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  • Matt K. Matsuda
  • Professor of History; and Faculty Director of the Lloyd C. Gardner Fellowship Program
  • Degree: Ph.D., Department of History, UCLA (1993)
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers Since 1993
  • Specialty: Modern France; History of the Pacific
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  • Office: 16 Seminary Place, Van Dyck Hall






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