Smithsonian Journeys Experts
Lee Makela is Associate Professor of East Asian History, Emeritus, at Cleveland State University. His academic interests include traditional urban architecture, garden design, and contemporary popular culture. Beginning while a Fulbright Scholar in Japan in 1979, he amassed an extensive image collection which allowed him to develop a wide range of illustrated online educational materials. His "Teaching and Learning About Japan" web site was honored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and he received an Excellence in Teaching Award from CSU in 2001. Lee has served as study leader on numerous Smithsonian-sponsored Japan tours since 1980.