New UCLA ACLS Scholar
Lauren Hirshberg is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at UCLA through the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellows program. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 2011, with an emphasis in U.S. and Pacific history. She taught in the History Department at UC Berkeley from 2011 to 2012. Her dissertation, "Targeting Kwajalein: U.S. Empire, Militarization and Suburbanization and the Marshall Islands, 1944-1986," explores the complex relationship between the Marshall Islands and the United States during the Cold War through a focus on the history of Kwajalein Island. The army transformed this Marshallese island into a U.S. suburban missile testing installation that began housing American civilian contractors during the 1960s. Lauren's work interrogates suburban segregation in the context of U.S. Empire by exploring the history of Marshallese displacement from their home islands in Kwajalein Atoll and their relocation to nearby Ebeye Island. Over time, Ebeye became the urban island home to the Marshallese labor force serving American families on segregated suburban Kwajalein.