Jonathan Lee, Ph.D.
Professor, Asian American Studies Department
AAS Major/Minor Advisor
Office: EP 124
Phone: (415) 338-2278
Jonathan Lee, Ph.D., is professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. His family survived the Cambodian genocide and arrived to the United States in 1981 when he was 5 years old. He identifies as Chinese-Vietnamese-and-Cambodian American. He received his doctorate in religious studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2009. He has published 16 books, and over 500 articles and essays on Asian American histories, folklore, cultures, and religions. Currently, he serves as editor-in-chief of Chinese America: History & Perspectives, a peer-review journal published by the Chinese Historical Society of America. He is dedicated to anti-racist pedagogy in education, and has been invited by several Silicon Valley corporations and public institutions to speak on issues of equity, inclusion, and diversity.
We are Bruce Lee, Chinese Historical Society of America
The Consortium of Global Hakka Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
This Land is Our Land, Chinese Historical Society of America
“Re-SEAing Southeast Asian American Studies, Memories & Visions: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”
- Ph.D. Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, June 2009
- M.A. Religious Studies: Cultural Historical Studies of Religions, Graduate Theological Union, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA, June 2002.
- B.A. Religious Studies, with Upper Division University Honors, University of California, Riverside;
- B.A. Ethnic Studies, with Upper Division University Honors, University of California, Riverside;
- B.S. Sociology with Upper Division University Honors, University of California, Riverside, CA, June 1999
Asian American religious studies and history; Chinese and Sino-Southeast Asian American Studies; Asian American folklore and folklife; Cambodian American studies; Vietnamese American studies; and Asian American Queer studies
- 210 History of Asians in the United States
- 211 Contemporary Asian Americans
- 323 Chinese American Identities
- 370 Vietnamese in the United States
- 373 Vietnamese American Identities
- 377 Cambodians in the United States
- 570 Southeast Asians in the United States
- 585 Asian American Religiosities
- 697 Proseminar in Asian American Studies
Single and co-authored books
Asian American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
History of Asian Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press.
Laotians in the San Francisco Bay Area (Images of America), with the Center for Lao Studies. Arcadia Publishing: Mount Pleasant, SC. Print. Co-authored.
Japanese Americans: The History and Culture of a People. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. Single editor.
- Chinese Americans: The History and Culture of a People. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. Single editor.
- Asian American History: Primary Documents of the Asian American Experience. Co-editor with Christen T. Sasaki. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing. (50-50 contribution)
- Asian American Religious Cultures, 2 volumes. Co-editor with Fumitaka Matsuoka, Edmond Yee, and Ronald Y. Nakasone. Santa Barbara, CA and Denver, CO: ABC-CLIO. (Served as Lead Editor)
- Southeast Asian Diaspora in the United States: Memories and Visions, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Print. Single editor.
- The Age of Asian Migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility. Volume 1. Co-editor with Yuk Wah Chan, and David Haines. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Reprinted in March 1, 2016.
- Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life. Co-editor with Kathleen Nadeau. Lanham: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (Paperback version November 2015).
- Guest editor: Teaching Asian American Religions. American Academy of Religions, Spotlight on Teaching (May 2014). Web.
Co-guest editor with Kathleen M. Nadeau, Asian American Folklore: Passages & Practices. Amerasia Journal. UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press. Vol. 39. No. 2.
- Guest editor, Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice. Symposium: Cambodia’s Genocide and Tribunals. Volume 23, Number 4 (October-December 2011). Print.
- Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife. Three Volumes. Co-editor with Kathleen Nadeau. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
- Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asian American Studies. Co-edit with Roger Viet Chung. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing.
- Revised Edition, Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asian American Studies. Co-edit with Roger Viet Chung. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing, 2013.
- Cambodian American Experiences: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and Identities. Dubuque, IA: Kendall and Hunt Publishing Company.
- Cambodian American Experiences: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and Identities. Study Guide. Dubuque, IA: Kendall and Hunt Publishing Company. Revised 2nd edition, 2015.
Peer reviewed articles
“Discovering and Reclaiming Hakka History in Monterey Bay, California.” In 《全球客家研究的實踐與發展》Practice and Development of Global Hakka Studies. 編者: 張維安 Chang Wei-An and Jian Meiling簡美玲. Hsinchu: National Yangming Jiaotong University Press (2021), chapter 6.
“Becoming Chinese Cambodian American” in History and Perspective, The Journal of the Chinese Historical Society of America (2020): 41-46. Print.
“The Mazu Cult from Beigang, Taiwan, to Chinatown, San Francisco” in History and Perspective, The Journal of the Chinese Historical Society of America (2019): 65-82. Print.
“Hakka Identity in the United States.” In Hakka Studies in Taiwan, Southeast Asia
and the World. 在地、南向與全球客家. 作者張維安 Chang Wei-An, editor. 新竹台湾: 國立交通大學出版社 National Chiao Tung University Press, 2017: 459-476.