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Reed Ueda
Professor of History
Industrial and Urban U.S., Immigration


As a historian of the United States and of migration, I've been primarily interested in the intersection of social history and institutional history. I've explored this nexus in studies such as Avenues to Adulthood, Postwar Immigrant America, The New Americans (with Mary C. Waters and Helen Marrow), and in my work as research editor of the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (awarded the Waldo Leland Prize of the American Historical Association). My research has been supported by fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard.

A member of the History Department faculty since 1981, I co-chair a consortium in which Tufts is a participating institution, the Inter-University Committee on International Migration at the MIT Center for International Studies, and am also a Research Associate at the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard. I have written for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, and the New Republic. I am currently at work on a book about immigration and citizenship and a U.S. history textbook.

In 2011, I was a participant and consultant in a conference on "Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Basin" on February 3-4 at MIT, and a conference on "What's New about the New Immigration" at the Massachusetts Historical Society on April 7-9.


  • Ph.D. Harvard University, 1981
  • M.A. Harvard University, 1976
  • M.A. University of Chicago, 1973
  • B.A. University of California, Los Angeles, 1970, Summa Cum Laude

Professional Positions and Honors

  • Co-Chair, Steering Group, Inter-University Committee on International Migration, Center for International Studies, MIT (2007-)
  • Research Associate, Center for American Political Studies, Harvard (2001-)
  • Fellow, Massachusetts Historical Society (1999, elected)
  • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Immigration Fellows Cluster, Harvard (2003-2005)
  • Executive Board, Immigration and Ethnic History Society (2001-2004)
  • Charles Warren Center Fellowship, Harvard (1999)
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center Fellowship (1993)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (1989)
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1984)
  • Mellon Faculty Research Fellowship, Tufts (1983)
  • Joseph B. Grossman Fund Award, Department of Government, Harvard (1978-1980)
  • Mark DeWolfe Howe Award, Harvard Law School (1978)

Major Publications

  • The New Americans (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007). Co-editor with Mary C. Waters and Helen Marrow.
  • A Companion to American Immigration (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006). Editor.
  • "Pushing the Atlantic Envelope: Inter-Oceanic Perspectives on Atlantic History." In Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Erik Seeman, eds., Beyond the Line (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2006).
  • Advisory Editor, New Dictionary of the History of Ideas (New York: Charles Scribner's, 2005). Choice, Outstanding Academic Title.
  • "Historical Patterns of Immigrant Status and Incorporation in the United States." In Gary Gerstle and John Mollenkopf, eds., E Pluribus Unum? (New York: Russell Sage, 2002).
  • "The Progressive State and the Legacy of Collective Immigrant Identities." In Morton Keller and R. Shep Melnick, eds., Taking Stock (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1999).
  • Postwar Immigrant America: A Social History (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994).
  • Avenues to Adulthood: Origins of the High School and Social Mobility in an American Suburb (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1987).
  • Research Editor, Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1980). Waldo Leland Prize, American Historical Association.
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Interdisciplinary History (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press), Quarterly Issues.

Current Projects

  • New Immigrants and Civic Traditions (Cambridge University Press)
  • American History in Global Perspective (Pearson Prentice Hall)


  • History 03: The World in Motion
  • History 80: The Changing American Nation
  • History 97: The American Immigrant Pattern and Asian Americans
  • History 98: The Immigrant in American History
  • History 174: Industrial America and Urban Society
  • History 202: Comparative Colloquium
  • History 217: U.S. Society and Culture; The Era of Industrialization and Western Expansion