The Department of History
20th century U.S., Asian American, urban, race, immigration, politics and policy, modern China and the Chinese diaspora
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).
She is currently finishing her second book, Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Political Culture in the Cold War Years. 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 the end of World War Two and the late 1960s. She has also begun research for a third book, The “Problem” of Overseas Chinese Education, the Back to China Movement, and the Creation of Chinese American Identity, 1900-1949.