Graduate Student Bios

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Eri Kitada
Current Research: United States, Women's and Gender History

I am a third-year doctoral student working on missing links between three different regions – Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the United States, with interests in race, space, gender/sexuality, and empire. My dissertation project, “Intertwined Settler Colonialism of the Philippines, Japan, and the United States: Gendered Configuration of Race and Religious Orders in Philippine ‘Frontiers’,” traces the history and legacy of Japanese settlement in the US colonial Philippines, through investigating Japanese settler encounter with indigenous and Muslim populations in “frontiers” and the history of settler colonialism in the Philippines. My research has been supported by Fulbright Scholarship and Rutgers Global SGS Fellowship (School of Graduate Studies).

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.