Scott Kurashige

Chair, Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies
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Ph.D., History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000
M.A., History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
M.A., Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 1996
B.A., History with minors in Afro-American Studies and Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1990

Courses Taught

Racism and Anti-Racism in Asian America (Fall 2020)
TCU Justice Journey (Spring 2021)

Areas of Focus

Comparative and relational studies of race and ethnicity; Asian American studies; African American studies; U.S. politics; urban studies; social movements; radicalism; discrimination in higher education

The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit (University of California Press, 2017) in the “American Studies Now: Critical Histories of the Present” series edited by Lisa Duggan and Curtis Marez.

Exiled to Motown: A History of Japanese Americans in Detroit, co-editor and co-author (Detroit Japanese American Citizens League, 2015).

The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, co-authored with Grace Lee Boggs (University of California Press, 2011); updated and expanded paperback edition with new preface and afterword with Immanuel Wallerstein (University of California Press, 2012)

The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (Princeton University Press, 2008) in the “Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century America” series edited by William Chafe, Gary Gerstle, Linda Gordon, and Julian Zelizer

President, President-Elect, and Past-President of the American Studies Association (2018-21)

Senior Fellow, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History (2013-15)

History Book Award 2008, Association for Asian American Studies for The Shifting Grounds of Race (2008)

Albert J. Beveridge Book Prize, American Historical Association for The Shifting Grounds of Race (2008)

 Fellow and Visiting Scholar, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University (2008-09)


Regents’ Award for Distinguished Public Service, University of Michigan (2003)

“Unruly Subjects: American Studies from Anti-Discipline to Revolutionary Praxis,” American Quarterly 72:2 (June 2020): 307-336.

“Our Polycultural Past and Future Century,” in Many Voices One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration in the United States, ed. Margaret Salazar-Porzio and Joan Fragaszy Troyano (Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, 2017), 269-275.

“Rereading Vincent Chin: Asian Americans and Multiracial Political Analysis,” in Minority Relations: Intergroup Conflict and Cooperation, ed. Robert Chang and Greg Robinson (University of Mississippi Press, 2017), 126-158.

“Race, Place, and Space in Asian American Urban History,” in The [Oxford] Handbook of Asian American History, ed. David K. Yoo and Eiichiro Azuma (Oxford University Press, 2016), 373-389.

“From Black Power to a Revolution of Values: Grace Lee Boggs and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.” in Black Power Beyond Borders: The Global Dimensions of the Black Power Movement, ed. Nico Slate (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), 169-90.

 “From ‘Yellow Peril’ to ‘Model Minority’: Japanese Americans and Racial Ideology in U.S. History,” Rikkyo American Studies 33 (March 2011): 57-74.

“Between ‘White Spot’ and ‘World City’: Racial Integration and the Roots of Multicultural Los Angeles,” in A Companion to Los Angeles History, ed. William Deverell and Greg Hise (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010), 56-71.

“Organizing from the Margins: Japanese American Communists in Los Angeles During the Great Depression,” in Race Struggles, ed. Sundiata Cha-Jua, Helen Neville, and Ted Koditschek (University of Illinois Press, 2009), 205-224.

“Crenshaw and the Rise of Multiethnic Los Angeles,” Afro-Hispanic Review 27: 1 (Spring 2008): 41-58.

“Rethinking Black History in Multiethnic Los Angeles,” Social History 33:1 (February 2008): 1-11.

“Exposing the Price of Ignorance:  Teaching Asian American History in Michigan,” Journal of American History (March 2007): 1178-85. Reprinted in Teaching American History: Essays Adapted from The Journal of American History, 2001-2007, ed. Gary J. Kornblith and Carol Lasser (Bedford/St. Martins, 2009)

“The Many Facets of Brown:  Integration in a Multiracial Society,” Journal of American History 91: 1 (June 2004): 56-68.

“Detroit and the Legacy of Vincent Chin,” Amerasia Journal 28: 3 (2002): 51-55.

“Beyond Random Acts of Hatred: Analyzing Urban Patterns of Anti-Asian Violence,” Amerasia Journal 26: 1 (2000): 209-231.

“Pan-ethnicity and Community Organizing: Asian Americans United’s Campaign Against Anti-Asian Violence,” Journal of Asian American Studies 3: 2 (June 2000): 163-190.

“Interview with poet Amy Uyematsu” in Words Matter: Interviews with Contemporary Asian American Writers, ed. King-Kok Cheung, (University of Hawaii Press, 2000): 252-269.