Growing up in Korea with three sisters, Prof. Lee realized that memories and
interpretations of the seemingly shared past could vary dramatically even within a
family. As a natural extension of her interest in such dynamic process of producing
historical memories and knowledge, Dr. Lee's research focuses on the competing
narratives of collective violence in the context of modern East Asia, especially
concerning the Japanese empire and colonial Korea. Committed to generating
cross-disciplinary methodological innovation in the studies of empire, violence,
imperialism/colonialism, and postcoloniality of East Asia, Prof. Lee incorporates a
variety of historical texts such as paintings, children's writings, rumors,
testimonials, and commemorations in her research and teaching in and beyond the
conventional historical archives' boundaries. She has written and translated books,
booklets, articles, scholarly reviews, and exhibition brochures in Japanese, Korean, and
English. She has been an invited speaker, research fellow, and lecturer at institutions
such as Harvard University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, University of
Pennsylvania, Towson University, University of Chicago, Northwestern University,
University of Illinois, Calvin College, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota,
Michigan State University, Western Michigan State University, Ohio State University,
University of Southern California, University of California - Los Angeles, University of
California - Berkeley, University of Missouri - St. Louis, and University of Minnesota in
the U.S., University of Tokyo, National Museum of Japanese History, Waseda University,
Senshu University in Japan, University of Seoul, Ajou University, Sangmyong University in
Korea, and Oxford University in UK. Dr. Lee got her interdisciplinary training in
history, anthropology, area studies, literature, and linguistics at University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Drexel University in the U.S., University of Tokyo in
Japan, and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea. 

Prof. Lee teaches undergraduate history courses including Modern Japan, North and South
Korea, Modern China, Modern East Asia, Women in East Asia, Japanese Empire, Modern World
History, and graduate seminars such as Narratives of Collective Violence in East Asia,
Archive and Memories of the Japanese Empire, and Historiography (as guest lecturer). Her
teaching has been recognized with Most Influential Faculty for the Presidential Scholars
(Honors College, 2010), Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award (Graduate College,
2007), Excellent Undergraduate Teaching Award (University of Illinois, 2002), and
Graduate Teacher Certificate (University of Illinois, 2000) among others. Dr. Lee has
served as founding and elected Coordinator of Asian Studies since 2006. Prof. Lee has
received numerous grants from: National Museum of Japanese History and National Institute
for the Humanities in Japan, Academy of Korean Studies in Korea, Association for Asian
Studies, Illinois Humanities Council, Japan Foundation, Japanese Ministry of Education,
College Women’s Association of Japan, University of Illinois, Brown University, and also
from the following units at Eastern Illinois University: University Foundation, Faculty
Development Office, Interdisciplinary Center for Global Diversity, and College of Arts
and Humanities. 


Contributions to Books


The Enemy Within: Earthquake, Rumors, and Massacre in the Japanese Empire, Violence: Mercurial Gestalt (2008)

The experience of violence has powerful consequences in the transformation of history. The 1923 Great...


Popular Press


Presenter, “The ‘Japanese Empire’ in Postcolonial and Post-Cold War Japan.”, The 116th Academy of Korean Studies Colloquium (2015)
Invited Speaker, “The Kantō Massacre in Postcolonial and Post-Cold War History.”, International Conference on Reflecting upon the Korea-Japan Agreement in 1965 and Future Prospects for a Peace Community, Northeast Asian History Foundation and International Law Association (2015)
Presenter, “Japan’s Post-Cold War and Postcolonial Identity and the Kantō Massacre.”, The Association of Korean-Japanese National Studies (2015)