2008 National Conference » Speakers

Andy Russell

History Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College

Currently employed as a history instructor at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, Andrew (Andy) Russell has been researching and writing about Japanese-American experiences since 1987. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and completed his Ph.D. studies at Arizona State University. He has published several articles and book chapters, and developed a number of interpretive exhibits and community oral history projects, dealing with the history of Nikkei communities of the Interior West. Supported by a fellowship from the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, his 2003 dissertation surveyed the history of Japanese railroad and mine communities of this region, with emphasis on the little-known mass firings and “evacuations” that devastated those communities during the war. This came on the heels of Russell’s M.A. thesis being used in the fight to win redress for the railroad and mine families.

"The Nikkei in New Mexico," an article written by this presenter, is available on-line.

Speaker Events

Saturday, July 5

Enduring Communities: An Overview of Japanese Americans in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah
Arthur Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History and Asian American Studies, California State University, Fullerton
Karen Leong, Director, Asian Pacific American Studies, Arizona State University
Daryl Maeda, Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
Andy Russell, History Instructor, Central New Mexico Community College
Nancy Taniguchi, Professor of History, California State University, Stanislaus
Thomas Walls, Chief of Staff, Oklahoma State Senate
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Capitol 2 & 3, 4th Floor
Topic: Basic Introduction