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Joo Young Lee

University Affiliation:  National Center for Institutional Diversity, Asian Languages and Cultures , Nam Center for Korean Studies , Recreational Sports Department

Position:  Postdoctoral scholar 


About Dr. Lee

Joo Young Lee is a cultural historian of American and Korean media and cultures and a comparative ethnic and area studies scholar of Asian American, Korean, African American, and mixed-race studies. Lee received her PhD in American Culture and Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies with an African American & Diasporic Studies certificate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently a National Center for Institutional Diversity postdoctoral fellow in Asian Languages and Cultures and the Nam Center for Korean Studies at U-M. 

Her current project, “Transnational Representations of Black Koreans in American and Korean Cultures,” traces the cultural history of Black Koreans as portrayed in literary, photographic, filmic, televisual, musical, and performative platforms since 1947. Her expansive repository of underexplored archival materials, composed of legal documents, government correspondence, and cultural products from the United States and South Korea, reveals changing notions of Americanness, Blackness, and Koreanness, problematizing racial categories and the boundaries of a single nation in a global age.