Department of Religious Studies

Michel Sun Lee

M.A., Stanford University

Ph.D. Candidate
Michel Sun Lee



History of religion in North and Latin Americas; the American West and California; the Pacific World; East Asia; sacred time


Michel Sun Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies with a concentration in Religion in the Americas.  She holds a B.A. in History and East Asian Studies and M.A. in East Asian History, both from Stanford University.  Prior to matriculating at the University of Texas at Austin, she also taught U.S. history at a college in Arkansas.

As a historian of religion in the Americas, she is investigating the cultural and social history of weekly sacred timekeeping—particularly "Sabbath-keeping"—amongst Jews, Protestants, Catholics, and others between 1848 and 1920 in what is now the state of California.  She draws from a range of sources in English, Spanish, German, and Portuguese.

Michel's research has been supported by grants and fellowships from UC Berkeley, UCLA, the University of Southern California, the Autry Museum of the American West, the American Jewish Archives, the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and others.

Her teaching experience includes the histories of North America and Latin America and the Pacific World.

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