Collegiate Affiliation

Josephine Lee is Professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and the editor in chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Asian American Literature and Culture. Recent books include Race in American Musical Theater (Bloomsbury), Oriental, Black, and White: The Formation of Racial Habits in American Theater (University of North Carolina Press), and the edited collection, Milestones in Asian American Theatre (Routledge). Her previous books include The Japan of Pure Invention: Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado (2010) and Performing Asian America: Race and Ethnicity on the Contemporary Stage (1997). She has also co-edited Asian American Plays for a New Generation (with R.A. Shiomi and Don Eitel, 2011), Re/collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History (with Imogene Lim and Yuko Matsukawa, 2002), and Asian American Literature in Transition, 1850-1930 (with Julia H. Lee, 2021).

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

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


  • Asian American studies
  • Theater, drama, and performance studies