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Keith L. Camacho

Professor & Chair

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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 politics, as well as American and Japanese colonialisms and militarisms more generally. Presently, Professor Camacho is studying Samoan youth violence and justice in Auckland, Aotearoa, and Los Angeles, California.


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

Research Interests

Empire, gender, indigeneity, militarism, postcolonialism, war


  • Reppin’: Pacific Islander Youth and Native Justice (University of Washington Press, 2021).
  • Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in Guam (Duke University Press, 2019).
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • Senka wo Kinensuru: Guamu Saipan no Rekishi to Kioku, Translated by Akira Nishimura (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2015).
  • “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.
  • “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.
  • Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory and History in the Mariana Islands (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011).
  • “Transoceanic Flows: Pacific Islander Interventions across the American Empire,” a special issue of Amerasia Journal 37:3 (2011), guest editor.
  • 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.


  • Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 2021
  • Distinguished Teaching Award for Senate Faculty at UCLA, 2021
  • Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in Guam. Honorable Mention in the Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Social Sciences, 2021
  • Fulbright US Scholar Fellowship, Fulbright New Zealand and the University of Auckland, 2020.
  • Graduate Mentoring and Teaching Award in Asian American Studies at UCLA, 2019.
  • Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2013.
  • Don T. Nakanishi Award for Outstanding Engaged Scholarship in Asian American Studies and Pacific Islander Studies at UCLA, 2012.
  • Cultures of Commemoration: The Politics of War, Memory, and History in the Mariana Islands. Winner of the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Award (Japan) and the Governor’s Humanities Award in Research and Publication in the Humanities (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), 2012.

Keith L. Camacho