James  Zarsadiaz

James Zarsadiaz

Visiting Scholar

James Zarsadiaz is this year's USF Ethnic Minority Dissertation Fellow (Ph.D. candidate, History, Northwestern University). At USF, James will be teaching courses on U.S. history and on Asian Pacific American Studies. James' research and teaching interests include comparative urban/suburban studies, California & the U.S. West, oral history, and Asian American studies. His dissertation explores the relationship between suburbanization, Asian immigration, regional planning, and myths of the frontier in post-WWII Los Angeles.

James has written for The Atlantic Cities and National Journal online, and has publications or forthcoming work in various encyclopedias and journals including Amerasia Journal, Journal of Asian American Studies, Journal of Social History, and Journal of Urban History. He is the 2010 recipient of the Northwestern Lacey Baldwin Smith Prize in Teaching Excellence and was recently offered a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. At Northwestern, he founded the Ethnic Studies Graduate Committee and was co-chair of the Colloquium on Ethnicity & Diaspora. He is a former student representative for the American Studies Association and is currently the graduate representative and board member for the Association for Asian American Studies. James is very happy to the join USF community and looks forward to working with students, faculty, and staff.

Research Areas

U.S. West
Asian American Studies
Oral History