- 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.