Roger Daniels


Professor Emeritus

Professional Summary

Professor Daniels, a historian of the modern United States roughly from the Gilded Age to the present, specializes in the history of immigration in general and the history of Asian Americans in particular. He has published fourteen books, including Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882 (Hill and Wanf, 2004), American Immigration: A Student Companion (2001).Debating American Immigration (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001), Not Like Us: Immigrants and Minorities in America, 1890–1924 (Ivan R. Dee, 1997); Prisoners without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II (Hill & Wang, 1993, 2nd ed., 2004)); Coming to America: A History of Immigration and Ethnicity in American Life (HarperCollins, 1990, 2nd ed, 2002); Asian Americans: Emerging Minorities (Prentice Hall, 1987, 3rd. ed., 2001); Asian America: Chinese and Japanese in the United States since 1850 (University of Washington Press, 1988); Concentration Camps North America: Japanese in the United States and Canada during World War II (Kreiger, 1981); The Bonus March: An Episode of the Great Depression (Greenwood, 1971); American Racism: Exploration of the Nature of Prejudice (Prentice Hall, 1970); and The Politics of Prejudice: The Anti-Japanese Movement in California and the Struggle for Japanese Exclusion (University of California Press, 1962). He also has published more than a hundred articles, essays, and chapters in books, and he has edited more than seventy-five volumes. Professor Daniels is the founding editor of the Asian American Experience series for the University of Illinois Press. He has also been a consultant for many public television programs, most recently as senior historical advisor on the three-part film by the Moyers organization called "Becoming American: The Chinese Experience" shown on PBS in March 2003, as well as several educational videos. Professor Daniels has served as president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and as president of the Immigration History Society, as well as serving on the executive board of the Organization of American Historians. He has been a consultant to a number of public bodies and has testified as an expert witness before the United States Senate and other governmental bodies. His most meaningful punlic service was as the primary historical consultant for the Presidential Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians and as a member of the history committee that helpe


PhD.: University of California, Los Angeles 1961

Research and Practice Interests

Professor Daniels is currently completing two books, a medium-sized one volume biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and an analysis of the so-called Japanese American cases of 1942-44, and their continuing history and influence.


Modern American history, Immigration, Asian-American Experience