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 training in the anthropology, literature, and history of the Pacific Islands at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He has also held research appointments in ethnic studies, gender studies, and native studies at the Australian National University, the University of Canterbury, the University of Illinois, and the University of Sydney. From 2014 to 2018, Professor Camacho then served as the Senior Editor of Amerasia Journal. His research has mainly focused on Chamorro cultural and historical memory, as well as American and Japanese colonialism in Asia and Oceania more generally. Presently, Professor Camacho is studying Samoan youth violence, health, and justice in two Pacific cities, namely, Auckland, Aotearoa, and Los Angeles, California.


  • “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,” Translated by Yujin Yaguchi, 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.

  • “Japanese Commemorations of World War II in the Mariana Islands,” in Pacific America: Histories of Transoceanic Crossings, ed. Lon Kurashige (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2017), 247-263.
  • Senka wo Kinensuru: Guamu Saipan no Rekishi to Kioku, Translated by Akira Nishimura (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2015).
  • “Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, and the American Empire,” in The Oxford Handbook of Asian American History, ed. David K. Yoo and Eiichiro Azuma (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 13-29.
  • “Homomilitarism: The Same-Sex Erotics of the US Empire in Guam and Hawai‘i,” Radical History Review, Issue 123 (2015): 144-175.
  • “Chusei to Kaiho," Translated by Akira Nishimura, Shiso 1096 (2015): 188-213.


  • 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).