Keith L. Camacho

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Advisor

3336 Rolfe Hall
Box 957225
Los Angeles, CA 90095


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Ph.D. 2005, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Areas of Interest

Empire, gender, indigeneity, militarism, postcolonialism, war.


Professor Camacho received his interdisciplinary training in anthropology, literature, and history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  He has also held research appointments in indigenous studies at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  As an historian of Chamorros and other Pacific Islanders, he has published widely on empire, gender, militarism, race, and sovereignty in the Mariana Islands, Oceania, and the broader Asia-Pacific region.  His new research agenda extends these issues to the sphere of U.S. colonial law and to its imperial regimes of freedom, punishment, and surveillance in the Pacific.


  • “After 9/11: Militarized Borders and Social Movements in the Mariana Islands,” American Quarterly 64:4 (2012): 685-713.
  • “Mariana Shoto de Taisen wo Kioku suru Nihonjin,” in Shinjuwan wo Kataru-Rekishi, Kioku, Kyoiku, eds. Yujin Yaguchi, Takeo Morimo, and Kyoko Nakayama (University of Tokyo Press, 2012), 97-119.
  • “Transoceanic Flows: Pacific Islander Interventions across the American Empire,” a special issue of Amerasia Journal 37:3 (2011), guest editor.
  • Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory and History in the Mariana Islands (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011).
  • Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), with co-editor Setsu Shigematsu.
  • “Uncomfortable Fatigues: Chamorro Soldiers, Gendered Identities, and the Question of Decolonization in Guam,” in Militarized Currents: Toward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010), 147-179, with Laurel Monnig.


  • Recipient of the 2013 Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies.
  • Recipient of the 2012 Don T. Nakanishi Award for Outstanding Engaged Scholarship in Asian American Studies and Pacific Islander Studies at UCLA.
  • Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory, and History in the Mariana Islands. Winner of the 2012 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Award (Japan) and the 2012 Governor’s Humanities Award in Research and Publication in the Humanities (CNMI).