Erika featured on the ABC (Australia)

November 29, 2018: Erika was in Melbourne to give the La Trobe University Bernard Bailyn Lecture in North American History. Her lecture, “American Xenophobia from the Colonial Era to the Trump Era” was broadcast by the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and she was also interviewed by Patricia Karvelas for the “Drawing Room.”

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Erika Named a U of M Regents Professor!

June 20, 2018: The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has given three faculty members the distinction of Regents Professor: Gunda Georg as Regents Professor of Medicinal Chemistry; Marc Jenkins as Regents Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; and Erika Lee as Regents Professor of History and Asian American Studies. The designation, granted this month, is […]

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Erika Named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for 2018-2020!

April 25, 2018: The Carnegie Corporation of New York today announced the 2018 class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows. As part of the so-called “brainy award,” 31 extraordinary scholars and writers will each receive up to $200,000, making it possible for them to devote their time to significant research, writing, and publishing in the humanities and social […]

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Angel Island essay available now!

An essay that Erika wrote with Judy Yung on the Angel Island Immigration Station is now available for free download from the Oxford Encyclopedia of American History website! Visit the Encyclopedia website to access more than 160 significant articles on every aspect of American history. Great for the classroom!

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Immigration in the Trump Era

We have a new president and a number of new policies that will transform immigration for the foreseeable future. Erika talked to a number of journalists and answered questions about the Muslim ban, the wall, and more. “U.S.: A Nation of Immigrants, but Ambivalent about Immigration,” Associated Press, February 2, 2017 “Behind the Numbers on Immigration […]

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#ImmigrationSyllabus Launches

With so many alternative facts about immigration circulating in the news and exploited and spread by our politicians today, Erika thought that it was time for immigration experts help set the record straight. She organized immigration historians from across the nation to create the #ImmigrationSyllabus, a website and educational resource to help the public understand the deep […]

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New! Oxford Handbook of Asian American History

This is a great new volume on Asian American history featuring insightful essays from some great scholars like editors David Yoo, Eiichiro Azuma, Catherine Ceniza Choy, Madeline Hsu, Jason Oliver Chang, Chia Youyee Vang, Sucheng Chan, Gordon Chang, Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, and Franklin Odo! I wrote the chapter on Asian American immigration history titled “From […]

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Densho Teach In on Japanese American History

Densho is hosting its first ever Digital Teach-In this year to encourage more understanding of Japanese American history and why it matters today. When you sign up, they’ll deliver five lessons straight to your email inbox that will cover the basics of Japanese American history from early Japanese migration to mass removal and life in […]

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