Tanachai Padoongpatt

Faculty Advisor: Lon Kurashige Status: Alumnus

Contact Information

E-mail: mark.padoongpatt@gmail.com

Biographical Sketch

Tanachai Mark Padoongpatt received his Ph.D. in American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California.  His research and teaching interests are wide ranging, covering 20th century United States history, Asian/Pacific American studies, comparative race and ethnicity, immigration, U.S. empire, urban/suburban communities, the U.S. West, food, and leisure.  His work has appeared in the Radical History Review (Duke University Press) and in A People's Guide to Los Angeles  (University of California Press).  He is currently at work on a manuscript exploring the history of Thai Americans in Los Angeles within the context of US global expansion in Asia and the Pacific in the late 20th century.  At USC, he worked under Lon Kurashige (dissertation chair), Bill Deverell, Robin D.G. Kelley, George J. Sanchez, and Peggy Pascoe (University of Oregon). 


  • B.A. Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon, 06/2005
  • B.A. History, University of Oregon, 06/2005
  • M.A. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 06/2008
  • Ph.D. American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California, 06/2011

Honors and Awards

  • JFK Presidential Library Research Grant, 6/2009-  
  • USC Center for Excellence in Teaching Award, 11/2008-  
  • Louis D. Beaumont Endowed Fellowship (declined for Haynes), 8/2008-8/2009  
  • John Randolph and Dora Haynes Dissertation Fellowship, 7/2008-7/2009  
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship - Honorable Mention/Alternate, 4/2009  
  • USC College Conference Travel Award, 4/2009  
  • John Randolph Haynes Fellowship, 8/2005-5/2006  



  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534