• Associate Professor of Comparative American Studies and History
  • Affiliate of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
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Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Berkeley, 1997
  • Master of Arts, Stanford University, 2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 2005

Biography

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. 

Faculty Notes

  • Shelley Lee Gives Lecture

    May 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 Team

    December 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-ed

    December 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.

  • Shelley Lee Serves as Panelist

    October 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 Keynote

    October 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 Fellowship

    April 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.