Ian Shin

Kin-Yee Ian Shin




C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

A.B., Amherst College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

As a historian of the 19th- and 20th-century United States, I am interested in how “culture,” broadly defined, reflects but also shapes the politics of its time. My teaching and research concentrate in particular on the interrelated histories of the U.S. in the world, immigration, and the Asian American experience. My current project, “Making ‘Chinese Art’: Knowledge and Authority in the Transpacific Progressive Era,” explores how Chinese art in the United States emerged in the early twentieth century through a contested process of knowledge production, and analyzes its significance for questions of U.S. imperialism and exceptionalism during this period. Portions of this research are forthcoming in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations; I have also published on museums and cultural life in New England cities in the Connecticut History Review.

Before attending graduate school, I worked for a global strategy and management consulting firm. I welcome all Bates students—especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, first-generation students, and LGBTQ students—to come speak with me about their interest and goals.