Benjamin Zulueta

Continuing Lecturer

Office Location

HSSB 5046


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, Asian American History and History of Science


Benjamin Zulueta earned his BA in history at UC Berkeley. He completed his PhD, in Asian American History and the History of Science, at UC Santa Barbara.

During final stages and after the completion of his PhD, Dr. Zulueta spent a few years as a roads scholar, teaching episodically at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, at the University of Southern California, and at California State University, Channel Islands. He offered a wide variety of courses, including surveys in US and World History as well as more advanced classes in Asian American Studies, American Studies, the History of Science, and US Immigration History. Since returning to teach for UCSB’s Department of Asian American Studies, Dr. Zulueta has taught classes on: Filipin@ Americans (100CC), Southeast Asian Americans (100HH), Multiethnic Asian Americans (137), and Science, Technology, and Asian America (133).

Dr. Zulueta is currently completing a book, under contract to the University of Hawai’i Press, titled Forging the Model Minority: Chinese Immigrants, American Science, and the Cold War. In it, he examines the historical origins of the “model minority” image of Asian Americans in the managed migrations and narrative assimilation of highly-educated Chinese refugees during the 1950s and 1960s.