Prof. Lok Siu

Dr. Lok Siu is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies and Asian American/Asian Diaspora Studies at UC Berkeley. She is also the Chair of Berkeley’s Senate Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Campus Climate, as well as an affiliated faculty in Anthropology, the Center for Race and Gender, the Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Berkeley Food Institute.

Siu completed her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Stanford University in 2000 and undergraduate studies in Anthropology with minor in Ethnic Studies at Cal in 1993. Her specialization includes Asians in the Americas; belonging and citizenship; comparative and relational studies of race/gender/class; and the cultural politics of food.

Siu’s books include Memories of a Future Home: Diasporic Citizenship of Chinese in Panama (2005) and co-edited volumes Asian Diasporas: New Formations, New Conceptions (2007), Gendered Citizenships: Transnational Perspectives on knowledge Production, Political Activism, and Culture (2009), and Chinese Diaspora: Its Development in Global Perspective (2021).

She is a two-time recipient of the Social Science Book Award from the National Asian American Studies Association. Siu also publishes in journals, anthologies, and various media platforms. As a regular public speaker, she contributes and appears in national and international media, including CNN, NYT, WSJ, Bloomberg, CBS, WNYC,, Le Temps, and the Spanish Agency EFE.