Professor of History, Baruch College, CUNY
Professor of History, Baruch College, CUNY
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Charlotte Brooks is a historian of the twentieth-century United States, republican China, and the Chinese overseas. She is the author most recently of American Exodus: Second Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901-1949 (University of California Press, 2019), as well as two other books: Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years (University of Chicago Press, 2015); and Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Originally from California, she earned a BA in Chinese history from Yale University and received her MA and PhD in US history from Northwestern University. Her teaching and research interests include Asian American history, immigration, race, US-China relations, and urban history.
Charlotte Brooks is a professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY). Originally from California, she earned a B.A. in 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. A scholar of race, immigration, transnationalism, and urban history, she has published widely on Asian American history, especially Chinese American history.
Her newest book is American Exodus: Second Generation Chinese Americans in China, 1901-1949 (University of California Press, 2019). Between twenty-five and fifty percent of all native-born Chinese American citizens in the early twentieth century left the United States for China under the assumption that they would never permanently return to the land of their birth. American Exodus explores this little-known aspect of modern Chinese and American history through the lives of the thousands of Chinese Americans who settled in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and the Pearl River Delta. The project received a 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers.
Prof. Brooks is also the author of two other books. Between Mao and McCarthy: Chinese American Politics in the Cold War Years (University of Chicago Press, 2015) is a comparative study of Chinese American political activism in New York and San Francisco between World War Two and the late 1960s. Alien Neighbors, Foreign Friends: Asian Americans, Housing, and the Transformation of Urban California (University of Chicago Press, 2009), uses Asian Americans’ experiences with housing discrimination to explore the startlingly rapid racial transformation of mid-century urban California. It received an honorable mention for the Organization of American Historians’ 2010 Frederick Jackson Turner Award. In addition, Prof. Brooks’ articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of American History, the Journal of American Ethnic History, and the Journal of Urban History, and her work has also been reprinted in The Best American History Essays.
Prof. Brooks is currently working on two new projects. The first is An American Family: The Moys of New York and Shanghai, a literary nonfiction account of six Chinese American siblings and their spouses during the exclusion era. The second, Selling America in China, is a scholarly monograph that focuses on the lives and activities of the thousands of American entrepreneurs, diplomats, and adventurers who traveled to China in the late Qing and republican years; although few succeeded in accumulating great wealth, many stayed on for decades, founding small businesses, peddling their “American expertise,” and occasionally reinventing themselves on the China coast as they promoted not just US products, styles, and services, but what they saw as American values.
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