Jean Yol Lee

Jean Yol Lee

Visiting Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: English
Phone: 330-287-1915
Office Address: 219 Kauke


  • B.A., SUNY Binghamton 2007
  • M.A., University of Illinois 2010
  • Ph.D., (expected) University of Illinois 

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 120: Language, Literature, and Culture: Looking Behind Paradise

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Travel Award, English Department, UIUC, 2016.  $400.
  • Travel Award, English Department, UIUC 2016.  $350.
  • Smalley Fellowship in Gender and Women’s Studies, UIUC, 2016.  A dissertation research fellowship awarded to one student per year. $12,000.
  • National Women’s Studies Association Travel Grant, UIUC, 2015.  The Gender and Women’s Studies department pays the annual membership costs to the NWSA for three students who are presenting at the conference. $90.
  • Lauter-McDougal Fellowship, UIUC.  2008.  A competitive recruitment fellowship that releases a first-year graduate students from teaching duties during their first year.
  • Academic Excellence Achievement Award, SUNY Binghamton.  2007.  A competitive award for seniors in Harpur College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are nominated by faculty.


  • “Clairvoyant Memories of an ‘Aproned Leader’: Transgressing Gender Boundaries in A Silent Life,” Journal of West Indian Literature, forthcoming.

Research Interests

Caribbean literature; ethnic studies; diaspora studies; gender, women and sexuality studies; transnational feminism and postcolonial studies.


Jean Y. Lee (B.A. SUNY Binghamton; M.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is a 2017-2018 Consortium of Faculty Diversity Teaching Fellow and Perry-Williams Predoctoral Fellow. She is a PhD candidate in the English Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is finishing her dissertation on Indo-Caribbean feminism. She's taught courses in English literature and poetry, Asian American studies, and college composition and research for eight years. Her teaching interests are Caribbean literature, Asian American literature, postcolonial studies, and gender and women's studies. Her research interests include race and empire, Caribbean studies, transnational feminisms, and diaspora studies. Her article, "Clairvoyant Memories of an 'Aproned Leader': Transgressing Gender Boundaries in A Silent Life" was published in the Journal of West Indian Literature. In her free time, Prof. Lee enjoys cooking, gardening, horseback riding, and taking walks with her cocker spaniel.