Comparative American Studies
Department Chair:
Wendy Kozol, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8390
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King 105
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Richard Baldoz (On Leave 2016-2017)

Richard Baldoz (On Leave 2016-2017)

Associate Professor (2009)
Member of the Comparative American Studies Committee

Contact Information


King Building 324
(440) 775-8343

Personal Office Hours:
W 10:00-noon Or by appointment

Richard Baldoz

Richard Baldoz (On Leave 2016-2017)

Rick Baldoz

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Philosophy, SUNY Binghamton, 2001

My research focuses on race, immigration law, and the politics of citizenship. I am the author of The Third Asiatic Invasion: Empire and Migration in Filipino America 1898-1946 (NYU Press), which won book awards from the American Sociological Association and the American Library Association. I am also also co-editor of The Critical Study of Work: Labor, Technology and Global Production (Temple University Press). My work has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Du Bois Review, CENTRO Journal, Asia-Pacific Journal and American Studies. My current book project is on the 1965 Hart-Cellar Immigration Act, examining this historic legislation against the backdrop of Cold War geo-politics and domestic civil rights mobilization. Broad in scope, this book explores the transformations wrought by this dramatic overhaul of US immigration enforcement focusing on the entanglement of U.S. foreign and domestic policy imperatives in the refashioning of U.S. borders. This project also highlights the political dilemmas occasioned by the establishment of new restrictive quotas curtailing immigration from Latin America.