Kin-Yee Ian Shin

Lecturer in History and C3 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow



Pettengill Hall, Room 163


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 have appeared 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.


  • China in the U.S. Imagination
  • U.S. Immigration History
  • Making Asian America: Citizenship, Identity, Belonging