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Front row: (L-R) Nancy Sinkoff, Paul Hanebrink, James Delbourgo, Rudy Bell, Paul Israel, Paul G. E. Clemens
2nd: Judith Surkis, Matt Matsuda, Carolyn Brown, Johanna Schoen, Walter Rucker, Marisa Fuentes, Bayo Holsey, Samantha Kelly, Toby C. Jones
3rd: Jackson Lears, Seth Koven, Gail Triner, Ann Fabian, Barbara M. Cooper, Temma Kaplan, Melissa Feinberg
Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


Image Matt K. Matsuda

Professor of History
College Avenue Campus Dean
Academic Dean, New Brunswick Honors College

Ph.D., Department of History, UCLA (1993)

At Rutgers Since 1993

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Modern Europe, France, Nineteenth Century cultural and intellectual histories. Asia-Pacific and Pacific Islands global and comparative histories. Memory and historical consciousness, historiography, European empire and colonialism.



  • Seminar: History and Memory
  • 510:102 Development of Europe II 1715-present
  • Europe in the Nineteenth Century
  • Modern European Intellectual History
  • History of Modern France, 1789-1996
  • Patterns in Civilization: Europe and Japan: Love
  • 506:203 Histories of the Pacific
  • Paris/Tokyo 1700-present
  • Asian American Immigration: Living Histories


  • Graduate Colloquium: Constructing Modernity
  • Graduate Colloquium: Theorizing Modern France
  • Modern European Problems and Directed Readings
  • Modern European Research Seminar
  • Weekly Seminar of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis
  • Focused for two years 1999-2001 on "Utopia, Violence, Resistance: Remaking and Unmaking Humanity. Participation of graduate fellows and sponsored undergraduates in research studies concerning history and human rights, ideal states, revolution, and redefinitions of the human.



  • Pacific Worlds: A History of Seas, Peoples, and Cultures (Cambridge University Press, 2012, hardback and paperback issues)
  • Empire of Love: Histories of France and the Pacific (Oxford University Press, 2005, hardback and paperback issued)
  • The Memory of the Modern (Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. vi, 255, hardcover and paperback issued)

Selected Articles and Chapters 

  • “Of Queens and Kinship: Politics and Legacies in the Colonial Pacific,” in Jared Poley, ed., Kinship and Community (2012)
  • “Nostalgia in French History: Passions and Purposes,” special Issue of Historical Reflections/Réflections Historiques, edited by Patrick Hutton (2012)
  • Emotional Latitudes: Special Issue of Historical Reflections/Réflections Historiques, Vol. 34, no.1 (Spring 2008) Co-edited with Alice Bullard
  • “Speaking of China, Speaking of Europe Across Cultures” Taiwan Journal of East Asian Studies (Fall 2007)
  • “This Territory Was Not Empty: Pacific Possibilities” Geographical Review, Special Issue, Vol. 97, no.2 (April 2007)
  • “Ocean-Based Histories—The Pacific” American Historical Review, Vol. 111. no. 3 (June 2006)
  • “Does Empire Have Memory?” Ab Imperio Forum (Fall 2004)
  • “Representing Landscape: the Place of History,” History and Theory, May (2004)
  • “Idols of the Emperor” in Jeffrey Olick, ed.,  States of Memory (University of Michigan Press, 2003)
  • "East of No West: The Posthistorie of Postwar France and Japan" in Douglas Slaymaker, ed., Confluences: Postwar France and Japan (University of Michigan Press, Fall 2002)
  • "Empire of Love: Pierre Loti and Juliette Adam", Raritan, Spring/ Summer (2002)
  • "Idols of the Emperor" from The Memory of the Modern (forthcoming in Jeffrey Olick, ed., History and National Memory, 2002)
  • "Plays Without People" in Lynda Jessup, ed., Policing the Boundaries of Modernism and Antimodernism (Toronto University Press, 2001), pp. 192-205
  • "Geopolitics of Desire: The French in Panama" in Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Vol. 27, (2001) pp. 272-280
  • "The Tears of Madame Chrysanthème," French Cultural Studies, (February 2000), pp. 31-51
  • "In the Revolutionary Garden: Recreating Savages and Civilization," Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques (Fall 1996), pp. 303-319
  • "Doctor, Judge, Vagabond: Identity, Identification, and Other Memories of the State," History and Memory,Vol. 6, no. 1. 1994, pp. 73-94
  • "The Body of the Philosopher: Memory, Mythology, and the Modern," Strategies, Vol. 4/5 1991, pp. 134-150


  • Community/ University Research Partnership Grant with Intersect Fund (2012)
  • International Service Learning Grant with GREEN (Renewable Energy NGO) (2012)
  • Bildner Intercultural Fellows Grant: “Dancing Histories: Intercultural History” with Jeffrey Friedman (2005-6)
  • Purpose Grant: “Performing History” with Jennifer Jones (2003-4)
  • Bildner Intercultural Fellows Grant: “Asian Oceans: Intercultural History” with Indrani  Chatterjee (2003-4)
  • Project Director, "Utopia, Violence Resistance: Remaking and Unmaking
  • Humanity—Global Visions/ Local Histories," project for Rutgers Centerfor Historical Analysis (2000-2001)
  • Rutgers Dialogues Grant: "Rethinking the Pacific Century: History and Globalization" (1999, 2000, 2001)
  • NEH Summer Institute: Re-imagining Indigenous Cultures: The Pacific Islands East-West Center, Honolulu (1999)
  • Rutgers Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching (1997)
  • Faculty Prize, UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award (1990)
  • Paris Program in Critical Theory (1990)


  • Society for French Historical Studies
  • Western Society for French History
  • New York Area French History Seminar
  • Editorial Board Historical Reflections/ Réflections Historiques
  • Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • AAUP

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