"The Religious Politics of Empire in the Gilded Age"

In this essay I analyze President Rutherford B. Hayes' 1880 tour of the West as a window into the politics of empire in the Gilded Age. The President's 2,500-mile tour traced the spiritual battle lines of the Indian Question, School Question, Mormon Question, and Chinese Question that he sought to make central to a culture war policy program that continues to resonate today.  Published in a special issue of Pacific Historical Review, "Religion in the Nineteenth-Century American West."

Yellow Peril! An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear

In this volume John Kuo Wei Tchen and I present 30 abridged scholarly essays, 60 historical documents, and 100 images to trace how proponents of the idea of “The West” have repeatedly sown fears of imagined “Eastern” others to advance their goals. From the Persian, Jewish, and Mongol Perils of antiquity and the middle ages to the Islamophobia and China Threats of today, we reveal how fanciful fear-mongers have colonized our minds. Published by Verso Press.

"Home is Where the War Is: Techno-Orientalist Militarism on the Homefront"

In this essay I analyze the development of a video game where players defend against a North Korean invasion as a window into the long history of proponents of increased military spending subsidizing works of popular culture to sell their policy recommendations. In David S. Roh, Betsy Huang, and Greta A. Niu's Techno-Orientalism, published by Rutgers University Press.

Yellow Peril: Collecting Xenophobia

In this visual essay I use 70 images from the Yoshio Kishi / Irene Yah Ling Sun Collection at NYU, made possible in large part by a donation made in memory of Dr. Wei Yu Chen, to introduce the history Asian stereotypes in the U.S. and Asian American resistance to them. The booklet has been used in many high school and college classes and all proceeds support archives-building projects at the Asian/ Pacific/ American Institute at NYU.