IHRC Director Erika Lee Named University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight Professor
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost has announced that IHRC Director Erika Lee has been named a University of Minnesota Distinguished McKnight Professor—one of just seven University of Minnesota faculty members to receive the distinction this year.
The Distinguished McKnight University Professorship program recognizes the University’s “highest-achieving mid-career faculty who have recently attained full professor status… and whose accomplishments have brought great renown and prestige to Minnesota.” Recipients hold the title “Distinguished McKnight University Professor” for as long as they remain at the University.
Lee is being recognized for her path-breaking research examining global migration and its consequences, especially to the U.S., from the colonial era to the present. She has discovered new sources of historical research and developed new frameworks that have changed the way scholars understand and write American and global history. Her award-winning books have broad national and international influence, she has helped to establish the interdisciplinary field of Asian American Studies, and she is a highly sought-after public intellectual. Lee is a professor in the Department of History.