Department of Ethnic Studies - College of Letters and Science - University of California, Berkeley

People / Graduate Students


Jeffrey Yamashita

20th-century U.S. History, Asian American History, Racial Formations, Empire and Settler Colonialism, Gender and Sexuality

Bio & Research Interests

Jeffrey is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. 


Waldo E. Martin Jr.
Michael Omi
Catherine Ceniza Choy
Evelyn Nakano Glenn

Courses Taught or Assisted

2013-                      University of California, Berkeley        Berkeley, CA

Graduate Student Instructor

Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies 20A, Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States, Spring 2017

Ethnic Studies 101A, Social Science Methods in Ethnic Studies, Fall 2016

Ethnic Studies 10AC, A History of Race and Ethnicity in Western North America, Fall 2013

2014-2015             Hampden-Sydney College                  Hampden-Sydney, VA

Visiting Instructor of Humanities and QEP Fellow

History 185, The "Other" U.S. War Hero: Constructions of a Heroic Ideal in the Modern Era, Spring 2015

Interdisciplinary Studies 285, Masculinities in Context, Spring 2015

History 285, A History of Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.: A Comparative Approach, Fall 2014

First-year Seminar, "Playing for Power": Masculinities and Athletics, Fall 2014

2014                      University of Hawai'i at Manoa            Honolulu, HI

Lecturer, Department of Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies 330, The Japanese in Hawai'i, Spring 2014


Select publications

Edited Books

Michael Omi, Jeffrey T. Yamashita and Dana Y. Nakano, eds. Japanese American Millennials: Rearticulating Generational Identity, Community, and Culture (in progress)

Anthology Chapters

"Becoming 'Hawaiian': A Relational Racialization of Japanese American Soldiers from Hawai'i during World War II in the US South," in Studying Race Relationally. Ed. Natalia Molina, Daniel Martinez HoSang, and Ramon Gutierrez (Berkeley: University of California Press; Series: American Crossroads, Ed. Niels Hooper) Accepted for Inclusion and Under Review

"Contesting Japanese American Identity: A Literature Review of John Okada's No-No Boy (1957)," in The Unknown John Okada: Rediscovered works by the author of No-No Boy. Ed. Greg Robinson, Frank Abe, and Floyd Cheung (Seattle: University of Washington Press; Series: Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American StudiesAccepted for Inclusion and Under Review

"Introduction," in Japanese American Millennials: Rearticulating Generational Identity, Community, and Culture. Ed. Michael Omi, Jeffrey T. Yamashita, and Dana Nakano (in progress)

Encyclopedia Entries

“Daniel K. Inouye,” “Mike Masaoka.” Japanese Americans: The History and Culture of a People. Eds. Jonathan H.X. Lee and Dean Adachi (Santa Barbara: Greenwood) Under Review

“Prejudice,” “Herbert Blumer’s Prejudice Theory. Race and Racism in the United States: An Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Eds. Charles A. Gallagher and Cameron D. Lippard (Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2014), 965-968.

“Fort Snelling,” “Frank ‘Foo’ Fujita.” Densho Encyclopedia: The Japanese American Legacy Project. Ed. Brian Niiya (Seattle: Densho, 2014)

“Franklin Odo.” Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History. Eds. Xiaojian Zhao and Edward J.W. Park (Santa Barbara: Greenwood, 2014), 889-890.