and anti-Chinese violence in the making of modern U.S. border control. Her manuscript, The Chinese Must Go (under contrac...

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Bio/Research

Beth Lew-Williams is a historian of race and migration in the United States, specializing in Asian American history. Her current project examines the role of Chinese migration and anti-Chinese violence in the making of modern U.S. border control. Her manuscript, The Chinese Must Go (under contract with Harvard University Press), offers a new history of Chinese Exclusion that maps the tangled relationships between local racial violence, federal immigration policy, and U.S. imperial ambitions in Asia.

Lew-Williams is also a contributor to the Chinese Railroad Workers in North American Project at Stanford University (link is external). This transnational collaborative effort seeks to give voice to the Chinese migrants who built the transcontinental railroad and transformed the U.S. West.


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