Carolyn Chen

Associate Professor
564 Barrows
Office Hours: By appointment


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California at Berkeley
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California at Berkeley
  • A.B., Sociology, Brown University

Research interests

Religion, Race, Ethnicity, Immigration


Carolyn Chen received her doctorate in Sociology from UC Berkeley in 2002. Prior to teaching at Berkeley, she was Associate Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies at Northwestern University, where she served as Director of the Asian American Studies Program. She is author of the book Getting Saved in America: Taiwanese Immigration and Religious Experience (Princeton 2008) and co-editor of Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Ethnicity and Religion among the Latino and Asian-American Second Generation (NYU 2012). She is currently working on a book that examines the usage of Asian spiritual practices in Silicon Valley firms.

Courses Taught

  • AAADS 144: Religions of Asian America
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Religion
  • Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities

Selected Publications

Getting Saved in America. Princeton University Press, 2008.

Sustaining Faith Traditions: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation (with Russell Jeung). New York University Press, 2012.