Michael Jin

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. History, University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A. International Relations, History, and Political Science, University of

Michael Jin is an Assistant Professor in the Global Asian Studies Program and the History Department. He is also a member of the Diaspora Studies Cluster at UIC. His research and teaching interests include migration and diaspora studies, transnational Asia and the Pacific Rim world, Asian American and Pacific Islander history, critical race and ethnic studies, and historical memory. His work has been published in the Journal of Critical Ethnic Studies and The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies.

As a scholar of transnational studies, Prof. Jin’s research focuses on comparative and diasporic dimensions of human migration and racial formation in diverse social and temporal contexts. His work employs critical analyses of sources in multiple geographical locations and languages that push the spatial and conceptual boundaries of ethnic studies and area studies. His two main projects focus on the unexpected convergences of multiple historical developments in diasporic experiences across nations and regions. His current manuscript project, Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless: The Making of the Japanese American Diaspora in the Pacific, examines the transnational migration of 50,000 U.S.-born Japanese Americans who traversed multiple national and colonial borders in Asia-Pacific before, during, and after World War II. His second project explores the experiences of Iranian transmigrants between Iran, South Korea, and the United States since 1979 and the ways in which they emerged as unique cultural brokers between the Iranian American and Korean American communities in the United States.

Prof. Jin is a recipient of grants and fellowships from the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, the Japan Foundation, and the Texas Research Development Funding Program. He was also a Visiting Scholar at Ritsumeikan University’s International Institute of Language and Culture Studies in Kyoto, Japan. In Japan, he worked closely with scholars from multiple disciplines in an active working group sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education to develop research and pedagogical frameworks that bridge the gap between ethnic studies and area studies. Before joining UIC, Prof. Jin served as Assistant Professor of History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where he directed “The Billie Chandler Project,” a historical conservation and research program that helped preserve documents and cultural artifacts illuminating a unique relationship forged between South Texas and Fukuoka, Japan in the years following the post-World War II U.S. occupation of Japan.

Prof. Jin currently serves as advisor for “The Untold Stories: The Department of Justice Internment Teacher Education Project,” the National Japanese American Historical Society’s professional development training series for secondary teachers. In addition to providing expert content knowledge for curriculum development focusing on the internment of civilians in the Department of Justice and U.S. Army detention facilities during World War II, he will help coordinate teacher education workshops funded by the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program.

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Contact Information

Office: 1012 UH, MC 231
Email: mrjin@uic.edu