Department of History



Michael Masatsugu

Associate Professor of History

PhD University of California, Irvine, 2004

Office:   LA-4221
Phone:   410-704-4647
Fax:   410-704-5595

Professor Masatsugu


Dr. Masatsugu’s research and teaching interests are in the history of Asian Americans, Asia-U.S. relations, immigration, religion, ethnicity, and race during the Twentieth Century.

Selected Publications:

Works in Preparation:

  • Reorienting the Pure Land: Ethnicity, Transnationalism and Orientalism in the making of Japanese American Buddhism, 1941-1965
  • Bonded by Reverence toward the Buddha: The Making of the Buddhist World in the Age of Decolonization

Courses Taught:

  • History 146: History of the United States Since the Civil War
  • History 148: History of the United States Since the Civil War (Honors)
  • History 300: Introduction to Historical Methods
  • History 377/562: Asian American History
  • History 378/565: Migration and U.S. History
  • Social Science 787: Directed Graduate Reading in Social Science

Community Service:

  • Mural Project to Commemorate the 1964 Freedom Summer, Northwood Appold Community Academy, Baltimore, MD, 2013-14.
  • Rotating History Project and EMP Collective Space, “Down Through the Needle’s Eye,” Art Exhibition, Baltimore, MD, 2012.





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