Current Visiting Scholars

Michael Masatsugu

Michael Masatsugu is Associate Professor of History at Towson University.  His research examines the reconstitution of Japanese American Buddhist communities and the rise of world Buddhist social movements during the Cold War.  His work has been published in Amerasia, Journal of Global History and Pacific Historical Review.  Heis currently completing a manuscript, “Reorienting the Pure Land:  Ethnicity, Transnationalism and Orientalism in Japanese American Buddhism, 1944-1974.” 

Former Visiting Scholars

Jane H. Yamashiro

Visiting Scholar, 2012-2013

Jane H. Yamashiro’s research examines the construction of Japaneseness and Japanese identity in multiple social and historical contexts, particularly in terms of race and ethnicity. Her work has focused on Japanese American transnational migrants from Hawai‘i and the US continent in Tokyo, looking at the ways in which their ambiguous social positioning in Japan reveals complex processes of social categorization, racialization, and stratification in Japanese society. Other research interests include comparative immigration policies targeting co-ethnics, Japan’s diaspora strategies, and global and transnational structures of race. Her articles have been published in Ethnic and Racial StudiesAAPI Nexus Journal: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders PolicyPractice and CommunitySociology Compass, Migrations and Identities, and CR: The New Centennial Review. She is currently working on a book titled Negotiating Global Constructions of Race and Ethnicity: Japanese American Transnational Identity Formation in Tokyo. Her next project, From Hapa to Haafu: Multiracial Japanese Americans in Japan, explores the construction of multiracial Japanese identities from a global perspective.