Research Output per year
I am a historian of the United States with an emphasis on the nineteenth century, imperialism, race, gender, and sexuality. Trained in U.S. and Japanese institutions, I have always taken comparative and transnational approaches in my study of history.
Nineteenth-century U.S. empire; overseas expansion; racialized geograhy and labor; gender and sexuality; Pacific history
My first book, Tropical Freedom: Climate, Settler Colonialism, and Black Exclusion in the Age of Emancipation (Duke, 2017), argues that during the late eighteenth and mid nineteenth centuries British and American expansionists and free black activists produced different imaginings of an Atlantic world that variously and often contrastingly mapped black freedom within its geographic bounds and that these conflicting geographies of race and freedom became inseparably intertwined with U.S. and British North American settler colonial formations. Importantly, both promoters and protesters of geographic management of race employed tropes of domesticity and intra-racial reproduction as well as climatic idioms born of the centuries-long development of the plantation economies in the Americas. These languages not only underpinned legal, political, and ideological initiatives to exclude free blacks from settler colonial privileges but also suffused free black politics against them.
I am currently working on two projects: tracing the origins of U.S. insular imperialism spanning the Pacific and Caribbean and investigating the impact of U.S. expansion into East Asia on domestic racial formations and on the development of Japanese racial identity.
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gender and Women's History Program, 2010
MA, Doshisha University, American Studies
BA, Doshisha University, Political Science
Honors & Awards
Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Award, 2016-18
American Council of Learned Societies, New Faculty Fellowship, Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, 2012-13
HIST275 African American History to 1877
HIST285 History of Gender in the United States
HIST385 Transnational Sexualities
HIST482 Slavery in the United States
HIST570 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in North American Colonialisms
419C Greg Hall
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Urbana, IL 61801
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Exiles in America: Canadian Anti-Black Racism and the Meaning of Nation in the Age of the 1848 RevolutionsAsaka, I., Apr 15 2018, Race and Nation in the Age of Emancipations. Stewart, W. N. & Marks, J. G. (eds.). Athens: University of Georgia Press, p. 53-68 16 p. (Race in the Atlantic World, 1700-1900).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review