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Naoko Shibusawa is a historian of U.S. political culture and associate professor of History and of American Studies at Brown University. In addition to her first book, America's Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy (2006), she has published on transnational Asian American identities, Cold War ideologies, the Lavender Scare, and the Kinsey Report. She is working on two books: "Ideologies of US Empire" and "Queer Betrayals: The Treason Trial of John David Provoo" which seeks to understand why sexual practices became important for surveillance during the advent of the national security state.

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