Robert G. Lee is an associate professor of American Civilization and interim chair of the Department of American Civilization at Brown University. He has published on a wide range of subjects related to Asian American studies, racial formations, and relations between Asia and America. His books include Dear Miye, Letters Home from Japan 1939-1946 (Stanford, 1995; Japanese edition - Asahi, 1999), Orientals: Asian Americans in Popular Culture (Temple, 1999, Japanese and Chinese editions, 2006) and Displacements and Diasporas: Asians in the Americas (Rutgers, 2005). Lee's current research is a study of how immigrant Chinese and their American-born citizen offspring constructed discourses of citizenship in the face of legal and social exclusion.
Lee received his PhD in history from Brown University.