Lee, Summer Kim

Assistant Professor



Ph.D., New York University, Performance Studies


Performance studies, Gender and sexuality studies, Asian American literature and culture, critical race and ethnic studies, aesthetics, feminist theory, queer theory

Summer Kim Lee is an Assistant Professor of English at UCLA. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University. She has research and teaching interests in critical race and ethnic studies, feminist theory, queer theory, and Asian American literature and culture. She is co-editor of a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory titled, “Performances of Contingency: Feminist Relationality and Asian American Studies After the Institution.” She has published and forthcoming work in Social TextASAP/Journal, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian American and Pacific Islander Literature and Culture, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the AmericasPost45Los Angeles Review of Books, and Public Books.

Edited Volumes

Guest Co-editor. “Performances of Contingency: Feminist Relationality and Asian American Studies After the Institution,” special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. Vol 30, no. 1 (2020).

Guest editor. “Someone Else’s Object: On Minoritarian Critique,” essay cluster for Post45 Contemporaries (2019). Link.


“Asian Americanist Critique and Listening Practices of Contemporary Popular Music.” In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Edited by Josephine Lee. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.

“Staying In: Mitski, Ocean Vuong, and Asian American Asociality.” Social Text 138, Vol. 37, No. 1 (March 2019).

“Wrong Impressions.” Editor’s Forum. ASAP/Journal: The Association for the Study of the Arts in the Present. Special issue: “Queer Form,” Vol. 2, Issue 2 (May 2017).

“Alive With You: Blood Orange’s Sense of Distance in Resonant Love.” Journal of Popular Music Studies. Special issue: “Trans/Queer Music,” Vol. 25, Issue 4 (2013).

Interest Areas
• Asian American Literature & Culture
• Sexuality & Gender Studies