Department of History
Ph.D., History, University of Chicago
Meredith Oda came to Reno from Merced, in the Central Valley of California, where she taught in the general education program at the University of California, Merced. Her dissertation, which she finished in 2010 at the University of Chicago, is entitled Remaking the Gateway to the Pacific: Urban, Economic, and Racial Redevelopment in San Francisco, 1945-1970. She is currently revising her dissertation into a book that considers the relationship between race and the Pacific political economy in San Francisco during the Cold War. Dr. Oda argues that postwar San Francisco’s ambitions for Pacific preeminence reshaped the city’s civic culture, economy, and racial terrain.
Dr. Oda’s research interests center on the Pacific world. She believes that the countries and cultures surrounding the Pacific constitute a world system of migration, commerce and ideas that is as critical to American history as the Atlantic world. Yet the Pacific world has been far less studied by scholars. Dr. Oda’s next book project will examine transnational and subnational visions of belonging in post-statehood Hawaii.
Dr. Oda teaches courses in 20th-century American history, including upper-division courses that focus on Asian American history and the United States in the Pacific world.
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