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Asst Prof, Justice & Soc. Inq.
School of Social Transform
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Bio

Assistant 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 works at the interface of political theory and cultural studies, and his current research focuses on the cultural politics of everyday at the margins of liberal social life.  He is particularly interested in investigating the innovative formations of political agency, cultural resistance, and social change in everyday life through the interdisciplinary methods of critical social thought and ethnographic analysis.  His current book project (under contract with Duke University Press) offers a reinterpretation of the quotidian acts and practices of migrant domestic workers, global sex workers, transgender people, and suicide bombers as alternative improvisations of "nonexistent citizenship," and examines how this political rereading might generate an unconventional theory of social change and unexpected lessons for social movement activism.  Using a transdisciplinary approach, his work is broadly concerned with the complex and nonlinear configurations of abjection, agency, and resistance in the capitalist circuits of neoliberal globalization.

His previous writings have appeared in the journals of Theory and EventPeace ReviewCritical Studies on Terrorism, and Women's Studies Quarterly.  His recent essay, "Decolonizing Global Citizenship," is forthcoming in the Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (ed. Engin Isin and Peter Nyers) in 2014.  He also serves on the editorial board of two international journals, Citizenship Studies and Critical Studies on Terrorism.     

Research Interests

Critical social and political thought; cultural theory and postcolonial studies; critical citizenship and democracy studies; cultural politics in global economy; identity/difference (race, gender, queer, trans theory); neoliberalism; food studies; zen buddhism.

 

Courses

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

Fall 2010

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

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 394 Special Topics
JUS 691 Seminar

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
JUS 303 Justice Theory
JUS 394 Special Topics

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Presentations

  1. Charles Lee The Global (Hidden) Live Sex Acts of Citizenship: Trafficking Assemblages, Calculated Abjection, and Tainted Citizenship. National Women's Studies Association. (Nov 2012).
  2. Charles Lee The Global Live Sex Acts of Citizenship: Counter-Democratic Political Life in Transnational/Migrant Sex Work. International Studies Association. (Apr 2012).
  3. Charles Lee The Cultural Materiality of Sex Work: the Global Live Sex Acts of Citizenship. Cultural Studies Association. (Mar 2012).
  4. Charles Lee Migrant Domestic Workers, Abject Subjects, and the Third Space of Citizenship. Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide Conference. (Mar 2011).
  5. Charles Lee Bare Life, Interstices, and the Third Space of Citizenship. Western Political Science Association annual conference. (Apr 2010).
  6. Lee, Charles Suicide Bombers' Traveling Narratives: 9/11, Lethal Travelers, and Deathly Citizenship. American Political Science Association annual conference. (Aug 2007).
  7. 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).
  8. 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).
  9. 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).
  10. Lee, Charles Deviant Cosmopolitanism: the Liberal Gaze of Suspicion and Making-Do of the Traveling Agents. American Political Science Association annual conference. (Sep 2004).
  11. Lee, Charles Deviant Cosmopolitanism: the Liberal Gaze of Suspicion and Making-Do of the Traveling Agents. Midwest Political Science Association annual conference. (Apr 2004).
  12. 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).
  13. Lee, Charles Sexual Diaspora: Transsexuality, Border Theory, and the Politics of ‘In-Between’ Third-Spacing. National Association for Ethnic Studies annual meeting. (Apr 2002).
  14. Lee, Charles Against Politics: Sexuality, Humanist Liberation, and Postmodern Anarchy in Zhang Yimou’s Chinese Cinema. Western Political Science Association annual conference. (Mar 2002).
  15. 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).
  16. Lee, Charles Melodramatic Politics: Symbolic Neo-Conservatism on TV in the People’s Republic of China. Western Political Science Association annual meeting. (Mar 2001).
  17. 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. Graduate Programs Committee, member (2013)
  5. Graduate Programs Committee, member (2012)
  6. Graduate Programs Committee, member (2011)
  7. Graduate Programs Committee, member (2010)
  8. "(En)Gendering Social Inquiry: Critical Feminist Concerns" First Annual Graduate Student Conference, Invited Faculty Panel Discussant (2010)
  9. Policy Work Group, member (2009)
  10. Undergraduate Committee, member (2008)

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