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A professor and lecturer with a rich background in ethnic and urban studies, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D., is currently writing a book entitled Assimilating Places: The Resettlement of Japanese Americans. Commanding a long and impressive background in her field, Los Angeles resident Yonemura laid the academic foundations for her career while an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. During this time, she pursued studies in a wide range of topics, ultimately declaring a major in German Studies and completing a term at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in Germany. In addition, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D., served as a Teaching and Writing Assistant at UC Santa Cruz, gaining valuable formative experience. An academic standout and two-time recipient of the Council of Provosts grant, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D., graduated with honors from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in 1994. Following the receipt of this degree, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D., secured admission via a Graduate Opportunity Fellowship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles, where for the next two years she worked toward a Master’s degree in African Studies. Building upon her diversified record, Yonemura presented at The African Activists Association’s Young Scholars’ Conference and volunteered at the Pan African Film Festival before graduating from UCLA in 1996 with her M.A. Immediately afterward, Yonemura earned a four-year Project 88 Minority Graduate Fellowship from the Graduate Division and Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, enabling her to pursue doctoral studies in urban planning. Among her many accomplishments as a Project 88 Fellow, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D., conducted research in the UCLA Summer Research Institute, served as Research Assistant to Professor Jerry Kang, earned publication in the Journal of Asian American Studies, presented at multiple academic conferences, and taught a variety of courses in Chicano history, women’s studies, and urban planning. Following receipt of a National Fellowship from the U.S. Government Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, Yonemura went on to earn a Dissertation Year Fellowship from UCLA, completing her doctorate in Urban Planning in 2001. Since then, Ayanna Yonemura, Ph.D., has won two Fulbright Fellowships, taught at universities in Eritrea and Germany, lectured in urban planning at the University of Southern California, and held assistant professorships at California State University, Northridge, and Loyola Marymount University. More recently, Yonemura spent four years on the faculty at Santa Barbara City College, where she taught a variety of topics in ethnic studies. A detailed list of Ayanna Yonemura’s achievements is available on her LinkedIn profile.

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Work experience

Jails Reentry Project Volunteer

American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California

Buddhist Education Committee, Chair (volunteer position)

West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple

Events Commitee, Chair (volunteer position)

UCLA Black Alumni Association

I am working on my book manuscript, "Assimilating Places: The Resettlement of Japanese Americans"

Aug 2006May 2010

Faculty Member

Santa Barbara City College
May 2005Sep 2005

Fulbright Fellow in Germany

Fulbright Scholar Program
Jan 2002Jun 2002

Fulbright Scholar in Ertirea, East Africa

Fulbright Program
Jan 1998Jan 1999

U.S. Government Civil Liberties Public Education Fund National Fellow

U.S. Government






University of California, Los Angeles


University of California, Santa Cruz