Christina Lee

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Acting Chair
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Christina Hyo-Jung Lee is Acting Chair (2023-2024) and Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has been teaching a wide range of courses at Princeton since 2008. She is a faculty fellow in the Society of Fellows and an associated faculty member in the Program in Latin American Studies, Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, Indigenous Studies, and the Center for Culture, Society, and Religion. She has also taught courses in the Humanities Council and in the Freshman Seminar Program.

Christina Lee’s research focuses on the literary, social, and cultural productions of Iberian Spain and the Spanish Transpacific during the early modern period. She is the author of Saints of Resistance: Devotions in the Philippines under Early Spanish Rule (Oxford University Press, 2021) and The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain (Manchester University Press, 2015, 2018). She is the co-editor, with Ricardo Padrón, of the The Spanish Pacific, 1521-1815: A Reader of Primary Sources (Amsterdam University Press, 2020), the editor of the collection of essays Western Visions of the Far East in a Transpacific Age (Routledge, 2012, 2017), the co-editor, with José Luis Gastañaga, of Reading and Writing Subjects in Medieval and Golden Age Spain (Juan de la Cuesta, 2016) and the editor of the Spanish edition of Lope de Vega’s Los mártires de Japón (Juan de la Cuesta, 2006).

Christina Lee is also the co-editor, with Julia Schleck, of the global history book series Connected Histories in the Early Modern World.

In 2022, Christina Lee and Cristina Martinez-Juan (SOAS-University of London) received a joint NEH/AHRC three-year grant for the project, A Digital Repatriation of a Lost Archive of the Spanish Pacific: The Library of the Convent of San Pablo (Manila, 1762). The grant digitally repatriates the books and manuscripts that were seized from the library of the Church of San Agustín (formerly, the Convent of San Pablo) during the British occupation of Manila. The entirety of the digital manuscripts and books in the collection as well as well as their transcriptions and translations will be available to the public via the Digital Princeton University Library by the summer of 2025.

Christina Lee was born in South Korea and raised in Argentina and the United States. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Latin American literature. She earned a Ph.D. at Princeton in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Before returning to Princeton in 2007, she taught at Harvard University, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, and Connecticut College.


  • Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures at Princeton University

Selected Publications