Laura Ishiguro

Associate Professor
Department of History

Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies


Dr. Laura Ishiguro is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Director of Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies at UBC. She is also a Faculty Associate at UBC’s Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice, and a Wilson Associate of the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University.

Broadly, she is an historian of settler colonialism, society, and everyday life in Canada, with a particular focus on the territories colonially known as British Columbia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her research has been published in a number of journal articles and book chapters, as well as her monograph, Nothing to Write Home About: British Family Correspondence and the Settler Colonial Everyday in British Columbia (UBC Press, 2019). She is now primarily focused on reimagining how we might tell and teach histories of people of Asian descent in northern North America, with an emphasis on Nikkei or Japanese Canadian history-telling.

At UBC, she teaches courses on global empires, colonialism, and histories of Canada, including ACAM 300: Dis/orienting Asian Canada. She was awarded a Killam Teaching Prize in 2018.