Mary Louise Buley-Meissner, Professor

email: meissner@uwm.edu
phone: 414-229-4533
office: Curtin Hall 492

Degrees:

PhD, English, University of Washington, 1985

Teaching and Research Interests:

Hmong American Studies
Teacher Education
Asian American Literature
Spirituality Across Cultures

Other Relevant Activities:

Invited as resident scholar to present research on Hmong American Studies at Jinan University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. Sponsored by Beijing Municipal Education Commission, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies and Department of International Studies. Summer 2014.

“Hmong Women: Tradition and Transition in Identity.” Invited presentation for Ethnic America Communities series, American Center, U.S. Embassy, Beijing, People’s Republic of China. Sponsored by Fulbright Program. June 2012.

“Hmong Women: Tradition and Transition in Identity.” Invited presentation at American Center, U.S. Consulate, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. July 2012.

Invited speaker for public talks and teacher discussion groups on higher education in US and China. Sponsored by educational institutions in Guangdong and Jiangsu provinces, People’s Republic of China. Summer 2014, Spring and Summer 2012, Summer 2007.

Member, Fulbright Senior Specialists Review Committee (international Humanities placements), Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), Washington, DC. 2004-2007.

Visiting scholar at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (Summer 2005) and Seijo University, Tokyo, Japan (Summer 2000 and Summer 1992).

Fulbright professor at Shanghai International Studies University (1993-1994) and Beijing Teachers College (1986-1987).

Recent Publications:

Hmong and American: From Refugees to Citizens. Co-edited with Vincent K. Her. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012.

“Stitching the Fabric of Hmong Lives: The Value of Studying Paj Ntaub and Story Cloth in Multicultural Education.” Hmong and American: From Refugees to Citizens. St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012. 233-260.

“Hmong American Studies: Bringing New Voices into Multicultural Studies.” Co-authored with Vincent K. Her. Hmong and American: From Refugees to Citizens. St. Paul Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2012. 3-28.

“Hmong Voices and Memories: An Exploration of Identity, Culture and History through Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans.” Co-authored with Vincent K. Her. Journal of Asian American Studies 13.1 (Feb. 2010): 35-58.

“'Why Would We Want Those Students Here?': Bridges and Barriers to Building Campus-Community Partnerships.” Co-authored with Vincent K. Her. Hmong Studies Journal 7 (2006): 1-43.

“The Spirit of a People: Hmong American Life Stories,” Language Arts 79.4 (March 2002): 323-331.Reprinted in Hmong American Journal (April 2002): 22-26, 28-29. Received 2003 Virginia Hamilton Essay Award for “significant contribution to the professional literature concerning multicultural literacy experience for youth.”