Tanachai Mark Padoongpatt received his Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California in 2011. Dr. Padoongpatt is an ethnic studies scholar with a focus on Asian/Pacific Islander American studies and twentieth century United States history. His research examines the history of race and ethnicity in American society, immigration, urban/suburban cultures, food, tourism, and sports. He is currently finishing a book (under contract with University of California Press) that explores the historical relationship between food and identity in post-World War II United States, which focuses specifically on Thai food and how and why it became central to Thai American community and identity formation in Los Angeles.
Dr. Padoongpatt has published in the Radical History Review (April 2011), the Journal of American Ethnic History (January 2015), Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (edited by Robert Ku, Anita Mannur, and Martin Manalansan, New York University Press, 2013), Routledge History of American Foodways (edited by Jennifer Wallach, Lindsey R. Swindall, and Michael D. Wise, Routledge Press, 2016), and has a forthcoming essay in the anthology Food Across Borders (edited by Matt Garcia, Don Mitchell, and Melanie DuPuis, Rutgers University Press, forthcoming 2016).
Dr. Padoongpatt teaches the core courses in the interdisciplinary studies degree sequence (IDS 201, IDS 240, IDS 494, and IDS 495) and, on occasion, the College of Liberal Arts first-year experience course (COLA 100).