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Hidetaka Hirota

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Hidetaka Hirota

Substitute Assistant Professor

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Department
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5/129A
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North Academic Center
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212-650-7465
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hhirota@ccny.cuny.edu
Hidetaka Hirota
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Biography
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Hidetaka Hirota's principal areas of research and teaching are American immigration, the nineteenth-century United States, the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction, wealth and poverty in America, and transnational/international history. He received his Ph.D. in History from Boston College, where his dissertation won the university's best humanities dissertation award. Before joining City College, he served as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University.

Professor Hirota's first book, Expelling the Poor (Oxford University Press, 2017), is a social and legal study that fundamentally revises the history of immigration restriction in the United States, especially deportation policy. Challenging the conventional understanding that the introduction of federal laws to restrict Chinese immigration in the late nineteenth century was the beginning of American immigration control, the book demonstrates how the states of New York and Massachusetts regulated immigration since the eighteenth century and locates the roots of American immigration control in anti-Irish nativism and economics on the Atlantic seaboard.

Professor Hirota's major works have appeared in the Journal of American History, American Quarterly, and the Journal of American Ethnic History. His published articles received best essay awards from the Organization of American Historians, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the Society for History in the Federal Government. Professor Hirota, and his work, has been featured by CUNY Radio, C-SPAN, The Atlantic, TIME, and The Irish Times.

Professor Hirota is currently working on two book projects. One of them, The Business of the Nation, examines the significance of foreign contract labor in American immigration history, demonstrating how concerns about contract laborers from Asia, Europe, and Mexico transformed immigration control from a regional affair for coastal states to an issue of national-level significance in the United States. He is also developing another book, Democratic Intolerance, which provides a synthetic history of American nativism from the American Revolution to the present.

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Education
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Ph.D. in History, Boston College
M.A. in History, Boston College
B.A. in Foreign Studies, Sophia University (Japan)

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Courses Taught
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United States History: From Its Origins to 1877
New Nation, Free and Slave: The United States from 1787 to 1860
History of United States Immigration to 1870
History of United States Immigration since 1870
Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life 

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Research Interests
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American Immigration History; Race and Ethnicity; Political Economy and Capitalism; Poverty and Social Welfare; Global Migration; History of the Atlantic World; Transnational History; Social and Legal History.

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Publications
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BOOK

Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy. (Oxford University Press, 2017).

ARTICLES

"Exclusion on the Ground: Racism, Official Discretion, and the Quotidian Enforcement of General Immigration Law in the Pacific Northwest Borderland," American Quarterly 69, no. 2 (June 2017): 347-370.

"'The Great Entrepot for Mendicants': Foreign Poverty and Immigration Control in New York State to 1882," Journal of American Ethnic History 33, no. 2 (Winter 2014): 5-32.

"The Moment of Transition: State Officials, the Federal Government, and the Formation of American Immigration Policy," Journal of American History 99, no. 4 (March 2013): 1092-1108.

  • Winner, James Madison Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, 2014.
  • Winner, Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians, 2012.

BOOK REVIEWS

Book Review of Jason H. Silverman, Lincoln and the Immigrant (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), American Nineteenth Century History, forthcoming.

Book Review of Kunal M. Parker, Making Foreigners: Immigration and Citizenship Law in America, 1600-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2015), Journal of American Ethnic History 36, no. 3 (Spring 2017): 104-106.

Book Review of Bryan Albin Giemza, ed., Rethinking the Irish in the American South: Beyond Rounders and Reelers (University Press of Mississippi, 2013), Journal of American Ethnic History 34, no. 1 (Fall 2014): 110-111. 

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Awards and Fellowships
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AWARDS

Carlton C. Qualey Memorial Article Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2015.
James Madison Prize, Society for History in the Federal Government, 2014.
William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Dissertation Prize, American Society for Legal History, 2013.
Paul L. Murphy Award, American Society for Legal History, 2013.
Finalist, Julien Mezey Dissertation Award, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities, 2013.
Donald and Hélène White Prize for the Best Dissertation in the Humanities, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Boston College, 2012.
Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, Organization of American Historians, 2012.
George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award, Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2009.

FELLOWSHIPS

PSC-CUNY Research Award, City University of New York, 2017.
Visiting Fellowship, Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland-Galway, 2016.
Patricia and John Klingenstein Fellowship, New York Historical Society, 2016.
Mayers Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2016.
Hugh Davis Graham Grant, Institute for Political History, 2014.
Balch Institute Fellowship, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 2014.
Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2014.
William Nelson Cromwell Foundation Fellowship in American Legal History, American Society for Legal History, 2012.
Historians’ Collaborative Program Grant, Organization of American Historians and Japanese Association for American Studies, 2009, 2010, 2012.
American Studies Association and Japanese Association for American Studies Joint Grant, 2009, 2011.
Hibernian Research Award, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, 2010.
Adele Dalsimer Dissertation Fellowship, Irish Studies Program, Boston College, 2009.
Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, 2009.
John Higham Travel Grant, Organization of American Historians and Immigration and Ethnic History Society, 2009.
Littleton-Griswold Grant in U.S. Legal History, American Historical Association, 2008.
Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Massachusetts Historical Society, 2008. 

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