Michael Masatsugu

Associate Professor and Director of American Studies


Contact Information

MW 12:30-1:30,
and by appt.


Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2004

Areas of Expertise

Modern America, Buddhism and Immigration, Asian American History, Beat (1950s) & Punk (1970s-80s) Subcultures


Dr. Masatsugu joined the History Department in 2007.  His research interests are in Modern America especially after World War II, Buddhism and Immigration, Asian American History, and the Beat and Punk Subcultures of the mid-to-late 20thCentury.  He is in the final stages of completing a manuscript, Reorienting the Pure Land:  Buddhism and the Making of Japanese America after World War II, and conducting research on the emergence of a world Buddhist movement in the early Cold War years.  He has also been involved with Baltimore based community service projects including the Rotating History Project, the Northwood Appold Community Academy, and the Baltimore Immigration Summit.

Selected Publications:

"'Haiku on the Road’: Albert Saijo's contested historical legacy." Amerasia Journal 39:3 (Winter, 2013), 58-82.
“‘Bonded by Reverence toward the Buddha’: Asian Decolonization, Japanese Americans and the Making of the Buddhist World, 1947-1965.” Journal of Global History 8:1 (March, 2013), 142-64.
“‘Beyond this world of transiency and impermanence’: Japanese Americans, Dharma Bums and the Making of American Buddhism in the Early Cold War Years.” Pacific Historical Review 77:3 (August, 2008), 423-51. Winner, Arrington-Prucha Essay Prize, Western History Association

Works in Preparation:

Reorienting the Pure Land:  Buddhism and the Making of Japanese American after World War II
Bonded by Reverence toward the Buddha: The Making of the Buddhist World in the Age of Decolonization

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.

FALL 2018
HIST 146 History of the United States Since the Civil War
HIST 378 Immigrants and Immigration in the United States