Graduate Student Directory

Meleia Whitaker Simon-Reynolds

Research Interests

  • US empire and colonialism in the Pacific
  • Transpacific Filipinx migration
  • Photography as a tool of colonial representation and subaltern resistance
  • Snapshots of everyday life and self-representations
  • Photograph albums, orality, and materiality
  • Public history and community-driven archiving

Biography, Education and Training

M.A. History, University of California, Santa Cruz 

B.A., History summa cum laude, University of California, Irvine


Honors, Awards and Grants

  • The Humanities Institute Summer Dissertation Fellowship, 2022
  • The Humanities Insititute Public Fellowship 2021-2022
  • Social Science Research Council's Dissertation Proposal Development Program (SSRC-DPD) 2020
  • The Humanities Institute Summer Research Fellowship 2020
  • CITL Graduate Pedagogy Fellowship 2020 
  • National Humanities Center GSSR Fellow 2020 
  • Regent's Fellowship 2018-2019

Teaching Interests

  • Asian American history
  • History of photography
  • US Empire in the Pacific
  • Public History 

Instructor of Record Experience

  • San Jose State University, AAS1: Introduction to Asian American Studies

Teaching Assistant Experience 

  • History 80X: World War II Memories in the U.S. and Japan 
  • History 10A: US History to 1877
  • History 10B: US History 1877-1977
  • History 80Y: Grassroots Movements and Social Change
  • History 13: Introduction to American Religious Culture 
  • History 59: History of the English Language 
  • History 81: Science in the Colonial World