BA, 2000, Columbia University, New York; MA, 2003, University of London; PhD, 2014, New York University. Publications: Frontiers of Literary Studies in China; Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas. Catalogue Essay: The Research House for Asian Art and Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL. Translation: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, Critical Asian Studies, Guggenheim Museum. Awards: SAIC Diversity Infusion Grant, Team-Teaching Award, International Center for Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship, Sun Yat-sen University Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship, NYU Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, Critical Language Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Board Grant.
Trained in comparative literature and area studies, Jennifer Dorothy Lee brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of modern and contemporary East Asian art in ways that foreground sociality and historicity. In her work Lee seeks to broaden the possibilities of a transnational perspective, primarily through engaging contemporary China. Much like China in the world today, scholarship on this object of knowledge remains in flux, constantly evolving. Lee's work contributes to this dynamic body of scholarship in the modern Chinese humanities by productively transgressing the boundaries of a China specialization defined strictly by geographical and geopolitical designations.
Lee's first book project, Anxiety Aesthetics: Maoism and Beyond (1976–1982), explores the mutual constitutions of Maoism and modernism in the Chinese revolutionary aftermath of the late 1970s. At SAIC, Lee's courses reflect her interest in comparative aesthetics, the philosophy of art, postsocialism, the moving image, and critical area studies of Asia.
- Gabrielle Christiansen (2020), “Make a Better Day: Historicizing the Charity Single in Samson Young’s Songs for Disaster Relief”
- Minh Nguyen (2020), “All is True at Once: Sàn Art and Evasive Maneuvers in Contemporary Art in Vietnam”
- Jacob Zhicheng Zhang (2019), “Performing Identities in the United States: Tseng Kwong Chi, Nikki S. Lee, and Ming Wong’s Migratory Politics”
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