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Bio

Associate Professor, Justice and Social Inquiry, School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. University of Southern California (political theory and cultural studies)

B.A. University of California, Berkeley (political science and mass communication)

Charles T. Lee is an associate professor in Justice and Social Inquiry and an affiliate faculty in Women and Gender Studies. He works at the interface of political and cultural theory, and his research focuses on the cultural politics of everyday at the margins of liberal social life. He is interested in examining innovative formations of political agency, cultural resistance, and social change in everyday life through the transdisciplinary methods of critical theory and ethnographic analysis. His first book, Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change (Duke University Press, 2016), offers a reinterpretation of the everyday practices of abject subjects from migrant domestic workers, global sex workers, and trans people to suicide bombers as alternative performances of citizenship, and examines how this political rereading might generate unconventional insights for social movement activism. Using a postdisciplinary approach, his work is broadly concerned with the questions of abjection, agency, and resistance in the global circuits of neoliberal capitalism.

Lee's next book project, Culinary Citizenship: Ethnic Food, Immigrants, and Toward a New Art of Governance, explores the cultural politics of ethnic food in the global economy from the perspectives of neo-materialism and affect studies. Building on recent work on the agency of matter and things by neo-materialist theorists, this project investigates the ways in which the cultural object of ethnic food can be understood as playing a crucial role in aiding U.S. immigrants' informal acquisition and practices of democratic citizenship. Such a nonstandard way of claiming citizenship is achieved not through conventional juridical-political channels, but through the everyday practices of immigrant entrepreneurship, racialized labor, and cultural consumption in the culinary production of ethnic food. He calls this ensemble "culinary citizenship," suggesting an improvisational but de facto transnational citizen-making. Combining theoretical analysis with ethnographic fieldwork in the ethnic restaurant industry in Southern California, this project uses a triangulated framework of entrepreneurship-labor-consumerism to examine alternative formations of citizenship in the global economy, with the aim to open new intellectual horizons of agency, governance, and social change.

Lee's previous writings have appeared in the journals of Theory and Event, Peace Review, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and Women's Studies Quarterly. His recent essay, "Decolonizing Global Citizenship," was published in the Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (ed. Engin Isin and Peter Nyers). He also serves on the editorial board of two international journals, Citizenship Studies and Critical Studies on Terrorism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research Interests

transdisciplinary political theory; critical social and cultural theory; cultural politics in global economy; critical citizenship and democracy studies; identity/difference (race, gender, queer, trans theory); neoliberalism; food studies

 

Courses

Summer 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 492 Honors Directed Study
JUS 493 Honors Thesis
JUS 498 Pro-Seminar
JUS 499 Individualized Instruction
JUS 592 Research
JUS 599 Thesis
JUS 790 Reading and Conference
JUS 792 Research
JUS 799 Dissertation

Spring 2016

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 370 Cultural Diversity and Justice
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
JUS 492 Honors Directed Study
JUS 493 Honors Thesis
JUS 498 Pro-Seminar
JUS 499 Individualized Instruction

Fall 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
JUS 640 Theoretical Perspect/Justice

Spring 2015

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 370 Cultural Diversity and Justice
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice

Fall 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
JUS 640 Theoretical Perspect/Justice

Spring 2014

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice

Fall 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 370 Cultural Diversity and Justice
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 394 Special Topics
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 438 Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
JUS 691 Seminar

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Charles Lee. Ingenious Citizenship: Redrafting Democracy for Social Change. Duke University Press (2016).

  2. Charles Lee. Decolonizing Global Citizenship. Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (2014).

  3. Charles Lee. Bare Life, Interstices, and the Third Space of Citizenship. Women's Studies Quarterly (2010).

  4. Charles Lee. Suicide Bombing as Acts of Deathly Citizenship? A Critical Double-Layered Inquiry. Critical Studies on Terrorism (2009).

  5. Charles Lee. Undocumented Workers' Subversive Citizenship Acts. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (2008).

  6. Charles Lee. Tactical Citizenship: Domestic Workers, the Remainders of Home, and Undocumented Citizen Participation in the Third Space of Mimicry. Theory & Event (2006).

  7. Review of: New Asian Marxisms. New Political Science (2004).

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Presentations

  1. Charles Lee Culinary Citizenship: Ethnic Food, Racial Agency, and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Times. American Studies Association. (Oct 2015).
  2. Charles Lee Food, Race, and Agency: Cultural Objects and Citizen-Making. American Political Science Association. (Sep 2015).
  3. Charles Lee Culinary Citizenship: Ethnic Food, Racial Agency, and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Times. Cultural Studies Association. (May 2015).
  4. Charles Lee Ethnic Food, Immigrants, and Culinary Citizenship in Neoliberal Times. Western Political Science Association. (Apr 2015).
  5. Charles Lee The Global (Hidden) Live Sex Acts of Citizenship: Trafficking Assemblages, Calculated Abjection, and Tainted Citizenship. National Women's Studies Association. (Nov 2012).
  6. Charles Lee The Global Live Sex Acts of Citizenship: Trafficking Assemblages, Calculated Abjection, and Counter-Democratic Political Life in Global Sex Work. Institute for Humanities Research ("Local and Global Feminisms" Research Cluster). (Apr 2012).
  7. Charles Lee The Global Live Sex Acts of Citizenship: Counter-Democratic Political Life in Transnational/Migrant Sex Work. International Studies Association. (Apr 2012).
  8. Charles Lee The Cultural Materiality of Sex Work: the Global Live Sex Acts of Citizenship. Cultural Studies Association. (Mar 2012).
  9. Charles Lee Migrant Domestic Workers, Abject Subjects, and the Third Space of Citizenship. Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide Conference. (Mar 2011).
  10. Charles Lee Bare Life, Interstices, and the Third Space of Citizenship. Western Political Science Association annual conference. (Apr 2010).
  11. Lee, Charles Suicide Bombers' Traveling Narratives: 9/11, Lethal Travelers, and Deathly Citizenship. American Political Science Association annual conference. (Aug 2007).
  12. Lee, Charles Tactical Citizenship: Domestic Workers, Sweatshop Seamstresses, and Undocumented Citizen Participation in the Third Space of Mimicry. American Studies Association annual meeting. (Oct 2006).
  13. Lee, Charles Of Tainted Bodies and Cosmopolitanism: Sexual Traveling of Global Sex Workers, and Tainting Citizenship from the Bodily Lower Stratum. American Political Science Association annual conference. (Aug 2006).
  14. Lee, Charles Tactical Citizenship: Domestic Servants, Sweatshop Seamstresses, and Undocumented Citizen Participation in the Third Space of Mimicry. American Political Science Association annual conference. (Sep 2005).
  15. Lee, Charles Deviant Cosmopolitanism: the Liberal Gaze of Suspicion and Making-Do of the Traveling Agents. American Political Science Association annual conference. (Sep 2004).
  16. Lee, Charles Deviant Cosmopolitanism: the Liberal Gaze of Suspicion and Making-Do of the Traveling Agents. Midwest Political Science Association annual conference. (Apr 2004).
  17. Lee, Charles Bodies in Motion: the Liberal Gaze of Suspicion and Making-Do of the Traveling Agents. Western Political Science Association annual conference. (Mar 2004).
  18. Lee, Charles Sexual Diaspora: Transsexuality, Border Theory, and the Politics of ‘In-Between’ Third-Spacing. National Association for Ethnic Studies annual meeting. (Apr 2002).
  19. Lee, Charles Against Politics: Sexuality, Humanist Liberation, and Postmodern Anarchy in Zhang Yimou’s Chinese Cinema. Western Political Science Association annual conference. (Mar 2002).
  20. Lee, Charles In the Name of ‘Women’ or in the Name of “Human’: the Problematic ‘We’ Construction in the Feminist of Color Movement and a Proposition for Post-Identity Humanist Coalition. Southwestern Political Science Association annual meeting. (Mar 2002).
  21. Lee, Charles Melodramatic Politics: Symbolic Neo-Conservatism on TV in the People’s Republic of China. Western Political Science Association annual meeting. (Mar 2001).
  22. Lee, Charles Shifting Borders: Transsexuality, Morphing Technology, and the Politics of Identity. Annual "Thinking Gender" Conference.

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Service

  1. IHR Jenny Norton Research Cluster -- "Local and Global Feminisms and the Politics of Knowledge", Co-Facilitator (2013 - present)
  2. IHR Jenny Norton Research Cluster - "Local and Global Feminisms and the Politics of Knowledge", Co-Facilitator (2012 - present)
  3. IHR Jenny Norton Research Cluster - "Local and Global Feminisms and the Politics of Knowledge", Co-Facilitator (2011 - present)
  4. Search Committee, member (2015 - 2016)
  5. SST Faculty Panel "The Psychology of Writing", Panelist (2015)
  6. Undergraduate Committee, member (2014 - 2015)
  7. SST Faculty Panel "Incorporating Social Justice in Research", Panelist (2015)
  8. SST Faculty Panel "Dissertation and Book", Panelist (2015)
  9. Graduate Programs Committee, member (2013)
  10. Graduate Programs Committee, member (2012)
  11. SST Faculty Panel "Graduate Student Orientation Panel", Panelist (2012)
  12. Graduate Programs Committee, member (2011)
  13. Graduate Programs Committee, member (2010)
  14. Policy Work Group, member (2009)
  15. Undergraduate Committee, member (2008)

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