Dr. Maki is vice provost of academic affairs at California State University Dominguez Hills. He is the lead author of Achieving the Impossible Dream: How Japanese Americans Obtained Redress, a detailed case study of the passage of the 1988 Civil Liberties Act. This critically acclaimed book documents the development of the redress movement from its earliest roots during World War II through its passage and implementation. In 2000, the book received the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award.
Dr. Maki is recognized as a leading scholar on the Japanese American redress movement. He serves on the Board of Governors and on the Scholarly Advisory Council of the Japanese American National Museum.
He holds a doctorate (1993), a master’s degree (1984) in social work, and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs (1982) from the University of Southern California.