Thomas Fujita Rony, Ph.D.
Asian American Studies Department
Introduction to Ethnic Studies, History of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Introduction to Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, World War II Japanese American Exlcusion and Incarceration , Asian American and Pacific Islander Identity, Asian American and Pacific Islander Families
Japanese American exclusion, incarceration, and redress; social movements and individual/group agency; gender and sexualities; labor history.
I am a 3rd generation Japanese American, born and raised in Hawai'i as the second son of two union stewards, one a social worker and the other a clinical psychologist. I earned a BA in American Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies from Yale, then an MA in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and in 1995, an American Culture Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. I was hired in 1998, becoming the first full-time Asian American Studies professor. In 2006, I became the Coordinator of the Asian American Studies department, taking over from the founding Coordinator, Dr. Craig Ihara. I am married to Dorothy Fujita-Rony, who teaches Asian American Studies at UCI, and our son, Theodore, is a 2.5 generation Japanese Indonesian American.