Sidney Lu

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Sidney Lu is a social and cultural historian of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Japan and East Asia, with research interests in the areas of migration, settler colonialism, gender, race, and trans-Pacific connections. He earned his Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013. Before joining Rice, he was an associate professor of history at Michigan State University.

His first book, The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868-1961, published by Cambridge University Press in 2019, is a study of the relationship among Malthusianism, emigration, and colonial expansion in the history of modern Japan. He has also co-edited the book, Japanese Empire and Latin America, published by University of Hawaii Press in 2023, which provides a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between Japanese migration and capital exportation to Latin America and the rise and fall of the Japanese empire Asia. In addition, He is the author of several refereed articles that appear in Journal of Asian Studiespositions: asia critique, Journal of Global HistoryJournal of World History, and Japanese Studies.

He is currently completing a new book, Collaborative Settler Colonialism: Japanese Migration to Brazil in the Age of Empires, which explores the intersections in the histories of Japan and Brazil, and the historical convergence of Asia and Latin America in general through the lens of modern settler colonialism. 

For more information, please visit his personal website >


The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868–1961
Sidney Lu (Open access via Cambridge University Press.)

Japanese Empire and Latin America
Coedited by Pedro Iacobelli and Sidney Lu


ASIA/HIST 380 Asian American History
ASIA 295 Introduction to Transnational Asian Studies
ASIA 229 Modern East Asia
ASIA 219 Modern Japan


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