So-Rim Lee

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Korea Foundation Assistant ProfessorGender and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Korea


806 Williams Hall

Office Hours
Spring 2024: Thursdays 2-4 PM

BA, Film Studies, Columbia University

MA, English Literature, Seoul National University

MA, Text and Performance, RADA-Birkbeck, University of London

PhD, Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford University

Research Interests

My research explores the politics of embodiment (living in and with a body) in Korea and the Korean diaspora from the intersection of performance studies, visual and media studies, queer/disability politics, and feminist activisms. I have written on gender and racial politics in multimedia art, photography, K-pop, reality television, and ASMR videos on YouTube. I am currently completing a book manuscript examining the cultural discourses of plastic surgery in Korea through the framework of remedy.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Korean Civilization (EALC/HIST 0060)

Gender and Sexuality in Korea (EALC/GSWS 7471)

New Korean Cinema (EALC/CIMS 1371/6371)

Art, Pop, and Belonging: Or, How to Talk about Korean Popular Culture (EALC 1379)

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles and Book Chapters


Public Scholarship


Executive Board, The Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Executive Board, James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies

Executive Committee, Center for East Asian Studies

Graduate Groups in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory