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Sarah Griffith , Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor , History Department
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Sarah Griffith teaches courses in mid to late-19th and 20th-century United States history with specializations in comparative race and ethnic studies, Asian American studies, and Pacific Rim transnationalisms. She offers survey courses on US immigration history, East Asian Civilizations, and teaches the survey in United States history, 1865-present as well as topics courses including Perspectives on the Cold War, and American Urban history. Dr. Griffith enjoys  teaching with colleagues from across the university campus in the CORE program, Queens’ interdisciplinary general education program.

Dr. Griffith's article published in the September 2013 Journal of American History explores the evolution of liberal Protestant anti-racism and anti-imperialism and the conflicting interests that drove them to pursue cooperative coalition building with Japanese Americans and interdenominational allies.  Her forthcoming book to be published by the University of Chicago Press builds on these themes and provided the foundation for her next research project that studies Japanese immigrant women who simultaneously assisted white American churches in their efforts to assimilate Japanese Americans while struggling against racial marginalization in the first three decades of the 20th century.  

In addition to these current projects, Dr. Griffith has published articles and book reviews in the Western Historical Quarterly, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Oregon Historical Quarterly.


  • Ph.D.  - Modern U.S. History; University of California, Santa Barbara
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