Karen Inouye

Karen Inouye

Ruth N. Halls Associate Professor

Department of American Studies

Department of History


  • Ph.D., American Studies, Brown University

Research interests

Asian American and Asian Canadian studies; transnational American studies; afterlife of wartime incarceration; wartime prisons on Native land


Work in Progress

Monograph: Mary Kitagawa: A Nikkei Canadian Life, Stanford University Press, forthcoming, 2024

Article: Empathy, Fragmented Memory, and the Lived Origins of Nikkei Antiracist Alliance


2018, “Excerpt from The Long Afterlife,” Journal of Transnational American Studies, 9(1), pp. 98-113.

2016, “Visual Games and the Unseeing of Race in the Late Nineteenth Century,” co-authored with Bret Rothstein, American Quarterly, June 2016, pp. 264-287.

2014, “Eternal Present: Retroactive Diplomas in Canada and the US,” Journal of Asian American Studies, October 2014, pp. 339-366.

2012, “Japanese American Wartime Experience: Tamotsu Shibutani and Methodological Innovation,” 1935 – 1978, Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, pp. 318-338.

2011, “Viewing World War Two Internment through Emiko Omori’s Rabbit in the Moon,” Journal of American Ethnic History, 30:4, pp. 33-39 (invited essay).

Selected honors + awards

  • Institute for Advanced Study Research Fellow, Spring 2024
  • Visiting Scholar for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, CSREA, Brown Univeristy, Fall 2019
  • Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) Research Grant, 2019-2020
  • College of Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) Research Fellowship, Fall 2017
  • New Frontiers in Creativity and Scholarship Research Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • College of Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) Research Travel Award, 2016
  • “Best of Social Sciences” Fellow, Spring 2017
  • Trustees’ Teaching Award, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) Research Grant, 2013-2014
  • New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Research Fellowship, 2012-2013