Graduate Student Bios

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Eri Kitada
Current Research: Women's and Gender History, Modern US

I am a 4th-year doctoral candidate. I'm interested in gender and colonialism, migration and settler colonialism, and historiography/memory/knowledge production. My dissertation project, “Intimate and Intertwined Settler Colonialism: Gendered Reconfiguration of Racial and Religious Orders in Philippine ‘Frontiers’,” investigates the intertwined and gendered dynamics of US and Japanese empires through the little-known history and legacy of Japanese settlements in the U.S. colonial Philippines. In particular, I'm examining Japanese settlers' encounters with indigenous and Muslim populations, like intermarriage, labor exchanges, and violent incidents. I do both archival research and oral history. I graduated with a B.A. in Humanities and Human Sciences from Hokkaido University in 2008 and with a M.A. in Area Studies (American Studies Program) from University of Tokyo in 2013, Japan.

My research has been supported by Fulbright scholarship, Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF), and several grants of Rutgers University and other organizations. I am a cofounder of Global South Working Group at Rutgers University and also a community organizer of US International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) in Central New Jersey.