A fourth-generation Japanese American, Vince Schleitwiler was raised in Chicago's Rogers Park neighborhood, and received his PhD in English from the University of Washington. His first book, Strange Fruit of the Black Pacific: Imperialism's Racial Justice and Its Fugitives (NYU Press, 2017), explores the intersecting migrations of Japanese Americans, Filipinos, and African Americans across US imperial domains, from the 1890s to the 1940s. His scholarship in Asian American, African American, and comparative ethnic studies has been published in African American Review, Amerasia Journal, and Comparative Literature, among others. His current research projects include a second monograph, provisionally titled “Racial Difference beyond White Supremacy: From Afro-Asia to Outer Space”; coediting of a recovered photo-text manuscript on post-World War II Japanese American Chicago; and a book chapter on black transpacific culture, circa 1900-1910, forthcoming in Cambridge University Press’s African American Literature in Transition series. His public scholarship work includes collaborating with artist Rea Tajiri on her multisite public installation, “Wataridori: Birds of Passage” (May 2018, Philadelphia); contributing essays and research for a web-based project on Japanese American heritage on Vashon Island, for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation; and City of Refuge, a set of serial essays he produced as a Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art and Thought. He has worked as an arts consultant and as a development executive in independent film, and his journalism has appeared in the International Examiner, FILMMAKER, and the Village Voice, among others. Before returning to UW, he taught at Williams College and the University of Southern California.