Shirley J. Yee

Professor, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies; Adjunct Professor, The Department of History

Contact Information

PDL B110 P
Office Hours
By appointment


Ph.D., History, Ohio State University, 1987
M.A., History, Ohio State University, 1983
B.A. University of Scranton, 1981
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Professor Yee’s training is as a historian of gender, women, race & ethnicity in the United States. She has been a member of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies faculty since 1988. She served as Chair of the department from 1995-2001.

Fellowships and Grants

  • Royalty Research Grant, University of Washington. 2000-2001
  • Senior Society of Scholars Program, Center for Humanities, University of Washington, 2000-2001
  • Humanities Alumni Award of Distinction, Ohio State University, June 2000



Professor Yee’s research and teaching connects with nearly all her colleagues in GWSS in some way: Priti Ramamurthy’s research on gendered paid and unpaid labor in the family or household and in the community at large; Michelle Habell-Pallan’s work on popular culture and race & ethnic community formations; Luana Ross’s work on history, representation of indigenous peoples Angela Ginorio’s work on violence and Nancy Kenney’s work on reproductive technologies; Amanda Swarr’s work on sexualities.  All of these topics have historical foundations and appear in Yee’s courses on women’s history.  Ramamurthy’s and Habell-Pallan’s research has the most direct connection to Yee’s research on the histories of racial/ethnic community formation and her newest work on the work and the production of the popular and material culture in the history of mourning rituals and the U.S.  funeral industry.

Courses Taught


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