James Zarsadiaz is Associate Professor of History and serves as Director of the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program. His research and teaching interests include urban and suburban studies, California and the U.S. West, Asian American history, and the twentieth-century United States. He received a PhD and an MA in History from Northwestern University, and a BA in American Studies and Political Science from George Washington University. Prof. Zarsadiaz was a fellow at both the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and Asian Pacific American Center.
His first research article, "Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley since 1970," (co-authored with Becky Nicolaides) was published in the Journal of Urban History (2015). The article won the Urban History Association's Arnold Hirsch Award and the Vernacular Architecture Forum's Catherine W. Bishir Prize. Prof. Zarsadiaz's most recent article, "Raising Hell in the Heartland: Filipino Chicago and the Anti-Martial Law Movement, 1972- 1986," was published in American Studies (2017) and received an Honorable Mention from the Filipino Section of the Association for Asian American Studies. He has also published work in Amerasia Journal, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Journal of Social History.
James has written articles and op-eds for City Lab, National Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post. He has done live interviews on BBC, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, and Southern California Public Radio regarding current affairs and his research.
Prof. Zarsadiaz is currently working on a book about Asian American settlement and suburban development in post-World War II Los Angeles.
- Program Director, Yuchengco Philippine Studies
- PhD, History, Northwestern University
- MA, History, Northwestern University
- BA, American Studies and Political Science, George Washington University
- Urban and Suburban Studies
- Urban Planning
- California and U.S. West
- Asian American History
- Oral History
- Selected Publications
Zarsadiaz, J. (2017). "Raising Hell in the Heartland: Filipino Chicago and the Anti-Martial Law Movement, 1972-1986." American Studies.
Zarsadiaz, J. and Nicolaides, B. (2015). "Design Assimilation in Suburbia: Asian Americans, Built Landscapes, and Suburban Advantage in Los Angeles's San Gabriel Valley since 1970." Journal of Urban History, 43(2), 332-371.
- Awards & Distinctions
Best Article (Honorable Mention), Association for Asian American Studies, Filipino Section, 2020
Catherine W. Bishir Prize, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2018
Arnold Hirsch Award, Urban History Association, 2016
- In Daly City, the Bayanihan Spirit Is Alive and Well, KQED, 08/05/2021
- Opinion: Asians in Arcadia against homeless people? It's complicated, Los Angleles Times, 07/01/2021
- For Fil-Am youth, fighting Asian hate in the US means breaking silence, Rappler, 4/14/21
- Cherry Blossom Trees Vandalized in San Francisco’s Japantown, The New York Times, 1/8/2021
- How the Bay Area became the sports world’s epicenter of revolutionary thought, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/24/2020
- The fates of dozens of city statues are under review amid calls to reconsider the past, The San Francisco Examiner, 07/23/2020
- San Francisco’s Toppled Statues, SF Weekly, 07/04/2020
- Geek of the Week: Cookbook Geek
- Local Filipinos Disappointed Trump Didn't Push Duterte on Drug Killings, Southern California Public Radio/KPCC (NPR), 11/13/2017
- Trump Boasts of ‘Great Relationship’ with Philippines’ Duterte at First Formal Meeting, Washington Post, 11/13/2017
- Elaine Chao is Sticking by President Trump. That Shouldn’t be a Surprise, Washington Post, 09/07/2017
- Asians and Asian Americans Swarm to Thriving Diamond Jamboree, Los Angeles Times, 07/02/2017
- Militants in the Philippines: President's Martial Law Order is Déjà Vu for Some Expats, Southern California Public Radio/KPCC (NPR), 05/24/2017
- Asian American Electorate a Sleeping Giant, MSNBC, 09/17/2016
- Why Candidates Should Court Asian American Voters, San Francisco Chronicle, 09/09/2016