Victor Bascara is Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies. He was previously Associate Professor of Asian American Studies and English at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He received his doctorate from the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His research examines various manifestations of formal and informal colonialism, with a particular emphasis on Asian American cultural politics. His current research includes a comparative study of the early 20th-century histories of the Universities of Puerto Rico, Hawai’i, and the Philippines, and he is completing a monograph on the relationship between U.S. imperialism and isolationism in the interwar period (c. 1919-1941).