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Kornel Chang


Kornel Chang is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. His research and teaching interests include Asian American history, the United States in the Pacific world, and race, migration, and labor in the Americas. His current book project, tentatively titled Occupying Knowledge: Expertise, Technocracy, and De-Colonization in the U.S. Occupation of Korea, examines the role of technocrats and expert knowledge in the U.S. Occupation of Korea

Research Interests:

Modern U.S. History, Histories of Race, Migration, and Labor in the Americas, and the United States in the Pacific world

Courses Taught

Race and Racism and the Americas


Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2014-2015Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (Tenure with Distinction), 2013-2014Visiting Scholar Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013-2014Fellow, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University, 2011-2012Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Postdoctoral Fellow, MacMillian Center for International and Areas Studies, Yale University 2008-2010Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Social Science Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 2005-2006


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2007.

Pacific Connections: The Making of the U.S.-Canadian Borderlands (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012)
·      2014 Winner of Association of Asian American Studies Book Prize in History
·      2013 Runner-Up Finalist, John Hope Franklin Publication Prize for Best-Published Book in American Studies
“Circulating Race and Empire: Transnational Labor Activism and the Politics of Anti-Asian Agitation in the Anglo-American Pacific World, 1880-1910,” Journal of American History 96:3 (Dec. 2009): 678-701.
“Enforcing Transnational White Solidarity: Asian Migration and the Formation of the U.S.-Canadian Boundary.” American Quarterly 60:3 (Sep., 2008): 671-696.
“Mobilizing Revolutionary Manhood: Race, Gender, and Resistance in the Pacific Northwest Borderlands” in The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements across the Pacific  Moon-Ho Jung, ed. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014).
“Muted Reception: U.S. Propaganda and the Construction of Mexican Popular Opinion During the Second World War,” Diplomatic History 38:3 (June 2014): 569-598.
“Reconsidering Asiatic Exclusion,” in Oxford Handbook of Asian American History, Eiichiro Azuma and David Yoo, eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming, 2015).
“Coolie” in Keywords for Asian American Studies, Linda Trinh Vo, K. Scott Wong, and Cathy Schlund-Vials, eds. (New York: New York University Press, Forthcoming, 2015)