Christina Lee

Associate Professor
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344 East Pyne

By appointment through WASE


Christina Lee is Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She’s on sabbatical leave during the academic year 2018-2019.

Christina Lee was born in South Korea and raised in Argentina. She 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.

Her publications include: The Anxiety of Sameness in Early Modern Spain (Manchester University Press, 2015), the collection of essays Western Visions of Far East in a Transpacific Age (Routledge [Ashgate], 2012), Reading and Writing Subjects in Medieval and Golden Age Spain: Essays in Honor of Ronald E. Surtz (with José Luis Gastañaga, Juan de la Cuesta, 2016), and the Spanish edition of Lope de Vega’s Los mártires de Japón (Juan de la Cuesta, 2006). 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. 

Christina Lee’s current book project, Saints of Resistance: Transpacific Devotions in the Spanish Philippines (under contract), examines the origin and development of some of most popular iconographic devotions of the Philippines, namely, Santo Niño de Cebú, Our Lady of Antipolo, Our Lady La Naval, and Our Lady of Caysasay. Based on the examination of archival documents, literary texts, and visual material gathered mostly in the Philippines, Spain, and the United States, Christina Lee sheds 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.