Genevieve Leung

Genevieve Leung

Associate Professor

Academic Director
Program Director
Full-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 246


Genevieve Leung is the academic director of the Asian Pacific Studies MA program and director of the Asian Pacific American Studies minor. She has a BA in linguistics from UC Berkeley and dual MA degrees in linguistics (TESOL) and education (Language and Literacy) from UC Davis. She received her PhD in Educational Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught high school English in Japan, as well as English writing, effective communication, and reading and vocabulary courses at Stanford University. She was the co-instructor of the TESOL Workshop at the University of Pennsylvania, training novice ESL teachers in the fundamentals of TESOL. Genevieve is also very interested in heritage language maintenance, particularly of Chinese Americans of Cantonese and Toisanese/Hoisan-wa language backgrounds.

Research Areas

  • Cantonese language and cultural maintenance
  • Bi/multilingual language acquisition
  • Language and humor
  • Language and identity
  • Heritage language pedagogy


  • Program Director, Asian Pacific American Studies
  • Academic Director, Asia Pacific Studies


  • University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics
  • UC Davis, MA in Education
  • UC Davis, MA in Linguistics
  • UC Berkeley, BA in Linguistics

Awards & Distinctions

  • ICCS-NCTU/IICS-UST Short Term Visiting Scholar, National Chiao-Tung University, 2018
  • Foundation for Scholarly Exchange/Fulbright Teacher Training Award (Taiwan), 2017-2018
  • Association for Asian American Studies International Exchange Delegate, 2016
  • Language Learning Small Grant, 2015
  • Russ Campbell Young Scholar Award in Heritage Language Education, 2014

Selected Publications

  • Wu, M.-H., & Leung, G. (2020). “It’s not my Chinese”: A teacher and her students disrupting and dismantling conventional notions of “Chinese” through translanguaging in a heritage language classroom. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism.
  • Wu, M.-H., Leung, G., Yang, J.-K., Hsieh, I. H., & Lin, K. H.-W. (2020). "A different story to share": Asian American English Teachers in Taiwan and idealized “nativeness” in ELT. Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.
  • Ho, E. Y., Fung, E., & Leung, G. (2020). Skimming the scum: Hygienic modernity in Chinese American intergenerational soup-making. Journal of the French Society for Communication and Informational Research Special Issue on Generation(s) & Health.
  • Leung, G., Uchikoshi, Y., & Tong, R. (2018). “Learning Cantonese will help us”: Elementary school students’ perceptions of Cantonese-English dual language education. Bilingual Research Journal, 41(3).
  • Asterisk indicates collaboration with USF students
  • Leung, G., Ho, E. Y., Chi, H.-L., Huang, S.*, Ting, I.*, Chan, D.*, Chen, Y.*, Zhang, H., Pritzker, S. E., Hsieh, E., & Seligman, H. K. (2018). “We (Tong) Chinese”: Contemporary identity positioning through health management among Cantonese Chinese Americans. Journal of Intercultural and International Communication, 11(4).
  • Leung, G., & Chen, M.* (2018). ABC and Hong Kong superstar: MC Jin and contemporary Cantonese heritage language and identity. Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, 41(3).