Sonia Lee is an Assistant Professor of History at Washington University in St. Louis. She was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and has lived in various cities in the U.S. since 1992. Her research is focused on constructions of racial and ethnic identities, Puerto Rican and black freedom movements, immigration, labor, urban, and psychology/psychiatry history.
She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend and the John W. Kluge Fellowship from the Library of Congress. She has been involved with efforts to preserve and rehabilitate buildings linked to the history of Black-owned businesses in St. Louis through a partnership with the Tillies’ Corner Historical Project. Her second book project explores the intersections of psychiatry and the making of the carceral state in postwar America.
She lives with her husband and daughter in St. Louis.