Robert G. Lee

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Robert George Lee is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Brown University.


Lee received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Pacific in 1969. Lee proceeded to finish his Master of Arts from U.C. Berkeley in 1971, and then a Ph.D. in History from Brown University in 1980.[1]

Shortly after receiving his Ph.D., Lee was appointed the director of the Third World Center at Brown, a center that is now dedicated to the general support of students of color. His appointment began in 1981, and during his time, Lee focused on helping students of color expand their career choices.[2] Lee served as the director of the Third World Center until 1985.[3]

In addition to his academic appointment, Lee is currently affiliated with the American Studies Association, the Association for Asian American Studies, the Organization of American Historians and the American Historical Association.

Academic work[edit]

While affiliated with the American Studies department, Lee was trained as a historian. His interest lies in the history of Asians in the United States, specifically the racial formation of Chinese immigrants and American-born offspring. Lee explores the ways in which Chinese Americans invented Chinese-American identity and informal citizenship through social, cultural and political institutions.[4] Lee has carried these interests as an author of several books and as an editor for many more.

Lee has received the following awards for his work:

  • Dear Miye, Letters Home from Japan received a Special Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies
  • Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture received three Best Book awards from the Northeast Popular Culture/American Culture Association, the American Political Science Association, and the American Studies Association. This book also received the John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Book in American Studies.

In 2007, Lee helped compiled a volume of conference papers called Race, Nation and Empire in American History with James T. Campbell and Matthew Pratt Guterl. This compilation examined American empire, nationalism and foreign policy.[5]

Lee was awarded a Fulbright for the 2013-2014 academic year to lecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His project was titled "Towards a Cultural History of Chinese American Relations."[6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas (2005)[7]
  • Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture (1999)[8]
  • Dear Miye, Letters Home from Japan 1939-1946 (1995)[9]


  1. ^ "Robert G. Lee, Joukowsky Institute". Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "Third World Center, from Martha Mitchell's Encyclopedia Brunoniana". Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Almandrez, Mary Grace. "From 1968 to Now". Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Robert G. Lee, Faculty Page". Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "Race, Nation, and Empire in the United States". Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  6. ^ "Robert George Lee, Fulbright Scholar". Retrieved May 10, 2014.
  7. ^ Anderson, edited by Wanni W.; Lee, Robert G. (2005). Displacements and diasporas : Asians in the Americas. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0813536111.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  8. ^ Lee, Robert G. (October 1999). Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 1566397537.
  9. ^ Tomita, Mary K. (1995). Robert G. Lee, ed. Dear Miye: Letters Home from Japan 1939-1946. Stanford: Stanford University Press. ISBN 0804724199.

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