Josephine D Lee

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Josephine Lee is a professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her most recent books are Asian American Plays for a New Generation (co-edited with R.A. Shiomi and Don Eitel, Temple University Press 2011) and The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). She is also the author of Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage and coeditor of Re/collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History. Other work includes essays and reviews on modern drama, theater history, performance, cultural theory, and Asian American studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: English Language and Literature, Princeton University.
  • B.S.: Humanities, Physics, MIT.


  • Dramatic literature, theater history, performance studies
  • Asian American studies
Courses Taught
  • Graduate seminar "Race and Performance"
  • Asian American Cultural Criticism
  • Imagining Asian America
  • Asian America Through Arts and Culture
  • Asian American Literature and Drama
  • Modern and Contemporary Drama
  • Shakespeare
  • East West Players and Asian American Theatre: A Retrospective: Lee, Josephine, Theatre Survey, 57:2 238-­241, 2016.
  • Asian American Drama: Lee, Josephine, edited by Daniel Kim and Crystal Parikh, Cambridge, The Cambridge Companion to Asian American Literature, 2015.
  • “’Something Beyond and Above’: David Henry Hwang’s Revision of Flower Drum Song.: Lee, Josephine, edited by Esther Kim Lee, The Theatre of David Henry Hwang, 2015.
  • Asian Americans on Stage in the 19th Century: Lee, Josephine, edited by Rajini Srikanth and Min Song, Cambridge, The Cambridge History of Asian American Literature, 2015.
  • Performance: Lee, Josephine, edited by Linda Trinh Vo, K. Scott Wong, and Cathy Schlund-­‐Vials, NYU, Keywords for Asian American Studies, 2015.
  • Asian American Plays for a New Generation. Lee, Josephine, R.A. Shiomi and Don Eitel, Temple University Press, Co-Editor, 2011. Link
  • The Japan of Pure Invention: The Racial History of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Lee, Josephine, University of Minnesota Press, Author, 2010. Link
  • "Decorative Orientalism and Asian American Performance": Lee, Josephine, Asian American Performance, Dance, and Theatre History, ed. Esther Kim Lee, Ron West, and Yutian Wong, Under submission.
  • "Bridging the Big Twelve--The Committee on Institutional Cooperation Asian American Studies Consortium". Lee, Josephine, Author, October 2009.
  • “Teaching A Doll House, Rachel, and Marisol: Domestic Ideals, Possessive Individuals, and Modern Drama“; 50th anniversary special issue, Modern Drama 50.4 (Winter 2007): 634-653.
  • "Asian American (Im)mobility: Perspectives on the College Plays 1937-1955.“: Lee, Josephine, Temple University Press, Recovered Legacies: Authority and Identity in Early Asian American Literature, 2006.
  • “Asian America is in the Heartland: Performing Korean Adoptee Experience": Lee, Josephine, Indiana University Press, Asian North American Identities: Beyond the Hyphen, edited by Eleanor Ty and Donald Goellnicht, Indiana University Press, 2004.
  • Racial Actors, Liberal Myths: Lee, Josephine, XCP: Cross Cultural Poetics, 13 , 2003.
  • Re/collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History. Lee, Josephine, co-edited with Imogene Lim and Yuko Matsukawa, Temple University Press Series on Asian American History and Culture, Editor, 2002. Link
  • Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage. Lee, Josephine, Temple University Press Series on Asian American History and Culture, Author, 1997. Link
  • U.S. Department of Education Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution Grant (co­‐PI, with PI Bic Ngo, Curriculum and Instruction), 2016 - 2021
  • Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016
  • Ruth Christie Award for Excellence in Teaching, Department of English, University of Minnesota, 2015
  • Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education Award, 2009
  • Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2002 - 2003