The author and editor of numerous books and articles in comparative ethnic studies and African and world history, Professor Okihiro is currently working on the third book of a trilogy on space/time. His books, most of which have won national book awards, have contributed to scholarship as follows below.
Trained in African history, Professor Okihiro was compelled to unlearn that training to write African history. [Read his article, "Self and History," Rethinking History 13:1 (March 2009): 5-15.] Likewise, while helping to define fields of study like Asian American and comparative ethnic studies, he is actively working to transgress the boundaries that both define and constrain those fields. Disciplines can liberate but they can also curb the imagination and deny political commitments.