A PhD candidate in History at the University of California Santa Cruz, Jonathan van Harmelen specializes in 20th century U.S. social, political, and transnational history, with a focus on Japanese American history. His research for PFWC examines international media accounts of Nikkei incarceration during the Second World War, and builds upon his previous research on international media perspectives on the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans and the postwar redress movement. He is a columnist for the Japanese American National Museum’s blog Discover Nikkei, and his work has appeared in several newspapers. His publications include:
- van Harmelen, Jonathan. “Lessons from a Different Shore: Portrayals of Japanese American Incarceration and the Redress Movement by Western European Newspapers.” Journal of Transnational American Studies 12, no. 1 (2021): 83-106.
- van Harmelen, Jonathan. “The Scientists and the Shrub: Manzanar’s Guayule Project and Incarcerated Japanese American Scientists.” Southern California Quarterly 103, no. 1 (2021): 61–98.
- van Harmelen, Jonathan “Historiography of Japanese Americans in Urban History.” Journal of Urban History, vol. 47, no. 5 (September, 2021), 1155- 1160.
Victoria Times-Colonist article on Toyo Takata: https://www.timescolonist.com/islander/the-legacy-of-toyo-takata-who-captured-the-voice-of-japanese-canadians-6796443