Mary Yu Danico

South Korea
  • Director, Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies
  • Director of the Asian American Transnational Research Initiative
  • Professor, Department of Psychology and Sociology
  • California Polytechnic University Pomona, Pomona, California
  • Lecturing and Research: Korean American Reverse Migration
  • Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2005 - 2006
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Mary Yu Danico is the Director of the Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies and the Director of the Asian American Transnational Initiative (AATRI) at California Polytechnic University Pomona. Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the California State University system and is in the heart of southern California sandwiched between Los Angeles and Orange County, California. At Cal Poly Pomona, Danico works with the Dean in overseeing academic and infrastructure needs supporting the universities mission of “Student –Centered, Faculty and Staff-Focused, and Community-Minded.” As the director of AATRI, she is establishing a research think tank that will examine the global-local connections to Southern California.

Prior to joining ENV, Danico served 8 years as the vice chair of the Psychology and Sociology Department at Cal Poly Pomona where she was also a professor for 17 years.  She is the author of The 1.5 Generation: Becoming Korean American in Hawaii  (2004), coauthor of Asian American Issues with Franklin Ng (2004), coeditor of Transforming the Ivory Tower: Challenging Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Higher Education (2012); and editor of Asian American Society: Encyclopedia (2014).  She served as president of the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) from 2012-2014 and was the chair of the Asia and Asian America section of the American Sociological Association (2010-2012).  She has published in the areas of family, intersectionality of race, gender, class, and sexuality, Korean American Diaspora, Korean Pop (KPOP), and Asian American Studies.

Danico is committed to working with underserved and disadvantaged student populations, by creating programs and scholarship to provide access to research, study abroad, and community service learning opportunities.   In addition, Danico has worked with community partners that address the increasing needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Danico spent one year as a Fulbright Scholar in Korea in 2005-2006. She examined the reverse migration of Korean Americans returning to Korea, but quickly expanded her research to examine the multi-directional impact of Korea’s culture around Asia and the U.S. She conducted interviews with Korean Adoptees, Korean American families working for transnational companies, Korean American expats teaching in Korea, Asian American seeking fame as KPOP idols, and Filipina domestics working for Expat families.