Kent Weber

Position: Assistant Professor of History (Fixed Term), Assistant Director of the Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies Program

Field: Migration, Asian American History, Empire, History of Race, Legal History

Region: U.S., The Americas, The Pacific, East Asia

Office: Old Horticulture 315

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday from 12 noon to 2pm, by appointment


Kent Weber is an historian of the U.S. and the world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research examines the entanglements between transnational U.S. immigration policy with the growth of U.S. empire in the Pacific and the Caribbean. He is currently working on a book project that considers the spread and enforcement of the Chinese Exclusion Laws outside of the continental United States. He is interested in questions around the geographic movement of U.S. immigration law as an important aspect of U.S. foreign policy, overseas colonization, and race-making. Professor Weber earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining Michigan State, Professor Weber was a U.S. Foreign Policy Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College and taught history, Race & Ethnics Studies, and Asian Studies at St. Olaf College.