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Charles Lee

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Biography

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

Charles T. Lee is an associate professor in Justice and Social Inquiry and an affiliate faculty in Women and Gender Studies and the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. Working at the intersections of political theory, cultural theory, and critical citizenship studies, his research examines innovative formations of political agency and cultural resistance at the margins of liberal social life. His first book, Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change (Duke University Press, 2016), receives the 2017 Transdisciplinary Book Award from the Institute for Humanities Research. The book investigates the everyday practices of abject subjects from migrant domestic workers, global sex workers, and trans people to suicide bombers as alternative enactments of citizenship, and examines the lessons of these unconventional improvisations of citizenship for social movement activism. Using a transdisciplinary approach, his work is broadly concerned with the questions of abjection, agency, and resistance in the global circuits of neoliberal capitalism.

He is currently working on a new project that explores the unseen connection between ethnic food and citizenship from the perspectives of neo-materialism and affect studies. Combining theoretical analysis with fieldwork interviews in the Asian restaurant industry in Southern California, the project investigates how immigrants bypass conventional juridical-political channels to improvise citizenship through the everyday practices of immigrant entrepreneurship, racialized labor, and cultural consumption in the culinary production of ethnic food. This project aims to open new horizons of agency, governance, and social change.

He also has a sustained interest in mindfulness practices, and his future project will investigate the connections between mindfulness, politics, and social transformation.  

Lee's previous writings have appeared in the journals of Theory and Event, Peace Review, Critical Studies on Terrorism, Women's Studies Quarterly, Perspectives on Politics, and the edited volume Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. He serves on the editorial board of two international journals, Citizenship Studies and Critical Studies on Terrorism. He also co-chairs the Asian Pacific American Caucus (APAC) at the American Political Science Association.  

Education

Ph.D. University of Southern California (political theory and cultural studies)
B.A. University of California, Berkeley (political science and mass communication)

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

 

Publications
  • Charles Lee. "Critical Dialogue" with Deva Woodly (Ingenious Citizenship and The Politics of Common Sense). Perspectives on Politics (2017)
  • Charles Lee. Ingenious Citizenship: Recrafting Democracy for Social Change. Duke University Press (2016).
  • Charles Lee. Decolonizing Global Citizenship. Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (2014).
  • Charles Lee. Bare Life, Interstices, and the Third Space of Citizenship. Women's Studies Quarterly (2010).
  • Charles Lee. Suicide Bombing as Acts of Deathly Citizenship? A Critical Double-Layered Inquiry. Critical Studies on Terrorism (2009).
  • Charles Lee. Undocumented Workers' Subversive Citizenship Acts. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (2008).
  • Charles Lee. Tactical Citizenship: Domestic Workers, the Remainders of Home, and Undocumented Citizen Participation in the Third Space of Mimicry. Theory & Event (2006).
  • Review of: New Asian Marxisms (2004).
Research Activity
  • Charles Lee, Jinee Lokaneeta, Mary Hawkesworth, Kennan Ferguson, and Farah Godrej. Roundtable: Political Theory and Interdsiciplinarity: Transforming the Boundaries in Research and Pedagogy. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting (April 2017)
  • Charles Lee, Sangay Mishra, Anna Sampaio, Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro, and Jinee Lokaneeta. Joint Book Panel Discussion on Charles Lee's Ingenious Citizenship and Sangay Mishra's Desis Divided. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting (April 2017)
  • Charles Lee. Transformation is in the Details: Food, Neo-materialism, and the Politics of Informal Citizen-Making. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2016)
  • Charles Lee. Social Transformation is in the Details: Ethnic Food, Immigrants, and Traveling Citizenship in Neoliberal Times. Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University (March 2016)
  • Charles Lee. Culinary Citizenship: Ethnic Food, Racial Agency, and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Times. Institute for Humanities Research Seed Grant Project, Arizona State University (2015-2016)
  • Charles Lee. Ethnic Food, Racial Agency, and Early Chinese Immigrants' Informal Citizen-Making in the Pre-Civil Rights United States. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting (March 2016)
  • Charles Lee, Jane Junn, Sangay Mishra, and Pei-te Lien. Roundtable: State of Research and Scholarship on Asian Americans in Political Science. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting (March 2016)
  • Charles Lee. Culinary Citizenship: Ethnic Food, Racial Agency, and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Times. American Studies Association Annual Meeting (October 2015) 
  • Charles Lee. Food, Race, and Agency: Cultural Objects and Citizen-Making. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (September 2015)
  • Chareles Lee. Culinary Citizenship: Ethnic Food, Racial Agency, and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Times. Cultural Studies Association Annual Meeting (May 2015).
  • Charles Lee. Ethnic Food, Immigrants, and Culinary Citizenship in Neoliberal Times. Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting (April 2015).
  • Charles Lee. The Global (Hidden) Live Sex Acts of Citizenship: Trafficking Assemblages, Calculated Abjection, and Tainted Citizenship. National Women's Studies Association (November 2012).
  • Charles Lee. The Global Live Sex Acts of Citizenship: Counter-Democratic Political Life in Transnational/Migrant Sex Work. International Studies Association (April 2012).
  • Charles Lee. The Cultural Materiality of Sex Work: the Global Live Sex Acts of Citizenship. Cultural Studies Association (March 2012).
  • Charles Lee. Migrant Domestic Workers, Abject Subjects, and the Third Space of Citizenship. Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide Conference (March 2011).
  • Charles Lee. Bare Life, Interstices, and the Third Space of Citizenship. Western Political Science Association annual conference (April 2010).
  • Charles Lee. Suicide Bombers' Traveling Narratives: 9/11, Lethal Travelers, and Deathly Citizenship. American Political Science Association annual conference (August 2007).
  • Charles Lee. Tactical Citizenship: Domestic Workers, Sweatshop Seamstresses, and Undocumented Citizen Participation in the Third Space of Mimicry. American Studies Association annual meeting (October 2006).
  • Charles Lee. 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 (August 2006).
  • Charles Lee. Tactical Citizenship: Domestic Servants, Sweatshop Seamstresses, and Undocumented Citizen Participation in the Third Space of Mimicry. American Political Science Association annual conference (September 2005).
  • Charles Lee. Deviant Cosmopolitanism: the Liberal Gaze of Suspicion and Making-Do of the Traveling Agents. American Political Science Association annual conference (September 2004).
  • Charles Lee. Deviant Cosmopolitanism: the Liberal Gaze of Suspicion and Making-Do of the Traveling Agents. Midwest Political Science Association annual conference (April 2004).
  • Charles Lee. Bodies in Motion: the Liberal Gaze of Suspicion and Making-Do of the Traveling Agents. Western Political Science Association annual conference (March 2004).
  • Charles Lee. Sexual Diaspora: Transsexuality, Border Theory, and the Politics of ‘In-Between’ Third-Spacing. National Association for Ethnic Studies annual meeting (April 2002).
  • Charles Lee. Against Politics: Sexuality, Humanist Liberation, and Postmodern Anarchy in Zhang Yimou’s Chinese Cinema. Western Political Science Association annual conference (March 2002).
  • Charles Lee. 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 (March 2002).
  • Charles Lee. Melodramatic Politics: Symbolic Neo-Conservatism on TV in the People’s Republic of China. Western Political Science Association annual meeting (March 2001).
  • Charles Lee. Shifting Borders: Transsexuality, Morphing Technology, and the Politics of Identity. Annual "Thinking Gender" Conference (March 2001).
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 592Research
JUS 593Applied Project
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 370Cultural Diversity and Justice
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 590Reading and Conference
JUS 592Research
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 590Reading and Conference
JUS 592Research
JUS 593Applied Project
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
JUS 592Research
JUS 599Thesis
JUS 790Reading and Conference
JUS 792Research
JUS 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 370Cultural Diversity and Justice
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
JUS 492Honors Directed Study
JUS 493Honors Thesis
JUS 498Pro-Seminar
JUS 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
JUS 640Theoretical Perspect/Justice
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 370Cultural Diversity and Justice
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
JUS 640Theoretical Perspect/Justice
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 370Cultural Diversity and Justice
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 394Special Topics
JUS 438Human Diff:Dilemmas of Justice
Professional Associations
American Political Science Association; Western Political Science Association; American Studies Association; Cultural Studies Association; National Women's Studies Association; International Studies Association
Service
  • Search Committee, member (2015-2016)
  • SST Faculty Panel for Graduate Students, Invited Panelist, "The Psychology of Writing" (September 2015)
  • Graduate Student Recruitment Panel, Invited Panelist, "Incorporating Social Justice in Research" (March 2015)
  • SST Faculty Panel for Graduate Students, Invited Panelist, "Dissertation and Book" (February 2015) 
  • Undergraduate Committee, member (2014-2015)
  • IHR Jenny Norton Research Cluster - "Local and Global Feminisms and the Politics of Knowledge", Co-Facilitator (2011 - 2014)
  • Graduate Programs Committee, member (2012 - 2013)
  • Graduate Programs Committee, member (2010 - 2011)
  • Invited Faculty Panel Discussant for “To be Rendered Powerless: Politics of Exclusion and Dependence,” First Annual Graduate Student Conference "(En)Gendering Social Inquiry: Critical Feminist Concerns" (February 2010)
  • Policy Work Group, member (2008 - 2009)
  • Undergraduate Committee, member (2007 - 2008)