Eiichiro Azuma is Professor of History and Asian American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in Asian American history with an emphasis on Japanese Americans and transpacific migration, as well as U.S. and Japanese colonialisms and U.S.-Japan relations. He holds a M.A. in Asian American Studies (1992) and a Ph.D. in history (2000), both from University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught at Penn since January 2001. Since Fall 2009, Azuma has held the Alan Charles Kors Endowed Term Chair in History. In 2008–2009, he was a recipient of the Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship from the University of Texas, Austin.
Azuma is author of two monographs and two co-edited books. In 2019, he published In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire (University of California Press). Azuma also authored Between Two Empires: Race, History, and Transnationalism in Japanese America (Oxford University Press, 2005), which won the Theodore Saloutos Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, the Honorable Mention in the Frederick Jackson Turner Award by the Organization of American Historians, and the History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies, as well as the Hiroshi Shimizu book prize from the Japanese Association of American Studies. With Professor Gordon H. Chang of Stanford, Azuma also co-edited Yuji Ichioka, Before Internment: Essays in Prewar Japanese American History (Stanford University Press, 2006)—recipient of the Honorable Mention in the History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. These books were translated and published in Japanese. In 2016, Azuma co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Asian American History (Oxford University Press) with UCLA Professor and Associate Provost David K. Yoo.
Azuma has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters in academic anthologies. Recently his articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, Journal of Asian Studies, Pacific Historical Review and Journal of American-East Asian Relations. Starting in 2009, he is co-editor of the Asian American Studies book series at the University of Illinois Press. He has served as a member of the Executive Board of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (2007–2010), and of the Editorial Board for the Pacific Historical Review (2011–2013), Journal of Asian American Studies (2012–2016), and Journal of American Ethnic History (2009–present).
At Penn, Professor Azuma is on the Faculty Steering Committees for the Asian American Studies Program and the Center for East Asian Studies. He has served as the director of the Asian American Studies Program for the 2012-2016 term. In 2007 and 2008, Azuma received the Rosane Rocher Faculty and Staff Award from the Pan Asian American Community House and the Gloria Twine Chisum Award for Distinguished Faculty from the James Brister Society, respectively.
Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles, 2000
M.A. (Asian American Studies) University of California at Los Angeles, 1992
HIST 155: Introduction to Asian American History
HIST 231: Wartime Internment of Japanese Americans
HIST 354: American Expansion in the Pacific
HIST 374: Diplomacy and Japanese American History