Kent Weber

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow

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Kent Weber is a U.S. immigration historian who specializes in transnational immigration control and U.S. empire. He earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Minnesota in August 2020, where he was a close affiliate and fellow of the Immigration History Research Center. Kent's research frames the movement of U.S. immigration law as an important aspect of U.S. foreign policy and overseas expansion. His dissertation, "Chinese Exclusion and U.S. Empire in Cuba and Hawaiʻi, 1874-1943," examines how the extension and enforcement of the Chinese exclusion laws, some of the first federal immigration laws, to Cuba and Hawaiʻi at the turn of the twentieth century helped to move and then solidify new American imperial borders. Kent is currently turning the dissertation in a book manuscript that combines histories of migration and U.S. empire. In addition to migration and empire, Kent's research interests also include legal history, Asian American history, and the globality of race.


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  • B.A. Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S. Pennsylvania State University
  • M.A. Villanova University
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities