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


I study the effects of industrialization and globalization in U. S. history. I first worked as Research Editor of the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups (awarded the Waldo Leland Prize of the American Historical Association). I also authored Avenues to Adulthood (on social mobility) and Postwar Immigrant America. I have also edited The New Americans (with Mary C. Waters and Helen Marrow), and America’s Changing Neighborhoods (selected as a Best Reference Work by Library Journal.)

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.


  • 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