Russell Jeung, PhD


Dr. Russell Jeung is Professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for 2021. Dr. Jeung earned this recognition for cofounding Stop AAPI Hate, a national coalition against anti-Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) racism and hate in the U.S. It tracks incidents of COVID-19 discrimination to develop policy interventions and long-term solutions to racism. Stop AAPI Hate was awarded the 2021 Webby Award for “Social Movement of the Year.”

Dr. Jeung is author of numerous books and articles on race and religion. He has written Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans (Oxford U Press, 2019); Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies (UCLA AAS Center, 2019); and At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors (Zondervan, 2016).

After more than two decades assisting refugees to resettle in the United States, Dr. Jeung came to realize that he, too, was an exile. And this exilic identity, as a “stranger and foreigner,” provides wisdom and hope for all Christians engaging in the major societal issues of our day: mass displacement and poverty, racism, and persistent inequality. His book At Home in Exile will help all to see how living in exile will transform one’s faith.