Courtney Sato

Courtney Sato

Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History
Courtney Sato
Courtney Sato is an interdisciplinary scholar of twentieth-century US intellectual and cultural history, Asian American Studies, and critical race and gender studies. She holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University and an M.Phil in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her book manuscript, Crossroads of the Pacific: Entanglements of Pan-Asianism, Anticolonialism, and Internationalism, 1917-1939, traces how intellectuals in the United States and Asia articulated both radical and liberal visions for the “Asia Pacific” between the two world wars. Uncovering these aspirational pan-national and supranational visions demonstrates how broader swathes of interwar thought associated with internationalism, Pan-Asianism, and anticolonialism coalesced to produce hierarchies of race, gender, and nationality that carried into the Pacific War and beyond. Reading transnational and interdisciplinary archives ranging from congressional acts to lanternslides and dioramas, Crossroads of the Pacific examines historical case studies such as the 1917 Asiatic Barred Zone Act, the University of Michigan’s Barbour Scholarship for Asian Women, the 1920s Pan-Asianist lecture circuits, and the Honolulu-based Pan-Pacific internationalist movement. Her article, “‘A Picture of Peace’: Friendship in Interwar Pacific Women’s Internationalism,” was published in Qui Parle: Critical Humanities and Social Sciences.
 
As part of her doctoral work, Sato completed a concentration in Public Humanities with a focus on public history and digital humanities. She currently serves as the Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director for the Out of the Desert initiative at Yale University. Supported by a US National Park Service Japanese American Confinements Sites grant, the Out of the Desert digital project interprets World War II Japanese American incarceration history for a broad public audience (http://outofthedesert.yale.edu).
 
Sato teaches in the fields of Asian American Studies; US intellectual and cultural history; Transpacific Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In Fall 2020, she will teach the seminar, “Asian American Mobility and Transpacific Movements.”

 

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