Advisory Panel

Academic Advisory Panel

Roger Daniels is Charles Phelps Taft Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Cincinnati. He specializes in the history of immigration and Asian Americans in particular, and offers a vast knowledge of the immigrant experience. He was the primary historical consultant for the Commission on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians, which led to redress and reparations for Japanese Americans. He’s published 14 books, including Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants since 1882; Prisoners without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II; Concentration Camps North America: Japanese in the U.S. and Canada during World War II; and The Politics of Prejudice: The Anti-Japanese Movement in California and the Struggle for Japanese Exclusion.

George C. Edwards III is a leading scholar on the presidency. He is a University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies at Texas A&M University as well as the Editor of the Presidential Studies Quarterly. He was also the founder and director of The Center for Presidential Studies, from 1991-2001. His research into the presidency and the strategies often employed will offer insight into Presidents Clinton and Bush’s selection and use of Secretary Mineta as a Cabinet member. His 25 books on American politics and public policy include Governing by Campaigning, The Strategic President, and Predicting the Presidency.

Lane Hirabayashi is the inaugural George & Sakaye Aratani Chair in Japanese American Incarceration, Redress, and Community and Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at UCLA.  He received his Ph.D in Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley and is the author or editor of nine books and anthologies as well as more than thirty scholarly articles on Asian American history and the Japanese American experience.

Satsuki Ina received her Ph.D. at Oregon State University and subsequently became a professor at California State University Sacramento at the School of Education. As the American-born child of Japanese immigrant parents, Dr. Ina will be invaluable to the film, offering her unique understanding of the struggle between the two cultures and the impact of the incarceration during the War. She has used her training to create an award-winning documentary film about her own family’s incarceration experience, From a Silk Cocoon.

Frances Lee is Professor in the Dept. of Government and Political Science at the Univ. of Maryland. Her main focus is on the U.S. Congress, providing an overview of Mineta’s long career in Congress. She’s co-editor of Legislative Studies Quarterly, a scholarly journal specializing in state legislatures. Her publications include: Insecure Majorities: Congress and the Perpetual Campaign; Beyond Ideology: Politics, Principles and Partisanship in the U.S. Senate; she coauthored a comprehensive textbook on the U.S. Congress, Congress and Its Members.

Mitchell Maki is a professor at California State Dominguez Hill’s School of Social Welfare. He’s a scholar on the Japanese American redress and reparations movement  (led in Congress by Norman Mineta), and was lead author of Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, a detailed case study of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act – winner of the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, given to books addressing bigotry and human rights in North America. Dr. Maki is interim President and CEO of the Go For Broke National Education Center . He serves on the Board of Governors of the Japanese American National Museum.

Eric Muller is a humanities scholar and the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor in Jurisprudence and Ethics, School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His experience as a professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law and subsequent membership on the Board of Directors for the Heart Mountain Foundation – site of a WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans – inspired Dr. Muller to author three books about the Japanese American incarceration: Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II; American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II; and Free to Die for their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II (which was listed as one of the Washington Post’s “Top Nonfiction Titles for 2001.”) We’ll tap his expertise in civil rights, constitutional law, the concentration camps, and his decades-old knowledge of Norman Mineta for the film.

Konrad Ng is a scholar of Asian-American cinema and digital media and former Director of the Asian Pacific American Center in the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Ng was formerly assistant professor at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Academy for Creative Media. His scholarship examines how minority communities use film and digital media to help preserve communities; he’ll help us describe how the Japanese-American community and culture were pictured and distorted in the mainstream media. He has served on the Boards of the Center for Asian American Media and the Asian American Literary Review. He is currently Executive Director at the Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Culture in Honolulu.

Daniel Okimoto is Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, and Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. In 1978, Dr. Okimoto co-founded the Walter Shorenstein Asia/Pacific Research Center at Stanford University, where he served as the Director for more than a decade. He has been a member of the Advisory Council of the Department of Politics at Princeton University and also a member of the National Council of the Humanities. He was born in Poston, Arizona while his family was incarcerated during World War II, and will provide both a personal point of view and political analysis of incarceration and redress.

Sheila Smith is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and an adjunct professor at the Asian Studies Department of Georgetown University. She serves on the board of the Journal of Asian Affairs. Dr. Smith is vice chair of the U.S. advisors to the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Exchange (CULCON), a bi-national advisory panel of government officials and private sector members. She is the author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China and Japan’s New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance. She is uniquely situated to assess Norman Mineta’s recent work as an unofficial liaison between Japan and the United States.