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Jonathan H. X. Lee

Professor of Asian American Studies, San Francisco State University

Jonathan H. X. Lee (he/him/his) is a professor of Asian American studies who specializes in Taiwanese/Taiwanese American, Chinese/Chinese American, Southeast Asian and Sino-Southeast Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. Lee received his doctorate in religious studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2009. Lee served as president of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region (AAR/WR) in 2017-2018. Lee’s work has been published in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice; Nidan: International Journal for the Study of Hinduism; Chinese America: History & Perspectives—The Journal of the Chinese Historical Society of America; Empty Vessel: The Journal of the Daoist Arts; Spotlight on Teaching/American Academy of Religion; Asia Pacific Perspectives; Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies; JATI: Journal of Southeast Asian Studies; Amerasia Journal; and other journals and anthologies, both nationally and internationally. Lee has published 16 books. His published works include ABC-CLIO’s Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife; Encyclopedia of Asian American Religious Cultures; History of Asian Americans: Exploring Diverse Roots; Chinese Americans: History and Culture of a People; Japanese Americans: History and Culture of a People; and Asian American History Day-by-Day. In addition, he is author of Cambodian American Experiences: Histories, Communities, Cultures, and Identities; Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life; The Age of Asian Migration: Continuity, Diversity, and Susceptibility, Volume 1; and Southeast Asian Diaspora in the United States: Memories and Visions, Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. He has published extensively on Chinese, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Chinese-Southeast Asian, and Asian American histories, folklore, cultures, and religions. Since 2014, Lee serves as editor-in-chief of Chinese America: History & Perspectives.


  • –present
    Professor of Asian Affairs, San Francisco State University