Michael Masatsugu

Associate Professor


Contact Information

M 12:30-1:30; W 12:30-1:30;
and by appointment


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

Areas of Expertise

Asian Americans, Asia-U.S. relations, Buddhism, ethnicity, immigration and race during the Twentieth-Century, history of Baltimore


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:

"'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: 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

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 2017    
HIST 146 History of the United States Since the Civil War