Ayanna Yonemura Ph.D.

Ayanna Yonemura Ph.D.

An accomplished educator, lecturer, author, and researcher

Currently employed at Santa Barbara City College

Previous: Fulbright Scholar Program, Fulbright Program



    A scholar and experienced educator, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. taught courses at California State University, Northridge; Loyola Marymount University; University of Southern California; and Santa Barbara City College. In May 2010, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. continued completing the manuscript for Assimilating Places: The Resettlement of Japanese Americans, a thoroughly researched project based on her Ph.D. thesis. Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. received her Bachelor of Arts in German Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz in 1994. While attending to her coursework and writing her Bachelor’s thesis, “Political Asylum in Contemporary Germany: An Interweaving of Racism and Nationalism,” Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. served as a Teaching Assistant in multiple classes. Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. also acted as a Student Union Assembly Member and a Student Representative to the Narrative Evaluations Committee. An exceptional student, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. received two grants from the UC Santa Cruz Council of Provosts and a Göttingen Contact Scholarship from Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen. Immediately following her graduation from UC Santa Cruz, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her Master of Arts in African Studies in 1996. Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. next enrolled in a doctoral program at UCLA, studying urban planning. In support of her advanced studies, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. received multiple grants; published a book review in the Journal of Asian American Studies; and delivered presentations at the Asian Pacific American Community Research Roundtable at UCLA, the Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, and the Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. also developed a model for welfare-to-work programs as a consultant to the Little Tokyo Service Center, a community development corporation in Los Angeles. In 1997, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. initiated a one-year term as a Research Assistant to Professor Jerry Kang, the respected UCLA legal academic who coauthored Race, Rights, and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment. Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. submitted her dissertation, “Dillon S. Myer and the War Relocation Authority’s Resettlement of Japanese Americans: A Racialized Planning Project,” and received her doctorate in 2001. She followed her advanced studies with two Fulbright Fellowships in Germany and Eritrea. Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D. taught at prestigious universities in those countries and expanded her cultural understanding in the process. In addition, in the late 1990s she served as a National Fellow for the U.S. Government Civil Liberties Public Education Fund.



Faculty Member

At Santa Barbara City College

From 2006 to Present

Fulbright Fellow in Germany

At Fulbright Scholar Program


Fulbright Scholar in Ertirea, East Africa

At Fulbright Program



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