Graduate Student Bios

  • Portrait (head shot photo)
  • Eri Kitada
  • Email: elhiktd@gmail.com
  • Current Research: Women's and Gender History, Modern US

I am a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of History, Rutgers University. I'm interested in gender and imperialism, migration and settler colonialism, and historiography/memory/knowledge production. My dissertation project, “Intimate and Intertwined Settler Colonialism, 1903-1956,” investigates the  little-known history and legacy of Japanese settlements in the U.S. colonial Philippines to elucidate the intertwined and gendered dynamics of U.S. and Japanese empires. 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 from 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.