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.

HIST 146 History of the United States Since the Civil War    
HIST 148 Honors History of the United States Since the Civil War