Keith Osajima

Professor, Director
Race & Ethnic Studies

Keith Osajima

Areas of Expertise

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

For the Media

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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

REST 120 Introduction to Race and Ethnic Studies

REST 351 Race Theory

REST 401/402 Senior Capstone Seminar

REST 345 Whiteness and Anti-Racism

Race and Higher Education

EVST 277 Environmental Justice

The Asian American Experience


Previous Teaching Experience:

Colgate University, Department of Education

University of California, Davis, Asian American Studies and Education


“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.

Awards, Honors, Grants

Outstanding Service Award, University of Redlands, 2000

Haynes Foundation Grant Recipient, 2000

Mortar Board Professor of the Year 2000