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"Suspect Citizens, Civil Disobedience, and Propaganda of Patriotism and National Security during World War II and Today "


Cherstin M. Lyon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

Public and Oral History Program Coordinator
California State University, San Bernardino

Cherstin M. Lyon is an Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the Public and Oral History Program at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2006, and her M.A. from the University of Oregon in 1996, where she wrote her thesis, Chinese Immigrants, Cultural Hegemony, and The Politics of Everyday Crime In Portland, Oregon, 1859-1905.  Her research interests focus on the history of citizenship and the law from the late nineteenth century through the present.  She recently published Prisons and Patriots: Japanese American Wartime Citizenship, Civil Disobedience, and Historical Memory with Temple University Press. Lyon is currently working on her next book, On the Borders of Citizenship, a case study approach to the limits of American citizenship during the long 20th Century.  Lyon teaches courses on U.S. citizenship and the law, immigration and ethnic history, and the American West at CSUSB, along with introductory courses to public and oral history.  Lyon currently serves as the chair of the National Council on Public History’s Curriculum and Training Committee is a guest editor and reviewer for the Nikkei Writers Guild, serves on the CSUSB Institutional Research Board (IRB), and serves as a faculty adviser for the history department’s student journal, History in the Making.