Ashanti Shih

Assistant Professor of History
Portrait of Ashanti Shih

Ashanti Shih (she/her) earned a B.A. in History and Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley (2011) and a Ph.D. in History from Yale University (2019). Her research focuses on Asian American environmental knowledges, Asian settler colonialism, and the history of environmental sciences in the twentieth-century Pacific and American West. Shih teaches Introduction to Asian American History, Asian American Women and Gender History, Asian American Social Movements, and Global Science and Empire.

BA, University of California-Berkeley; MA, MPhil, PhD, Yale University
At Vassar since 2022


Swift Hall
Box 150
Mon. 12–1:30 p.m., Wed. 3:30–5:00 p.m. and by appointment.


HIST 104 - Asian American History
HIST 241 - Asian American Women and Gender History
HIST 300 - Thesis Preparation

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

Ashanti Shih is a 2023 Sinnott Award recipient
Ashanti Shih, Assistant Professor of History, is a 2023 Sinnott Award recipient. Ashanti’s scholarly work, which brings issues of race and indigeneity into dialogue with histories of science and environment, will focus on the colonial histories and legacies of the Arboretum’s vast collections of temperate woody plants from North America and East Asia.

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