Jillian Surdzial

Jillian (Jill) Surdzial

PhD Student

BA,  Summa Cum Laude - History & Art History, UCR 2020

Research Areas

19th and 20th Century United States, Public History, Southern California and Chinese American History

Contact Information
Department of History

How do theories of race develop and become reflected in place? As a public historian, I use local history as well as material and visual culture to investigate these themes. My current projects involve creating story maps for the Chinese immigrant and Chinese American communities living in Southern California during the Chinese Exclusion Act Era (1880s-1940s).

Awards Received

Chancellor's Distinguished Fellowship


"Hiding in Plain Sight: A Photographic Case Study of Illegal Immigration during the Chinese Exclusion Act Era," 2020 Cornerstone Journal
"Hunting the Hun: Californian Media & German Aliens in World War I," 2019 Cornerstone Journal