Lon Kurashige is professor of history and spatial sciences at the University of Southern California. He studies racial ideologies, politics of identity, emigration/immigration, historiography, cultural enactments and social reproduction, particularly as they pertain to Asians in the United States.

He is the author of Two Faces of Exclusion: The Untold History of Anti-Asian Racism in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016); Pacific America: Empires, Migrations, and Exchanges, co-edited with Madeline Hsu (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2016); Major Problems in Asian American History, 2nd edition, co-edited with Alice Yang (Cengage, 2016); and Japanese American Celebration and Conflict: A History of Ethnic Identity and Festival, 1934-1990 (2002), winner of the Association for Asian American Studies’ History Book Award.

A college-level U.S. history textbook, Global Americans: A History of the United States, which he has co-authored with five other historians, was published in 2018 (Cengage).

His other works include the article “To Exclude, or Not to Exclude the Japanese? Lessons about Anti-Immigrant Racism from Early Twentieth Century Los Angeles”, which won the Carl I. Wheat Award for the best article in the Southern California Quarterly (2012-2014). He is coediting “Conversations in Transpacific History,” a special edition of Pacific Historical Review (2014) that will also be published as a book. Kurashige also is a coeditor of Major Problems in Asian American History (2003).


Ph.D., American History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.A., American History, University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., History of Public Policy, University of California, Santa Barbara