James Zarsadiaz is Assistant 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 his PhD and MA in History from Northwestern University and his 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). He has also published work in Amerasia Journal, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Journal of Social History, and has written articles and op-eds for City Lab by The Atlantic, National Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, and Washington Post.
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
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
Catherine W. Bishir Prize, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2018
Arnold Hirsch Award, Urban History Association, 2016
- 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