Charlotte Brooks

Associate Professor

20th century U.S., Asian American, urban, race, immigration, politics and policy, modern China and the Chinese diaspora


Chair, Program in Asian and Asian American Studies



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Location: VC 5-257
Phone: (646) 312-4340


A native of California, Charlotte Brooks earned her B.A. in Chinese history from Yale University and worked in China and Hong Kong after college. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in U.S. history from Northwestern University and taught at the University at Albany - SUNY, before coming to Baruch College.

She is the author of Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (University of Chicago Press, 2009), which received an honorable mention for the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Award. Her articles include “In the Twilight Zone Between Black and White: Japanese American Resettlement and Community in Chicago, 1942-1945,” in the Journal of American History (2000); “Sing Sheng vs. Southwood: Housing, Race, and the Cold War in 1950s California," originally published in the Pacific Historical Review (2004) and later republished in The Best American History Essays 2006; and "The War on Grant Avenue: Business Competition and Ethnic Rivalry in San Francisco’s Chinatown, 1937-1942,” in the Journal of Urban History (May 2011).

Her second book, Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years (University of Chicago Press), will be published in 2014. Based on extensive research in both English and Chinese-language sources, it is a comparative study of Chinese American political activism in New York and San Francisco between World War Two and the late 1960s.

She is currently working on her third book, New Homes in the Homeland: The Chinese American Second Generation in China, 1911-1949.

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