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College of Liberal Arts Voices from the Gaps

Josephine D. Lee

Jo Lee

Associate Professor

Ph.D. English Language and Literature, Princeton University, 1987

310D Lind Hall
Curriculum Vitae

Josephine Lee is currently the director of the Asian American Studies Consortium for the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, an academic consortium of twelve major teaching and research universities in the Midwest. She is the author of Performing Asian America and co-editor of Re/collecting Early Asian America, both published by Temple University Press; she has also published numerous book chapters, articles, and reviews on modern drama, theater history, performance, cultural theory, and Asian American Studies.

Department Affiliations

English Department; Asian American Studies Program; American Studies Department

Areas of Expertise

Modern and contemporary theater and drama; Asian American studies


Selected Publications

“Teaching A Doll House, Rachel, and Marisol: Domestic Ideals, Possessive Individuals, and Modern Drama." 50th anniversary special issue of Modern Drama, forthcoming.

"Asian American (Im)mobility: Perspectives on the College Plays 1937-1955.Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature. Ed. Floyd Cheung and Keith Lawrence. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005.

“Asian America is in the Heartland: Performing Korean Adoptee Experience.” Asian North American Identities Beyond the Hyphen. Ed. Eleanor Ty and Donald Goellnicht. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2004.

“Racial Actors, Liberal Myths.” XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics 13 (2003).

Re/collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History. Ed. Josephine Lee, Imogene Lim and Yuko Matsukawa. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.
This collection examines aspects of Asian American history and culture prior to the 1960s and targets important new areas of study as well as furthers well-established research, and includes perspectives from different fields, approaches, and methodologies from the humanities and the social sciences.

Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997.
The recent rise of interest in dramatic works by Americans of Asian descent must be seen in the larger context of how race is historically constructed by cultural, economic, and political means. This book examines how Asian American playwrights negotiate the complexities of racial performance in terms of collective rather than individualized identity, using or abusing the terms of contemporary American theater.

Graduate Courses

Asian American Cultural Criticism
Theory and Performance

Undergraduate Courses

Survey: Imagining Asian America
Asian America Through Arts and Culture
Asian American Literature and Drama
American Drama
American Plays by Writers of Color
Modern and Contemporary Drama
Introduction to Textual Analysis