S. Deborah Kang

Assistant Professor of History
Western and Borderlands History

 

Education
Ph.D., United States History, University of California at Berkeley
M.A., Jurisprudence and Social Policy, University of California at Berkeley
B.A., College Scholar, Cornell University

Current Research and Teaching
S. Deborah Kang is a specialist in the areas of western and borderlands history, immigration history, and legal history.  She is currently completing a book manuscript, The Legal Construction of the Borderlands: The INS, Immigration Law, and Immigrant Rights on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1917-1954, which traces the history of the Immigration and Naturalization Service on the nation’s southern border.

As an assistant professor in the Department of History at California State University, San Marcos, Professor Kang teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in western history, North American borderlands history, California history, immigration history, legal history, religious history, and historical methods. 

Selected Publications
The Legal Construction of the Borderlands
: The INS, Immigration Law, and Immigrant Rights on the U.S.-Mexico Border, 1917-1954  (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming.)

Jon Gjerde, Catholicism and the Shaping of Nineteenth Century America, edited with a Preface and Epilogue by S. Deborah Kang (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

“Crossing the Line: The INS and the Federal Regulation of the Mexican Border,” in Bridging National Borders in North America, edited by Andrew Graybill and Benjamin Heber Johnson (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2010).

Recent Awards
Nominee, Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, Harvard University, 2009
Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2009
Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, 2008