Masterson, Daniel M. 1945–

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Masterson, Daniel M. 1945–


Born January 26, 1945; son of Laurence P. and Josephine Masterson; married in 1972; children: three. Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1967; Michigan State University, M.A., 1968, Ph.D., 1976; also attended University of Barcelona, 1971.


Home—Annapolis, MD. Office—Department of History, 356 Sampson Hall, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD 21402-5044. E-mail—[email protected]


Writer, educator. High school social studies teacher in Dolton, IL, 1968-71; Michigan State University, East Lansing, instructor in history, 1970-75; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, assistant professor, 1979-83, associate professor of history, 1983—. Visiting assistant professor of history, North Carolina State University, 1975, Marietta College, 1976-77, and State University of New York College at Oswego, 1977-78; Ohio Commission on Allied Health Education, program coordinator, 1979.


Conference on Latin American History, Association of Third World Studies, Mid-Atlantic Council on Latin American Studies (member of executive council, 1991), Washington Area Modern Latin American Historians Association, U.S. Commission on Military History, Phi Alpha Theta.


Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities at Stanford University, 1978, and Cornell University, 1990; grant from Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, 1991.


(Editor, with John F. Bratzel, and contributor) The Underside of Latin American History (monograph), Latin American Studies Center, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), 1977.

(General editor) Naval History: The Sixth Symposium of the United States Naval Academy, Scholarly Resources (Wilmington, DE), 1987.

Militarism and Politics in Latin America: Peru from Sanchez Cerro to Sendero Luminoso, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 1991.

(With James Dunnigan) The Way of the Warrior: Business Tactics and Techniques from History's Twelve Greatest Generals, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY), 1997.

Fuerza armada y sociedad en el Peru moderno: un estudio sobre relaciones civiles militares, 1930-2000, Instituto de Estudios Politicos y Estrategicos (Lima, Peru), 2001.

(With Sayaka Funada-Classen) The Japanese in Latin America, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, IL), 2004.

History of Peru, Greenwood Press (Westport, CT), 2008.

Contributor to Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Christian Century. Associate editor, Journal of Third World Studies.

Militarism and Politics in Latin America: Peru from Sanchez Cerro to Sendero Luminoso has been translated into Spanish.


A professor of history, Daniel M. Masterson has written several books dealing with military and immigration issues in Latin America, his special area of research. In his 2004 title The Japanese in Latin America, Masterson, working with Sayaka Funada-Classen, produced a "significant contribution to the understanding of the Japanese immigration experience in Latin America," according to Canadian Journal of History contributor Rosana Barbosa. "Their work is a comprehensive study of this migration not only to the two major receiving countries—Brazil and Peru—but also to all of Latin America." The authors trace this immigration pattern from the 1890s, after Japanese were barred from further immigration to regions in North America and Hawaii. Initially Japanese immigration to Latin America occurred in Mexico and Peru, but thereafter Brazil became a major destination point. Masterson traces the effects of such immigration on various countries. He notes that the highest integration of the new immigrants took place in Mexico, where many of the Japanese became successful cotton producers. The authors also look at similar trends in Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, and Cuba. Barbosa termed The Japanese in Latin America "the most comprehensive study on the topic, covering not only major communities, but also small, almost forgotten ones." Similarly, Stephanie C. Moore, writing in the Journal of Latin American Studies, concluded: "Overall, this book touches upon virtually every facet of the Japanese Latin American experience and is thought-provoking for the specialist and generalist alike." Pacific Affairs reviewer Carl Mosk, despite having misgivings about the occasional "incorrectly rendered" Japanese translation, felt that the book was "thorough and grounded in both oral history and written documents," and that it had "much to recommend itself to the reader."



Canadian Journal of History, March 22, 2006, Rosana Barbosa, review of The Japanese in Latin America, p. 170.

Journal of Latin American Studies, August, 2005, Stephanie C. Moore, review of The Japanese in Latin America, p. 629.

Latin American Politics and Society, winter, 2005, Michelle J. Moran-Taylor, review of The Japanese in Latin America.

Pacific Affairs, fall, 2004, Carl Mosk, review of The Japanese in Latin America.


United States Naval Academy, History Department Web site, (March 15, 2008), "Daniel M. Masterson, Professor."