Christina Lee

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email Address:
Office Location: 
344 East Pyne

Christina Lee is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Born in South Korea and raised in Argentina, Lee graduated from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Latin American literature and earned a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton. She returned to Princeton as Associate Research Scholar in 2007 in the History Department, after holding Assistant Professorships in Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College and at San Jose State University. She joined the Spanish and Portuguese department in 2009 and was promoted to Research Scholar with Continuing Appointment in 2015 and, then, to Associate Professor in 2018. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in her department and, occasionally, for the Council of the Humanities and the Freshman Seminar Program. In Fall 2019, Lee will teach “Identity in the Hispanic World,” a course examining how ideas of belonging to the body politic are defined and constructed in Spain, Latin America, and in Spanish-speaking communities in the United States. Her publications include: The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain (Manchester University Press, 2015) and the collection of essays Western Visions of Far East in a Transpacific Age (Routledge [Ashgate], 2012). She is also the co-editor of the global history book series Connected Histories in Early Modern Europe (with Julia Schleck), at Arc Humanities Press. Prof. Lee’s current book project, Saints of Resistance: Transpacific Devotions in the Spanish Philippines, examines the origin and development of some of most popular iconographic devotions of the Philippines, shedding light on how these devotions were shaped by the socio-cultural convergences and the fraught entanglements among the indigenous, Chinese, mestizos, and Spaniards, yielding unique religious practices that reflect the merging of Eastern and Western cultures in the Philippines.