- Associate Professor of English and Comparative American Studies
- BA, Brooklyn College-CUNY, 2003
- PhD, University of Minnesota, 2010
In my research and in the classroom, my work examines 20th- and 21st-century literature, film, and art to explore issues having to do with how we become American and the role that race, class, gender, and sexuality play in this process.
My work is decidedly transnational and diasporic, meaning that I find it necessary to look to texts overseas for insights on what America means. For instance, my recent research has analyzed representations of immigrant mothers from the Philippines to think about how their gendered, maternal duties manifest in places like Los Angeles and Chicago.
My approach is quite invested in literary, cultural, and queer theory. I think it is important to appreciate the details of a text in order to access its real texture, which frays at the edges and whose seams come undone if you nestle in it long enough. Reading for those moments when things don’t quite add up—when there is either a surplus or deficit of emotion, or labor, or text—drives my critical energies and helps me explore our cultural, social, political, and ethical relations.
Shelley Lee, Rick Baldoz, and Harrod Suarez Participate in ConferenceApril 30, 2014
Associate Professor of History and Comparative American Studies Shelley Lee, Assistant Professor of Sociology Rick Baldoz, and Assistant Professor of English Harrod Suarez participated in the Association for Asian American Studies annual meeting held in San Francisco, April 16 to 19. This is the largest association for scholars of the interdisciplinary field of Asian American studies.
Lee presented new research in a paper titled, “Koreagate: Race, Gender, and the Return of the Yellow Peril in 1970s America,” and participated in a state-of-the-field roundtable discussion on Asian American history. Baldoz participated in a pedagogy roundtable discussion titled, “Teaching Asian American Studies: Strategies, Trajectories, and Philosophies.” Suarez presented his research in a paper titled, “The Maternal Diaspora in Brian Ascalon Roley’s American Son.”