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Professor Julie Suk’s research on the Equal Rights Amendment was featured in SUM. 

Julie C. Suk (Faculty)

Prof. Suk’s research on the Equal Rights Amendment was featured in SUM

“One Scholar’s Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment: ‘We Can Fix It’” 

Professor Julie Suk has spent more than 10 years studying the Equal Rights Amendment, tracking its progress in the U.S. and similar amendments in European countries. Now, she’s sharing her wealth of knowledge with the world in her new book, We the Women: The Unstoppable Mothers of the Equal Rights Amendment.

“The absence of equal rights for women in our Constitution says something shameful about the Constitution that we have,” Suk, the dean of master’s programs at The Graduate Center, CUNY,  tells SUM. “We can fix it though.”

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Professor Margaret Chin’s recent book Stuck (NYU Press, 2020) was featured in SUM

Margaret M. Chin (Faculty)

Prof. Chin’s recent book Stuck (NYU Press, 2020) was featured in SUM

“Why Asian Americans Have Trouble Climbing the Corporate Ladder”

Professor Margaret Chin (The Graduate CenterHunter) got the idea for her new book, Stuck: Why Asian Americans Don’t Reach the Top of the Corporate Ladder, at a Harvard Club event in New York. A Harvard alumna herself, she was attending a reception for newly admitted students that included a large number of Asian Americans. An admissions officer observed privately that although thousands of second-generation Asian Americans have graduated from Harvard in the last 40 years, very few have become CEOs or attained other top leadership posts in corporate America.

“Is there a so-called bamboo ceiling, an invisible but powerful barrier that halts their progress at a certain point?” Chin wondered. She wrote Stuck in an effort to find out .

Chin says Asian Americans are underrepresented in executive suites despite census data showing they have the highest levels of education and highest average incomes of any U.S. racial group. Their absence from top jobs is true not only in law and finance, where Asian Americans remain a minority but also in fields like technology. Asian Americans outnumber whites in Silicon Valley but hold only a third the number of executive jobs in that field that whites hold.

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Siqi Tu’s research was featured in Sixth Tone – Dropping in on China’s ‘Parachute Generation’

Siqi Tu (Alum) 

Siqi’s research was featured in Sixth Tone: Dropping in on China’s ‘Parachute Generation’


The summer Zhang Lingli turned 14, she left her family in the southern city of Guangzhou behind and began a new life at a private high school in Virginia.

It didn’t go according to plan. Zhang — to protect the identities of my research participants, I have given them all pseudonyms — quickly found that making friends with Americans was not as easy as she’d hoped, and that she had no interest in the parties or American football games enjoyed by her classmates. The scope of her social life soon shrunk to the classroom, dorm, and canteen, broken up by the occasional jailbreak-like trip with her Chinese friends to New York City for bubble tea and manicures.

From 2005 to 2015, the number of Chinese teens attending American high schools soared, from 637 to over 46,000 a year. In the United States, they’re sometimes referred to as “parachute kids,” separated from their parents, and dropped by plane onto unfamiliar territory.

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