Pash, Sidney

Dr. Sidney Pash
Professor, History 
Office: Butler 254
Phone: 910-672-1583


  • Ph.D. U.S. History, Rutgers
  • M.A. University of California, Riverside
  • B.A. History, UCLA 

Teaching Courses

  • HIST 120, World History since 1600
  • HIST 212, US History since 1865
  • HIST 331, Modern East Asia History
  • HIST 340, History of American Foreign Relations
  • HIST 460, Problems in US History
  • HIST 490, Senior Seminar  

Research Interest

  • Diplomatic History 


Books and Book Chapters
  • “Pearl Harbor and Japan Ascendant,” chapter 11(pp 202-218) in Piehler, G. K., & Grant, J. (Eds.). Oxford Handbook of World War II. New York: Oxford University Press 2023. 
  • The Currents of War A New History of American-Japanese Relations, 1899-1941. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2014.
  • G. Kurt Piehler and Sidney Pash, eds. The United States and the Second World War: New Perspectives on Diplomacy, War, and the Home Front. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.
Recent Articles and Reviews
  • Review of Asian American Spies: How Asian Americans Helped Win the Allied Victory. By Brian Hayashi(New York: Oxford University Press, 2021). English Historical Review March 2023. 
  • Review of Prelude to Pearl Harbor: Ideology and Culture in US-Japanese Relations, 1919-1941. By John Gripentrog (Lanham MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2021). American Historical Review 127: 1(March 2022): 479-480. 
  • "W.E B. Du Bois and Japan: From Japanophile to Apologist." Japan Women's University Journal of American and English Literature(March 2016):21-36.
  • "The China Card: Sino-American Relations and the Origins of the Pacific War." University of Tokyo Center for Pacific and American Studies 12 (Spring 2012):63-78.

Fellowships and Grants

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, East-West Center, Honolulu HI, May-June, 2014
  • Friends of the Princeton University Library, Princeton NJ, July 2012
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, September 2010-July 2011.
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Center for European Studies. European Union Study Grant. Brussels, Belgium, June 2023. 
  • The U.S-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Exchange. COIL and Exchange Grant, June 2022. 

Honors and Awards

  • Wynton H. Hadley Excellence in Teaching Award, Fayetteville State University School of Education, 2016.
  • President, North Carolina Association of Historians, 2013-2014.

Recent Presentations

  • “The Failure of Containment and the Coming of the Pacific War.” Florida State University Institute on World War II and the Human Experience and the Florida Capital Museum, Tallahassee Florida, December 2021
  • "W.E.B. DuBois: From Japanophile to Apologist." North Carolina Association of Historians Annual Conference. University of North Carolina Pembroke, Pembroke NC, April 2017.
  • "Pacific Diplomacy in the 1930s." Harold C. Deutsch World War II History Roundtable, Ft. Snelling Minnesota, September, 2016.
  • "The Civil Rights Revolution, 1945-1965." Baotou Teacher's College, Baotou, China, and Inner Mongolia Normal University, Hohhot, China, May 2014.
  • "Five Historians Reflect on World War II: What We Know, What We Still Need to Learn, and What We May Never Know." Fordham University, Manhattan Campus, New York, New York, November, 2012.
  • "The Foundations of American Foreign Relations." Kyoritsu Women's University Introduction to American Studies Lecture Series, Kyoritsu Women's University, Chiyoda Ku, Tokyo, Japan, January 2011.
  • "Containment, Rollback, and War: Japanese American Relations, 1899-1941." Tohoku Association of American Studies, Lecture Series on American Studies, The United States of America, Its Present and Future, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, February 2011.
  • "The China Card: Sino-American Relations and the Origins of the Pacific War, 1933-1941." The University of Tokyo Center for Pacific and American Studies Seminar Series, The University of Tokyo, Meguro Ku, Tokyo, Japan, April 2011.
  • "The Vietnam War: Its Origins and Consequences." The University of Tokyo Relay Lectures in American History, The University of Tokyo, Meguro Ku, Tokyo, Japan, June 2011.
  • "A History of Prewar American-Japanese Diplomatic Relations." Tokyo Jogakkan University Lecture Series, Tokyo Jogakkan University, Machida, Tokyo, Japan, November, 2010.