Ph.D. in History
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The Exclusion of Immigrants in a “Nation of Immigrants”:The History of Nativism in the United States Hidetaka Hirota, Assistant Professor
Democratic Intolerance: The History of American Nativism
I am a historian of the United States. My principal research and teaching interests include immigration, labor, political economy, and transnational history.
I am currently working on a book project that provides a general history of nativism, or intense hostility toward foreigners, in the United States from its foundation to the present. Under the organizing theme of “democratic intolerance,” the project examines how nativism gained social and political support when foreigners seemed to threaten American democracy. In tracing this development, the book integrates the perspectives of intellectual, cultural, social, legal, political, and diplomatic history, providing a synthetic history of American nativism.
Education and Academic Employment
Assistant Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, Waseda University (2018-)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, The City University of New York-City College (2016-2018)
Lecturer, Department of History and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia University (2013-2016)
Mellon Research Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University (2013-2016)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Boston College (2012-2013)
Ph.D. in History, with distinction, Boston College (2012)
Fields of Research Interests
North American Studies; United States History (Immigration, Law and Policy, Labor, Political Economy); International Migration; Transnational History
Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).
- Winner, First Book Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2018.
- Winner, Lois P. Rudnick Book Award, New England American Studies Association, 2018.
- Winner, Donald Murphy Prize, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2018.
- Special Commendation, Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018
- Winner, Paul L. Murphy Award, American Society for Legal History, 2013. (Awarded to the manuscript.)
“Exclusion on the Ground: Racism, Official Discretion, and the Quotidian Enforcement of General Immigration Law in the Pacific Northwest Borderland,” American Quarterly 69, no. 2 (June 2017): 347-370.
- Honorable Mention, Article Prize, Law and Society Association, 2018.
- Selected as the Featured Open-Access Article of the issue.
“The Great Entrepot for Mendicants’: Foreign Poverty and Immigration Control in New York State to 1882,” Journal of American Ethnic History 33, no. 2 (Winter 2014): 5-32.
- Winner, Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2015.
- Reprinted in John J. Bukowczyk, ed., Immigrant Identity and the Politics of Citizenship (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2016), 32-59.
“The Moment of Transition: State Officials, the Federal Government, and the Formation of American Immigration Policy,” Journal of American History 99, no. 4 (March 2013): 1092-1108.
- Winner, James Madison Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, 2014.
- Winner, Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians, 2012.
Articles in Japanese
“The International Migration of the Irish Poor,” in Forum: Transnational Entanglements in American History, Historical Journal 792 (April 2016): 19-32.
“In the Name of Self Defense: The Expulsion of Foreign Paupers and Nineteenth-Century American Immigration Policy,” American Review 48 (2014): 99-117.
“Book Roundtable: Torrie Hester and the Histories of Deportation,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 17, no. 1 (January 2018): 175-178.
Book Review of Katherine Benton-Cohen, Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy (Harvard University Press, 2018), Journal of Social History, forthcoming.
Book Review of Jason H. Silverman, Lincoln and the Immigrant (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), American Nineteenth Century History 19, no. 1 (2018): 113-114.
Book Review of Kunal M. Parker, Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Journal of American Ethnic History 36, no. 3 (Spring 2017): 104-106.
Book Review of Bryan Albin Giemza, ed., Rethinking the Irish in the American South: Beyond Rounders and Reelers (University Press of Mississippi, 2013), Journal of American Ethnic History 34, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 110-111.
“Immigration to American Cities, 1800-1924,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, ed. Timothy Gilfoyle (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), forthcoming.
“Immigration Policy in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries,” in The American Yawp: A Free and Online, Collaboratively Built American History Text Book, ed. Joseph Locke and Ben Wright, 2015.
“Angel Island” and “Know Nothing Movement,” in Multicultural America, ed. Carlos E. Cortés (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2013), 235-236, 1299-1300.
“Wendell Phillips,” in The Encyclopedia of the Early Republic and Antebellum America, ed. Christopher Bates (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2010), 801-802.
Affiliated Academic Organizations
American Historical Association
American Studies Association
Immigration and Ethnic History Society
Japanese Association for American History
Japanese Association for American Studies
Organization of American Historians
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
First Book Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2018
Donald Murphy Prize, American Conference for Irish Studies, 2018
Lois P. Rudnick Book Award, New England American Studies Association, 2018
Honorable Mention, Article Prize, Law and Society Association, 2018
Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2015
James Madison Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, 2014
Paul L. Murphy Award, American Society for Legal History, 2013
William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Dissertation Prize, American Society for Legal History, 2013
Finalist, Julien Mezey Dissertation Award, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, 2013
Nominee from Boston College, Allan Nevins Prize, Society of American Historians, 2013
Donald and Hélène White Prize for the Best Dissertation in the Humanities, Boston College, 2012
Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians, 2012
George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2009
Special Commendation, Peter J. Gomes Memorial Book Prize, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018