Scott Kurashige, 2019-2020 ASA President

Scott Kurashige is Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Senior Advisor for Faculty Diversity and Initiatives to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Washington Bothell.

He is the author or co-author of four books: The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (Princeton University Press, 2008); The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century with Grace Lee Boggs (University of California Press, 2011); Exiled to Motown: A History of Japanese Americans in Detroit (Detroit Japanese American Citizens League, 2015); and The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the U.S. Political Crisis Began in Detroit (University of California Press, 2017). He has also published articles in anthologies and journals, including Afro-Hispanic Review, Amerasia Journal, The Journal of American History, and the Journal of Asian American Studies. He received the American Historical Association’s Beveridge Award for distinguished book on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada, from 1492 to the present and the History Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies for The Shifting Grounds of Race.

After completing his MA in Asian American Studies and PhD in History at UCLA, he was a faculty member in American Culture, History, and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan from 2000 to 2014. In 2010, he was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute in Shanghai, China. He has also held fellowships from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. He was a member of the ASA’s 2010 delegation to Japan and currently serves on the editorial board of the UK-based Journal of American Studies. He is an active public scholar with a record of engagement in urban community organizing, especially among Black and Asian American communities in Detroit and Los Angeles.