Dr. Jieun Lee

Photo of Dr. Jieun LeeAssistant Professor
Office: Tribble A122
Phone: (336) 758-2997
Email: leej@wfu.edu




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Jieun Lee teaches courses on transnational Asian and Asian American feminist theory, history, and criticism. Her research examines the intersections of Korean diaspora with race, class, gender, and sexuality embodied in theater and performance through feminist perspectives. Jieun has published articles and reviews in Theatre Journal, Theatre Annual, Ecumenica, New England Theatre Journal, Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, Puppetry International, International Journal of Korean Studies, Korea Journal, and Women’s Studies. She is currently working on her book about Korean transnational adoption and adoptees represented in contemporary theater and performance art in South Korea, the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Denmark. Prior to joining Wake Forest, she taught for the Institute for Women’s Studies at the University of Georgia. Jieun is also a volunteer translator for the South Korean Feminist Journal ILDA and a member of the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research. Since 2020, she has been serving as a Transnational Committee member for the American Society for Theatre Research.


  • Ph.D., The University of Georgia, Theater and Performance Studies
  • Graduate Certificate, The University of Georgia, Women’s Studies
  • M.A., Hunter College of the City University of New York, Theater Studies (Theory, History, Criticism)
  • B.A., Duksung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea, Korean and English (Double Major, magna cum laude)

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  • WGS 221: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • WGS 362: Feminism and Theatre
  • WGS 363: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Korea
  • WGS 364: Women of Color Feminism and the Politics of Resistance in the U.S.
  • WGS 365: Transnational Asia and Asian American Feminism
  • Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Theater and Performance Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • “Who Cares About Laughter? Margaret Cho and Her ‘Spect-allies’ in PsyCHO,” Women’s Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal 49.1 (2020): 49-62.
  • “Performing Transnational Adoption: Korean American Women Adoptees’ Autobiographical Solo Performances,” Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas: Special Issue on The Americas in Transnational Performance 70 (2017): 60-80.
  • Performance Review of {my lingerie play} 2017: Installation #9: THE CONCERT AND CALL TO ARMS!!!!!!!!!, the final installation by Diana Oh, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York, Theatre Journal 70.4 (2018): 547-548.
  • Book Review of Embodied Reckonings: “Comfort Women,” Performance, and Transpacific Redress by Elizabeth W. Son, University of Michigan Press, New England Theatre Journal 29 (2018): 161-163.
  • Recent Translation in South Korean Feminist Journal ILDA
    Young Feminist Artists’ Narratives: Theater Director Choi Haeun, http://ildaro.blogspot.com/2020/05/in-making-fat-free-sal-puri-ritual.html