Jennifer Dorothy Lee studies art and cultural practices in modern and contemporary China, and is currently Assistant Professor of East Asian Art in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus encompass social history, aesthetic theory, and comparative and transnational perspectives. Trained in comparative literature, Lee brings literary frames and methodologies to her work on visual and material objects. In addition to China-related topics, her courses address histories of social movement in Hong Kong and Taiwan, critical area studies of Asia, as well as theories of Maoism and socialism.
Lee's first book project, Anxiety Aesthetics: Socialist Legacies in Post-Mao China, 1978-1985, offers a sustained study of aesthetic theory, art, and subjectivity redefined in the fleeting historical moment bridging the Mao era with Dengist reforms.
Her next research project will take up social histories of art in Taiwan and Hong Kong from the mid-20th to the 21st centuries.