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Cecilia Tsu

Cecilia Tsu

Associate Professor


  • PhD and MA, History, Stanford University
  • MA, American Civilization, Brown University
  • BA, History, Swarthmore College


Research Interests

Asian American history, race and ethnicity, immigration, California and the American West, gender, agricultural and rural history

Selected Publications

Garden of the World: Asian Immigrants and the Making of Agriculture in California's Santa Clara Valley (Oxford University Press, 2013)

"‘Independent of the Unskilled Chinaman’: Race, Labor, and Family Farming in California’s Santa Clara Valley,” Western Historical Quarterly XXXVII (Winter 2006): 475-495. 

“Sex, Lies, and Agriculture: Reconstructing Japanese Immigrant Gender Relations in Rural California, 1900-1913,” Pacific Historical Review 78 (May 2009): 171-209.

Course History

Lecture Courses: 
Asian American History, 1850-present (HIS 179)

Becoming an American: Immigration and American Culture (HIS 173)

California History (HIS 189)

History of the United States since 1865 (HIS 17B)

Undergraduate Seminars: 
History of American Orientalism (HIS 102M) 
Asian American Lives: History Through Biography (HIS 102M)

Graduate Seminar: 
Immigration and Migration in U.S. History (HIS 202H)