About Dr. Lum

Pic taken from a feature article on my support of Women’s Basketball @ USD

Belinda C. Lum  earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Southern California. She is an Alumna of the University of California, Santa Cruz where she received her B.A. in Sociology. Her teaching, research and work  includes: International Migration; Work & Labor; Social Inequality in Urban Contexts; Race & Ethnicity; Public Sociology; and Asian American Studies.


Dr. Lum is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Sacramento City College. In her off time, she also does strategic planning and action research consultation in higher education.  She joined SCC after working as a consultant with The INNOVA Group, Inc where she worked on teams that innovated, designed, and implemented strategies that create system change in communities. From 2007-2012 she was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego,  and an affiliated faculty member of the Department of Ethnic Studies. She has been a member of the Ford Foundation working group on Immigrant Women and Low Wage Work, and served as a council member for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Labor and Labor Movements.

Dr. Lum has worked as a strategic consultant for Public Financial Management, Inc as part of teams providing research, analysis, and cost-benefit assessments for municipalities across the country. She also worked as a campaign researcher for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). She provided industry analysis to help strengthen their campaign to unionize Spanish-Language television workers in Los Angeles. She also consulted with The INNOVA Group on their work with the Children Planning Council of Los Angeles.


Dr. Lum has a strong teaching record. At Sacramento City College she teaches: Race, Ethnicity and Inequality; Introduction to Sociology, and Social Problems.  Previously she’s taught a variety of interdisciplinary courses including: Work & Labor, Asian & Latino Workers, Immigrant America, and City and Community, and Asian American Communities.  These classes provide students with hands-on opportunities to work and learn in the community through Immersion programs and  Community Service Learning programs.


Regardless of geographic location, Belinda is committed to helping communities and organizations gain access to the resources they need. This includes helping provide resources by developing strong community partnerships with the Bayside Community Center of San Diego, Kearny and Mark Twain High School, and the Monarch Schools. She remains a member of numerous worker rights organizations including the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) and the Los Rios College Federation of Teachers.   She also serves on numerous advisory boards.

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