The Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS), founded in 1979, is committed to research, teaching, and service in the field of Asian American Studies, and regularly holds conferences and other scholarly events pertaining to the field. Since 2009, Professor Lopez has attended AAAS conferences, which have impacted her intellectual growth and provided her with a vital network of mentors and collaborators. She will receive the Early Career Achievement Award during the AAAS’s 37th Conference, held in her hometown of Portland, Oregon this April 13th-15th.
“Professor Lopez is a rising star in Asian American media studies, a young scholar who has already had a major impact on our field,” said Professor Lopez’s colleague Timothy Yu, who is an Associate Professor of English and Asian American Studies at UW-Madison. “Her outstanding and innovative work spans television, print, and digital media, and her work in Asian American media has unearthed little-known archives while still remaining attuned to the leading edge of digital culture.”
“She is also an engaging teacher and outstanding university citizen who has already demonstrated an impressive capacity for leadership in our discipline,” he added.
According to Professor Yu, Professor Lopez’s book Asian American Media Activism: Fighting for Cultural Citizenship (2016) has already had a “transformative impact” on the field of Asian American Studies. Additionally, within a year of publishing her first book Professor Lopez will release another publication, The Routledge Companion to Asian American Media, which she co-edited with Vincent Pham, an Assistant Professor at Willamette University. Not only will Professor Lopez receive the Early Career Achievement Award at the AAAS conference, but the Routledge Companion will come out as well, so she will have a lot to celebrate.
“I'm extremely honored to receive this award,” Professor Lopez said. “It inspires me to maintain my dedication to pushing the field of Asian American media studies forward in exciting new directions.”