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Michael Jin, PhD

Assistant Professor

History and Global Asian Studies


Building & Room:

1012 UH


601 S Morgan St.



Michael Jin holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor with the Department of History and the Program in Global Asian Studies. His areas of specialization include migration and diaspora studies, transnational Asia and the Pacific world, Asian American history, critical race, and ethnic studies, and historical memory.
Jin is a Faculty Fellow at the UIC Institute for the Humanities in 2018-19. His current book manuscript, Citizens, Immigrants, and the Stateless: The Making of a 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 work has been published in a variety of scholarly venues, such as Critical Ethnic Studies Journal and The Routledge Handbook of Asian American Studies. He has received grants and fellowships from the Japan Foundation and the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, among others.
In 2018, Jin received the UIC Honors College Faculty Fellow of the Year award for excellence in teaching and mentoring. Prior to joining UIC, he was a visiting scholar at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and an assistant professor of history at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.