Robert G. Lee (Brown, PhD. History 1980) studies Asian American and Transpacific History. He has published on Asian Americans, popular culture and racial formations; Asian American displacements and diasporas; and the social and cultural connections between Asia and America. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Asian American and Transpacific history and culture. In 2014, he was a Fulbright scholar at the Research Institute for the Humanities at the Chinese University of Hong Kong where developed and taught, with Evelyn Hu-Dehart, a graduate seminar on Transpacific History taught in real time between Brown and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. ( Subsequently with the Nanyang University of Technology in Singapore.) Lee has been active in developing American Studies in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is currently a Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities where he is engaged in a project using vernacular photography in Chinese American history.
I work on vernacular photography and the self representation of Chinese in America in the early to mid-century 20th Century. I also work on the Transpacific popular culture and social movements including the transmission of food, martial arts and visual cultures.
Recent grants include; A three year grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education, a Fulbright fellowship 2014 to the Chinese University of Hong Kong, research grants from the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, the Group Research Project Grant, Office of the Dean of the College; Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies Travel Grant; Richard R. Solomon Grant for Faculty Research; Wayland Collegium Grant to support Diasporas and Displacements Symposium; Thomas J. Watson Institute for International Studies Grant to support Diasporas and Displacement Symposium.
Race, Nation and Empire in American History; Essays in the New Ethnic Studies. Edited with Matthew Guterl and James Campbell , University of North Carolina Press, 2009
Displacements and Diasporas, Asians in the Americas. Edited with Wanni Anderson, Rutgers University Press, 2009
Orientals: Asian Americans and the Popular Discourse of Race in America, Temple University Press, 1999. 271p., photos.index. (American Studies Association, John Hope Franklin Prize, best book in American Studies, 1999;American Political Science Association, best book on the social construction of race, 1999; Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association, Best Book, 1999..)
Dear Miye, Letters Home from Japan 1939-1946. Stanford University Press, 1995, c.464 p., photos. index. Edited with introduction and annotations. Association for Asian American Studies, Special Book Award,1996.
|1971||MA||University of California, Berkeley|
|1969||BA||University of Pacific|
At Brown, Robert G. Lee has taught several undergraduate and graduate-level courses that explore Asian American themes. Some recent courses include "Race, Immigration, and the Law", which examines Asian American struggles against exclusion and how they shaped American definitions of citizenship, race, and constitutional rights; "Asian American History" which focuses on the changing patterns of immigration, labor, community building, and civil rights struggles; "America and the Asian Pacific: A Cultural History", which explores the role of trade, migration and cultural exchange across the Pacific in the shaping of American culture and society; and "Asian American Political Movements to 1970", a research seminar that looks at political movements in Asian immigrant communities in the United States and the Caribbean before the emergence of 'Asian America' in the late 1960s.
With Evelyn Hu-Dehart, he developed a seminar on Transpacific History that was taught simultaneously in real time between Brown and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He and Professor Hu-Dehart subsequently taught the course between Brown and the Nanyang University of Technology in Singapore.
Robert G. Lee also directed honor's theses,independent studies, PhD field exams; and directed or co-directed several Ph.D. dissertations.
Current Ph.D. Dissertations directed/co-directed/read by Robert G. Lee are:
|AMST 1700D - Race and Remembering|
|AMST 1905L - Transpacific Popular Culture|
|AMST 2655 - Against Invisibility: Asian America/s, Collective Memory and the Public Humanities|
|ETHN 1650B - Asian Americans and the Racial State: Exclusion and Internment|
|ETHN 1890V - Asian Americans and the Struggle for Social Justice|
|ETHN 1900N - Transpacific Asian American Studies|