Comparative American Studies
Department Chair:
Wendy Kozol, Chair

Administrative Assistant:
Linda Pardee

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-5290
Fax: (440) 775-8644

King 141
10 N. Professor Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074-1095

Shelley Lee

Shelley Lee

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

Contact Information


King 141G
(440) 775-5159

Personal Office Hours:
And by appointment

Shelley Lee

Shelley Lee

Prof. Shelley Lee

Educational Background

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

Shelley Lee is a scholar of Asian American history, with broader interests in immigration, comparative race and ethnicity, cities, the American West, and the twentieth century. She is the author of two books: Claiming the Oriental Gateway: Prewar Seattle and Japanese America (Temple University Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Pacific Crossings: A New History of Asian America (Routledge, forthcoming). Her work has also appeared in the Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Western Historical Quarterly, and American Studies Journal. Her next research project is on the history of Los Angeles's Koreatown from the 1960s to early 1990s.