Brand Nakashima

Position title: TA: History 152 with Professor Useche


Advisor: Cindy I-Fen Cheng

Office: 4269 Mosse Humanities Building
Mailbox: 5100 Mosse Humanities Building
Office Hours: Mondays 11:00am-1:00pm

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My research interests centers on the impact that transnational movement and relationships have on diasporic communities. My M.A. thesis concentrates on the displacement and immigration of Japanese Latin Americans (with an emphasis of Japanese Peruvians) to the United States after being interned by the U.S. during WWII. I aim to further investigate how forced relocation shapes identity, community, and a sense of belonging in diasporic communities in the U.S.


M.A., U.S./North American History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., History and Anthropology, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana


  • U.S./North American History

MA Thesis Title

  • “Expanding Japanese America: The Hemispheric Afterlife of Japanese Peruvian Internment in the United States “

Selected Awards

  • Early Excellence in Teaching Award (History Department), University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2022
  • Mark H. Leff Scholarship for Outstanding Honors Thesis, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, 2019

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 260 – Latin America: An Introduction (Spring 2022)
  • History 460 – American Environmental History (Fall 2021)