Zena Mello, Ph.D.

Zena R. Mello is an Associate Professor of Psychology. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognition and Development at the University of California, Berkeley; a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Mello has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, and the American Educational Research Association.

Courses Taught

Professor Aaron teaches the following courses in Africana Studies & Race & Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University:


  • AFRS 215: Introduction to Black Family Studies, Department of Africana Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University.


  • AFRS 304: Black People and the American Experience (Upper Division), Department of Africana Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University.



Asian American Issues

  1. "After 50 years, Asian American Studies programs still hard to find," Anges Constante, NBC Asian America, June 27, 2019.
  2. "My Menu for Lunar New Year Guilt," Kat Chow, NPR, January 27, 2017

Community Based Participatory Research

Professor Jeung has conducted extensive community-based, participatory research with his students. These projects include



At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus Among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors, Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Press, 2016.


Sustaining Faith Traditions: Religion, Race, and Ethnicity among the Latino and Asian American Second Generation. Edited with Carolyn Chen, New York: New York University Press, 2012.


Faithful Generations: Race and New Asian American Churches, New Brunswick, NY: Rutgers University Press, 2004.


Film Documentary

Courses Taught

Professor Russell Jeung teaches the following courses in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University:

  • Contemporary Asian Americans (AAS 211)
  • Chinese American Identities (AAS 323)
  • Asian Americans and Environmental Justice (AAS 587)
  • Asian Americans and Public Policy (AAS 595; AAS 865)
  • Asian American Community Changes and Development (AAS 681)
  • Critical Approaches to Asian American Studies (AAS 710)




Board Member, Sogorea Te' Land Trust.

Delegate Member, Academic and Labor Delegation to Palestine, January 2014.




Editor, Critically Sovereign: Indigenous Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2017). Available for preorder on amazon with an April 28 release date.


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