Associate Professor Emeritus of American Studies


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 has taught 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.  Lee has been active in developing American Studies in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam. He is has been 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.  His book, Orientals, Asian Americans in Popular Culture, won awards from the American Political Science Association, the Popular Culture Association and the American Studies Association. In 2020, he won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. 

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