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Sarah Griffith, Ph.D.

Sarah Griffith

Associate Professor, History Department

Biography

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 modern U.S. history and East Asian Civilizations in addition to topics courses on the Cold War, American Urban history, and the Civil Rights Movement. In addition to her contributions to the Department of History, Dr. Griffith also offers courses on contemporary refugee crises, migration, and resettlement as part of the Queens’ general education program. Off campus, Dr. Griffith serves on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency.

Dr. Griffith has published articles in the Western Historical Quarterly, the Pacific Historical Review, and the Journal of American History. Her first book manuscript, Asian American Civil Rights: Liberal Protestant Activism, 1900-1950 (University of Illinois Press, March 2018) 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. Dr. Griffith’s currently researching the lives and experiences of Japanese immigrant women on the West Coast and their efforts to combat racial discrimination during the Progressive Era.

Education

Ph.D., History, University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A., History, Portland State University
B.A., Lewis & Clark College

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