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Research Interests: Modern U.S. History, especially in the areas of immigration and U.S. foreign relations.  

Kornel Chang is Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at Rutgers University-Newark. He is a scholar of U.S. immigration and labor history, borderland and transnational studies, and the United States in the world. His newest book, A Fractured Liberation: Korea under U.S. Occupation, which reframes the occupation years of 1945-1948 as a moment of emancipatory possibilities and challenges, is forthcoming from Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.


Co-investigator, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, Award $225,000, to support Sawyer Seminar on "Natives and Nativists, Migrants and Immigrants in an American City," 2020-2021

Humanities Institute Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 2019-2020

Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2014-2015

Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers, State University of New Jersey (Tenure with Distinction), 2013-2014

Visiting Scholar Fellowship, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013-2014

Fellow, Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History, Harvard University, 2011-2012

Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Postdoctoral Fellow, MacMillian Center for International and Areas Studies, Yale University 2008-2010

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/Social Science Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 2005-2006


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2007.