Summer Kim Lee

Research Associate, Lecturer
Academic Appointments

Mellon Faculty Fellow

Summer Kim Lee is a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Department of English and Creative Writing, where she will transition into the position of Assistant Professor in the fall of 2020. She earned her MA and PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She has research and teaching interests in Asian American literature, performance, and culture, in addition to critical race theory, queer theory, and feminist theory. She is currently working on her first monograph, which brings together the fields of performance studies, Asian American studies, and queer studies. She is co-editor of a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory with Vivian L. Huang on feminist relationality and Asian American performances of contingency. She has published and forthcoming work in the Journal of Popular Music Studies, ASAP/Journal, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Social Text. 

3 Sanborn
HB 6032
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
B.A. New York University, Self-individualized study
M.A. New York University, Performance Studies
Ph.D. New York University, Performance Studies

Selected Publications

Guest Co-editor of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Special issue: "Performances of Contingency: Feminist Relationality and Asian American Studies After the Institution," Forthcoming 2020.

“Asian Americanist Critique and Listening Practices of Contemporary Popular Music.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Edited by Josephine Lee, Floyd Cheung, Jennifer Ho, Anita Mannur, and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials. Oxford: Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2020.

“Staying In: Mitski, Ocean Vuong, and Asian American Asociality.” Social Text 138, Vol. 37, No. 1 (March 2019). 

"Too Close and Compromised: Killing Eve and the Promise of Sandra Oh." The Los Angeles Review of Books. December 4, 2018.

“Wrong Impressions.” Editor’s Forum. ASAP/Journal: The Association for the Study of the Arts in the Present. Special issue: “Queer Form,” Vol. 2, Issue 2 (May 2017).

“Alive With You: Blood Orange’s Sense of Distance in Resonant Love.” Journal of Popular Music Studies. Special issue: “Trans/Queer Music,” Vol. 25, Issue 4 (2013).