Comparative Ethnic Studies; Theories of Race and Ethnicity; Cultures of the African, Arab, and Jewish Diasporas; Visual Culture Studies; 19th and 20th century U.S. Popular Culture; U.S. in the World; Postcolonial Theory; Critical Theory; Public Humanities
Latin American literature, American literature, Novel Theory, Narratology, Ecocriticism, Race & Ethnicity, Literature & Ethics
I work on issues of identity formation processes in Classical Athens and, increasingly, the broader Mediterranean. My primary interests are on imperialism and issues of foreignness, geography, environmental determinism theories and the relationship between such theories and the history of race and ethnicity. I have also published on the intersections of gender, ethnicity, and citizenship in Classical Athens. I run a blog called “Classics at the Intersections” that focuses on issues of race/ethnicity and gender/sexuality in antiquity at their modern receptions. I also maintain there a database of syllabi and modules for teaching race and ethnicity in classical antiquity and a continually growing bibliography on the same subject.
African American literature, Multi-Ethnic American literature; Critical race and gender theories; American music in literature and film
20th/21st century American studies; global studies; race and ethnicity; law and literature; cultural theory; performance studies.
Ethnic studies, women of color feminism, queer of color critique, gender and sexuality, critical race theory, Latina/o studies, Chicana/o stuies, print culture, digital humanities, social media
Professor of latinx/a/o literary and performance studies, critical race analysis, gender and sexuality studies, and queer theory.
Summer Kim Lee is an Assistant Professor of English at UCLA. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She has research and teaching interests in critical race and ethnic studies, feminist theory, queer theory, and Asian American literature and culture. She is co-editor of a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory titled, “Performances of Contingency: Feminist Relationality and Asian American Studies After the Institution.” She has published and forthcoming work in Social Text, ASAP/Journal, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature and Culture, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas, GLQ, Post45, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Public Books.
I work on the history and archaeology of late antique and early medieval Western Europe, specifically Britain and Gaul, with a focus on processes of transformation and ethnic change. My broader interests lie in ethnic identity, transformation and continuity, and military and economic history, in addition to the philosophical and ethical implications of the study of these fields and their reception and misuse in the modern day, drawing upon continental philosophy and literary theory to explore these concerns. My doctoral thesis was a critical historiography of the study of ethnic identity through archaeological means in late and post-Roman Britain, making use of ethnic sociology and continental philosophy to examine and interrogate the epistemological foundations which underpin this subject of study. More information about my research, publications, CV and teaching can be found on my hcommons site, here.