- Associate Professor of Comparative American Studies and History
- Chair of Comparative American Studies
- Affiliate of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies
- BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1997
- MA, Stanford University, 2000
- PhD, Stanford University, 2005
Shelley Lee is a scholar of Asian American history, with broader interests in immigration, race relations, and urban history. She is the author of Claiming the Oriental Gateway: Prewar Japanese America (Temple UP 2011) and A New History of Asian America (Routledge 2013). Forthcoming works include an edited anthology in Korean American studies (Brill), a second edition of A New History, and book about Korean Americans in Los Angeles from the 1960s to 1990s. Recently, she became co-editor of the Asian American History and Culture series at Temple University Press, and has been writing op-eds on various topics for Salon, Truthout, and Inside Higher Ed.
Shelley Lee PublishesOctober 1, 2018
Associate Professor of History Shelley Lee published the following: “‘Where Others Have Failed': Korean Immigrants and the Reinvention of Entrepreneurship in 1970s and 1980s America” Journal of Asian American Studies 21, no. 3 (October 2018): 341-366; “From Unwatchable Life to Consumable Spectacle: On History and the Black-Korean Conflict,” Asian Diaspora Visual Cultures and the Americas 4 (2018): 280-296; “The Party’s Over: Sex, Gender, and Orientalism in the Koreagate Scandal of the 1970s,” Frontiers 39, no. 2 (2018).
Shelley Lee Co-editsAugust 27, 2018
Associate Professor of History Shelley Lee co-edited A Companion to Korean American Studies, an interdisciplinary anthology of essays by more than 30 authors.
Shelley Lee Featured in Ms. MagazineMarch 19, 2018
Associate Professor of History Shelley Lee was featured on the Ms. Magazine blog in “Moving Forward by Looking Back: Feminist Scholars in Solidarity with Seo-Young Chu.”
Shelley Lee Participates in Panel DiscussionFebruary 27, 2018
Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and director of comparative American studies, participated in a panel discussion on Monday, February 19 as a part of Crises of Citizenship: Global Spotlight Week 2018 for the Carolina Asia Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lee discussed Documented, a film that chronicles the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented American born in the Philippines.
Shelley Lee, Yveline Alexis, Meredith Gadsby, and Gina Perez Co-Author Op-EdJanuary 3, 2018
Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and comparative American studies, Yveline Alexis, assistant professor of Africana studies, Meredith Gadsby, associate professor of Africana studies, and Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, co-authored the op-ed “Selective Compassion: The US Approach to Haitians Hasn’t Changed in Hundreds of Years” in Truthout.
Shelley Lee Gives LectureMay 18, 2017
Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and comparative American studies, gave a lecture to the history department at University of Denver entitled: “Immigration and History in the Age of Trump.” The talk on May 17, 2017, reflected her work as a historian of immigration and role as a citizen in the current political moment. It also built upon recent public intellectual and activist work in which Lee has engaged.
Shelley Lee Appointed to Temple University Press Editorial TeamDecember 12, 2016
Associate Professor of History and Comparative American Studies, Shelley Lee, was appointed to the Asian American History and Culture series editorial team at Temple University Press.
Shelley Lee Coauthors Op-edDecember 8, 2016
Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and comparative American studies, coauthored the op-ed “Renewing Alliances in Troubled Times” for Inside Higher Education.
Rick Baldoz, Shelley Lee Coauthor Salon ArticleJanuary 5, 2016
Rick Baldoz, associate professor of sociology, and Shelley Lee, associate professor of comparative American studies and history, published the article "Donald Trump fails history: How the right’s failure to understand Japanese-American internment drives anti-Muslim hatred" on Salon.
Rick Baldoz, Shelley Lee PublishDecember 2, 2015
Rick Baldoz, associate professor of sociology, and Shelley Lee, associate professor of comparative American studies and history, published the article “Decades of Xenophobia Shape US Response to Syrian Refugees” on Truthout.
Baldoz also recently published the article “The 1965 Immigration Act: Its Legacy and Lessons” in the same publication.
Shelley Lee Quoted in ArticleNovember 10, 2015
Shelley Lee, associate professor of comparative American studies and history, was quoted in the article “‘April’s Way’ Captures Stories of Korean-American Merchants During L.A. Riots” that appeared on the NBC News website. Lee was interviewed by journalist Monica Luhar for the piece.
Shelley Lee Serves as PanelistOctober 19, 2015
Shelley Lee, associate professor of comparative American studies and history, was an invited panelist at the multidisciplinary symposium on immigration in the United States titled Politics, Promises, and Possibilities: The 1965 Immigration Act At 50 held October 16 at Indiana University. Lee spoke on a panel about labor in post-industrial America. More information about the symposium can be found on this webpage.
Rick Baldoz, Shelley Lee Deliver KeynoteOctober 9, 2015
Rick Baldoz, associate professor of sociology, and Shelley Lee, associate professor of comparative American studies and history, delivered the joint keynote address “Pilipino American History: Between Empire and Diaspora” on October 6 at the University of San Francisco for Pilipino/a American History Month. The event was hosted by the Yuchengco Philippine Studies Program and the University of San Francisco Kasamahan.
Shelley Lee Accepts Andrew W. Mellon Foundation FellowshipApril 2, 2015
Shelley Lee, associate professor of history and comparative American studies and affiliate of gender, sexuality, and feminist studies, has accepted an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowship at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, for two months in summer 2015. The fellowship will allow Lee to work on a book project about immigration and race relations in Los Angeles since 1965.
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.”