I write about the imprisonment of Japanese and Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II. In addition to a number of articles on the subject, I’ve published three books: Free to Die for their Country: The Story of the Japanese American Draft Resisters in World War II (University of Chicago Press 2001); American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II (University of North Carolina Press 2007); and Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Incarceration in World War II (University of Chicago Press 2012).
I’m a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, a Wyoming non-profit that’s dedicated to preserving and interpreting the site of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in northwest Wyoming, where over 14,000 people of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned between 1942 and 1945. Overseeing the creation of an award-winning permanent exhibition at the Interpretive Center at the site is one of my proudest accomplishments.
Today I am an occasional blogger at The Faculty Lounge. From 2003 to 2009, I maintained a solo blog called “IsThatLegal?” Content from that blog is no longer housed at isthatlegal.org. If you’re looking for that content, you can find it archived here.
There are two series of blog posts I’ve written that received some attention when I published them and continue to draw some interest. The first I did with Professor Greg Robinson in the late summer of 2004; it was a series of posts critiquing a just-published book by Fox News personality and blogger Michelle Malkin defending the imprisonment of Japanese Americans. That series is now archived here: Muller and Robinson on Malkin.
The other is a series of posts that I have written about my great-uncle Leopold Müller. Leopold was a German Jew who was deported from his home in Bad Kissingen, Germany, and murdered by the Nazis in Poland, in the spring of 1942. My parents gave me the middle name of Leigh in his memory. I have spent time over the years trying to learn as much as possible about his life and death. The posts on that subject are gathered here.