S. Heijin Lee is an Assistant Professor in Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University whose research explores the imperial routes of culture and media. Lee has a B.A. in Ethnic Studies/Spanish from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA, and received her PhD in American Culture and a Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Michigan.
Broadly, Lee’s research interests include Transnational Feminist Cultural Studies; Asian/American Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Digital Media and Popular Culture. In addition to her forthcoming book, The Geopolitics of Beauty, which maps the convergence of pop culture and plastic surgery in South Korea, Asia, and Asian America, Lee is co-editor of two anthologies. Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia (NYU Press, Spring 2019), which tracks fashion and beauty as formations of Asian modernities and Pop Empires: Transnational and Diasporic Flows of India and Korea (University of Hawai'i Press, Spring 2019), which examines global pop culture industries. Lee’s work has been published in Women and Performance: Journal of Feminist Theory and Frontiers: Journal of Women's Studies.
Before joining the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis as a full-time faculty, Lee was an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow and then Visiting Professor there. Lee is a Fulbright and Korea Foundation fellow and is currently a Faculty Fellow in Residence at Greenwich Hall at NYU.