Kristen Hayashi

Graduate Student

B.A. American Studies, Occidental College; M.A. History, University of California, Riverside

Research Areas

20th Century U.S. history, Los Angeles, Japanese American history, Public History

Contact Information
Department of History

Kristen Hayashi is a Ph.D. candidate in History at the University of California, Riverside, where she is currently engaged in the study of Public History, Asian American Studies, and the history of Los Angeles. Her dissertation research examines the return and resettlement of Japanese Americans in Post-WWII Los Angeles. She holds a Master’s Degree in History from UC Riverside and a B.A. in American Studies from Occidental College. She is a public historian with experience ranging from being part of the curatorial team for Becoming Los Angeles, a semi-permanent exhibition at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to being on the board of directors for the Little Tokyo Historical Society and Historical Society of Southern California. Her interest in the intersection of historic preservation and Japanese American history led her to collaborate with the Little Tokyo Historical Society to research and write an application for a local historic cultural monument designation for the Japanese Hospital in Boyle Heights in 2016. She currently oversees the permanent collection at the Japanese American National Museum.


Public History; 20th Century U.S. History


Committee Members

Dr. Catherine Gudis, Chair; Dr. Megan Asaka; Dr. Traise Yamamoto

Awards Received

Outstanding Teaching Assistant, University of California, Riverside (2016)