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I am a historian of the 20th-century United States. My research, writing, and teaching focus on immigration; comparative race relations; and marriage, intimacy, and labor.
Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University. Before Harvard I was a Pre-doctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of technology, MIT, with a joint appointment in History and Global Studies and Languages. I earned my Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 2018 and my B.A. in history with high distinction in 2011 from the University of California, Berkeley. Before transferring to Berkeley, I received an Associate of Arts degree in 2008 from the Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.
I am working on my first book manuscript tentatively titled, Good Wives, Wise Mothers: Marriage and Intimacy in the Making of Japanese America, 1908-1952, which rethinks Japanese exclusion by examining pockets of legal and social inclusion of Japanese women. I explore the ways in which marriage, the nuclear family, and female domesticity together facilitated Japanese immigration and settlement.My analysis begins with the first wave of Japanese women’s immigration to the U.S. facilitated by the Gentlemen’s Agreement of 1908 and ends with the second mass migration of Japanese women after the passage of the McCarren-Walter Act of 1952.
An essay I wrote on the racial politics of multiracial representation for Discover Nikkei can be found here.
Promotional flyer for a talk I gave on gender and Japanese immigration at the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago, Illinois in July 2018. View on Chicago CAN TV here.
Photo from the War Brides Symposium sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum and USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture. View on C-SPAN here.
Poster for the Interracial Intimacies Symposium held at the University of Chicago in April 2018. Full program can be found here.