Assistant Professor of History
JoAnn is a cultural historian of the transnational twentieth century. She received her PhD in History from Northern Illinois University in 2020. She earned a B.A. degree (Summa Cum Laude) at NIU in 2012 in History and Anthropology, with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies, and an M.A degree in Anthropology at Emory University in 2014.
JoAnn joined the Department of History at Washington State University, Vancouver as an Assistant Professor in fall 2020 and will be teaching in the RCI (Roots of Contemporary Issues) program. A cultural historian of transnational exchange and migration, sports, youth, women’s history, and processes of decolonization, JoAnn has a particular interests in oral history, and visual and material culture. Her dissertation, “Modern Mandala: A Transnational History of Southeast Asian Youth from Burma, Malaya and Thailand, 1950-1970,” focuses on 20th century processes of decolonization, higher education, sports, and the transnational migrations of Southeast Asians in the United States and Britain.