Keith Osajima

Professor, Race-Ethnic Studies

Degrees: Ph.D. Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, 1985; M.A. Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, University of California, Berkeley, 1979; B.A. Criminology, University of California, Berkeley 1975

Office: Race & Ethnic Studies, Larsen Hall #215

Office Hours: TTh 11-12; by appointment

Phone: 909/748-8676



Academic Interests and Areas of Expertise

  • Asian American students in higher education
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Race and higher education.

Professional Background Highlights

Keith Osajima is Professor and Director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Program. He is in his 15th year at the University of Redlands, having taught previously at the University of California, Davis, and Colgate University. Professor Osajima teaches core major courses in the Program such as “Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies,” “Race Theory” and the “Senior Capstone Seminar.” He also teaches courses on whiteness and anti-racism, environmental justice, race in higher education, and Asians in the United States. Professor Osajima has written numerous articles on Asian Americans in higher education, which cover span issues related to the politics of race in education, internalized racism and the model minority stereotype. He has also written and conducted workshops on diversity issues in higher education.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Race Theory
  • Senior Capstone Seminar
  • Whiteness and Anti-Racism
  • Race and Higher Education
  • Environmental Justice
  • The Asian American Experience

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Colgate University, Department of Education
  • University of California, Davis, Asian American Studies and Education

Awards, Honors and Grants

  • Outstanding Service Award, University of Redlands, 2000
  • Haynes Foundation Grant Recipient, 2000
  • Mortar Board Professor of the Year 2000

Publications, Presentations and Panels

“Telling Our Stories to One Another," Academe, 95:3 (2009), pp. 28-29.

“A Sacred Conversation on Race,” a four-meeting, facilitated discussion of race and racism conducted for the United Church of Christ, Redlands, CA, March 2009.

“Replenishing the Ranks: Raising Critical Consciousness Among Asian Americans,” Journal of Asian American Studies, 10:1 (2007), pp. 59-83.

"Internalized Racism" in Paula Rothenberg (ed) Race, Class and Gender in the United States, 7th edition, NY: Worth Publishers (2007).

“The Challenge of Diversity: Toward Cultural Proficiency,” co-authored with Reyes Quezada, in Larry Hughes (ed) Current Issues in Education, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates (2005).

“Asian Americans as the Model Minority: An Analysis of the Popular Press Image in the 1960’ and 1980s.” Reprinted in Zhou, Min and Gatewood, James (eds), Contemporary Asian America – A Multidisciplinary Reader, New York: NYU Press (2000), p. 449-458.

“Pedagogical Considerations in Asian American Studies,” Journal of Asian American Studies, 1:3 (1998), pp. 269-292.

"Postmodern Possibilities: Theoretical and Political Directions for Asian American Studies," Amerasia Journal, 21:1,2 (1995), pp. 79-88.

"Racial Politics and the Invisibility of Asian Americans in Higher Education," Educational Foundations, 9:1 (1995), pp. 35-53.

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