Meredith Oda

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2010, University of Chicago
B.A. 1999, University of California, Berkeley


Lincoln Hall, 201


I teach and write in the fields of 20th century US history, US in the world, race and ethnicity, Asian American history, US and East Asian relations, and urban history.  I have been at UNR since 2011.  Before coming here, I taught at the University of California, Merced; California State University, Fresno; and the University of Chicago.  

My research is concerned with the emerging field of the Pacific world and especially how transpacific networks and developments are engaged in the local texture of cities, communities, and everyday life.  My manuscript, “The Gateway to the Pacific: Race and Region in San Francisco, 1945-1970”, explores this dynamic in San Francisco, a long-standing hub of the region struggling to maintain its place in the early Cold War years.  I examine the ways in which this ambition reshaped people’s communities and identities, as well as the city’s civic identity and its landscape.  My articles explore specific connections of the Pacific world, including transpacific race-making (in the Pacific Historical Review) and municipal foreign relations (Diplomatic History).  My next book project will examine the role of Japanese Americans in postwar Japanese economic expansionism in Hawai‘i and the mainland United States in order to explore the intersections between race, opportunity, and transpacific business practices.


HIST 102: United States History, 1865 to the Present 

HIST 213: Asian American History

HIST 403A/603A: Culture, Tourism, and Imperialism: Hawai‘i in the American Imagination 

HIST 407A: Foreign Relations I (Globalizing US History)

HIST 407B: Foreign Relations II (The United States in the Pacific World)

HIST 415C/615C: United States History, 1877-1945

HIST 722: Seminar in 20th Century U.S. History

HIST 724: Topical Seminar in US History (Transnational History)