Personal Statement:

Research Interests: Ethnic questions are the questions of my life. I have been blessed to spend most of my life immersed in racial populations and cultural traditions that are different from my own. I have written about many different peoples, from religious minorities in China to African Americans in the 1940s to Japanese Americans to Pacific Islanders to multiracial people to Turkish Germans.

As a historian, I try to make a way for individual humans’ experiences to be understood by others, for their voices to be heard. As a sometime sociologist, I am trying to figure out how we comprehend and manage our sense of ethnic connection to other people.

Personal Profile: I grew up in and around Chinatown in Seattle, Washington, in the 1950s and ’60s. I went to college on the East Coast, then fled back to the West Coast to go to graduate school at UC Berkeley and make a family in San Francisco. I have since lived and taught in Minnesota, China, Ohio, Hawai`i, Oregon, Germany, and Japan. Along the way I picked up a flock of good friends and growth-inducing experiences. UCSB is my tenth university and I hope my final home. My wife Anna is the love of my life. We have five children and three grandchildren so far.

Teaching Style: Teaching style doesn’t matter. Passion matters. If a professor cares passionately about his or her subject matter, and cares passionately that the student learn, then both teacher and student will have a good experience and will grow. As for my style, I like most to listen, to learn who my students are, and then to nudge them toward things they haven’t thought about. But in fact, in class I spend a lot of time running around waving my arms, telling stories, and knocking over furniture. Much of my students’ most important learning comes outside of class, when they are alone with the books, or when they are writing and trying to express their thoughts.

Idea of a Good Time: Playing an intramural basketball game at midnight. Running on the beach at dawn. Writing feverishly for ten hours at a stretch. Hanging out with friends. Listening to John Coltrane or Carlos Santana. Hiking the Sierras. Just watching my kids and grand kids. Reading almost anything. Listening to that voice that is deep, deep inside.

Most Important Thing to Learn in College: Learn to talk back. Don’t whack on other people. But don’t just take in information. Analyze what your professors, your fellow students, and the books you read are saying. Never accept the categories that are handed to you without examining them carefully. Form and express opinions about what you are hearing and reading. Search out new information on the subject, even if it contradicts what you have been told or you may have thought at first. Let new ideas and information really sink in. Write about what you are learning. Listen to the responses you get to your opinions and your writing. Take this time to explore and grow.

Advice for New Students at UCSB: Take the risk to really learn. Engage with your teachers. Explore that subject that is just off your intellectual map, that you always wanted to learn about but don’t have a good reason for. Take teachers, not courses. Dare to grow, to become someone you don’t recognize.

Current Graduate Students:

Current Projects:

  • Red and Yellow, Black and Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies
  • Shape Shifters: Journeys Across Terrains of Race and Identity
  • Growing Up Ethnic in Germany

Selected Publications:

  • Race in Mind: Critical Essays (University of Notre Dame Press, 2015)
  • Global Mixed Race (edited with four others; New York University Press, 2014)
  • Multiple Identities: Migrants, Ethnicity, and Membership (editor; Indiana University Press, 2013)
  • Race and Immigration in the United States: New Histories (editor; Routledge, 2011)
  • Japanese Americans: The Formation and Transformations of an Ethic Group, rev. ed. (Rutgers University Press, 2009)
  • Almost All Aliens: Immigration, Race, and Colonialism in American History and Identity (Routledge, 2007)
  • Is Lighter Better? Skin-Tone Discrimination among Asian Americans (with Joanne L. Rondilla, Rowman and Littlefield, 2007)
  • Affect and Power: Essays on Sex, Slavery, Race, and Religion in Appreciation of Winthrop D. Jordan (edited with David J. Libby and Susan C. Ditto; University Press of Mississippi, 2005)
  • Race and Nation: Ethnic Systems in the Modern World (editor; Routledge, 2005)
  • Racial Thinking in the United States: Uncompleted Independence (edited with G. Reginald Daniel; University of Notre Dame Press, 2004)
  • Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America (edited with Jane Naomi Iwamura; Routledge, 2003)
  • Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific (edited with Joanne L. Rondilla and Debbie Hippolite Wright; University of Hawai’i Press, 2002)
  • A Global History of Christians: How Everyday Believers Experienced Their World (with Kevin M. Cragg; Baker Book House, 2001)
  • We Are a People: Narrative and Multiplicity in Constructing Ethnic Identity (edited with W. Jeffrey Burroughs; Temple University Press, 2000)
  • World History by the World’s Historians (with James V. Spickard and Kevin M. Cragg; McGraw-Hill, 1998)
  • Japanese Americans: The Formation and Transformations of an Ethnic Group (Twayne Publishers, 1996)
  • Pacific Islander Americans: An Annotated Bibliography (with Debbie Hippolite Wright; Institute for Polynesian Studies, 1995)
  • God’s Peoples: A Social History of Christians (with Kevin M. Cragg, Baker Book House, 1994)
  • Pacific Island Peoples in Hawai’i (editor; University of Hawai’i Press, 1994)
  • Mixed Blood: Intermarriage and Ethnic Identity in 20th-Century America (University of Wisconsin Press, 1989)

Courses Taught:

Fall 2015:

INT 94QX  What White People Need to Know (freshman seminar)

HIST 201RE  Race and Violence (graduate seminar)

Winter 2016:

HIST 168N  Interracial Intimacy

Spring 2016:

HIST 2C  Modern World History

Other courses I often teach:

HIST 164IA/IB  Immigration and Race in United States History

HIST 168C/D  History of Asian Americans

HIST 168M  Middle Eastern Americans

HIST 189E  History of the Pacific (also Asian American Studies 150)

HIST 200WD  World History

Other graduate seminars taught as HIST 201AM, HIST 201RE, or HIST 203A/B:

Racial Theory

Comparative Racial and Ethnic Systems

African American History, 17th-19th Centuries

African American History, 20th-21st Centuries

Race in American History

Asian American History

Religion in America

Research and Writing on Race, Migration, and Colonialism

Honors and Professional Activities:

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, UCSB, 2015
  • Visiting Professor, International Christian University, Tokyo, 2014
  • Critical Mixed Race Studies Association inaugurated the Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award, 2014 (the Association’s first award)
  • Richard A. Yarborough Mentoring Award, Minority Scholars Committee, American Studies Association, 2013
  • Loving Prize, Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival, 2011
  • Robert A. Friedman Lecturer, Baruch College, 2011
  • Fulbright Research Professor, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany, 2008-09
  • Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, UCSB, 2008
  • Organization of American Historians/Japan Association for American Studies Historian-in-Residence, Tokai University, 2007
  • Member of the Council, Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association, 2004-07
  • Rockefeller Foundation Residential Fellow, Bellagio, Italy, 2004
  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historians, 2003-18
  • Oregon State University Center for the Humanities Residential Fellow, 2003-04
  • One of Ten Terrific Teachers, UCSB, 1998
  • Charles Lindbergh Lecturer, Minnesota Historical Society, 1996
  • Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States, 1990
  • Other teaching awards: 1991, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013

ABOUT WRITING

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Race and Ethnic Journals

A SAMPLING OF FORMER GRADUATE STUDENTS

Marc Coronado

Professor of English and Chair of Women’s Studies, De Anza College

Community Coordinator of the LEAD Latino empowerment program

https://www.deanza.edu/lead/facultybios2015_16.html

Ingrid Dineen-Wimberly

Professor of History, University of La Verne

Sarah Griffith

Assistant Professor of History, Queen’s University of Charlotte

http://www.queens.edu/Academics-and-Schools/Schools-and-Colleges/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences-Faculty/CAS-Profile.html?profileId=213980

Rudy Guevarra

Associate Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State University

Author of Becoming Mexipino

https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/1268705

Ken Hough

Research Fellow, Center for Borderlands and Transcultural Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Matt Kester

Associate Professor and University Archivist, Brigham Young University – Hawai’i

Author of Remembering Iosepa: History, Place, and Religion in the American West

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/remembering-iosepa-9780199844913?cc=us&lang=en&

Pablo Landeros

Professor and Chair of History, Estrella Mountain Community College

https://directory.estrellamountain.edu/person/pablo.landeros

Chrissy Lau

Visiting Professor of Asian American Studies, Cornell University

http://asianamericanstudies.cornell.edu/people/lau.cfm

Jeffrey Moniz

Associate Professor and Director of the Ed.D. Program, University of Hawai’i

https://coe.hawaii.edu/directory/?person=jmoniz

Sharleen Nakamoto Levine

Professor of History, American Studies, & Women’s Studies, Honolulu Community College

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharleen-nakamoto-levine-49784651

Lori Pierce

Associate Professor of American Studies, African and Black Diaspora Studies, DePaul University

http://las.depaul.edu/departments/african-and-black-diaspora-studies/faculty/Pages/lori-pierce.aspx

Joanne Rondilla

Lecturer in Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State UniversityCo-author of Is Lighter Better? Skin-Tone Discrimination among Asian Americans

https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/2000049

Brandon Seto

Consultant, California State Senate

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandon-p-seto-6b254ba8

Travis Smith

Professor and Chair of History, Yuba College

http://yc.yccd.edu/academics/history/faculty

Lily Anne Welty Tamai

History Curator, Japanese American National Museum

https://www.linkedin.com/in/lily-anne-welty-tamai-ph-d-8a2b2713?

David Torres-Rouff

Associate Professor of History, University of California, Merced

Author of Before L.A.: Race, Space, and Municipal Power in Los Angeles, 1781-1894

http://www.amazon.com/Before-L-A-Municipal-Angeles-1781-1894/dp/0300141238

Isaiah Helekunihi Walker

Professor and Chair of History, Brigham Young University – Hawai’i

Author of Waves of Resistance: Surfing and History in 20th-Century Hawai’i

http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-7459-9780824835477.aspx

Ben Zulueta

Lecturer in Asian American Studies, UC Santa Barbara

http://www.asamst.ucsb.edu/people/benjamin-zulueta